Palomar Email and Canvas and Bears… oh my!

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Dramatic changes have been made to the way that email address information is sent to the Blackboard and Canvas learning management systems (LMSs), which is likely impacting the way students and instructors can communicate about their classes. For many years students had the option to list a “preferred” email address, which the Palomar LMSs received as the address where students wanted to receive information. That customization is no longer an option for students. Continue reading “Palomar Email and Canvas and Bears… oh my!”

Use of Copyrighted Material

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Usage of Images and other copyrighted material on Palomar.edu websites is subject to Palomar College’s copyright policy and the US Copyright Office’s Title 17. In addition, the following Palomar board policies contain institutional specifics: BP 3710 Securing of Copyright; BP 3715 Intellectual Property; and BP 3720 Computer and Network Use. That said, before using an image or other material that complies with Palomar College’s Access and Use Guidelines, the user should ask: Continue reading “Use of Copyrighted Material”

Basic PowerPoint Animation Basics

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A PowerPoint slide-deck is a speaker’s aid, used as a backdrop to the presenter, and as such should not often be the focus of audience attention. (After all, if you’re at a Broadway show and your focus is on the flats, I’d guess it is not a very compelling play.) But at times it is important to focus the eyes of your audience on the slide, or even on a particular portion of the slide. That’s when it is time for an Animation. Continue reading “Basic PowerPoint Animation Basics”

Basic Computer Basics: The Keyboard

For most folks, the primary way they interact with their computer is by mouse. But the primary way they input information in their computer is by keyboard. There are a number of keyboard “shortcuts” which can allow a user to interact with their computer though, which may save you time and frustration. Continue reading “Basic Computer Basics: The Keyboard”

Palomar Streaming Video and Chrome

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Users of Google’s Chrome browser who are trying to play back videos from Palomar’s streaming video system are in for a treat… and by treat I mean an error message indicating that Silverlight is not installed. Diligent users go load up the newest version of Silverlight, only to be told that Silverlight is not installed. Continue reading “Palomar Streaming Video and Chrome”

Free Office 365 for all Palomarites

Yes I am serious, and no this is not a scam. All students and employees of Palomar College are already licensed to use Office 365 for free. In fact, we are licensed to have up to five copies of Office installed on our computers, as well as full access to the full-featured versions of all the online Office applications. Oh, plus 1024 Gb of storage space on the OneDrive cloud storage system.

For free. Continue reading “Free Office 365 for all Palomarites”

Bb Student app for iOS and Android phones

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Not sure how many Palomar students have tried out the Blackboard Mobile app for accessing Blackboard courses, but recently the Blackboard company launched another phone app which may be of interest. Called “Bb Student,” the app is for iOS and Android phones. Continue reading “Bb Student app for iOS and Android phones”