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.

Customizing Menus in WordPress

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Managing navigation menus on a website is usually a difficult task. WordPress takes way most of the difficulty of creating menus and, some would say, even makes it fun. In fact, on many WordPress sites the menu will automatically be configured as you create each new page. Page settings such as the ‘Parent Page’ and ‘Order’ allow you to control where in the menu the page will be listed.

There are, however, many cases where the menu needs to be customized. For example, if you need to add a link to a third-party webpage or add a post category.

The following video, part of the “Getting Started with WordPress” series, demonstrates how to create and manage a custom menu:

Creating a New Page in WordPress

WordPress Logo

If you intend to use WordPress  as more than just a blog, and in my opinion you should at least consider it, it is necessary to understand how to create pages. While there are many similarities between creating a post and a page, there are some significant differences.

The following video gives an overview of creating a page and the various options available:

For more video tutorials on how to use WordPress check out the How-To page at the Palomar College WordPress Central site.

Creating New Posts in WordPress

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After obtaining a new WordPress site, one of the most important tasks to learn is how to create new posts. Posts can be used in many different ways within WordPress, but their primary use is as discrete entries in a blog. The home page of a new WordPress site is what is referred to as the posts page. Any page in a WordPress site can be designated as the posts page, but the home page is the default.

Posts are a great way to get fresh information online, keeping your site from appearing stale. The beauty of WordPress is that posts are quick and easy to create.

The following video demonstrates how to create a new post and talks about many of the options when doing so:

Training Schedule, Fall 2012

We have published our Academic Technology training schedule for fall 2012 on our web site.  For those of you who want to plan your Professional Development for the fall semester, here is the rundown.

Workshop Descriptions

A description of in-person and online workshops is given below. A tabular schedule of in-person person and webinars can be found on the web at http://www.palomar.edu/atrc/attrainingschedule.htm.

A. In-Person Workshops

Workshops to be presented in fall 2012

Part-Time Pre-Plenary and Plenary Activities

Blackboard Essentials

Facilitated by: David Gray
Date: Thursday, August 16 (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, August 16 (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)
(Orientation to Online Series)

Facilitated by: Dr. Lillian Payn
Date: Thursday, August 16 (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.

 Academic Technology at Palomar College

Facilitated by: Dr. Lillian Payn, Terry Gray, David Gray
Date: Thursday, August 16 (Part-time plenary breakout)
Time: 6:45 — 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.

Full-Time Plenary Breakouts

Blackboard: Saving Time

Facilitated by: David Gray
Date: Friday, August 17
Time: 10:00 — 10:45 a.m.
Location: LL-109
Description: Palomar’s Blackboard system changes over time, as new tools become available and new ways of working in the system are added. Some of these changes can be tremendous time-savers for faculty, so this session will focus on how to better navigate around your course sites and spend less time on Blackboard tasks.

iPad Ed

Facilitated by: Terry Gray
Date: Friday, August 17
Time: 11:00 — 11:45 a.m.
Location: LL-109
Description: Apple’s revolutionary iPad has brought the tablet computing device to maturity.  In this breakout we will explore the use of the iPad as a teaching device, discussing the requirements for projecting your iPad screen through the classroom projector, and further discussing some outstanding iPad apps across multiple disciplines.

Regular Semester In-person Workshops

QR Codes for Learning? YES!

Facilitated by: Dr. Lillian Payn
Date: Wednesday, August 22
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: LL-109
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.

PowerPoint 1: Creating Basic Presentations with PowerPoint

Facilitated by: Terry Gray
Date: Thursday, August 30
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.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
  • Past 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.

 

Getting Started with WordPress

Facilitated by: Chris Norcross
Date:/ Time: Friday, August 31
Time: 9:00  – 11:00 a.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: Wednesday, September 5
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 p.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.

PowerPoint 2: Advanced PowerPoint Techniques

Facilitated by: Terry Gray
Date: Thursday, September 6
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.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.

 

PANEL: Students Share Online Experiences

Facilitated by: Dr. Lillian Payn
Date: Friday, September 7
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: TBA
Description: Have you talked with your students about their online learning experiences? Whether your answer is “Yes” or “No,” this session will be sure to offer insights into our students’ perspectives. A panel of students from a range of backgrounds and majors will share what works and what doesn’t work for them, and then answer our questions. Faculty will leave the session with ideas to improve or enhance their online delivery.

PANEL: Hybrid and Flipped Alternatives

Facilitated by: Dr. Lillian Payn
Date: Wednesday, September 12
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: TBA
Description: Many educators are experimenting with the idea of a flipped classroom model. Find out what it is and why everyone’s talking about it. There is no “ONE” model for innovative alternatives to online delivery; the flipped and hybrid classes are enhanced through instructional videos and other technology as powerful tools for teachers to create content, share resources, and improve practice. Our panel, representing a range of disciplines on campus, will share how they distribute their content and interact with their students online and in person.

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

Facilitated by: Terry Gray
Date: Thursday, September 13
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.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.

PANEL: Online Showcase

Facilitated by: Dr. Lillian Payn
Date: Wednesday, September 19
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: TBA
Description: Curious about what your colleagues are doing in their online classes? A panel of Palomar College instructors from a wide range of disciplines will show you their inspiring classes. What works? What doesn’t work? How do they use social networking? How do they engage their students? You will be able to ask questions, and you will be sure to leave with many new ideas that you can apply to your own classes.

 How to Capture & Produce Video with Camtasia

Facilitated by: Terry Gray
Date: Friday, September 21
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.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.

A Website in a Month — a four week series

Facilitated by: Chris Norcross
Dates: Tuesdays, September 25, October 2, October 9, October 16
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.

Palomar College’s Best Practices Checklist (for Online Classes)

Facilitated by: Dr. Lillian Payn
Date: Wednesday, September 26
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: LL-109
Description: This checklist, developed by the Academic Technology Committee in collaboration with the Palomar College Faculty Senate and TERB, is one of the approved methods to become a “Trained Instructor” for online teaching. It provides a roadmap to developing a high quality course beginning with the online syllabus and continuing with course design/organization, aesthetic design, interaction and collaboration, effective use of technology and assessments. It also includes compliance with Section 508 standards of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in order to provide universal access for all students. Participants in this session will apply the checklist to their own courses as well as explore how to use it as a peer reviewer.

How to Edit Video with Camtasia

Facilitated by: Terry Gray
Date: Friday, September 28
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.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.

PANEL: Smart Pads for Learning

Facilitated by: Lillian Payn
Date: Wednesday, October 3
Time: 3:00  – 5:00 p.m.
Location: TBA
Description: The emerging technology of handheld devices is offering more and more opportunities to engage our students, expand our learning resources, and provide on-demand learning experiences. Learning no longer takes place only in the classroom. With over half of our students owning some kind of smart handheld device (according to a recent Palomar poll and a national research survey by Apple Computers), it is to our advantage to learn new techniques for incorporating smart phones, iPads, Kindles, etc. in our tool kit. Come to see what a panel of Palomar College faculty is doing with smart pads in their classrooms!

Mashup Tools in Blackboard

Facilitated by: Lillian Payn
Date: Friday, October 12
Time: 9:00  – 11:00 a.m.
Location: LL-109
Description: Mashups are Web application hybrids that combine data and presentation or functionality from two or more sources to create new services. Blackboard has a number of mashup tools to incorporate audio, video, and content from other sources such as MS Word. Participants in this workshop with explore the various mashup tools in Blackboard and produce content using them.

eTexts, eReaders and eTextbooks

Facilitated by: Terry Gray
Date: Friday, October 26
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: LL-109
Description: Come explore the eText revolution with us.  In this workshop we will be looking at eReader devices from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iRiver (the Story HD), Sony, and Kobo, with emphasis on the Amazon devices.  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 eTextbooks, demonstrate how eTextbooks on the various devices look and behave, and discuss student options for eTextbooks.If you are wondering if you should take the plunge into the world of eTexts and eReaders, or if you have considered eTextbooks for your students, this is the workshop for you. Participants will get hands-on experience with the devices.

 

B.  Online Self-Paced Workshop

Our principal Blackboard training has moved online.  We will be presenting a set of four workshops (described below) 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 fall 2012 semester (December 1).  You will receive workshop access instructions after you sign-up for these workshops through the Professional Development Office  (http://www.palomar.edu/pd).

Other non-Blackboard workshops are also offered on a self-paced online basis.  Online workshops are open any time during the semester.

Detailed Descriptions of Self-Paced Workshops

Blackboard Workshops

The following four Blackboard training workshops are held entirely online, on an open entry basis. For details on how to access the workshop materials, please register through the Professional Development office to receive all the necessary information. You can begin at any time during the semester, and can work at your own pace through the material; just be sure to finish up work prior to the end of the semester!  Those who complete all four workshops in the Teaching with Blackboard series will receive a certificate of completion signed by the VP of Instruction.

Blackboard: Getting Ready for Day One

Facilitated by: David Gray
Date: Open entry any time during the fall 2012 semester, completion by December 1, 2012
Location: Online
Description: Whether needing to get a course site ready at the last minute, or planning ahead for the next semester, there are several things that should be in a Blackboard course before it is ready for Day One with the students. In this workshop we will demonstrate and create samples of these core elements of a Blackboard course.This workshop is suitable for faculty of both online and on-campus classes who wish to use Blackboard. This workshop does not assume a prior experience with using Blackboard. It is highly recommended that you complete this workshop before any of the other online workshops in the Blackboard series.

Blackboard: Building Your Course

Facilitated by: David Gray
Date: Open entry any time during the fall 2012 semester, completion by December 1, 2012
Location: Online
Description: Handouts, videos, lectures, PowerPoint slides; there are many things which can be distributed to students through your Blackboard course. In this workshop we will discuss several different best practices for distributing handouts and PowerPoint presentations, and create some sample content for uploading into Blackboard. We will also discuss the process of adding audio and video content to a Blackboard course, and do exercises in organizing material in a Blackboard course according to an appropriate structure plan.This workshop is suitable for faculty of both online and on-campus classes who wish to use Blackboard. It is highly recommended that you complete the “Blackboard: Getting Ready for Day One” workshop before attempting this workshop.

Blackboard: Evaluating Learning

Facilitated by: David Gray
Date: Open entry any time during the fall 2012 semester, completion by December 1, 2012
Location: Online
Description: Students need some way to turn in work, and get assessed; Blackboard has tools to allow students to turn in work and get assessed! In this workshop we will create samples of several of the tools Blackboard makes available for assessing students, ranging from Surveys and Tests all the way to plagiarism detection of essays. We will also explore the tools for managing grades in the Blackboard Grade Center.This workshop is suitable for faculty of both online and on-campus classes who wish to use Blackboard, even for those who do not plan to conduct online testing. It is highly recommended that you complete the “Blackboard: Getting Ready for Day One” workshop before attempting this workshop.

Blackboard: Communicating with Your Students

Facilitated by: David Gray
Date: Open entry any time during the fall 2012 semester, completion by December 1, 2012
Location: Online
Description: Synchronous and asynchronous tools, e-mail and chat and discussion boards; communicating with students can be far more than holding office hours on campus. In this workshop we will explore several of the core communication tools built into Blackboard, then consider the virtues of adding other communication avenues to your course site.As this workshop deals with the use of synchronous communications, it will be necessary to schedule a time with the facilitator to hold an online session. The exact timing of that session is highly adjustable, however, and can be made to fit your schedule.This workshop is suitable for faculty of both online and on-campus classes who wish to use Blackboard, although many of the communication tools are of lesser value when used with the constant in-person meetings of an on-campus class. It is highly recommended that you complete the “Blackboard: Getting Ready for Day One” workshop before attempting this workshop.

 

Other online self-paced workshops

Basic Internet Basic Basics

Facilitated by: Terry Gray
Date:/Time: Open entry, Self-paced, up to 6 hours of PD credit.
Location: Online
Description: This workshop takes the “Basic Basics” approach and applies it to the use of the Internet. We will cover: anatomy of a URL; browsers, and which browser is best; browser extensions and add-ons; search tips and tricks; RSS (really simple syndication, i.e., blog subscriptions) and how it works; online video and how it works; Internet security and threats; email and phishing/pharming attempts; the future of the Internet and the new mobile platforms like Android and Apple phones and tablets—all with as little jargon and computer-ese as possible.

Basic Computer Basic Basics

Facilitated by: Terry Gray
Date:/Time: Open entry, Self-paced, up to 6 hours of PD credit.
Location: Online
Description: We will attempt to present the basic things you should have learned when you started using computers, but somehow never did. Like: an outline of how your computer actually works, de-mystifying some of those confusing acronyms; keystroke shortcuts to make your life easier; how to change the view of files and folders; how to find files once you have filed them (!); how to change your screen resolution, and just what is screen resolution, anyway; how to create shortcuts to programs and documents; how to change the behavior of your mouse; backup and anti-virus strategies, and so on… We will be using Windows 7 for this workshop, but concepts presented are, in most cases, so basic that they should be relevant across any operating system.The material is now presented online, with audio introductions to each module, videos and documents for you to consume, and quizzes at the end of each module for self-testing.  Quiz scores are NOT stored.

Copyright Essentials

Facilitated by: Terry Gray
Date:/Time: Open entry, Self-paced, up to 4 hours of PD credit.
Location: Online
Description: This online, self-paced workshop presents the basics of copyright use of educational materials. The discussion will emphasize concepts of Fair Use and place special emphasis on the TEACH Act of 2002. Anyone who uses copyrighted handouts or other materials in their in-person classes, and especially those who use copyrighted digitized audio and video files, can benefit from this workshop.  A discussion of the Academic Technology TEACH Act checklist and Fair Use worksheet will be included, along with Academic Technology policies on copyright and intellectual property.

Windows 7 Essentials

Facilitated by: Terry Gray
Date:/Time: Open entry, Self-paced, up to 4 hours of PD credit.
Location: Online
Description: This workshop is designed for those who need to know the basics of working with Windows 7.  Screencasts and written materials provide instruction in the following:

  • Create and manage files and folders
  • Manipulate multiple windows
  • Use the task bar, live previews and jump lists
  • Create shortcuts and quick links
  • Change the display properties and personalize Windows 7
  • Perform basic computer maintenance tasks
  • Improve system performance
  • Zip and unzip files in compressed folders
  • Save files to USB drives, CD-R, and DVD-R discs
  • Use network drives
  • Install and configure media players and other common software
  • Uninstall software
  • Schedule automatic updates
  • Develop a computer backup strategy
  • Use the Windows 7 Security Center

 

Using Windows Movie Maker

Facilitated by: Terry Gray
Date:/Time: Open entry, Self-paced, 2 hours of PD credit.
Location: Online
Description: This workshop will teach how to add video and still pictures to Windows Movie Maker and produce them as a video. We will explore video editing techniques, titling and captions, background audio and slo-mo techniques, video file formats, and what you can do with the video once it is produced. We will be using Flip video cameras to take a brief video during the course of the workshop.

 C. Blackboard with Cream & Sugar

Each Wednesday from August 15 through September 26 we will be hosting a “Blackboard with Cream & Sugar” event from 7:30AM to 10:30AM.  We’ll make the coffee, you bring the questions.  Come on over to room LL-111 where our Blackboard techs will be available with hot coffee and tea.  Drop by and have a cup any time during the 3-hour window, no appointment necessary.  You can feel free to ask them anything, or strike up a conversation with another Blackboard user.

The first Wednesday morning session for the fall 2012 semester will be on August 15.  Yes, we know this is BEFORE the semester begins, but that is just the time faculty members might need assistance in preparing their Blackboard courses, especially those who are new to Blackboard.  The final Wednesday morning session for the spring semester will be September 26.  Please drop by and join us.

D.  Blackboard & WordPress DVDs

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 and/or WordPress training by checking out a lynda.com training DVD “Blackboard 9.x Essential Training for Instructors” or “WordlPress 3.0 Essential Training” from the library.

Academic Technology has placed 2 copies of each of these DVDs for faculty/staff only checkout behind the circulation desk on the 2nd floor of the San Marcos campus library. These DVD courses can be claimed for PD credit through the PD Office.

E.  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.

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.

Webinars

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 http://www2.palomar.edu/pages/atrc/webinars/.  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.

DVDs

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 lynda.com 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.

Conclusion

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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