Teaching or taking classes with Pierce College at JBLM? Bookstore info!

If you are teaching or taking classes at Pierce College at JBLM, regardless of mode, our bookstore has moved! We no longer use MBS, but are now using the Pierce College Barnes & Noble Bookstore.

To get your book(s), you will need the Pierce item number for your course(s) in order to purchase the correct text(s). This number is available on the JBLM grounded (opens in a new tab), and online schedules (opens in a new tab).

When you have the item number(s) for your course(s), go to the Pierce College Bookstore – opens in a new tab.

Week Zero Starts December 28th!

Week Zero for eCampus courses starts Wednesday, December 28th. Faculty should have published their courses so students may access them. Some will post the course syllabus and a welcome message. This is an opportunity for students to take a look at the course, but is not the start of the course.

Faculty will not be active in the courses until next week, when the Quarter starts on Wednesday, January 3rd.

Happy New Year and Winter Quarter!

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Celebrations by Akshita Canchi

Upcoming Quality Matters Training Provided by the State Board

Quality Matters LogoThe State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC or State Board) offers Quality Matters training on a regular basis. Facilitators are all from our member colleges.

The two offerings are the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) and Improving Your Online Course (IYOC). Normally these workshops are offered as two (2) week long sessions by Quality Matters (see the articles below this one for upcoming QM-provided training), but State Board-sponsored sessions are 2 1/2 weeks long as they know and understand our schedules.

Information for the APPQMR can be found at https://www.qualitymatters.org/professional-development/workshops/higher-ed-appqmr, and for the IYOC, https://www.qualitymatters.org/professional-development/workshops/higher-ed-iyoc . Please DO NOT register for courses using the QM website. See registration information below:

Upcoming State Board APPQMR workshops: (note: seat availability is as of 12/28/16 and may change)

  • 02.09.17 – 02.28.17 – Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) … only 9 seats left

Upcoming State Board IYOC workshops: (note: seat availability is as of 11/22/16 and may change)

  • 02.09.17 – 02.28.17 – Improving Your Online Course) … 17 seats left!

So, how do you register for the State Board-provided courses? Just fill-out the online sign-up form.

Upcoming Quality Matters Training

qm_logo_1(updated 12/28/16) Quality Matters’ Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) is one of the three required trainings hybrid and online faculty must successfully complete to be authorized to teach online for Pierce College.

The schedule below is for the upcoming APPQMR sessions hosted at QM. I send messages out regarding sessions offered by SBCTC, so be on the look out for them.

Session Title Start Date End Date
Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) 2017-01-10 2017-01-24
Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) 2017-01-17 2017-01-31
Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) 2017-01-24 2017-02-07
Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) 2017-01-31 2017-02-14
Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) 2017-02-07 2017-02-21
Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) 2017-02-14 2017-02-28
Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) 2017-02-21 2017-03-02
Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) 2017-02-28 2017-03-14
Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) 2017-03-07 2017-03-21
Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) 2017-03-14 2017-03-28
Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) 2017-03-21 2017-04-04
Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) 2017-03-28 2017-04-11

The following are the upcoming dates offered by QM for the Improving Your Online Course (IYOC) workshop. If you have already completed the APPQMR, especially if it’s been over a couple of years, this workshop will help you re-orient to the QM Rubric and let you review your own course. Note: You must have a completed online course before registering for this workshop.

Session Title Start Date End Date
Improving Your Online Course (IYOC) 2017-01-12 2017-01-26
Improving Your Online Course (IYOC) 2017-02-16 2017-03-02
Improving Your Online Course (IYOC) 2017-03-23 2017-04-06

To register for either the APPQMR or IYOC, please let JJ know, and provide which course/workshop, preference for start date, your primary campus, and teaching discipline.

Are you using audio or video in your class? Is is accessible?


Are you planning or already using video materials in your course? Are they closed captioned? They need to be captioned to be accessible to deaf or hard of hearing learners. eLearning can help you by providing captioning services to enhance the accessibility of your courses.

We recommend adding captions to audio or video that will also be used in the future – recycling material is good! We can also provide specific recommendations for your videos to help enhance student learning and making them accessible at the same time. Just ask!

To get the process started, just complete this Google form: (http://goo.gl/forms/OL32L6GXFi ).

Call for Proposals of Instructional Technology Council’s eLearning 2017

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eLearning 2017 Call for Propsals

Join us at eLearning 2017 to collaborate with colleagues from across the country and around the world, at one of the friendliest and most comprehensive annual conferences for eLearning practitioners. We want to learn about the new and innovative educational strategies and technologies you have implemented, and the tried-and-true techniques you or your staff use to teach at a distance. Have you experienced strategies that did not work out as well as you had hoped? We want to hear about the lessons you learned too!

More Details

To submit your concurrent session or round-robin proposal, click HERE. Please retain a copy of your submission for your records and make sure you receive an e-mail from ITC, confirming our receipt of it.

eLearning is looking for Peer Reviewers!


If you have completed the Quality Matters – Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop and are ready for more experience in using the QM Rubric, we are looking to expand our Quality Assurance-Quality Matters (QA-QM) Lite Review Teams.  You will need to successfully complete the 2 weeks long Peer Reviewer Course (PRC), an asynchronous online course. We’ll pair you up with experienced Reviewers to form a Review Team to help Review courses. You may also wish to review courses outside of Pierce College – which is a great experience to see courses outside of our institution.

If you are interested – please let me know and choose your best training dates from the table below.

Session Title Start Date End Date
Peer Reviewer Course (PRC) 2016-11-29 2016-12-14
Peer Reviewer Course (PRC) 2016-12-06 2016-12-20
Peer Reviewer Course (PRC) 2016-12-06 2016-12-21
Peer Reviewer Course (PRC) 2017-01-03 2017-01-18
Peer Reviewer Course (PRC) 2017-01-03 2017-01-17
Peer Reviewer Course (PRC) 2017-01-10 2017-01-24
Peer Reviewer Course (PRC) 2017-01-17 2017-01-31
Peer Reviewer Course (PRC) 2017-01-24 2017-02-07
Peer Reviewer Course (PRC) 2017-01-31 2017-02-14
Peer Reviewer Course (PRC) 2017-02-14 2017-03-01
Peer Reviewer Course (PRC) 2017-02-21 2017-03-08
Peer Reviewer Course (PRC) 2017-02-28 2017-03-15
Peer Reviewer Course (PRC) 2017-03-07 2017-03-22
Peer Reviewer Course (PRC) 2017-03-14 2017-03-29
Peer Reviewer Course (PRC) 2017-03-21 2017-04-05
Peer Reviewer Course (PRC) 2017-03-28 2017-04-12


Call for Proposals for the Washington’s Annual Canvas Conference – March 30-31, 2017

Call for WACC 2017 Proposals (Due Dec 1st)

This is a “call for proposals” for your upcoming 2017 Washington state Canvas Conference (WACC). Please use this online form to submit all proposals

WACC will be held March 30-31, 2017 at Tacoma Community College.

We’re open to ALL proposals concerning Canvas and Higher Education in Washington state and eager to consider your workshop and/or lecture proposals, http://tinyurl.com/wacc-2017-proposals

* Notifications of proposal acceptance will be emailed to owner of submission by Feb 15 or sooner!!

Thank you,

WA SBCTC eLearning Council
Professional Development Workgroup

Washington State Higher Education Technology Conference – “Building Bridges”

Building Bridges is a regional conference bringing together educators, technologists, librarians, researchers and leaders in higher education. The conference provides a forum for understanding how technology can be used effectively in maximizing student success on campus and beyond.

Building Bridges 2017 will be held March 16 and 17, 2017 in the Davenport Grand hotel in downtown Spokane, Washington. Registration will open in early November with Early Bird rates available through January 2017. In addition, the Davenport Grand will offer a block of rooms at the government per diem rate for conference attendees. Look for more details in the weeks to come.

For more information, visit the conference website! http://www.buildingbridgeswatech.com/

Register for the 2016 Northwest eLearning Conference

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Eugene, Oregon, where Northwest eLearn will hold its 2016 conference

From the NW eLearning website: http://nwelearn.org/conference/ (opens in a new tab)

2016 NW eLearning Conference

October 20 & 21, 2016 – Eugene, OR

Where teaching, learning & tech converge!

Join us and your colleagues in Eugene, OR, for the 11th annual Northwest eLearning Conference – two full days of sessions on eLearning including lightning round presentations, roundtable discussions, and an insightful keynote address (or two). For the third year in a row, we plan to include a special track focusing on the K-12 environment. This year’s conference will be at the Hilton in Eugene.

The NW eLearning Conference is a unique, cost-effective opportunity for faculty, administrators, instructional designers, graduate students and technologists to come together to discuss best practices, collaborations, and ideas in integrating technology into learning.

What to Expect

Two days of concurrent sessions on eLearning
Lightning round presentations
Roundtable discussions
An insightful keynote address
Excellent food and reception
Networking with colleagues from across the PNW

The NW eLearning Conference provides a forum for faculty, staff and administrators to share and discuss strategies and issues related to all aspects of eLearning, including web-enhanced and hybrid instruction. It’s not just for online!

Check with your Dean, Division Chair, or Coordinator to see if you are able to attend this regional conference!