Open Source Maker Lab

A big thank you to the North County Professional Development Federation (NCPDF) for setting up a tour of the Open Source Maker Lab in Vista!  If you have not been to this space you have to see it!

The Open Source Maker Labs is a high-tech digital fabrication lab, where members can learn, collaborate, innovate, design, and build almost anything! Makers of all ages and skill levels have access to a wide range of tools, equipment, resources, and workspace. The space also provides an open environment where members can gain inspiration and skills from each other. Come develop skills, learn concepts, and explore ideas!

What a great way to learn by doing!


Teaching Men of Color in the Community College

Did you know you can take the formal training course offered through the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) called Teaching Men of Color in the Community College?

Thanks to our Student Equity Funds we are a member of M2C3 and this provides us the opportunity to take this $200 course for FREE!


Take some classes for PD hours!

Did you know you can take classes and earn Professional Development hours?

Did you also know you get 15% off  courses through the University of Redlands?

Through a new partnership with the University of Redlands, Palomar College employees and spouses receive a 15% Discount!  Please check out the attached flyer for more information:


If you are interested in earning PD for doing course work please use the following self-designed PD code:

Do Course Work in One’s Field (PD code #117)

PD Hours:     Variable, depending on participation

Description:    Upper division or graduate-level coursework related to the discipline or to post-secondary education is acceptable.  Lower division courses that the faculty member has not taught or taken, but that are in the faculty member’s service area, have been approved.  Use your best professional judgment when estimating the number of hours spent in class and completing assignments.

Reimagining learning spaces at Faculty Plenary!

We are excited to announce that you will have the opportunity to check out some innovative active learning spaces in the NS building during plenary. These spaces are being setup for just 2 days so our faculty can check out the products and provide feedback.

  • BKM/Steelcase will be creating three different spaces in the NS Building which demonstrate an active learning ecosystem where Every Space is a Learning Space.
  • BKM/Steelcase representatives will be in all three spaces to answer questions and demonstrate the technologies on Thursday from 9am – 8:30pm and Friday from 8am – 4pm.
  • The three spaces and the location of each are as follows:
    • An Active Learning Lab (NS-358) – a classroom designed for faculty who want to flip their classroom, engage in project based learning, or focus the majority of class time on group work.
    • Teaching-Learning Pods (NS-147) – outside of classroom “third” space where faculty can meet and work with students and students can congregate to work on group projects, form small study groups or work independently.
    • An Instructional Planning Lab (NS-146)– this space is designed for faculty to practice with the active learning resources that would be available in the Active Learning Labs and Teaching-Learning Pods.  The space allows for faculty to develop lesson plans and strategies for their classes; to congregate to discuss pedagogy and active learning strategies; and to use technologies for online classes.

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Please let us know your thoughts regarding your perfect classroom and whether you liked the steelcase learning spaces!

To submit your feedback go to:



Fall 2016 Nuts and Bolts of Teaching at Palomar

The PD workshop the “Nuts and Bolts of Teaching at Palomar” is created to help our faculty prepare for a successful semester and have an awesome first day of class and beyond.

Please click here to view the Nuts and Bolts Presentation presentation 

We will be using Padlet to allow you to post your questions and thoughts throughout the workshop.  Here  is the address to our Padlet Wall:

In this workshop we created a syllabus template to help guide you in creating your syllabus and making sure you are including all important.  Please click here to access the electronic version where you can download this and make it your own!

PD Workshop (Webinar): The Compressed Calendar

Would you like to learn more about the compressed calendar?
Do you have questions about the compressed calendar?

Please join us for the following webinar: Palomar Webinar: Compressed Calendar
  • When? Fri, Apr 1, 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM
  • Host: Kelly Falcone, Professional Development Coordinator & Professor of Kinesiology & Health
  • Presenters: Dan Sourbeer, Interim Vice President of Instruction, & Dr. Kendyl Magnuson, Director of Enrollment Services
Palomar College is transitioning from a traditional calendar to a compressed calendar which means our semester will be 16 weeks long without a finals week.  In this webinar I will be joined by Dan Sourbeer, our Interim Vice President of Instruction, and Dr. Kendyl Magnuson, our Director of Enrollment Services.  We will learn more about the compressed calendar and what impact it will have on our faculty, students, and the college.
This webinar will be a Google Hangout on Air.  You can ask questions during the webinar by using the Q & A app which allows you to type in questions.


Here is the video from the Webinar on the Compressed Calendar

Please let us know if you have any further questions about the compressed calendar!