2017 IGNIS Webinar Schedule

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Thursday, March 9th, 2017 at 2:00 PM

UDL Module Design in Canvas

Kelley Meeusen
eLearning Coordinator & Instructional Designer, Clover Park Technical College

In this workshop you are going to learn about applying Universal design for Learning (UDL) to Canvas Module design from a very practical perspective. The information is based on how I design modules in my own courses, and how I teach my faculty to do it.  I will not bore you with UDL principles and theory.  What I am going to share is my one guiding principle for online course design:  “All students must be able to know what they have to do, how they have to do it, where they have to do it, and how they can get help when they need it!”


Thursday, April 6th, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Becoming a More Culturally Responsive Campus

Allison Green
Faculty, English / Humanities / Diversity & Global Studies

While many of us engage in individual and collective efforts to become more culturally responsive, these efforts can feel piecemeal, inadequate, and fragmented. In 2014, a group of faculty and staff at Highline embarked on a project, supported by a State Board Faculty Learning Community (FLC) grant, to develop a more systemic, institutional approach. Over thirty of us developed a Canvas-based set of modules about various aspects of cultural responsiveness, drawing on in-house expertise and research. These modules are now being used in department staff workshops, by tenure committees, and by individuals to develop a shared understanding of key concepts and terms, to articulate our individual and departmental roles in addressing Highline’s diversity and equity goals, and to better understand ourselves and our communities. In this webinar, participants learn about this project and generate ideas for further institutionalizing this work in their own settings.


Thursday, April 13th, 2017 at 2:00 PM

The 4 Connections for Student and Faculty Success

Sally Heilstedt
Associate Dean of Instruction, Lake Washington Institute of Technology

The 4 Connections is a simple and transformational framework for building faculty-student relationships that promote success. Based on work originally done at Odessa College in Texas, The 4 Connections includes: 1) learning and using students’ names, 2) scheduling one-on-one meetings, 3) checking in regularly, and 4) practicing paradox. These four activities can increase retention and reduce equity gaps while also renewing faculty commitment and passion for teaching. Hear about the impact at Odessa, inspiring stories from only one quarter of implementation at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, and tips for practicing The 4 Connections in your classroom.


Thursday, May 18th, 2017 at 2:00 PM 

Campus Accessibility through Collaboration A CISSDSS Perspective

Alyssa Jones
Accessibility Resources Program Assistant, Bellingham Technical College

Bill Hartman
CISS Helpdesk Coordinator, Bellingham Technical College

Join us for our special Global Accessibility Awareness Day IGNIS webinar!  

In March 2016, the State Board for Washington’s Community and Technical Colleges approved the Accessible Technology Policy, 3.20.30B, which was followed by the State’s Committee for Accessible Technology Oversight (CATO) approving and publishing Policy 188. Policy 188 mandates that all state agencies to meet minimum accessibility standards. Join us as we examine the process Bellingham Technical College took with their collaborative partnership between the Computer and Information Support Services and the student Accessibility Resources and Disability Support Services offices. We will walk through the process of providing individual student accommodations that require Assistive Technology (AT), including workflows and their evolution. From there we will explore our process of developing macro-level campus accessibility as mandated through Policy 188 and what this procedure will mean for campus equity in the future. While the focus of the presentation will be from the practical “boots on the ground” cooperative accommodation and accessibility, we will share our campus policy and procedure as well as demonstrate AT and accessibility checking tools for platforms such as Canvas, MS Word, and others.


Thursday, May 25th, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Engaging Students Online with Web-Conferencing

Marcia Pederson
Business & Computer Information Systems Faculty, Bellingham Technical College

Anita Peng
Mathematics Faculty, Bellingham Technical College

Join Marcia and Anita, faculty from BTC’s Business and Math departments, as they demonstrate how they are using online web-conferencing tools to engage and interact with their students for online office hours, synchronous online class meetings, group work, and student presentations. Attendees will be invited to participate in typical web-conference activities, such as polling and moderating. Takeaways will include a summary sheet of engaging ideas for web-conferencing with students, and a practical “tips list” for teaching in a web conference.


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