Introducing WACCy Wednesdays!

an open laptop computer with Canvas logo on screen and text to the right reading "WACCy Wednesday Webinars presented by the Washington State eLearning Council"

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.

headshot of presenter Virginia Kyle with professional headphones and a mic
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.


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.


😊 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
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SBCTC COVID 19 Remote Teaching Resources
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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.



Early bird registration for WACC 2020 is open!

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Register for WACC 2020



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


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.

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!


WACC 2020 * Save the dates March 26-27!

March 2020 Calendar


  • Thursday, March 26, 2020
  • Friday, March 27, 2020





  • Coming Soon!

WACC 2019 Recordings: Now Available!

You can’t plant a seed without getting your hands dirty – Engaging Students Through an Equity Lens
Strengths & Students First: Crafting Impactful Course Revitalization
Panopto Recordings of the Sessions
Ten Ways to Make your Online Classes More Interactive and Engaging (Raquel Potter)
Flip IT! Transform Hybrid Office Hours to Engaging Learning Communities (Caroline Pew)
Louder, for the @slackers in the back (channel)! Increasing student interaction and engagement
The Power of Voice: Podcasting (Renee Phoenix)
Utilizing Google Apps to engage students and streamline your course (Curt Pavia)
Onboarding Faculty: Community & Teaching Practices (Margaret Balachowski, Rhonda DeWitt)
Engaged learning in community: At WACC and in your Canvas course (Heather Newcomer, Marisa Petrich)
Sponsor Session: Making STEM Content Usable for Diverse Learners (Krista Greear, Blackboard Ally)
Do Not Fear the Code! – HTML in Canvas for Non-Coders (Danielle Casey)
Psychology of Choice: Driving Learner Engagement with Meaningful Choice (Tara Rodi, Debbie Padden)
Zoom Room for Education (Larry Baker, Brad Cushman, Wendy Glenn)
Behind the Wizard’s Curtain: Approaches for Successful Integration of Formative Assessment
Internet Armageddon…The Internet is Down…How to Keep Working (Jeanette Smith Perrone)
Virtual Reality in the Classroom (Christopher Soran, Sean Puno)
If You Build It They Will Come: Creating a Web-Enhanced Math Class (Catherine Conway)
UDL Design Sprints in 30 Minutes (Renee Phoenix)
This is a Classroom: Online Engagement and Retention Strategies (Scott Haddock)
Integrating Universal Design for Learning in Open Education Practice (Dale Coleman, Jennifer Snoek-Brown)
Sponsor Session: Protecting Integrity in the Modern Era (Greg Jackobsen, Honorlock)
Badging 102: DBadgr and Canvas at State Board for Technical and Community Colleges (SBCTC)
Get Your Tilt On! Advancing Equity in Assignment Design (Tsai-En Cheng, Toni Anderson, Kathleen)
Using Canvas to Facilitate Professional Development – Community Colelge of Spokane eLearning
Flip you…next! Managing cognitive overload in a hybrid course with OER (Hoshimi Tominari Smith)
Engage! With the WA Course Design Checklist (Alissa Sells)
Studying Textbooks for Retention – Throw Away Your Highlighters! SQ3R an Essential Method
25 Live How can a scheduling tool integrate with the rest of your campus (Kirk Knittle)
Putting Pedagogy First: Offering Meaningful Tech Training (Tsai-En Cheng, Robin Leeson)
Access, Accessibility, Cultural Inclusivity: A Recipe for Student Success (Erin Baker)
Does Quality in Online Course Design Matter? (Alissa Sells)
Secrets for Bringing the Library into your Course (Mary Keany, Chelsea Nesvig, Elena Bianco, Heath
How to be a Canvas Superhero (Chris Powell)
Creative Uses of Canvas Tools to Engage Students in Active Learning (Lindsey S)
Getting Started With Digital Storytelling (Renee Phoenix)
ZOOM – The Life Changing Magic of Zoom in Education! (Pamela Wilkins, Sara Newman)
“Light up!: Inspire Engagement as students create videos using light board technology
Google Doc Collaborations for Active Learning in an Online Math Class (Kate, Teri)
Engaging With Alternative Forms of Assessment (Erin Baker)
What Microsoft and YouTube Taught Me About Engaging Students Online (George Hu)
Play, Learn & Record: Videos in Biology Labs (Jay)
AIM Perfect! Institutionalized Accessibility (Hoshimi)
Instructure Bridge and Software Evaluation Needs (Pat, Steve)
Active Learning Using Peer Assessment: Strategy to Foster Learning & Transparency
Tips & Best Practices for a Quick Course Setup in Canvas (Ray Chew)
Wit & Warmth: Personalizing Student Services and Coaching Engagement in Canvas (Karen)
Engaging Students through Design (Kevin)


WACC 2019

Welcome attendees and speakers to your Washington Annual Canvas Conference (WACC 2019) event!

Washington's Annual Canvas Conference
WACC 2019: Day 1 of 2




Dear WACC 2019 attendees and presenters,

With only 2+ weeks until this year’s highly anticipated WACC 2019 (March 28-29), it’s time to personalize your 1.5 days of presentations and workshops schedule via this year’s new online scheduling app.!

Sara Newman example WACC 2019 schedule
Example: Personalized sched.com account profile and personalized WACC 2019 event schedule

Please take just a few minutes to set up your profile and personalized schedule today! Visit …

  1. https://wacc2019.sched.com
  2. Create your free account!
  3. Personalize with your profile (market yourself and your skills!)
  4. Personalize your WACC 2019 schedule (update yours anytime!)

We’re looking forward to ENGAGING with you soon at Tacoma Community College this March 28-29, 2019!

March 28th’s WACC 2019 Keynote Speaker, Dr. Darryl Brice

Explore Student Engagement through an Equity LensDr. Darryl Brice

“You can’t plant a seed without getting your hands dirty”

Many faculty members often replicate the types of teaching approaches they experienced as students. Consequently, they end up teaching the same way they were informed about how to teach. Unfortunately, many of those teaching methods are/were not inclusive or engaging for students in general and students of color specifically.  Instead of reproducing those same problematic classroom environs, faculty can provide a more humanizing experience to teaching by approaching pedagogy through an equity lens. This presentation will consist of storytelling, research, and strategies that will assist others in creating equitable learning environments that are more engaging and inclusive than the ones we experienced when we were college students.

About Dr. Brice

Dr. Darryl Bricee
Dr. Darryl Brice

Dr. Darryl Brice was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. He attended Frostburg State University located in Frostburg, MD where he received his BS in Political Science and Justice Studies. He received his MA and PhD in Sociology from Loyola University Chicago.

Dr. Brice is currently an instructor of Sociology and Diversity and Globalism Studies at Highline College where he’s taught since 2003. In 2007 he was awarded tenure, the Teachers Assisting in Discovery award and Faculty Member of the Year. In 2009 he received the NISOD (National Institute for Staff and Development) Excellence Award. In addition, Dr. Brice recently won the 2018 Faculty and Staff of Color Conference Faculty Award of Excellence!

WACC 2019 – March 28-29

This sellout event is brought to you courtesy of the WA SBCTC Professional Development/WACC committee and hosted by Tacoma Community College (TCC)!

For an event fee of only $150.00, BOTH conference days are fully covered and include keynote speakers, 40+ ENGAGE-ing presentations and workshopsa personalizable event program mobile application, continental breakfasts, break treats, beverages, and lunch each day!


WACC 2019 “Early Bird Rate” extended through Friday, March 8th!



If needed, watch this How to Register (video)


  • Thursday, March 28 = 8:00—5:00
    • Breakfast, 8-8:45
    • Welcome to WACC starts at 8:30
    • Connie Broughton Award, 8:45-9
    • Keynote Speaker, 9-9:45
    • Workshop & Presentation Sessions start at 10
    • Lunch Hour, 12-1
    • Popcorn Social, 4-5
  • Friday, March 29 = 8:00—1:00
    • Breakfast, 8-8:45
    • Keynote Speaker, 9-9:45
    • Workshop & Presentation Sessions start at 10
    • Lunch Hour, 12-1


     The above fee covers both days and all of the following!

  1. 50+ engaging presentations, workshops and keynote speakers
  2. continental breakfast, break treats, beverages, and lunches
  3. a personalizable event program via https://wacc2019.sched.com/
  4. a conference jacket, (please indicate size preference before March 4)




  • Questions answered regarding hotels, parking, WiFi, program, etc.!