Join a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) Focused Around Hybrid Teaching!

Renton Technical College (RTC) has received one of the Faculty Learning Community (FLC) grants; their FLC will focus on hybrid teaching.  This group will “learn by doing” as they experience and create hybrid content.  In addition to discussion of readings and selected videos exploring hybrid teaching, participants will have a chance to try out lesson ideas and get feedback.  All work will be compiled in a Canvas shell.  This group will provide support to nurture confidence as hybrid teachers.

The FLC is open to both new and experienced hybrid teachers, and everyone is invited to join them!  The group will meet a few times a quarter; they will use for those who want to attend virtually.

The five meetings are

  • Oct 2nd, 2015
  • Oct 16th, 2015
  • Oct, 30th, 2015
  • Nov. 13th, 2015
  • Dec. 4th, 2015

All  meetings will be 11:00 AM to 12:30, with lunch provided.

To join the FLC to access the material for the first meeting and further information, please email Liz Falconer,

Review of Open Educational Resources (OER) Research Studies

Join the
Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER)
for a free, open webinar
Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at 10 am (PST).

Click here to log in to the webinar
Dial-in if needed: 1-913-312-3202, passcode: 943818

Featured speakers

Boyoung ChaeBoyoung Chae,
Policy Associate, eLearning and Open Education, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges released a report last month on use of open educational resources based on interviews with 60 faculty in Washington’s community and technical college system which was built upon a previous state-wide survey with 770 faculty.  Faculty were queried about

  1. how and why they chose to use OER
  2. six benefits (including student savings)
  3. six challenges of using OER
  4. nine supports from college and statewide stakeholders that could help them to expand their OER use

John Hilton III, Assistant Professor of Ancient Scripture, OER Researcher, Brigham Young University.

This presentation synthesizes the results of eight different peer-reviewed studies that examine

  1. the perceptions students and instructors of OER that replaced traditional textbooks
  2. the potential influence of OER on student learning outcomes, and
  3. the cost-savings resulting from OER.

Suggested paths forward to expand the pool of academic peer reviewed research on (1) the perceptions students and instructors have of OER, (2) the potential influence of OER on student learning outcomes, and (3) the cost-savings resulting from OER.

2015 IGNIS Webinar Schedule!


Join Us in Collaborate

Thursday, February 5th, 2015, 2 pm
My Decade of Mistakes: Four Things I Did Wrong as an OL Teacher
Alyson Indrunas
eLearning Director, Everett
Click here for Recording and Materials

Thursday, February 19th, 2015, 2 pm
Position Stands
Janet Hinson, MS, CHES
Faculty, South Seattle

Thursday, March 19th, 2015, 2 pm
Universal Design for Learners
Al Souma
Counselor, Seattle Central

Thursday, April 16th, 2015, 2 pm
Reading Strategies for the Digital Age
Bellingham Technical College Faculty Learning Community

Thursday, May 7th, 2015, 2 pm
Quality Matters’ Principle of Alignment
Brenda Boyd
Director of Professional Development and Consulting at Quality Matters Program

Thursday, May 21st, 2015, 2 pm
Making Accessibility Accessible
Terrill Thompson
Technology Accessibility Specialist, University of Washington

[New Research Release]

The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

is excited to release a new report on how faculty members use open educational resources:

Qualitative Investigation of Faculty Open Educational Resource Usage in the Washington Community and Technical College System: Models for Support and Implementation

Based on interviews with 60 faculty in Washington’s community and technical college system, and built upon a previous state-wide survey with 770 faculty, this study is meant to be shared widely.  Download the full report at

Please contact the authors of this paper, Boyoung Chae ( and Mark Jenkins (, with any questions.

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NWeLearn 2014– Mike Caulfield to Keynote

NW eLearn2014 NW eLearning Conference

October 23-24, 2014, Boise ID
Where teaching, learning & tech converge!

Early bird registration ends August 29

Join us in Boise, ID for the 9th annual Northwest eLearning Conference. This year’s conference is hosted by Idaho State University and will be at the Red Lion in downtown Boise.

The NWeLearning conference features two full days of sessions on eLearning including lightning round presentations, roundtable discussions, and an insightful keynote address. This year’s jam packed schedule also includes a special track focusing on the K-12 environment for the first time.

NWeLearn 2014 Keynote Announced

Mike CaulfieldMike Caulfield, Director of Blended/Networked Learning at Washington State University Vancouver, is our keynote speaker. His provocative address, Taking Education Out of “Airplane Mode” will look at how technology can be used to connect students to each other and to the larger world. Mike has worked in educational technology since 1997 developing many types of e-learning projects including Flash-based educational games, a simulation-based online curriculum for Columbia University, and various projects for Fortune 500 companies.
For more info about the keynote and Mike, check out the keynote web page.
The NWeLearning Conference is a unique, cost-effective opportunity for faculty, administrators and instructional designers to come together to discuss best practices, collaborations, and ideas in integrating technology in learning.

Mark the date and register for NWeLearn 2014 today!

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Hybrid Courses: Best of Both Worlds

Keep Calm and Mooc awayHybrid Courses: Best of Both Worlds
will run on the Canvas Network
August 4th – Sept. 1st

This is the 3rd time the FREE online course is being offered as a global MOOC!

Register Now!

“This course renewed my enthusiasm for teaching and experimenting with new approaches.”
Diane Doss, SPSCC, 2013 Participant

Open to both new and experienced educators from Higher Ed and K-12
• Explore methods to effectively combine the two formats
• Build a class community that engages students and supports active learning in any subject area

Double your impact by taking advantage of both the classroom and online environments!

Read More Here . . .
Watch a One Minute Video

To receive a certificate of completion from the instructor the students must complete one of two options for the final project.
The certificate signifies that the recipient has completed two Continuing Education Units and 16 clock hours at Renton Technical College, a Washington State-Approved clock Hour Institution.

Questions? Contact facilitator Liz Falconer,

Resources on Flipping the Classroom

Ignis Flipping Poster Most Recent VersionBelow are six resources compiled by Alissa Sells, our SBCTC program administrator for eLearning faculty development.  These were part of a slide deck we put together for our first IGNIS webinar.

In addition, check out this slide deck from a presentation delivered at our recent Assessment, Teaching, and Learning conference.  Flipping 101: Engaging Students with Effective Integration of Technology with Ekaterina Stoops– formerly of SBCTC, and now employed at Bellevue College– offers a definition of flipped learning and much more!

Webinar: Creativity in the Science Classroom– Online and F2F    

ImageLucas Myers, Lower Columbia College

1- 2 p.m. PDT (2 p.m. MDT,3 p.m. CDT, 4 p.m. EDT)

NWeLearn Collaborate Room.

NWeLearn webinar page, link to appointment (Outlook/.ics format).

The focus of the webinar will be on the technology Lucas uses to create an engaging science/lab based course on campus and online. He will discuss his use of phone and iPad applications in the classroom as well as the virtual lab and various activities he uses in the online environment.

On another note: Lucas will also be redoing his BIOL 100 course to make students create an online website and blogs throughout the quarter using their own specified area of land and the content for the course. He may be able to add a little bit of this into the presentation as well, since it is an online technology.

About the presenter:

Lucas Myers is a full-time biology instructor at Lower Columbia College.  He is in charge of designing and developing the general (cell) biology course as well as instructing a wide variety of other courses, such as anatomy/physiology, microbiology and survey of biology.  He teaches in a variety of environments, including a completely online cell biology course.

Note: Immediately after this webinar, there will be an IGNIS webinar with 5-10 minute segments on WA SBCTC funded Faculty Learning Communities.  Check the schedule for the topics.

IGNIS Webinar Recording: K-12/CTC Partnerships, LGBPTQIA, QM: Transition from F2F to Hybrid, Reading Apprenticeship


Thank you to our fabulous presenters today!  It is inspiring and humbling to hear about the great professional development that is happening across our system during the 2013-14 Faculty Learning Communities.  These presentations achieve a lovely balance of content about the work and the process of learning in this modality . . . with GREAT visuals!

View the Blackboard Collaborate recording

Click Here for the Webinar Survey


Reimagining Relationships Between High School and College Instructors

Tacoma Community College

LGBT+– LGBPTQIA Socially Responsible Faculty

Highline Community College

Transitioning a Face-to-Face Course to a Hybrid Course Using the Quality Matters™ Rubric Standards and Best Practices for Blended Learning

Olympic College

Reading Apprenticeship Across Disciplines and Programs

Highline Community College

 See the IGNIS Webinar Schedule for a complete list of upcoming FLC Highlights!