Training Workshops

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.

Look over Academic Technology’s workshop schedule for Spring 2016 in this PDF.

Workshop Descriptions

Trends in Technology

Facilitated by:Dr. Lillian Payn
Date:Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Time:12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Location:Online

What is on the horizon for technology in higher education? In this webcast, we shall survey the trends for new media and the predictions from global experts.

Schedule 2 hours with organizer.


Animation in PowerPoint

Facilitated by:David Gray
Date:Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Time:3:00 pm - 6:00 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 animate a sample presentation, with focus on the skills of using appearance, emphasis, and disappearance effects.

Workshop participants should be familiar with basic techniques used to create slides, such as is taught in the Building Basic PowerPoint Presentations workshop.


Online Showcase Workshop

Facilitated by:Dr. Lillian Payn and David Gray
Date:Thursday, February 18, 2016
Time:3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location:LL-109

Not sure how to package your submission for the “Best of the Best Contest for the Use of Technology in your face-­‐to-­‐face and online classes? Attend a hands-on workshop and leave with your course organized and annotated for your submission.


Roundtable: Engaging Your Online Student

Facilitated by:Dr. Lillian Payn
Date:Friday, February 26, 2016
Time:9:00 am - 11:00 am
Location:MD-131

What are you doing in your virtual classrooms to engage your students? Come and share what works for you, and pick up best practices from your colleagues.


PowerPoint Slides to Video

Facilitated by:David Gray
Date:Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Time:3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location:LL-109

In this workshop you will create a video from a PowerPoint presentation using the tools built-in to PowerPoint. We will provide the presentation and script for you to narrate during the workshop. We will discuss methods of making the video available to your students, including options for student access via Blackboard.


PowerPoint Narrated Slides to Online Mix Tutorials

Facilitated by:David Gray
Date:Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Time:4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Location:LL-109

In this workshop you will create an online tutorial capable of posting grades back to a Blackboard course, based on narrated slides from your PowerPoint presentation. Using the free Office Mix add-in to PowerPoint, you can intersperse narrated slides delivering information with quiz questions to aid student retention.

Workshop participants should be familiar with the technique of narrating slides, such as is taught in the PowerPoint Slides to Videos workshop.


Teaching Online: Assessing Quality of Online Class

Facilitated by:Dr. Najib Manea
Date:Thursday, March 3, 2016
Time:3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location:LL-104

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.


Delivering Accessible Online Courses

Facilitated by:Dr. Lillian Payn
Date:Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Time:3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location:LL-109

In this session you will gain insight into what visitors experience on the Web due to individual physical and cognitive differences. You will learn how to design your files and sites that are engaging, while communicating your message to visitors with disabilities. You will prepare accessible MS Word, PDF and PowerPoint documents and leave with checklists and charts.


WordPress for Faculty

Facilitated by:Chris Norcross
Date:Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Time:3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location:LL-109

Learn how to build a basic faculty website using WordPress. In this workshop we will add contact info, course descriptions, and an online CV/Resume. Integrating your website with social networks and Blackboard will also be discussed.


Audio/Video Conferencing and Collaboration Tools

Facilitated by:Dr. Najib Manea
Date:Thursday, March 17, 2016
Time:3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location:LL-104

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 Blackboard Collaborate.


Best Practices for Online Learning

Facilitated by:Dr. Lillian Payn
Date:Monday, March 28, 2016
Time:12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Location:Online

Online learning is as good as, if not better, than face-to-face learning. In this session, a panel of your Palomar College colleagues from a range of disciplines will share their best practices for delivering an online course that is effective, efficient and satisfying for the student and the instructor. . This multimedia workshop is asynchronous, and attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and interact with each other.

3 hours of PD credit. / Those registered will be sent logon instructions.


Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive in the Classroom

Facilitated by:Dr. Najib Manea
Date:Thursday, April 7, 2016
Time:3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location:LL-104

This workshop will teach you how to use online apps for your classes. The two most commonly used online office apps, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive, will be introduced.


The Use of Technology in the Classroom

Facilitated by:Dr. Najib Manea
Date:Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Time:3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location:LL-104

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


QR Codes for Learning? YES!

Facilitated by:Dr. Lillian Payn
Date:Monday, April 25, 2016
Time:12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Location:Online

You and your students are seeing them everywhere. QR codes. You have probably used them to find directions or get coupons. 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 asynchronous online session, you will identify ways to use QR codes for your discipline and learn how to create and scan codes.

2 hours of PD credit. / Those registered will be sent logon instructions.


Introduction to Blackboard Learn Assessments & Assignments

Facilitated by:Dr. Najib Manea
Date:Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Time:3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location:LL-104

In this workshop, you will learn how to use assessments (tests/quizzes) and assignments (activities) in our LMS Blackboard Learn.


Canvas Pilot Panel

Facilitated by:Dr. Lillian Payn, et. al.
Date:Friday, May 6, 2016
Time:9:00 am - 10:30 am
Location:MD-103

As the Canvas Pilot concludes, a panel of participants will present their experiences. Canvas is a very popular CMS and has been adopted by the Online Education Initiative as its official platform. How does it compare to Blackboard? Find the answers to your questions at this important and informative panel presentation.