Academic Technology @ Palomar College

Academic Technology Training

How to sign-up for Academic Technology Training

Faculty members wishing to receive professional development credit should sign-up through the Professional Development Office. Instructions for creating and/or modifying your professional development contract can be found on their web site. Staff members wishing to receive professional growth credit should contact the Human Resources Office with questions.

Workshop Descriptions

Blackboard Moving Day: Fall 2014

Facilitated by:David Gray
Date:Thursday, August 14, 2014
Time:3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location:LL-111

Significant changes have been made to Palomar’s Blackboard systems, so getting existing material out from your older course sites and into the new ones may require a different process than you previously experienced. Drop by during this time frame, and the Academic Technology support techs can work with you to import your old Blackboard content into the new Fall 2014 course sites.

The estimated time to complete a course migration is between twenty and forty-five minutes, depending on the size of your course content.


Part-time faculty pre-plenary: Getting Started with WordPress

Facilitated by:Chris Norcross
Date:Thursday, August 14, 2014
Time:3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location:LL-109

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.


Animation in PowerPoint

Facilitated by:David Gray
Date:Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Time:3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location:LL-109

One of the strengths of PowerPoint is its ability to animate objects. This workshop will explore animation in depth. We will build a sample presentation that will teach the skills of using appearance, emphasis, disappearance, and custom effects, along with Effect Options, multiple animated objects, and animation triggers, timing and special effects.

This workshop will be conducted using PowerPoint 2013.


PowerPoint into Blackboard

Facilitated by:David Gray
Date:Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Time:3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location:LL-109

In this workshop we will explore the pros and cons of different methods of distributing PowerPoint presentations to students via Blackboard. We will then create sample content using PowerPoint, suitable for these distribution methods.

Specific topics include:

  • Direct distribution of PPTX files.
  • Providing slides in PDF form.
  • Providing handouts with notes in PDF form.
  • Recording a presentation as a video.

This workshop will be conducted using PowerPoint 2013.


Getting Started with WordPress

Facilitated by:Chris Norcross
Date:Thursday, September 11, 2014
Time:1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location:LL-109

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.


Analyzing Student Activity using Blackboard

Facilitated by:David Gray
Date:Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Time:3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location:LL-109

Ever wish for a way to know when students access your course content? Or to know how long they spent on a given question within a test? Would you like Blackboard to tell you if a student hasn’t been into your course site in more than 7 days? (Or 2 days, or whatever you want.) How about an easy way to send an email to all students who did particularly well on the last test?

From Statistics/Tracking information on a single item, to reports on student access times, even to the Retention Center’s ability to notify the instructor about students meeting particular criteria, Blackboard does offer up some tools which may be of assistance. Come learn how to activate, and interpret, these analysis tools.


Building Online Forms with WordPress

Facilitated by:Chris Norcross
Date:Thursday, September 25, 2014
Time:1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location:LL-109

Building online forms is easy using WordPress and Gravity Forms. Attendees of this workshop will learn how to create a form and manage submissions. Previous experience with WordPress is recommended.


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