Teaching and Learning National Institute:

NITL PictureYou are invited to send a cross-functional team to the

1st Annual Teaching and Learning National Institute
Using Evidence for Improvement
July 31-August 4, 2016
The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington

This Institute is sponsored by Achieving the Dream, Inc., the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), Washington Center for Improving Undergraduate Education, and Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC)

At the Institute, your team will

  • develop a plan for fostering a data-informed change initiative aimed at improving the quality of students’ experiences in courses and educational activities across the curriculum.
  • construct a two-year action plan for implementation—informed by current research on student learning and learning-centered campus practices, grounded in the specific context and experiences of your campus.

Teams might

  • tackle concerns about attainment and achievement gaps
  • explore strategies to raise the quality of student writing
  • work to build students’ quantitative reasoning skills across disciplines

NTL Picture 2Participants will be supported in using assessment results and research to design action plans to address specific issues, while also developing the skills and know-how to support a broader campus culture of learning-centered, evidence-based improvement.

Cross-Functional Team Make-Up: The recommended team will consist of at least 3 faculty members (ideally representing different disciplines), an academic administrator, and at least one other person from your campus who is central to your planning, such as the director for the Center for Teaching and Learning (or the equivalent), an institutional researcher, an assessment leader, a student affairs professional, a librarian, or an educational technology specialist.

Cost: The cost for the 2016 TLNI is $1350 per team member.

Contact: Please contact Emily Lardner of the Washington Center for Improving Undergraduate Education for more information.

2016 IGNIS Webinar Series

flames on a black background reading IGNIS - imagination, genius, new understanding, innovation, shared knowledge

The 2016 IGNIS webinar series begins next week!

Join Us in Collaborate

Thursday, March 17th from 2 – 3 PM


Don’t Fear the Code!
Using the CanvasHacks Demo Classroom

To view this season’s webinar line-up and descriptions, simply hover over the SBCTC IGNIS WEBINAR SERIES menu item on this site and select 2016 IGNIS WEBINAR SERIES SCHEDULE from the drop down menu.


Washington’s Annual Canvas Conference

March 24 – 25, 2016
Tacoma Community College

Buy your Tickets & Register today!

BEFORE March 15th, tickets are $100 each
AFTER March 15th tickets are $125 each

Preview the Program Schedule

Washington’s Annual Canvas Conference (WACC) is a collaborative 2-day conference focused on enriching higher education Canvas users. While the conference is primarily focused on faculty, administrators and staff are welcome as well! Tickets include WACC presentations, a continental breakfast, and a buffet lunch both days. Sessions will focus on Accessibility, Pathways to Success, Open Educational Resources, and Universal Design and representatives from Canvas, Panopto, and other vendors will be there.

This conference was formerly known as WACUG & WA CanvasCon.  For more information on the program schedule and how to register, visit http://wa-cc.com.  Be sure to watch this short video on how to complete the registration process.

Study Looking for Faculty Participants

Davene Eyres is conducting a survey as a requirement for her PhD in Education, Professional Studies.  The purpose of the study is to investigate what faculty members think about assessment and organizational culture at their college.  Here is the Survey Link.

If you agree to participate, you will be asked to complete a 10-15 minute survey about assessment and organizational culture at your institution.  Neither your name nor any identifying information will be published, nor will anyone else be able to see your answers.

As a participant, you are free to stop the survey at any time.

Data collected during this study will be retained for up to two years in secure storage to which only the principal researcher associated with this project will have access. There are no known or anticipated risks to you as a participant in this study.

If you would like more information about the research, or to be made aware of the results of the research, please contact Davene Eyres at davene.eyres@capellauniversity.edu.

Davene’s credentials with Capella University can be established by contacting her supervisor, Dr. Elizabeth Warren, at elizabeth.warren@capella.edu.

Plan Your Professional Development for 15-16!

ATLC listserv
If you are not already subscribed to the Assessment, Teaching, and Learning Community (ATLC) listserv, sign up here!  This listserv is the primary method the office of Assessment, Teaching, and Learning (ATL) disseminates information about events of interest to faculty and staff in our Washington State CTC system, including our Fall and Winter retreats, the new 15-16 Systems Biology Workshop Series, state-wide conversations about issues of importance such as “Standing in the Gap” and “English 101 as ‘Next Space,’” and our Bridge to College English (BCTE) Course Refinement and Development Meetings.

SBCTC Professional Learning Calendar
This google calendar is regularly updated with all of the professional learning opportunities offered by our agency, including the annual Best Practices event, eLearning’s popular Open Educational Resources (OER) training and Introduction to Canvas for Faculty, and other trainings such as Bootcamps for Professional Technical Instructors.

ATL Blog
If you follow Jen Whetham’s Blog, you can find out how to join a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) on hybrid instruction and read meditations on hot topics like Standardized Testing by Bill Moore.  Jen also posts opportunities that fund faculty travel and participation in national projects—like this invitation to participate in an assignment charrette in New Orleans.  Sometimes Jen will even ask for help when she is preparing for an event!

Spring ATL Conference
Save the Dates: May 4-6, 2016
Our annual spring conference brings together educators to broaden their understanding of teaching, relate effective learning practices, and exchange insights, methods, and strategies that promote and support student learning.  This year the keynote is the leading authority on communities of practice, social learning theorists and consultants Etienne and Bev Wegner-Trayner.

FLC Grants
Read about the FY 15-16 FLC grant recipients here!  A faculty learning community (FLC) is a group of educators (faculty, administrators, professional staff) who collaboratively design and then implement a structured, intensive, year-long professional learning experience for its members. Together, the community builds a curriculum of study that engages complex problems and focuses around the members’ individual and collective teaching and learning.  To support system-wide professional learning related to instruction and innovation, the Assessment, Teaching, and Learning (ATL) and eLearning and Open Education departments of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) invites faculty, staff, and administrators to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to fund Faculty Learning Communities.  Applications for FY 16-17 will be available in March 2016.

As usual, Jen welcomes your questions, comments, and suggestions!  Contact her at jwhetham@sbctc.edu

Webinars on Launching Full Degree Programs that Use OER for Required Programs

Lumen Learning is hosting several free informational webinars about how to launch full degree programs that use open educational resources for all required courses.

Essential Steps to Launching an OER Degree Program
Tuesday, 9/29/15
Practical lessons and tips for how to launch successful OER degree programs and support their sustainability, based on Lumen Learning’s first-hand experience helping develop programs for individual institutions and statewide systems.

Trailblazing OER Degrees in Virginia
Wednesday, 10/7/15
The Virginia Community College System has broken new ground with “Zx23,” a statewide program to encourage every community college to launch a “Z-Degree” or zero textbook cost degree program using OER. Richard Sebastian, Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies for Virginia’s Community Colleges, and representatives from two colleges discuss their approach and progress to date.

The 5R Framework for OER Course Design
Wednesday, 10/21/15
Open education pioneer David Wiley shares the 5R Course Design Framework, a set of guidelines and best practices to help you capitalize on the unique rights and possibilities afforded by teaching with OER.

Find out more about this series and other Lumen Learning webinars!

October How to Use Open Educational Resources (OER) Training

Due to a number of requests from our faculty, it has been decided to offer another training in October. Thank you so much for your continuous support and interest.

The training will begin on Monday, October 5, 2015.

This two week course is fully online and asynchronous, providing participants with information and experience in adopting and integrating open educational resources (OER) into their pedagogy. In addition to discussing the concept of OER and open licenses, participants will practice locating and sharing open educational resources.

As this is a fully facilitated training that will produce an official certificate to the participants upon successful completion, participants are expected to spend 10 hours to complete the course. This training is FREE for anyone in the WA CTC system.

For those who would like more information from a participant perspective, Read messages to the next class from previous participants.

Interested? Head to the training website.

Technical difficulties in registration? Please contact wa-online@sbctc.edu.

Inquiries about the training content? Please contact Boyoung at bchae@sbctc.edu

In Pursuit of Equity– Solutions and Best Practices

Join us for the
Fall Association Conference!
November 13, 2015


This is the third conference in a series of three focused around system barriers to equity. This capstone experience will focus on solutions and best practices.

Derek Greenfield, Author, Visionary Speaker
Dave Stolier, Senior Assistant Attorney General
Bob Hughes, Associate Dean, College of Education, Seattle University

This is the third conference in a series of three focused around system barriers to equity. This capstone experience will focus on solutions and best practices.

Register 5 people from your institution and receive a 6th registration free!
$175 for attendees from member colleges
$275 for non-member colleges
Fee covers breakfast, lunch, all materials, and a book by Derek Greenfield

Skamania Lodge
Rooms are at per diem rate of $151.
Reservations MUST be made by October 30!

Questions?  Contact Kati Hays, Executive Director