SBCTC Awarded 2015 Open Research Award for Open Education Excellence

Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges has been awarded the 2015 Open Research Award for Open Education Excellence, presented by the Open Education Consortium.

The report, authored by Boyoung Chae, Policy Associate, eLearning and Open Education, and Mark Jenkins, Director of eLearning and Open Education, is titled: “Qualitative Investigation of Faculty Open Educational Resource Usage in the Washington Community and Technical College System: Models for Support and Implementation.

To see the official announcement, please visit the Open Education Consortium website.

SBCTC is extremely grateful to the 50 faculty members who participated in the interviews, as well as to the 770 faculty members who responded to the earlier survey—the results of which led directly to the current study.

We are proud to be part of a system of institutions and educators committed to increasing access to high quality education for everyone!

Web Accessibility MOOC for Online Educators



Web Accessibility MOOC for Online Educators

  • Offered by Portland Community College & Desire2Learn OPEN COURSES
  • Starts March 30th and runs for 5 weeks



  • Goal 1: Build the personal knowledge base in web accessibility for each participant
  • Goal 2: Create Accessible Photo Images, Diagrams, and Charts for Online Courses
  • Goal 3: Create Accessible Audio and Video for Online Courses
  • Goal 4: Create Accessible HTML Content for Online Courses
  • Goal 5: Create Accessible Course Content in Other Formats

This is an excellent course! If you are at all interested in improving the accessibility of your course materials, please consider participating in this MOOC.  For those that may be unfamiliar, a MOOC is a Massively Open Online Course.  You may choose your level of participation by accessing the course just for the resources or by completing different levels of coursework to earn a completion certificate.  And, it’s FREE!

Share the Canvas Love! Present on March 27th at Mini Canvas-Con

South Puget Sound Community College
is looking for

for a one-day Canvas conference

Friday, March 27th, 2015

9:00AM – 3:00 PM (with a nice break for lunch)

Working Workshop Categories

  • Basic Canvas
  • Student engagement with Canvas
  • Best practices using Canvas
  • Canvas + (extra goodies you can add to Canvas)

To share the Canvas love, please complete this Google form

Questions?  Contact Kathy Brooks & Rick McKinnon

Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) at Olympic College

Olympic College
invites faculty to join
Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR)

February 19th to March 3rd, 2015

Facilitators: Kathy Bright and Laurie Adamson
Fee: $25/person, billed directly from QM to your institution.

eLearning Directors in the CTC system: Register interested faculty directly by logging into MY QM, choosing the “Higher Education” tab, then “Workshop – Register” on the left, and “Dedicated Training”.  If you are registering others, select [Group Reg].

Kathy Bright
ELearning Faculty Support
Olympic College | Haselwood Library Rm 18
Ph: (360) 475-7772 | Fax: (360) 475-7775

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.

Advancing Low Impact Development (LID) Education in Your Institution

Veda InternationalWhat: Forum Discussion
Who: Community and technical college administrators, staff, and instructors/professors throughout Washington State
When: March 16, 2015 at 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Where: South Seattle Community College, Olympic Hall

Forum Goals
The Washington Department of Ecology, in partnership with consultants, has designed and is implementing the Statewide Low Impact Development (LID) Training Program from September 2014 through June 2015. The Statewide LID Training Program offers free LID courses on a wide range of topics. To ensure that LID education continues beyond 2015, the state is recruiting technical and community colleges to build LID education programs as part of the institution’s program offerings. The forum provides an opportunity for attendees to learn about the role they can play in advancing LID knowledge in the state.

The forum offers attendees opportunity to:

● Understand the role that community and technical colleges can play in advancing LID knowledge
● Understand the business case for offering LID trainings in terms of job opportunities for graduates
● Understand the financial mechanisms and incentives being offered by the state (and others) to build capacity to develop LID/stormwater education programs
● Access existing tools and curriculum to help design and deliver an LID program

For more information, please visit the Washington Stormwater Center or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Nhi Irwin
Veda Environmental
2211 Elliott Ave Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98121
P: 360.561.6970

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

My Decade of Mistakes: Blackboard Collaborate Recording and Materials

IGNIS Promo - My Decade of Mistakes - ALYSON INDRUNASThank you to Alyson Indrunas, eLearning Director at Everett Community College, for kicking off our 2015 IGNIS Webinar series with such passion and integrity.  Her presentation, My Decade of Mistakes– Four Things I Did Wrong as an Online Teacher, has received much praise from our record number (more than 70!) of attendees.