Making Learning Visible, Spring 2021: Celebrations of Teaching & Learning

Header of Making Learning Visible with two photos of student presenters in a blue rectangular box

The RISE Learning Institute hosts an event, Making Learning Visible, every quarter to celebrate teaching and learning.

Since classes are currently remote due to precautions around COVID-19, Making Learning Visible for Spring 2021 are entirely online. The RISE Learning Institute encourages all Bellevue College faculty, staff, and students to attend any of these public presentations, explore these online poster showcases, or celebrate along with other graduating students. View the student showcase below, and when you’re done, feel free to sign the Guest Book!

Spring 2021 Live Events

June 11, 12:00pm-1:00pm
Celebrate graduation with the BC’s LGBTQ+ students. With keynote speaker Goddexx / La Espiritista.
Zoom (Meeting ID 829 1557 1120)
Contact Marlowe Zoller for more details

June 16, 2:30pm-4:00pm
The second-year STEM to Stern (STEM 203) students work on team-based projects throughout the year.  Come join us to see the demos of the apps they’ve built, the research they’ve done, and the projects they’ve made.  The STEM 103 students will also be showing off the results of their project-based work as well.
Join Zoom
Contact Michael Reese for more details

June 16 – 20
A Medieval Media Empire is the setting of Bellevue College’s online musical production of Once Upon a Mattress, a classic musical retelling of “The Princess and the Pea.” Aggravain is the Talk Show Queen who has put her husband the King on “mute.” Once Upon a Mattress is a classic musical comedy with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer. Directed by Tammis Doyle, Musically Directed by Aimee Hong and Choreographed by Laura Peterson.
Learn more and buy tickets.
Contact Tammi Doyle for more details

June 24, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Come and celebrate our graduating OLS students! It will be a virtual event hosted on Zoom, but it will be LIVE with presenters and presentations by students and staff.
Get your pom poms ready for a night of celebration!
Join the Celebration Here!
Contact Sheena Davis for more information

June 25, 4pm & 7pm

Commencement is about our community coming together to honor your achievement. On June 25, 2021, we are pleased to invite families and friends to celebrate our graduating class of 2020-2021.  This year’s ceremony will be broadcast online as a Virtual Commencement Ceremony. More information and detailed instructions are provided on the event webpage.


Spring 2021 Virtual Showcases

Starting on June 25, check out what the students created.
Contact Jennie Mayer for more details

Digital Media Arts students throughout Winter and Spring 2021 worked in teams to create productions – film, animation, and games – for local non-profit and government agencies. For the students, this 2-quarter process helped them cement the various skills they had developed over their time in the DMA program, build professional skills through engaging with real-world clients, and learn from and contribute to the broader community. Watch the productions below!

300 Trees

To learn more, contact Craig Jones.

Students (groups) created Public Service Announcements (PSA) on a topic/current issue surrounding pediatric health (ie. depression, drowning risk) or climate crisis and pediatric health (ie. allergies). PSAs have audio-visual components and are presented via brochures, posters, youtube videos, etc. Take a look and listen!

Pediatric Dental Care, by Michael Reynolds, Jordan Westerman, & Somanjeet Kaur

Pediatric Mental Illness & the Climate Crisis, by Victoria Kesselring, Madeline Donoghue, & Alexandra Kelsey

Picky Eaters in Children, by Victoria Kesselring, Madeline Donoghue, & Alexandra Kelsey

Wildfire & Child’s Health, by Stephen Lee & Nathaniel Hanson


Contact April Ambalina to learn more.

Student groups have created Public Service Announcements in the form of audio-visual posters, brochures, YouTube videos, etc. The PSAs target various audiences including students (nursing, healthcare, other program students), the general public, families , healthcare professionals, etc. The PSAs are on various topics around health informatics technology such as smart IV pumps or telehealth and climate justice and the health care sectors role in decreasing negative impact. Most are short videos, with some PowerPoint Presentations. Take a look here:

How the Healthcare Industry Can Reduce Landfill Waste, by Tyler Willis, Nina Nesterenko and Kenneth Rorex

Modified Early Warning Scores, by Maria Musgrave Acosta

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy, by Tyler Willis, Nina Nesterenko and Kenneth Rorex

Smart Infusion Pumps, by Afsaneh Sadatian


Contact April Ambalina to learn more.

Students consider different moral dilemmas in bioethics and use ethical theories to evaluate potential solutions to those moral dilemmas.

Contact Dr. Monica Aufrecht for more information.


Winter 2021 (and Other) Showcases and Performances

Streaming Here
Contact Laura Peterson for more information

Digital Media Arts students throughout 2020-2021 have worked in teams to create productions – film, animation, and games – for local non-profit and government agencies. For the students, this 2-quarter process helped them cement the various skills they had developed over their time in the DMA program, build professional skills through engaging with real-world clients, and learn from and contribute to the broader community. Watch the productions below!

The Atlantic Street Center: Learn & Raise

The Atlantic Street Center: Stories

Camp Kindness Counts

The City of Bellevue Stream Team

Entre Hermanos (HIV & STI Prevention – English & Spanish)

Humanize: Homelessness

The Seattle Stand Down

Watch the YouTube playlist

To learn more, contact Craig Jones.

From the Chamber is quarterly concert series dedicated to the performance of musical works ranging from solo up to six players/singers.


Although the majority of the music performed on the From the Chamber series is from the classical genre, a proposal to perform compositions of other musical styles is encouraged! Participation in this concert is open to all Bellevue College music students, including music concentration students, general music students, private instruction students, international students, and Running Start students engaged in the music program
Streaming Here

Unfortunately, because of the start of the pandemic in 2020, one of the college’s most well-attended student shindigs had to be moved online. Due to this, the students graduating from the Interior Design Bachelor of Applied Arts program did not get to properly showcase the culmination of four years of work. To honor those students, please visit their capstones. The students not only show their sketches and designs, but also reflect on why such creations matter to them. We will include the 2021 showcases in the Fall 2021 Making Learning Visible event.

View the 2020 Senior showcases.

Contact Mark Mappala for more information.

Students analyze environmental policies put forth by local nonprofit and government agencies, and give feedback that examine the policies through the lens of environmental ethics.

Contact Dr. Monica Aufrecht for more information.

For the Psychosocial Issues in Healthcare course, the Nursing students created infographics and posters about specific topics that could then be given to community agencies across the region. Check out the student work below, and feel free to download them for your own use!

For more information, contact Dr. Deepti Karkhanis.


Making Learning Visible Guest Book

Thank you for visiting Making Learning Visible. After visiting the student showcases and/or watching the presentations and performances, if you have any comments, leave them here!

Last Updated June 28, 2021