Academic Technology Training for Spring 2012

It’s finals week already.  Seems like we were just doing the plenary activities for fall 2011, but the semester is nearly over.  Before faculty members depart for the winter break, however, we like to publicize the training that we will be providing during the coming semester.  It will be broader, and offered in more modalities, than ever before.  We will offer training in the following ways:

In-person, instructor facilitated workshops

Beginning with pre-plenary activities, and extending through the end of April, 2012 we will offer a wide range of 2-hour  workshops, summarized below:

  • Blackboard Essentials—a hands-off, intro to Blackboard;
  • Introduction to Palomar Online Education Training (POET)—effective online course design and delivery;
  • Academic Technology at Palomar College—find out what’s new and useful in teaching with technology;
  • Best Practices for Online Teaching—a panel discussion from a range of disciplines;
  • PowerPoint 1: Creating Basic Presentations with PowerPoint;
  • PowerPoint 2: Advanced PowerPoint Techniques;
  • PowerPoint 3: Narrate and Create Video from Your PowerPoint Presentations;
  • Getting Started with WordPress—the easiest way to maintain a personal or departmental web site at Palomar College;
  • Strategies for Retention in Online Classes;
  • Using Google Earth—the basics of how to use this fantastic geo-browser;
  • Elluminate Live!Synchronous Interactive Blackboard Tool—how to hold online meetings using Elluminate;
  • Streamlining Media Resources—how to incorporate relevant and useful media in your lectures;
  • Web Page Development: The Basics—for those who want full control with a web authoring tool (Expression Web 4);
  • Web Page Development: Advanced Topics—ditto, and more so;
  • Using SnagIt to Capture and Edit Images—we will be licensed for SnagIt and Camtasia in the spring;
  • How to Edit Video with Camtasia—learn to use the full range of video/audio editing capabilities of this great program;
  • Instructional Approaches for eLearning;
  • eTexts, eReaders and eTextbooks—join the eText revolution, or at least find out more about it.

Click here for the details, here for a tabular schedule of these workshops, here to download a PDF of the descriptions and schedule.  As usual, sign-up through the Professional Development office to receive PD credit.


Each Tuesday at 2PM, beginning on January 17, and continuing through out the semester with the exception of spring break week, we will be offering a 1-hour webinar on the following topics:

  • Your New Semester Blackboard Checklist;
  • What to Tell Students About Blackboard;
  • How to Post Your Own Video to YouTube;
  • Using the Blackboard Visual Text Box Editor;
  • Test Deployment Options in Blackboard;
  • Curious Question Types;
  • Using Google Scholar;
  • The Blackboard Early Warning System;
  • Using Groups in Blackboard;
  • Copying Blackboard Courses to Beat the Summer Heat;
  • No Fooling, Archive Your Course;
  • Google Docs;
  • Remember Everything with Evernote;
  • Blogging & Journaling in Blackboard;
  • Easy Websites with WordPress;
  • Finalizing Grades in Blackboard.

Webinars are held online.  To login, fire up a web browser from wherever you are a few minutes before 2PM each Tuesday and go to  Just click the Login button there to get started.  The webinars will be conducted via Elluminate Live!, so login a bit early to be sure your browser is compatible.  Click here to get the dates and descriptions of the webinars.

Online Self-paced Workshops

Our principal Blackboard training has moved online. We will be presenting a set of four workshops leading to a certificate of completion in Blackboard. They are all open entry self-directed workshops will assignments and tests, but must be completed by the end of the spring 2012 semester (May 1). You will receive workshop access instructions after you sign-up for these workshops with the PD Office.

For those assigned to teach online for the spring semester, the workshops can be started now!  Just contact the PD Office for details.  PD credit can be assigned to your spring 2012 PD contract.

Other non-Blackboard workshops are also offered on a self-paced online basis.  Use the procedure described in “How to Access Workshop Training Materials” to access these workshops.

Here is a summary of the online, self-paced workshops:

  • Blackboard: Getting Ready for Day One—some of you may wish to do this one BEFORE spring semester begins;
  • Blackboard: Building Your Course;
  • Blackboard: Evaluating Learning;
  • Blackboard: Communicating with Your Students;
  • Why Use Graphics and Multimedia—available February 15;
  • Design Crimes in Your Presentations and How to Solve Them—available February 29;
  • Basic Internet Basic Basics
  • Basic Computer Basic Basics;
  • Copyright Essentials;
  • Windows 7 Essentials;
  • Using Windows Movie Maker.

Click here for details.

Blackboard with Cream & Sugar Sessions

Each Wednesday morning, from 7:30AM – 10:30AM, beginning on January 11 and extending through March 14, we will host  Blackboard with Cream & Sugar sessions in room LL-111 on the ground floor of the San Marcos campus library.  Bring any questions or issues you have about Blackboard, or educational technology in general, and our technicians will be available to help you.  We will brew the coffee and tea and have plenty available.  In addition to technical assistance, we will have some of the new eReading devices available for you to examine during these sessions.


If you do not have time to attend our in-person training, or come in to meet with the Blackboard techs, you can still get excellent Blackboard training by checking out a training DVD “Blackboard 9.x Essential Training for Instructors” from the library.

Academic Technology has placed 2 copies of the DVD for faculty/staff only checkout behind the circulation desk on the 2nd floor of the San Marcos campus library. “In this course, Dr. Patrick Crispen teaches the ins and outs of Blackboard 9 so that educators and trainers can get up-to-speed in the system quickly—even if they’ve never used Blackboard before.”

The DVD course is worth 6.5 hours of PD credit, which can be claimed through the PD Office.

Individualized Training

Individuals can make appointments via our help system for individualized training (PD code 14) on any educational technology or project-based training.  Academic departments can do the same (PD code 15) when a number of persons in the department are interested in obtaining group training in a specific educational technology topic.  We will design the training you want to meet your needs and schedules.


We hope with these wide varieties of training opportunities that you can find time in your busy schedules to attend the events that you might find useful.  If nothing seems to fit, take advantage of the individualized training to make an appointment with one of us.  Here is our contact information.

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