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WHAT DOES THE TLC PROVIDE? South's TLC rooms, tools and TLC Associates provide training, services and support on many topics -- starting with our "core four" applications, Canvas, Panopto, BB Collaborate and Google Apps for Education (GA4E).

Core Four Google Apps for Education (GA4E) BB Collaborate Panopto Canvas for faculty


Productive Persistence Workshops

posted Oct 16, 2014, 4:24 PM by Tom Gibbons

What is Productive Persistence?

The Carnegie Foundation defines “Productive Persistence” as a set of behaviors that involves the tenacity and good strategies students need to be academically successful.

There is still time for you to sign up for upcoming trainings at South campus this Fall.

Below is the registration link and workshop descriptions for three Productive Persistence Training Workshops. You can attend workshops at any of the three Seattle Colleges. Workshops may be taken in any order. You can sign up for just one, or for all three of them. Faculty will receive hourly stipends for participating.  Each workshop is limited to 30 Seattle District participants so sign up early! Click here to view dates and times.

Presenters: Jane Muhich and Lawrence Morales

After working with leading social psychologists at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Lawrence Morales and Jane Muhich have been working with Seattle Colleges faculty to development and implement activities to facilitate students having the productive mindsets and effective strategies needed to be academically successful. Come learn proven strategies you can include in your class to help your students be more successful. 

Starting Your Quarter Strong to Maximize Student Success

Faculty will learn how to create a successful initial experience for students by implementing the evidence-based “Starting Strong” activities. The Starting Strong activities support establishing a classroom culture that promotes productive mindsets, encourages student participation and engagement and facilitates students grappling with challenging course content.

Promoting and Sustaining a Growth Mindset

How often have you heard a student say “I’m not a math person”, “I can’t write” or “I can’t do this.” as you watched that student divest their best efforts? Creating a classroom culture that supports a growth mindset, where students believe they can learn using effort, takes more than just a brief intervention or having them watch a Ted Talk. After this workshop you will be able to implement a suite of promising faculty tested activities that promote a growth mindset. With this multipronged approach your students will be able to put forth their best effort, engaging in the academic tasks needed to be successful.

Working Well Together: Increasing Engagement and Social Ties Through Collaborative Learning

Want to maximize participation and engagement in your classroom work groups? Want your students to have strong social-ties shown to improve retention and course success? In this workshop we’ll share promising practices that have been tested and refined by Seattle District and other faculty over past two years. Improve your classroom culture and student academic outcomes by getting your groups to work like a well-oiled machine using the promising strategies presented in this workshop.

Universal Design Strategies in Teaching and Communication

posted Oct 16, 2014, 2:43 PM by Tom Gibbons

Tom Gibbons presented on Universal Design Strategies in Teaching and Communication as part of a cooperative effort with Disability Student Services on October 16, 2014. Topics included using basic headings and styles in Word, issues with email and accessibility, color and contrast, and accessibility and PDFs.  

You can view a video recording of the presentation and access the PowerPoint slides here:

Advanced Canvas Training - Fall 2014 Schedule

posted Aug 30, 2014, 4:58 PM by Sara Newman   [ updated Sep 29, 2014, 9:39 AM by Tom Gibbons ]

Register for Advanced Canvas Training!
The following training sessions are intended for people who've completed their Canvas certification training.

All sessions are available face-to-face and via webinar (except the UD session on 10/16, at this point—not quite sure of the tech in that room, and it’s something I’m doing for DSS at South; there will be a similar session at Central at some point in October). 
Interested people can register for these sessions by filling out the usual form, here: (Happy to have North faculty, too, if there’s any interest.)
A calendar of all upcoming advanced Canvas trainings are available here: 
  1. Thurs, Oct 2, 11amCommunications and Instructor PresenceSouth TLC Classroom LIB140, and Online Webinar 
  2. Wed, Oct 8, 3pmThe Gradebook and Speedgrader, Central BE 1139D, and Online Webinar
  3. Thurs, Oct 16, 11amUniversal Design Strategies in Teaching and Communication, South OLY 206
  4. Wed, Oct 22 11amAlternative Course Organization Strategies, Central BE 1139D, and Online Webinar
  5. Wed, Nov 5, 3pmCreating Effective and Accessible Video, Central BE 1139D, and Online Webinar
  6. Thurs, Nov 13, 3pmCreating Effective DiscussionsSouth TLC Classroom LIB140, and Online Webinar
  7. Thurs, Nov 20, 11amQuizzes and TestingSouth TLC Classroom LIB140, and Online Webinar
  8. Wed, Dec 3, 3pm, Integrating External Resources, Central BE 1139D, and Online Webinar
Tom Gibbons
Instructional Designer

Google DRIVE - Online, Self-paced Training

posted Aug 8, 2014, 12:17 PM by Sara Newman   [ updated Aug 8, 2014, 12:19 PM ]

SSC Google Apps for Education - Google Drive Training (via
In this Google Drive Essential Training (from 2013) online training, Jess Stratton teaches the essentials of creating, formatting, and sharing documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and forms with Google Drive. Discover the differences between the Google Docs and the new Google Drive. 

Then learn how to work with your files—creating, converting, syncing, and deleting—plus tips on organizing and searching Drive. 

Then it is on to the basics of inserting and formatting images, text, tables, and data inside documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and the Google Forms feature for polling an audience and collecting responses. 

You'll also learn about creating with Google Drawings, the best ways to collaborate using Google Docs, and how to save time with templates.

Topics include:
  • Accessing Google Drive
  • Uploading existing files
  • Syncing files between your computer and Google Drive
  • Using filters to find files
  • Creating and naming documents
  • Inserting images, headers and footers, and page breaks
  • Creating a presentation
  • Working with spreadsheet functions and formulas
  • Creating forms and collecting responses
  • Building flowcharts
  • Sharing files with other Google users
  • Commenting in a file
  • Creating a file from a template

SSC's Google Apps for Education - For Students ( Training)

posted Aug 8, 2014, 11:37 AM by Sara Newman   [ updated Aug 8, 2014, 12:34 PM ] offers powerful and easy to use online training. For example, you (and your students) can discover how to use Google Apps (for Education) to become more productive in class and outside school!

In the above course, author and educator Aaron Quigley shows students (and faculty) how to work with Gmail, Google Calendar, and Drive to communicate and collaborate with classmates, become more organized, and save time. Learn how to manage school and personal email, back up your assignments, create a class website, and connect with others on Google+. 

Faculty can also use this online training course to get tips to help their students succeed inside and outside the classroom.

Topics include:
  • Searching for scholarly articles on Google
  • Switching between school and personal Gmail
  • Sending large file attachments
  • Composing papers in Google Docs
  • Creating a class calendar
  • Setting up your student profile on Google+
  • Using Google Hangout

Panopto - Transitioning from Tegrity

posted Aug 2, 2014, 1:07 PM by Sara Newman   [ updated Aug 2, 2014, 1:38 PM ]

Important reminders regarding SBCTC's move from Tegrity to Panopto

Tegrity videos created before end of Spring quarter 2014 are being converted (by Panopto) from your old Tegrity account to your new Panopto account.  SBCTC (Washington State Board Community Technical Colleges - aka state board) is "out of contract" with Tegrity -- however, Tegrity has kindly continued to keep all videos "available to access" until the end of August 2014. 
Tegrity to Panopto - Road Map

Please do not make any new videos in Tegrity as (new) videos will not be converted over to your new Panopto account.  Use your Panopto (via your Canvas account) to create new videos, please. 

Only the Tegrity videos created before end of Spring quarter (2014), are being converted into Panopto accounts. Anything made in Tegrity after end of Spring quarter will not be converted. 

We do not have a conversion ETA from state board, as of yet. But we do know they (Panopto) are working on a huge conversion job for all of us as quickly as they can.

If you cannot wait for the conversion of your Tegrity videos into your Panopto account you can find steps for moving your own Tegrity videos to your computer and then up into your Panopto account via South's Panopto training and resources.  South's best Panopto information (most current news and links to training and resources) are maintained on this website

Quality Matters - Fifth Edition

posted Aug 2, 2014, 12:15 PM by Sara Newman   [ updated Aug 2, 2014, 1:26 PM ]

Presenting Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric, Fifth Edition, 2014

Quality Matters - Rubric Book 2014

Quality Matters is all about continuous improvement for online and blended courses. That's why we're so excited to release the updated QM Higher Education Rubric, Fifth Edition, 2014. The Rubric Committee, a group of online learning experts, spent nearly a year reviewing the latest research in updating the Fifth Edition, 2014 Rubric.

Subscribers can access the Rubric using the Self-Review tool available when logged in to MyQM. To begin a Self-Review:

  1. Log in to MyQM

  2. Select the Higher Education tab

  3. Select Start a Self-Review

QM Role holders must complete the Rubric Update, a free, self-paced tool available to subscribers explaining the differences between the 2011-13 Rubric and the Higher Education Rubric, Fifth Edition, 2014. Registration is required for the Rubric Update. You can register for the Rubric Update using your MyQM login.

  1. Log in to MyQM

  2. Select the Higher Education tab

  3. Select the Workshop - Register menu

  4. Select Register for Rubric Update

While you're checking out the updated Rubric, you might notice a MyCR link in the MyQM menu. What's MyCR? My Custom Reviews, or MyCR, is a tool exclusive to subscribers that will allow users to create customized reviews. 

You can use QM's Rubric Standards with your institution's standards and benefit from the the power of QM's Course Review Management System when conducting your own reviews. 



Panopto is heir apparent

posted Apr 24, 2014, 1:17 PM by Sara Newman   [ updated Aug 2, 2014, 12:52 PM ]

The Washington (SBCTC) State Board for Community and Technical Colleges'  RFP (a 'request for proposal' process for lecture capture software) has concluded and SBCTC has officially announced Panopto selected as the state’s new "video and lecture capture" solution, replacing Tegrity when their current contract expires June 30th, 2014.  

Per SBCTC, 'they' will be moving all Tegrity recordings to Panopto (see their website and timeline for details, linked below) -- and there will be training provided for those interested in learning how to use Panopto.

For ALL information (transition timeline, support, etc.)
please review SBCTC's site:


As we (your eLearning and TLC teams) learn more about South's part in this transition, we will be sharing with you.

Thank you,
Sara Newman
South Seattle College (​SSC​) eLearning & TLC Director
SSC Administrator for Canvas, Collaborate, Tegrity/Panopto, GA4E, CAN8 &

Open Educational Resources (OER) Training Available - April 2014

posted Apr 5, 2014, 6:00 PM by Sara Newman   [ updated Apr 5, 2014, 6:13 PM ]

SBCTC (Washington State Board Community and Technical Colleges)  invites you to participate in their "How to Use Open Educational Resources" (online) training, April 14 - April 25th 2014

  • OER
    This two week course (April 14-25) 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 also 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.
  • Check out past participant perspectives by reviewing "messages to the next class" from previous participants.
  • Interested? Head to training registration.
SBCTC eLearning

Technical difficulties in registration?  Contact
Training content or schedules questions?  Contact Boyoung,

Sara is Available Sat. 04/05 and Sun. 04/06)

posted Apr 5, 2014, 1:31 PM by Sara Newman   [ updated Apr 5, 2014, 1:33 PM ]

Last minute help before Spring quarter begins!

Feeling 'knee deep' just before Spring quarter begins?

Sara is available (online) all weekend Saturday 04/05/2014 and Sunday 04/06/2014 to help with your last minute TLC and eLearning (Canvas, GA4E, Tegrity and Collaborate) questions and needs.

The many ways to reach Sara (including what you/she needs 'instructions' to best communicate) this weekend, are as follows ...

  • Email -- please provide your phone # and best times to call when your question/need requires more than a 'yes or no' email response.
  • Phone (206) 395-9322 -- please leave a voice-mail message with your questions and/or needs, phone # and best times to call this weekend.
  • Webinar -- choose one of these webinar apps to meet with Sara online.  Email Sara your webinar choice, your questions and the best times to meet online this weekend. These options allows sharing of computer screens, as needed.

IMPORTANT Reminders:

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