Time to Refresh; Adding the New to the Known
New Instructors and New Classes
Join us in welcoming these new instructors to Continuing Education. What a time to start! They are getting to know our program while also adapting their courses to provide meaningful, engaging opportunities for lifelong learning in an online environment. We have been inspired by their energy and commitment!
What Are You Looking Forward To?
It can be helpful, while navigating a difficult time, to have that bright spot on the horizon. Using this time to daydream, research, and plan a trip volunteering abroad might be just the ticket. Instructor Joyce Major shared with us what students will take away from her class, 'Travel the World Volunteering', and her own takeaways from a decade of volunteering abroad.
Separating Fact from Fiction: Media Literacy
By Michael Coffey
How do we separate what things seem to be from what they actually are? From the first time I read a Sherlock Holmes mystery, I've been interested in answering that question. Most of us can happily go through our lives without having to solve a murder mystery, but we can apply basically the same skills to the media landscape we're in today, more than a century after Holmes and Watson wandered the streets of London.
Human Connection: My Experience Teaching During Covid19
By Leslie J. Hall
I have taught writing classes at North Seattle College and other locations around the Northwest for over 25 years. Writing is my passion. I love words, stories, and language. I've also received much joy in sharing my love of writing with others. I am also passionate about making connections and the powerful energy that comes when creative people get together.
Zoom, Step by Step
Summer quarter has moved online, and for many of us, that means Zoom classrooms. While this technology connects us to our peers and instructors in much the same way as face-to-face classes, logging-in to a Zoom meeting can be a little more complicated than walking into a physical classroom.
We’ve broken down the steps for you below. We have included 2 printable/PDF flowcharts and a video that can walk you through the process.
A. If you have already downloaded the Zoom app onto your computer, use this guide:
Mimic, Repeat, and Apply
Q & A with Japanese Language Instructor Risami Nakamura-Lambert
Learning the basics of a language often comes naturally while traveling. Not through drills, but through casual interaction and attempts at conversation. Risami Nakamura-Lambert’s Conversational Japanese I class is for beginners with little or no Japanese background as well as those who want to brush up on speaking skills. In our Q and A, she shares her approach to teaching, the importance of maintaining language learned, and how this will all translate to an online classroom.
It's Never Too Late
Q & A with Spanish Instructor Juan Miranda
Learning a language right now might be the ultimate act of anticipation. Our worlds have contracted as we navigate stay-at-home orders and social distancing, but learning a language, about the culture and history of other countries, can expand our view. We will travel and connect with people directly again. Until then, vamos a aprender español! In this new environment, full of Zoom calls and face masks, we asked instructor Juan Miranda about his 35 years of teaching Spanish with Continuing Education.
Keeping Our Spirits Up
Moments of melancholy are natural during difficult times. While there is much about the situation we cannot change, shifting our perspective, even momentarily, can have a positive effect.
Movement At Home
By Bri Wilson
Human beings have always danced and moved to celebrate, mourn, and heal. Now is no exception.
A Perfect Time for Ukulele
The ukulele is experiencing a season of renewed popularity. With its happy, uplifting sound, is there any wonder why? It is also affordable, portable, and relatively easy to learn.
Art at Home: Writing
Why write? It might seem obvious that keeping a journal during this stressful time could be beneficial. As we write out anxious feelings, we express and impose structure on what seems overwhelming. But whether you’re writing a fictional story, first-person narrative, poem, play or journal, cultivating a practice of writing may have benefits for our general well-being right now. Exercising our creativity can bring a sense of joy, pride in what we’ve created, and a sense of momentary peace.
Making Art at Home: Drawing & Painting
Making art can focus our attention on the present moment. As you engage in a creative activity of your choosing, breathing deepens, pulse slows, and the background noise in your mind may fade. Finding the time and space to exercise our creativity, especially now, might be a welcome therapy.
Inspire your Home Office with Feng Shui
Trauma Impacts and COVID-19
Preparing for Your Online Class
As we enter spring quarter in a new mode of instruction, we want to offer you support for online learning. Here are some tips to help make your virtual learning experience as smooth as possible:
Mindfulness Practices That Soothe Stress and Anxiety
Continuing Connection: Writing Instructor Christine Dubois on Creating Community while Teaching Onli...
Continuing Education and COVID-19 FAQs
At this time, we are reviewing spring classes that will be impacted by the on-going COVID-19 situation. We will be working with the instructor to determine if the class can be moved to an online format or postponed to start at a later date. If neither of these options is possible, then we will need to make a decision to cancel the class for spring. We will make every effort, via phone and email, to update students as soon as we are aware of any changes to the status of a class.
Put Yourself Out There for a Reason: Social Media and Small Business
It may come as a surprise that a successful instructor and small businessperson like Michele Sweeney was not always a fan of social media. In fact, during the dawning days of platforms like Facebook, Sweeney was reluctant to commit her energy to the social media sphere.
Authenticity, Integrity and Leadership for People of Color
In a recent article in The Economist, Art Hopkins of executive advisory firm Russell Reynolds Associates identified how corporations invite failure by not seeking out People of Color (POC) to fill integral roles within their firms.
Discover the Ease of Self-Publishing Your e-Book
A passion for DIY publishing is written into CE writing instructor Christine Dubois’ DNA. “I grew up around self-publishing,” she says. “My mom (now 94 and still writing) self-published several books on quilting. In those days, you had to pay for the printing and buy a huge number of books and store them in the garage.
Firing Together: Discussing Neuroplasticity and Neurosculpting
Taking the Mystery Out of Reading Music
Making Etsy Your Marketplace
Established in 2005, Etsy is a unique online marketplace devoted to handmade and vintage items and, to a lesser extent, unique factory-made items. Over the years, Etsy has expanded to become a thriving online community comprised of over 1.7 million active artists, crafters and makers catering to at least 28 million customers.
Finding Your Voice as a Writer
One of the biggest challenges that writers face early on is finding their own unique voice. Indeed, writing is a grueling process that will leave you feeling lost most of the time. Well, the good news is that this does get better. With a little time and effort, you'll find yourself getting more comfortable with writing.