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February 2019

Teaching Online: Assessing Quality of Online Classes

February 26 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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Are we sufficiently addressing questions about the quality of online course design? We shall use rubrics and standards related to the quality of online courses (i.e., Quality Matters). In this workshop you will learn how to assess the quality of online classes using formative evaluation techniques.

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Canvas Pages

February 26 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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In this session you will experience ways to create accessible content within Canvas. Although this demo focuses on Pages, these skills will also apply to other components in Canvas such as Assignments and Discussions.

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March 2019

Creating Accessible PDFs for the Web

March 4 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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Learn how to optimize Adobe Acrobat PDF files for assistive software and screen readers. In addition to a discussion of authoring PDFs from Microsoft Office applications, this workshop explores Adobe Acrobat Pro’s built-in tools for creating, editing, and validating tagged PDFs for the visually impaired.

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Introduction to Accessibility

March 4 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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Do you want to know what is accessibility? During this workshop we will: 1) discuss federal and state regulations important to accessibility in online education, 2) explain barriers to access, 3) explain assistive technologies and accessibility standards designed to overcome these barriers; 4) share with you our accessibility campaign plans to help faculty make their course contents accessible, 5) identify campus resources that support building and delivering accessible courses.

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Canvas Pages

March 6 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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In this session you will experience ways to create accessible content within Canvas. Although this demo focuses on Pages, these skills will also apply to other components in Canvas such as Assignments and Discussions.

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Audio/Video Conferencing and Collaboration Tools

March 6 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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To scaffold learning we require learners to interact with the content, the teacher and each other. This workshop will address the needs of audio/video conferencing for communication in online and hybrid classes. You will learn the technical skills of using Zoom from CCC ZoomNow.

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Getting Started with WordPress

March 7 @ 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
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A WordPress site hosted by Palomar College is the easiest path to a good website. How to obtain and manage a WordPress site for individuals, departments, and other 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.

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Canvas Grades

March 13 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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In this demo you will learn to manage grades within Canvas; leveraging the SpeedGrader and Rubrics for efficiency. Participants who attend the demo will learn more about: Rubrics SpeedGrader Student What-if Tool Assignment Groups Weight

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Plugging into WordPress: How to Use SiteOrigin’s Page Builder

March 18 @ 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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What if you could create elegant page layouts with background images, sliders, and stylish text, and no HTML required? Did you know that Palomar's WordPress network houses one of the most versatile WordPress page-building plugins available? ! In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of SiteOrigin's powerful Page Builder plug-in. We will cover key builder elements such as rows, widgets; learn about cloning pages with the import/export tools; and much more. Come and…

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Canvas Content with Style

March 19 @ 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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Want to spruce up the pages in your Canvas course? Want text to wrap around a picture? Want to push that picture to the right side of the screen? Want to make the links on your page stand out, as menus or buttons? Want to do all of this without compromising the accessibility of your content? This workshop will give you the skills to add bells and whistles to your content, without violating accessibility requirements. This class is NOT about…

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Canvas Content with Style

March 19 @ 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
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Want to spruce up the pages in your Canvas course? Want text to wrap around a picture? Want to push that picture to the right side of the screen? Want to make the links on your page stand out, as menus or buttons? Want to do all of this without compromising the accessibility of your content? This workshop will give you the skills to add bells and whistles to your content, without violating accessibility requirements. This class is NOT about…

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Advanced WordPress: Embedding Content

March 20 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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It's easy to embed videos, images, tweets, audio, and other content into your WordPress site. This workshop will demonstrate how to embed content the right way. Many examples will be provided. Previous experience with WordPress is strongly recommended.

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How to Make a Video for Your Lesson Plan

March 21 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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Universal Design principles for curriculum development recommended giving all individuals new methods to Access Materials, Manipulate Materials, and Submit Materials. This workshop will teach you how to use EdPuzzle to make any video for your lesson, crop a video, narrate it with your own voice, insert questions at any time, and embed it in your LMS course materials. With EdPuzzle, you can now crop any YouTube, Khan Academy, LearnZillion, Vimeo or other videos.

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Composing Alt Text

March 21 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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You've been told that you need to add "alt text" to your images in WordPress/Canvas/Word/PowerPoint. But how do you determine what text to add? Is it enough to describe the contents of the image? Do you need to include any writing from the image in the alt text? The mechanics of adding this text are fairly simple, but deciding what text to add can be complex. This workshop will give you the skills to analyze the meaning behind your images…

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April 2019

Checking Accessibility in PowerPoint Presentations

April 1 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Do you give your students copies of your PowerPoint presentations (PPTX)? If so, you'll need to make sure that your presentation meets accessibility standards... and that may not be easy to achieve. In this session we will discuss ways to see if your PowerPoint slides are accessible, touch on how to fix problems if the slides are not accessible, and examine alternatives to distributing your PPTX files that might be easier to make accessible.

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Best Practices for Images on the Web

April 4 @ 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Do you use Photoshop? What size should that photo be? Do you have permission to use that photo at all? This workshop will explore pixel resolution, RGB/CMYK color space, creative commons, tagging for accessibility, and other best practices for image manipulation, photo editing, and usage on the Web.

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Advanced WordPress: Creating Forms

April 9 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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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 strongly recommended.

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The Use of Technology in the Classroom 

April 11 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

This workshop will cover the theoretical basis for the use of different technologies in the classroom. A classroom demo will be conducted in one of our typical classrooms.

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Teaching Online: Understanding Learning Styles

April 16 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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Learning styles are a way to help improve quality of learning. By understanding students’ learning styles you can adjust the online teaching processes and techniques. This workshop will help you better understand learning styles and how to match different Canvas tools to those styles to maximize student engagement. The Seven Learning Styles are: Visual: images and video, Aural: audio/video, Verbal: words, Physical: simulation, Logical: reasoning, Social: collaboration, and Solitary: self-study.

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Getting Started with Siteimprove

April 17 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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Do you want to improve your website? Learn how to use the Siteimprove dashboard to quickly identify errors and issues in your website. Items like accessibility problems, misspellings, broken links and much more are presented in a report snapshot. Attendees will get a live demonstration and hands-on training in how to identify and address issues and errors in Siteimprove reports.

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How to use Google Docs

April 18 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Google Docs is a free, easy-to-use, web-based collaborative writing tool. It allows multiple users to work on the same document at one time.  In this workshop, you will learn how to create a new Google Docs account and use it efficiently. Learners will learn how to create an account, how to create new documents and spreadsheet, how to share files, how to edit files simultaneously, and how to make a Real-Time presentation.

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Palomar College Online Orientation for Students

April 23 @ 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

In this session you will learn about the Palomar College Online Orientation, which is available for all online courses. It includes engaging, interactive multimedia tutorials and resources designed to address the real challenges encountered by both new and experienced online students, as well as a diagnostic tools that offers remediation. Students will receive a badge for completion.

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