Did you know? Course Outcomes

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Course Outcomes at Pierce College are approved through the Learning Council, and can be found for each course taught by going to the Course Manager (https://inetapps.pierce.ctc.edu/CrsMgt/Login.aspx.) Log in using the same  information you use for Instructor Briefcase.

Among the 21 Essential Standards we Review during our QA-QM Lite Reviews, two stick out. Both are related to outcomes. The Standards are 2.1 and 2.2. In this entry, I’ll address Standard 2.1.

Standard 2.1 states “The course learning objectives, or course/program competencies, describe outcomes that are measurable.”

The Annotation for Standard 2.1 tell us, “Measurable course learning objectives or competencies precisely and clearly describe what learners will learn and be able to do if they successfully complete the course. Course objectives or competencies describe desired learner mastery using terms that are specific and observable enough to be measured by the instructor. At some institutions, learning objectives or competencies may be called “learning outcomes.””

What does this mean? Learning outcomes are very important and are used in all Pierce College courses to provide a way to assess student mastery of the course materials. Since course outcomes are approved at the Learning Council, we cannot change them without going through the proper process. We still have to use them in our courses, though. During a Review the Reviewers will look at the course-level outcomes to see if they are measurable. If the course outcomes are not measurable, Reviewers may make some suggestions for improvement that could be taken to the department during a curriculum review to see if updating the outcomes is desirable.

Reviewers also review the outcomes as the outcomes are referred to time and again during the Review, when looking at activities, assessments, tools and even learning material to see how each support the outcomes, or are supported by the outcomes.

If 85% or more of the outcomes are measurable, great! Sometimes, however, they don’t hit the 85% level. So the second part of Standard 2.1 comes into play – looking at the module or learning unit outcomes to determine if they are measurable. If the module-level outcomes are measurable, Standard 2.1 is met and the Review proceeds.

However, if there are no outcomes listed, or if the course-level outcomes are not measurable *and* the module-level outcomes are either missing or not measurable, the Review stops. Normally the Review Chair (a QM trained Master Reviewer) will contact the faculty member to discuss the issue and steps needed to continue with the Review.

To wrap this up – course level outcomes are critical for student success. They help us (and the student) determine what they need to master or understand of the course material to be successful in the course.. For course design and in a QM Review, we use course level outcomes as the cornerstone upon which all other elements of a course is built. Without the course level outcomes, we cannot effectively build a course. So, ensure your course has its outcomes listed prominently, and use them for reference as your students work through your course.

Upcoming Quality Matters Training

qm_logo_1(updated 02/07/2017) 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) 2017-02-14 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
Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) 2017-04-04 2017-04-18
Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) 2017-04-11 2017-04-25
Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) 2017-04-18 2017-05-02
Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) 2017-04-25 2017-05-09
Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) 2017-05-02 2017-05-16
Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) 2017-05-09 2017-05-23
Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) 2017-05-16 2017-05-30
Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) 2017-05-23 2017-06-06
Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) 2017-05-30 2017-06-13
Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) 2017-06-06 2017-06-20
Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) 2017-06-13 2017-06-27
Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) 2017-06-20 2017-07-04
Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) 2017-06-27 2017-07-11

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) 2017-02-16 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.

Do you know who is taking that online assessment? Proctoring can help!

One of our requirements for both our accreditation and the Department of Education is verification of our online students. Making sure the student who signed up for the class is the one who is taking the assessments is a method of verifying the identity of students during assessments. We have an option that may fit your needs, and help satisfy our requirements. Electronic proctoring using RemoteProctorNow (PRNow) is a way to set up your assessments to have online proctoring.

eLearning will set up some training before the end of the Winter Quarter to give those interested in trying RPNow in their courses. If you’re interested in learning more, please complete our interest survey: https://goo.gl/forms/gek1MZw8GqKNfDe43.

Let us know if you have questions.

Join us – We’re expanding our QA-QM Lite Review Teams!

Quality Matters LogoIf 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 (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.

Interested? Contact JJ Johnson (jjohnson@pierce.ctc.edu)

Applications are now open! The Connie Broughton Leadership & Innovation in eLearning

The eLearning Council (eLC) of the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC, or State Board) has opened nominations and applications for “The Connie Broughton Leadership and Innovation in eLearning Award 2017.” This is an excellent award that recognizes leadership and innovation in a number of areas of eLearning. The award will be presented at the annual Assessment, Teaching and Learning (ATL) conference, with travel paid by the eLC!


Are you doing new or interesting things that affect learners in online, hybrid/blended, or web-enhanced courses? Are your friends and colleagues wowed and amazed at your innovation? If so, you, YES YOU, are an eLearning leader or innovator. OR do you know of someone who is doing great things and probably wouldn’t apply for themselves? Share what you or others know and are doing with the rest of our state community and technical colleges by applying for The Connie Broughton Leadership & Innovation in eLearning Award this year. APPLICATIONS DUE BY FEBRUARY 28, 2017. Visit the following website for details and a link to the application form: https://sites.google.com/site/waelearningcouncil/award.

REMEMBER: you can apply for yourself or for someone else. I know all of you are doing incredible things that deserve recognition as well. Don’t short-change yourself or your colleagues by failing to apply for this award.

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.

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.