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

Free Webinar: Faculty Perspectives on Cultures of Assessment

AALHE is hosting a free webinar
Faculty Perspectives on Cultures of Assessment
Friday Oct 16, 2015 1:00 PM EDT
Register Now!

Through books, articles, and presentations, assessment scholars have advocated specific practices to gain faculty support and “buy in” for assessment. Tying assessment practices to tenure and promotions policies, engaging faculty in early and frequent dialogue, and developing assessments that are associated with what faculty value are a few examples of recommended efforts. However, very few studies have actually asked faculty what they believe about assessment and fundamental perspectives on their institution’s culture of assessment.

The Faculty Survey of Assessment Culture is a nation-wide, annual survey of faculty members’ perspectives on their institution’s cultures of assessment. The instrument is meant to explore the extent to which institutions exhibit elements of culture of compliance, fear, or generative support for assessment in faculty members’ perspectives.  Much has been learned about faculty perceptions and, through a parallel study of administrators, similarities and differences between administrators and faculty have been identified.

Join presenter Matthew Fuller of Sam Houston State University to learn more about the higher-order factors of a culture of assessment, leadership strategies for assessment that have been identified and measured through this five year research effort.

The survey identifies several factors

  • Faculty perceptions
  • Use of Data
  • Sharing Data
  • Compliance or Fear Factors
  • Normative Purposes of Assessment

Questions? Contact Catherine M. Wehlburg, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness at Texas Christian University, President-Elect, AALHE

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 appear.in 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, lfalconer@rtcf.edu

Standing in the Gap COMPASS is Leaving—Now What?

Join colleagues from across the state for a day of learning, participating, and strategizing the future without COMPASS.

Register Now!

October 13th, 2015, 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Highline Community College, Mt. Constance/Olympus Room

ACTS’s recent decision to discontinue all COMPASS products provides our state with an opportunity to investigate our historical use of standardized testing for access to college courses. The current use of placement testing predicts success in college-level courses, deeming many- up to 75% at some colleges- not “college ready” and thus relegated to developmental courses. An overwhelming amount of community college research in the last 5 years has shown that placement into these courses does not move students closer to college ready, but rather hinders their likelihood of ever completing college English or math courses and subsequently a degree. We cannot turn away from this empirical evidence, especially when the group deemed not “college ready” is disproportionately comprised of students of color. ACT’s recognition that COMPASS is “not contributing as effectively to student placement and success as it had in the past” is an excellent prompt for us to begin to imagine what would contribute to student success more effectively. We have an opportunity as a state to create an assessment process that is equitable and participatory for all students, while maintaining the academic integrity of our courses. This is an opportunity to dig deeper into why, how, and when we assess students.

While this event is free, registration is required.

Due to limited space, we encourage you to sign up before the deadline of October 2nd, 2015.

Questions about the Event: Bill Moore (bmoore@sbctc.edu) or Jennifer Whetham (jwhetham@sbctc.edu)
Questions about Registration: Jackie Eppler Clark (jeclark@sbctc.edu)

First Year Composition (FYC) in 2020: English 101 as “Next Space”

Friday, October 23rd, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm
(just prior to the TYCA-PNW/PNWCA joint conference)
Spokane Falls Community College, Building 24, Room 307
kyanceySpecial Guest: Kathleen Blake Yancey

President Obama set an ambitious goal in his first State of the Union address when he said, “By 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.” In 2010, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) responded to President Obama and others of the “college completion agenda” by “pledging to increase student completion rates by 50 percent over the next decade.”  Since then, reform has been everywhere: in developmental education, in K-12 curriculum via the Common Core State Standards and Smarter Balanced Assessment, in placement practices, in definitions of college readiness, etc.  All of these reforms are aimed at moving more students more rapidly into English 101 and thus toward successful completion of degrees and certificates. English 101 has not been scrutinized at the state and national levels—yet.  But we believe that English 101 will be the “next space” for reform as the year 2020, now less than five years away, approaches.  How can we, as English instructors, literacy experts, teachers and program administrators, be proactive to shape and own our curricula and pedagogies and to assure our students are best served by these reforms? Come together with colleagues from your neighboring institutions and across the state to share ideas and develop strategies for determining what first-year composition will look like in the year 2020.


  • To leverage the moment: curricular reform at the national, state, and local levels
  • To contextualize the WPA Outcomes Statement
  • To map the complex geographies of English 101 across the state (via pre-gathered data)
  • To build relationships of trust and shared interest regionally and statewide

Invitation: Due to limited space, we ask that each of the 34 Washington Community and Technical Colleges (CTCs) and Baccalaureate Institutions (BIs) send 1 representative from their English department to this event.  Sign up here.  Participants will receive a confirmation e-mail on Monday, October 5th, with parking information, directions, and other materials.

Waitlist: If you would like to send additional faculty members, please indicate on the Waitlist.  We will contact you after October 5th if space is available.

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Cost: This event is free.  While SBCTC cannot reimburse for mileage, parking at Spokane Falls Community College will be paid for by the Assessment, Teaching, and Learning (ATL) department.  The event will include coffee service, a light breakfast, and lunch.

Questions: Andrea Reid, Spokane Community College; Jeffrey Klausman, Whatcom Community College, Jennifer Whetham, SBCTC

Bridge to College English (BCTE) Course Refinement & Development Meetings

Who Should Attend?bridge icon
Washington State higher education faculty and high school teachers who have been involved in some aspect of the Bridge to College English (BCTE) course design process or who have a keen interest in getting involved in college readiness and high school/college transition work.

What is a “B?”
October 8th, 2015, 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Talaris Conference Center, Seattle, WA
Students who earn a B grade in Bridge to College English (BCTE) are awarded placement into English 101 at all 34 of Washington’s Community and Technical Colleges. As a result, many inquiey questions have been raised regarding the “B.” What does B in the course denote? What does a B reflect in terms of a student’s skills and abilities? In this meeting, K-16 faculty will explore these questions and develop instructional and assessment materials to help answer these questions. Participants will examine key BTCE assessments, develop draft rubrics, and begin to develop a student profile for the “B” student.

Bridge to College English (BCTE) Teacher “Composition Toolbox”
November 5th, 2015, 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Talaris Conference Center, Seattle, WA
In an attempt to create a seamless K-16 experience for students, the Bridge to College English (BCTE) project has initiated powerful and groundbreaking partnerships that have connected the K-12 and higher education systems. To maintain and improve these connections, educators need to communicate their expectations for students and classroom practices. High school teachers have consistently asked a series of crucial questions of their higher education partners: What do student read in English 101? What types of assignments are they given? What types of writing assignments are they given? What does a successful English 101 essay look like? In this meeting, higher education faculty, with the crucial assistance of their high school colleagues, will gather sample readings, assessments, rubrics, classroom activities, and student essays to share with BTCE teachers statewide.

Register Now!
RSVP by email to Jackie Eppler-Clark.  In your e-mail, please indicate

  • which meeting/s you wish to attend
  • your institution
  • whether you will need lodging the night before the event/s (if you live more than 50 miles from the meeting site), and
  • any dietary restrictions: All lodging and travel costs associated with the events will be covered by SBCTC through the Core to College grant.

Note: All lodging and travel costs associated with the events will be covered by SBCTC through the Core to College grant.

Logistics: Jackie Eppler-Clark
Program Content: Dutch Henry, Jennifer Whetham, or Bill Moore

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

FREE Webinars on Academic Branding, Publishing, Coaching, and Dissertation Writing!

ACW ImagineHere’s a preview of the 12 webinars in the FREE Academic Coaching and Writing (ACW) Fall Webinar Series

Hosted by the John A. Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of Information Technologies at the University of Notre Dame.

Academic Branding

Academic Branding: Improving Your Visibility, Network, and Career Opportunities

September 17, 2014

Academic branding puts you in the driver’s seat, allowing you to tell the story you want to tell about yourself, your scholarship, and your leadership.


Conducting an Academic Job Search with Clarity, Positivity, and Resilience

October 1, 2014

In this webinar you will learn how to manage the uncertainty of an academic job search in ways that increase your clarity, positivity, and resilience.


  1. Designing Your Online Presence to Promote Your Academic Persona

October 15, 2014

This webinar will introduce you to the most popular online platforms and tools and help you decide which ones to use to promote yourself and your academic work.


Academic Publishing

Writing a Journal Article: How to Move from Evidence to Argument

September 11, 2014

This webinar will address the fundamentals of crafting successful article submissions in the sciences and social sciences.


Writing an Academic Book Proposal

November 6, 2014

In this webinar you will learn how to start the process of writing a successful book proposal and how to find the best press for your academic book.


Academic Coaching

Managing the Imposter Syndrome in Academia: How to Overcome Self-Doubt

September 25, 2014

Do you ever feel like an academic “imposter” or have negative thoughts about your capabilities? This webinar will help you rethink how you present yourself.


Getting in Sync With Your Tenure Clock

October 23, 2014

How do you create peace of mind when working against the tenure clock? Learn strategies to create a tenure plan and rethink your relationship to your tenure process.


Developing an Academic Support Network

November 20, 2014

Have you found an academic team that will support you on your academic journey? Learn how to grow your network and ask for support.


Dissertation Proposal Writing

Finding and Focusing Your Dissertation Topic: Setting Out on Your Dissertation Journey

August 14, 2014

In this webinar you will learn how to focus your topic and identify a gap in the literature.


The Dissertation Proposal: Putting the Pieces Together

September 18, 2014

Completing a proposal is like doing a jigsaw puzzle with 1000 pieces. In this webinar you will learn how to write the problem statement and put the pieces together.


The Review of Literature: Finding Your Way Out of the Literature Fog

October 16, 2014

In this webinar you will learn how to begin the literature review, organize your materials, decide when you’ve read enough, and synthesize the research.


Selecting a Research Design that Aligns with Your Research Question

November 13, 2014

This webinar offers a crash course in understanding research methods and how to align them with your topic and research question.


Visit http://www.academiccoachingandwriting.org/ for more information

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, lfalconer@rtc.edu

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.