Academic Technology @ Palomar College

AT Training Spring 2013

We are in the process of building a “cute” training menu for our offerings in spring 2013.  It will look great and be distributed in hard copy to attendees of the part-time plenary workshops January 17, and via PDF to all faculty members.  For those who don’t do “cute,” however, here are the offerings for spring 2013 in the good old chronological, lianear fashion.

Workshops to be presented in spring 2013

Part-Time Plenary Presentations

Getting Started with Blackboard

Facilitated by: David Gray
Date: Thursday, January 17 (Part-time pre-plenary)
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: MD-157
Description: Blackboard is the essential tool for conducting technology-enhanced teaching at Palomar College. It is used to organize and present teaching and learning materials, conduct class communications, interact with students, carry out assessments, deliver assignments and perform grade book and other record-keeping functions.  This is a demonstration (hands-off) workshop to introduce participants to the Blackboard Learning System, including how to login to Backboard and review self-help videos.  The range of teaching tools available within Blackboard will be discussed.

Getting Started with WordPress

Facilitated by: Chris Norcross
Date: Thursday, January 17 (Part-time pre-plenary)
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: LL-109
Description: A WordPress site hosted by Palomar College is an easy to use alternative to a “regular” website. How to obtain and manage a WordPress site for individuals, departments, and special programs will be discussed. If you have ever wanted a website but worry that you do not have the technical skills to create and manage one this workshop is for you.

Introduction to Palomar Online Education Training (POET)

Facilitated by: Dr. Lillian Payn
Date: Thursday, January 17 (Part-time pre-plenary)
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: LL-104
Description: Whether you are new to teaching online or looking for new approaches, the POET series guides you through the process by offering methods, techniques, tools, checklists, and best practices for delivering an effective online course. POET focuses on the pedagogy of online learning, not how to use Blackboard. The face-to-face orientation will get you started, and then you will complete four modules online: Online Learning, Using Blackboard Tools (or other management systems), Effective Design, and Course Management. You will earn a Certificate of Completion at the end of the training.

The New Kindle e-Readers, Tablets & Reading Apps

Facilitated by: Terry Gray
Date: Thursday, January 17 (Part-time pre-plenary)
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: TBA
Description: This workshop will feature a demonstration of the entire line of Kindle e-Readers: the Kindle, the Kindle keyboard, the Kindle Paperwhite; tablets: the Fire, Fire HD and Fire 8.9”; and the Kindle reading app on various platforms, including iOS and Android. We will also look closely at the Amazon infrastructure, and discuss topics like loading personal documents on the Kindle or Fire, checking out library materials with the Kindle, and managing a Kindle on the Amazon web site. The workshop will also include a demonstration of e-Textbooks on the various Kindle devices and apps.

Academic Technology at Palomar College

Facilitated by: Lillian Payn, Terry Gray, David Gray
Date: Thursday, January 17 (Part-time plenary breakout)
Time: 6:45 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Location: LL-109
Description: Participants will discover the new features and tools available for technology enhanced teaching and learning at Palomar College, including the new look of Blackboard 9.1, SP8. A valuable prize will be raffled off at the end of the presentation.

Regular Semester Presentations

 Google Search Tips & Tricks

Facilitated by: Terry Gray
Date: Tuesday, January 29
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: LL-109
Description: Do you use Google to search the Internet every day? Of course, but do you know how to focus your searches and find exactly what you are looking for? Perhaps not. Come to this workshop to learn how to find only specific document types, find documents filtered by domain, search for text in online books, search blogs and news sources for up-to-the-minute results, find images and videos relevant to your search, geo-focus your search, define words and calculate/convert on the fly, and much more. Become a pro at Google Search in 60 short minutes.  A prize will be awarded to the winner of a search contest.

Connecting the iPad to a Projector

Facilitated by: Terry Gray
Date: Wednesday, January 30
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: LL-109
Description: There are three basic ways to connect your iPad to a projector.  Come to this workshop and find out how, hands-on.

PowerPoint 1: Creating Basic Presentations with PowerPoint

Facilitated by: Terry Gray
Date: Friday February 1
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: LL-109
Description: This hands-on workshop explains how to:
Understanding the PowerPoint 2010 user interface
Add slides of various layouts to a PowerPoint presentation
Modify presentation design
Add and format text and graphics
Paste a linked chart from Excel to PowerPoint and format it
Use SmartArt diagrams
Perform basic drawing tasks
Align and Center objects on slides
Print custom handouts from PowerPoint
Save presentations for the web
We will be creating a simple presentation with PowerPoint 2010 during this workshop.  We will also be taking a look at the new features in PowerPoint 2013.

Web 2.0 and You, Part 1

Facilitated by: David Gray, Lillian Payn, Chris Norcross
Date: Monday, February 4
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: LL-109
Description: In this fast-paced demo workshop you will learn the basics of three important web 2.0 tools/services: Twitter, YouTube and Blogs. Our students are producers and consumers in Web 2.0. Educators can incorporate social networking and collaboration with tools that our students are already familiar with. In this session, 3 popular Web 2.0 tools will be demo’d with ideas as to how to incorporate them in your class preparation and delivery.

Getting Started with WordPress

Facilitated by: Chris Norcross
Date: Tuesday, February 5
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: LL-109
Description: A WordPress site hosted by Palomar College is an easy to use alternative to a “regular” website. How to obtain and manage a WordPress site for individuals, departments, and special programs will be discussed. If you have ever wanted a website but worry that you do not have the technical skills to create and manage one this workshop is for you.

A Website in a Month—a four week series

Facilitated by: Chris Norcross
Date: Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20 and 27
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: LL-109
Description: Don’t have a website? Is your existing website in need of a renovation? Whatever your needs are, this series of workshops is meant to get your website project started and finished in just 4 weeks. Using WordPress, you will learn how easy it can be to setup and manage a website. Whether you’re on your own or you have a team of people to work with, you will have a site that you can be proud of. The first meeting will cover how to get your site started and explain how the 4 week program will work.

Introduction: Palomar Online Education Training (POET)
(Orientation to Online Series)

Facilitated by: Dr. Lillian Payn
Date: Friday, February 8
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Location: LL-109
Description: Whether you are new to teaching online or looking for new approaches, the POET series guides you through the process by offering methods, techniques, tools, checklists, and best practices for delivering an effective online course. POET focuses on the pedagogy of online learning, not how to use Blackboard. The face-to-face orientation will get you started, and then you will complete four modules online: Online Learning, Using Blackboard Tools (or other management systems), Effective Design, and Course Management. You will earn a Certificate of Completion at the end of the training.

Web 2.0 and You, Part 2

Facilitated by: Terry Gray, Chris Norcross, Lillian Payn
Date: Monday, February 11
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: LL-109
Description: Our students are producers and consumers in Web 2.0. Educators can incorporate social networking and collaboration with tools that our students are already familiar with. In this session, 3 popular Web 2.0 tools will be demo’d with ideas as to how to incorporate them in your class preparation and delivery. In this fast-paced demo workshop you will learn the basics of three important web 2.0 tools/services: Wikis, Google Reader, and web-graphics services.  Each presenter will take one of the tools and give you a whirlwind tour, with access to resources they have built for you.

Blackboard Collaborate

Facilitated by: Dr. Lillian Payn
Date: Wednesday, February 13
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: LL-109
Description: Are your students tired of the same old chat sessions in online classes? Liven up your synchronous online classes with Blackboard Collaborate. Students enjoy the video, sound, photos, graphics, white board, and demos of software and Web interactivity possible in this Blackboard tool. It is great for office hours, troubleshooting with students, and delivering instruction. In this workshop, you will participate in a hands-on class using Collaborate.

The New World of Tablet Computing

Facilitated by: Terry Gray
Date: Thursday, February 14
Time: 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.
Location: LL-109
Description: In this demonstration workshop we will take a look at the Apple iPad and iPad Mini, the Google Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, the Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HD 8.9″, and the Microsoft Surface to compare operating systems, feature sets, and their practical uses for research and in the classroom.

Graphics and Multimedia for Learning

Facilitated by: Dr. Lillian Payn
Date: Tuesday, February 19
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Online Webinar
Description: By delivering content with optimal message design, we can improve comprehension. In this online session, you will see what research tells us about the impact of a multi-sensory learning experience and hear some basic recommendations for implementing an enhanced learning environment.

PowerPoint 2: Advanced PowerPoint Techniques Using PowerPoint 2010

Facilitated by: Terry Gray
Date: Friday, February 22
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: LL-109
Description: This hands-on workshop explains how to:

Globally edit PowerPoint presentations
Customize PowerPoint themes
Animate slides and objects on slides in PowerPoint
Control animation triggering and timing
Add audio and video to PowerPoint slides
Animate SmartArt diagrams
Group, order, align and apply special effects to graphics in PowerPoint
Hyperlink from slide to slide; slide to file; slide to media; and presentation to presentation
Use hidden slides during a presentation

We will be creating and animating a presentation in PowerPoint 2010 during the course of this workshop.

Mashup Tools in Blackboard 

Facilitated by: Dr. Lillian Payn
Date: Wednesday, February 27
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: LL-109
Description: Since the majority of our students are members of the “wired” generation who already are active producers and consumers of media, instructors are challenged to incorporate relevant and useful media in their lectures. In this workshop, you will identify the resources readily available to us on campus; connect our classes and students to our media choices; and determine a number of techniques for effectively using media in both face-to-face and online classes.

PowerPoint 3: Narrate and Create Online Video from Your PowerPoint Presentations

Facilitated by: Terry Gray
Date: Friday, March 1
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: LL-109
Description: In this workshop you will create a video from a PowerPoint presentation using the tools built-in to PowerPoint. We will then discuss three strategies for making the video available to your students: 1) through YouTube; 2) using your Palomar web space; 3) in Blackboard. We will provide the presentation with script for you to narrate during the workshop.We will also take a look at the new features of PowerPoint 2013.

Strategies for Retention in Online Classes

Facilitated by: Dr. Lillian Payn
Date: Wednesday, March 6
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: LL-109
Description: The flexibility of online learning attracts many students who already are facing many challenges. What strategies can we incorporate to keep our courses relevant and appealing to increase motivation and student success? Let’s review existing research, make recommendations at the college level, and explore practices within our various disciplines for improving online class retention. In this workshop, you will leave with a list of specific retention techniques you can use in your online classes.

How to Capture & Produce Video with Camtasia

Facilitated by: Terry Gray
Date: Thursday, March 7
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: LL-109
Description: Camtasia is the state-of-the-art screen video capture program, and we are licensed for it at Palomar. This workshops teaches how to capture screen video and then how to use Camtasia to produce your captured video for various screen formats: YouTube, web page, and various mobile devices.

QR Codes for Learning? YES!

Facilitated by: Dr. Lillian Payn
Date: Wednesday, March 13
Time: Online Webinar
Location: Online
Description: You and your students are seeing them everywhere. QR codes. You have probably used them to get coupons or find directions. Certainly your students have! Let’s get on the bandwagon and take advantage of this free technology for learning. The uses are limited only by your imagination. Get your students to interact with their learning using smart devices. In this hands-on workshop you will identify ways to use QR codes for your discipline and learn how to create and scan codes.

How to Edit Video with Camtasia

Facilitated by: Terry Gray
Date: Thursday, March 14
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: LL-109
Description: In this workshop we will be using Camtasia to edit a video project. We will learn how to import resources (videos, still images, audio files) into Camtasia; how to add titles, transitions, callouts, and video effects; how to capture microphone and system sound simultaneously; how to add additional audio tracks; how to insert videos within videos; how to produce Camtasia video for various screen resolutions and file formats; and how to upload Camtasia projects to your web site, YouTube and Blackboard. Camtasia is challenging and fun. Even if you do not have previous video editing experience you will find the workshop easy and enjoyable.

e-Texts, e-Readers and e-Textbooks

Facilitated by: Terry Gray & David Gray
Date: Wednesday, March 20
Time: 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
Location: LL-111, Limit 10 attendees
Description: Come explore the eText revolution with us. In this workshop we will be looking at e-Reader devices from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony, and various tablet devices, like the Nexus 7, iPad Mini, and Microsoft Surface.  We will discuss the merits and deficiencies of each device and show how they are used with their respective bookstores and with public libraries. We will also discuss the state of e-Textbooks, demonstrate how e-Textbooks on the various devices look and behave, and discuss student options for e-Textbooks.This is a small group activity, limited to 10 attendees.

Increase Student Interaction Online

Facilitated by: Dr. Lillian Payn
Date: Thursday, March 21
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: LL-109
Description: Research points to student interaction as essential to learning in online environments. The increase in the level of interactivity directly correlates with a higher the level of student satisfaction and performance. In this workshop we shall look at effective strategies to connect your students to the course content, the instructor, and fellow learners. We shall brainstorm the ways that technology is expanding opportunity for learning in your classroom.

Design Crimes in Your Presentations and How to Solve Them

Facilitated by: Dr. Lillian Payn
Date: Wednesday, April 3
Time: 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar Online
Description: We don’t want to leave a trail of victims after our presentations. That would be a shame, since design crimes are avoidable. In this online session, you will identify typical “law-breaking crimes” and see the solutions that are pleasing to the eye and deliver a strong message.

Incorporating Media Resources

Facilitated by: Dr. Lillian Payn
Date: Wednesday, April 3
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: LL-109
Description: Palomar College has many multimedia resources that you can incorporate into your online and face-to-face classes. There are many more also available online. In this workshop, we shall identify useful resources for your classes and disciplines and learn how to insert them into Blackboard. Setting up re-usable playlists will also streamline your class preparation.

iPad Users Group

Facilitated by: Terry Gray, Lillian Payn, David Gray, Chris Norcross
Date: Wednesday, April 10
Time: 2:00 a.m.. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: LL-109
Description: Each semester iPad users at Palomar College get together to share apps, see demos on the use of the iPad for teaching and learning, and generally socialize.  If you use an iPad (not necessarily in the classroom) please plan to attend.  Refreshments will be served.

The Google Art Project

Facilitated by: Terry Gray
Date: Wednesday, April 17
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: LL-109
Description: Google is curating a remarkable “Art Project” at http://www.googleartproject.com/  Come to this workshop to learn about the collections, artists, artworks and galleries that it covers, how to take 3D tours of various collections, how to browse and search the collections, and how this fits into the larger world of online art.

e-Reader Users Group

Facilitated by: Terry Gray, Lillian Payn, David Gray, Chris Norcross
Date: Wednesday, April 24
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: LL-111
Description: If you own and use an e-Reader (the Kindle, the Nook, the Sony Reader, etc.) or a tablet that runs a reading app this is the group meeting for you.  We’ll concentrate on the books that are available for the different platforms, free and otherwise, and how to sideload content on devices that allow it.  Come with your book recommendations and reports on your own experiences with the e-Reader revolution.

Sign-up for our training through the Professional Development office.  Our easy-to-read grid schedule of in-person workshops is here; a description of online, self-paced workshops here; and instructions for accessing training resources here.

With respect to formal, Blackboard training, other than the workshops mentioned above, we are taking a new approach in the spring.  Our consistent conclusion over many years of training is that the best results are achieved when professors work one-on-one with our trainers with problems related to their specific courses.  Therefore we are encouraging faculty members to make appointments directly with our staff for personalized Blackboard training.  Use our helpdesk system to book these appointments.

We look forward to seeing you in the spring.

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