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Empowering Students with Pressbooks

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WACCy Wednesdays continue!  In lieu of the annual in-person Washington Canvas Conference (WACC), the eLearning Council (ELC) is pleased to offer a second season of free WACCy Wednesday Webinars. Please join us for the fifth and final webinar in the 2022 series.

  • Wednesday, May 18th
  • Noon – 1:00 PM

Empowering Students with Pressbooks

Pressbooks is an eBook creation and discovery platform that hosts Open Educational Resources (OER). Thanks to the WA State Board of Community and Technical Colleges network subscription, faculty and staff at Lake Washington Institute of Technology started creating books this year! With seven books completed and many more in progress, faculty have chosen to use Pressbooks as a vehicle for student voice and as a tool for diversity and social justice work. Come learn more about Pressbooks and how LW Tech is using it to empower students.

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Katherine Kelley
Faculty Librarian
Lake Washington Institute of Technology

The webinars are FREE and no registration is required!  Simply click the “Join Us in Zoom” link below to join the webinar at the designated time.  Please log in a little bit early to avoid technical issues. Not sure if your computer meets the technical requirements for Zoom or just want to give it a test … try it now!

Join Us in Zoom

To join us in Zoom, click the link above or copy and paste the link below into your browser.

http://bit.ly/WACCyWednesday

Visit the Zoom Help Center for information about using Zoom.

Thanks,

😊 Alissa on behalf of the ELC Professional Development Work Group

Alissa Sells (she/her/hers)
Program Administrator, Educational Resources
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
asells@sbctc.edu • 425.239.0456 • @WAeLearning

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Flexible Learning EXperiences (FLEX) Project

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WACCy Wednesdays continue!  In lieu of the annual in-person Washington Canvas Conference (WACC), the eLearning Council (ELC) is pleased to offer a second season of free WACCy Wednesday Webinars. Join us for the fourth webinar in the series featuring the ELC 2020-21 Connie Broughton Innovation in eLearning Award winner, Yun Moh from Renton Technical College.

  • Wednesday, April 27th
  • Noon – 1:00 PM

Flexible Learning EXperiences (FLEX) Project

At Renton Technical College (RTC), FLEX is an acronym for Flexible Learning Experiences. FLEX courses are designed with an active learning instructional model and are supported by familiar technologies such as Canvas and Zoom. The FLEX modality empowers students to move toward success no matter what life events come their way and it promotes flexibility in learning on multiple levels leading students toward a more personalized learning experience. Join Yun to learn more about RTC’s student choice modality that allows students to decide on any given day whether to attend class in-person, virtually, or asynchronously – with little or no difference in their learning.

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Yun Moh
Instructional Designer
Renton Technical College

The webinars are FREE and no registration is required!  Simply click the “Join Us in Zoom” link below to join the webinar at the designated time.  Please log in a little bit early to avoid technical issues. Not sure if your computer meets the technical requirements for Zoom or just want to give it a test … try it now!

Join Us in Zoom

To join us in Zoom, click the link above or copy and paste the link below into your browser.

http://bit.ly/WACCyWednesday

Visit the Zoom Help Center for information about using Zoom.

Thanks,

😊 Alissa on behalf of the ELC Professional Development Work Group

Alissa Sells (she/her/hers)
Program Administrator, Educational Resources
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
asells@sbctc.edu • 425.239.0456 • @WAeLearning

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WACCy Wednesday Webinar – Designing for Academic Integrity: From Honorlock to Honor Code

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WACCy Wednesdays continue!  In lieu of the annual in-person Washington Canvas Conference (WACC), the eLearning Council (ELC) is pleased to offer a second season of free WACCy Wednesday Webinars. Join us for the third webinar in the series featuring the ELC 2021-22 Connie Broughton Innovation in eLearning Award winner, Stephanie Bartlett from Shoreline Community College.

  • Wednesday, March 9th
  • Noon – 1:00 PM

Designing for Academic Integrity: From Honorlock to Honor Code

“Designing for Academic Integrity: From Honorlock to Honor Code” represents a framework for transparently modeling values of academic honor and integrity in online courses. Honor Codes have existed for decades, and the concept of creating a climate of trust is a goal in most classes.  Join Stephanie to learn how her approach to Designing for Academic Integrity blends universal ideas of trust, honesty, and transparency into a grounded pedagogical framework and how her integrated approach draws students into the creation of the classroom culture as they learn about academic integrity while developing a personal honor code that is used to establish classroom norms.

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Stephanie Bartlett
Professor
Faculty Program Coordinator
Physics & Astronomy Department
Shoreline Community College

The webinars are FREE and no registration is required!  Simply click the “Join Us in Zoom” link below to join the webinar at the designated time.  Please log in a little bit early to avoid technical issues. Not sure if your computer meets the technical requirements for Zoom or just want to give it a test … try it now!

Join Us in Zoom

To join us in Zoom, click the link above or copy and paste the link below into your browser.

http://bit.ly/WACCyWednesday

The complete webinar schedule will be posted to the ELC’s WA Professional Development calendar soon.

Visit the Zoom Help Center for information about using Zoom.

Thanks,

😊 Alissa on behalf of the ELC Professional Development Work Group

Alissa Sells (she/her/hers)
Program Administrator, Educational Technology & Open Education
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
asells@sbctc.edu • 425.239.0456 • @WAeLearning
Ed Tech Professional Development Opportunities
SBCTC COVID 19 Remote Teaching Resources
Alissa’s Current Projects

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WACCy Wednesday Webinar – Game Over: Why your attempts to gamify your course don’t work (and how to fix it)

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WACCy Wednesdays continue!  In lieu of the annual in-person Washington Canvas Conference (WACC), the eLearning Council (ELC) is pleased to offer a second season of free WACCy Wednesday Webinars. Please join us for the second webinar in this series.

  • Wednesday, February 23rd
  • Noon – 1:00 PM

Game Over: Why your attempts to gamify your course don’t work (and how to fix it)

How can you, as an educator, consistently balance an intellectually rigorous course that produces exceptional learning, promotes equity in your classroom, and engages students? Gamification could be the answer, but attempts to gamify learning frequently end in poor, inequitable returns, or even outright failure. Why? Game designer Jeremy Winn breaks down the reasons why an incomplete understanding of the principles of gamification results in hours of wasted effort and why successful gamification is simpler than you think.  Jeremy will walk you through the creation of your very own gamified assessment. Bring a learning goal to work with!

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Jeremy Winn
eLearning Coordinator, Grays Harbor College

The webinars are FREE and no registration is required!  Simply click the “Join Us in Zoom” link below to join the webinar at the designated time.  Please log in a little bit early to avoid technical issues. Not sure if your computer meets the technical requirements for Zoom or just want to give it a test … try it now!

Join Us in Zoom

To join us in Zoom, click the link above or copy and paste the link below into your browser.

http://bit.ly/WACCyWednesday

The complete webinar schedule will be posted to the ELC’s WA Professional Development calendar soon.

Visit the Zoom Help Center for information about using Zoom.

Thanks,

😊 Alissa on behalf of the ELC Professional Development Work Group

Alissa Sells (she/her/hers)
Program Administrator, Educational Technology & Open Education
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
asells@sbctc.edu • 425.239.0456 • @WAeLearning
Ed Tech Professional Development Opportunities
SBCTC COVID 19 Remote Teaching Resources
Alissa’s Current Projects

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WACCy Wednesday Webinar – Raising an Eyebrow at Grades: Ungrading for Equity, Inclusion, and Success

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WACCy Wednesdays are back!  In lieu of the annual in-person Washington Canvas Conference (WACC), the eLearning Council (ELC) is pleased to offer a second season of free WACCy Wednesday Webinars. The 2022 series will open in January and continue with monthly webinars through June. Please join us for the first webinar in the series:

  • Wednesday, January 26th
  • Noon – 1:00 PM

Raising an Eyebrow at Grades: Ungrading for Equity, Inclusion, and Success

“Ungrading” is a provocative concept that encompasses a wide spectrum of assessment and classroom policy design decisions. As Jesse Stommel put it, “‘Ungrading’ means raising an eyebrow at grades as a systemic practice, distinct from simply ‘not grading.’” Join Caleb to explore how grading policies relate to student equity, inclusion, and success, and to unpack some ungrading theories, practices, and techniques. Caleb will also discuss how Canvas can support ungrading and share a bibliography of additional resources to help you dive more deeply into this emerging topic.

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Caleb Hutchins
Instructional Designer, Community Colleges of Spokane

The webinars are FREE and no registration is required!  Simply click the “Join Us in Zoom” link below to join the webinar at the designated time.  Please log in a little bit early to avoid technical issues. Not sure if your computer meets the technical requirements for Zoom or just want to give it a test … try it now!

Join Us in Zoom

To join us in Zoom, click the link above or copy and paste the link below into your browser.

http://bit.ly/WACCyWednesday

The complete webinar schedule will be posted to the ELC’s WA Professional Development calendar soon.

Visit the Zoom Help Center for information about using Zoom.

Thanks,

😊 Alissa on behalf of the ELC Professional Development Work Group

Alissa Sells (she/her/hers)
Program Administrator, Student Success Center & Strategic Initiatives
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
asells@sbctc.edu • 425.239.0456 • @WAeLearning
Ed Tech Professional Development Opportunities
SBCTC COVID 19 Remote Teaching Resources
Alissa’s Current Projects

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WACCy Wednesday Webinar: Open Pedagogy to Support EDI

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In lieu of the annual in-person Washington Canvas Conference (WACC), the eLearning Council (ELC) is pleased to offer a series of free monthly WACCy webinars this spring.  Please join us for the third and final webinar in the spring series.

  • Wednesday, June 9th
  • Noon – 1:00 PM

Synchronous Classrooms (Pedagogical Use of Zoom)

Join faculty librarians Jennifer Snoek-Brown and Kathy Swart to learn about their experience using Open Pedagogy to support Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.  Swart will share her sabbatical research which relied on critical information literacy and open education to create assignments that amplify the voices of marginalized groups, counter misinformation, and engage students in helping faculty transition to OER.  Please visit “Assignments for Faculty – Centering Marginalized Groups” to view this amazing collection of assignments! Snoek-Brown will discuss her work with faculty and students on open pedagogy projects that integrate more inclusive OER images and multimedia.  During the final segment of the session participants will be invited to share about their open pedagogy ideas and projects.

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Jennifer Snoek-Brown
Faculty OER Librarian, Tacoma Community College
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Kathy Swart
Professor and Reference/Instruction Librarian, Pierce College

The webinars are FREE and no registration is required!  Simply click the “Join Us in Zoom” link below to join the webinar at the designated time.  Please log in a little bit early to avoid technical issues. Not sure if your computer meets the technical requirements for Zoom or just want to give it a test … try it now!

Join Us in Zoom

To join us in Zoom, click the link above or copy and paste the link below into your browser.

http://bit.ly/WACCyWednesday

The complete webinar schedule will be posted to the ELC’s WA Professional Development calendar soon.

Visit the Zoom Help Center for information about using Zoom.

Thanks,

😊 Alissa on behalf of the ELC Professional Development Work Group

Alissa Sells (she/her/hers)
Program Administrator, Student Success Center & Strategic Initiatives
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
asells@sbctc.edu • 425.239.0456 • @WAeLearning
Ed Tech Professional Development Opportunities
SBCTC COVID 19 Remote Teaching Resources
Alissa’s Current Projects

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WACCy Wednesday: Synchronous Classrooms (Pedagogical Use of Zoom)

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In lieu of the annual in-person Washington Canvas Conference (WACC), the eLearning Council (ELC) is pleased to offer a series of free monthly WACCy webinars this spring. Please join us for the second webinar in this series.

  • Wednesday, May 19th
  • Noon – 1:00 PM

Synchronous Classrooms (Pedagogical Use of Zoom)

Want to know more about how to manage synchronous sessions in Zoom?  If so, this webinar is for you!  Kevin will share strategies for keeping students engaged, tips for polling, great practices for large and small group discussions using breakout rooms, and much more.  You’re invited to join 10-15 minutes early to explore some of the Zoom tools that will be highlighted during the webinar.  Before you join, be sure to review Kevin’s “How do I Use Zoom” and  “What’s Expected of Me? (Netiquette)” guidelines.

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Kevin Bowersox-Johnson, Interim Executive Director of eLearning, Seattle Colleges

The webinars are FREE and no registration is required!  Simply click the “Join Us in Zoom” link below to join the webinar at the designated time.  Please log in a little bit early to avoid technical issues. Not sure if your computer meets the technical requirements for Zoom or just want to give it a test … try it now!

Join Us in Zoom

To join us in Zoom, click the link above or copy and paste the link below into your browser.

http://bit.ly/WACCyWednesday

The complete webinar schedule will be posted to the ELC’s WA Professional Development calendar soon.

Visit the Zoom Help Center for information about using Zoom.

Thanks,

😊 Alissa on behalf of the ELC Professional Development Work Group

Alissa Sells (she/her/hers)
Program Administrator, Student Success Center & Strategic Initiatives
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
asells@sbctc.edu • 425.239.0456 • @WAeLearning
Ed Tech Professional Development Opportunities
SBCTC COVID 19 Remote Teaching Resources
Alissa’s Current Projects

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WACC 2020 has been Cancelled

event-cancelledDear Colleagues,

As you know, the situation in our area about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve and change. The host college for the upcoming WA Canvas Conference, Tacoma Community College, has been monitoring the situation closely, and follows Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s guidelines for schools and colleges. As of March 6th, the Health Department does not recommend schools to close or cancel activities. Currently, no schools in Pierce County have confirmed cases of COVID-19. Up north, Public Health – Seattle and King County have released guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

TCC is following the recommendations of Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, and as of today, the Health Department is not recommending canceling classes or events or closing the college.

Upon taking these considerations and the fact that the Canvas Conference brings in hundreds of people from around the state, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the event. We know this poses an inconvenience, and we sincerely apologize for this. We simply wish to take precautionary health measures.

We are currently working with Eventbrite to fully refund you, and will issue your refund as soon as possible. Please work directly with your hotels for cancellations.

We appreciate all what you do for our student success. We look forward to seeing you at next year’s WA Canvas Conference.

If you have any questions, please email kathleen.chambers@seattlecolleges.edu.

 

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Early bird registration for WACC 2020 is open!

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Register for WACC 2020

Where

Dates/Times

  • Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • Friday, March 27, 2020 at 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM (PDT)

Registration

Event Fee

  • $160.00 (2020 early bird fee)
  • $200.00 (2020 fee)

    The 2020 event fees above include the following:

  • 40+ presentations, workshops, and keynote speakers
  • Continental breakfasts, break treats, beverages, and lunches. 
  • Personalizable event program via Sched.
  • Conference Jacket – Please indicate your Fleece jacket size in Eventbrite when you register.

Session Descriptions

Our WACC 2020 program’s list of presentations is NOW AVAILABLE; all descriptions, dates, times and rooms will be posted soon, as well.

  1. Go to https://wacc2020.sched.com
  2. Review Sched.com’s Guide for Attendees
  3. Update your profile with your information and photo
  4. Add the mobile app to your smartphone!

Food allergies or dietary restrictions?

Questions about hotels, campus parking, wifi, and other topics?

  • To find our best answers to questions like where to stay, where to park on campus, and how to access wifi during the event, please visit the WACC conference FAQs page.

Introducing WACCy Wednesdays!

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In lieu of the annual in-person Washington Canvas Conference (WACC), the eLearning Council (ELC) is pleased to offer a series of free monthly WACCy webinars this spring.

The series will open on Wednesday, April 21st with a presentation by the Council’s 2019-20 Connie Broughton Innovation in eLearning Award winner, Virginia Kyle from Clark College.

  • Wednesday, April 21st
  • Noon – 1:00 PM

What’s Your Connection? Storytelling, Social Injustice, and Qualitative Research

“What’s Your Connection? Storytelling, Social Injustice, and Qualitative Research” represents a deep dive into storytelling and the critical consumption of media and all forms of communication purporting to hold the truth of another, and to tell the “all” of another’s experience.

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Virginia Kyle, Adjunct Sociology Instructor, Clark College

Join Virginia to learn how her storytelling assignment uses transformational experiential learning strategies to provide online students with critical foundations in sociology, a hands-on qualitative research experience from the perspective of both the researcher and the subject, and an opportunity for enhanced bonding and making personal connections in the online learning community.

During the webinar, Virginia will guide participants through a brief interactive activity to demonstrate how this assignment gives students a visceral experience that forever changes their perspective on media and social justice.

The webinars are FREE and no registration is required!  Simply click the “Join Us in Zoom” link below to join the webinar at the designated time.  Please log in a little bit early to avoid technical issues. Not sure if your computer meets the technical requirements for Zoom or just want to give it a test … try it now!

Join Us in Zoom

To join us in Zoom, click the link above or copy and paste the link below into your browser.

http://bit.ly/WACCyWednesday

The complete webinar schedule will be posted to the ELC’s WA Professional Development calendar soon.

Visit the Zoom Help Center for information about using Zoom.

Thanks,

😊 Alissa on behalf of the ELC Professional Development Work Group

Alissa Sells (she/her/hers)
Program Administrator, Student Success Center & Strategic Initiatives
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
asells@sbctc.edu • 425.239.0456 • @WAeLearning
Ed Tech Professional Development Opportunities
SBCTC COVID 19 Remote Teaching Resources
Alissa’s Current Projects

WACC 2020 PROGRAM: Now Available!

Are you registered for the WA Canvas Conference, March 26-27 @ TCC, yet?

Washington's Annual Canvas Conference - Get your registration tickets ASAP!
Washington’s Annual Canvas Conference – Get your registration tickets ASAP!

CHECK OUT this year’s program and register today!

  1. Go to https://wacc2020.sched.com
  2. Review Sched.com’s Guide for Attendees
  3. Update your profile with your information and photo
  4. Add the mobile app to your smartphone!
  5. Personalize your program!