QR Codes for Learning? YES!

We shall be conducting a hands-on workshop on QR codes.

  Wednesday, 22 August, 2012, 3 – 4 pm
   Palomar College LL 109

You and your students are seeing them everywhere. QR codes. You have probably used them to get coupons or find directions. 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 hands-on workshop you will identify ways to use QR codes for your discipline and learn how to create and scan codes.

(2 Professional Development hours)

For more information, please contact lpayn@palomar.edu

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Introduction to Palomar Online Education Training series: Pre-Plenary Workshop # 31

Welcome back to fall semester, 2012!

If you haven’t received a certificate that validates that you are prepared to teach online, this session is for you!

We shall introduce the POET series in a Pre-plenary Workshop:

Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 3 – 5 pm in LL 104

If you haven’t signed up for Palomar College Professional Development hours, not to worry. Just show up!

During this session you will enroll and begin to work in the POET modules, which will then be completed on your own. The modules will take approximately 10-12 hours to complete. If you chose to do all the activities and reinforcement media, it could take longer. You can also return to the modules at any time, even after you completed your certificate to view the media or review.

Note that this is not Blackboard training. Rather, POET focuses on “Best Practices” to teach online at Palomar College.

Can’t make the session? Contact me in order to get started in POET!


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PD workshop Friday 3/9: Instructional Approaches to eLearning

Remember to join the fun at our next workshop:

Instructional Approaches for eLearning
PD Code:      #313

Date:           Friday, March 9, 2012
Time:           9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location:      LL-109
Palomar College, 1140 W. Mission Rd., San Marcos, CA 92069
PD Hours:    2 hours

As we move our face-to-face courses to an online environment, we have an opportunity to revise our content for our audience and technology.  The instructor-student roles also change in eLearning, with instructors guiding learners who have vast amounts of information available via the Internet.  No longer mere providers of information, our online courses become venues in which learners interact with the instructor, each other, and the course content.  In this workshop, you will review a number of pedagogical approaches and strategies that are useful in online classes, develop a list that is relevant to your discipline, and create some specific new assignments and projects.

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Streamlining Media Resources Workshop


WORKSHOP: Streamlining Media Resources

Friday, 3/2/12, 9 – 11     LL 109 (Palomar College, San Marcos, CA)
(2 PD hours)

Since the majority of our students are members of the “wired” generation
who already are active producers and consumers of media, instructors are
challenged to incorporate relevant and useful media in their lectures. In
this workshop, you will identify the resources readily available to us on
campus; connect our classes and students to our media choices; and
determine a number of techniques for effectively using media in both face-to-
face and online classes.

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Workshop: Blackboard Collaborate!

Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate Live!) Synchronous Interactive Blackboard Tool
PD Code:      #309
Hosted by:   Dr. Lillian Payn, Academic Technology
Date:              Friday, February 24, 2012
Time:               9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location:      LL-109
PD Hours:    2 hours
Description: Are your students tired of the same old chat sessions in online classes?  Liven up your synchronous online classes with Blackboard Collaborate.  Students enjoy the video, sound, photos, graphics, white board, demos of software and Web interactivity possible in this Blackboard tool.  It is great for office hours, troubleshooting with students, and delivering instruction.  In this workshop, you will participate in a hands-on class using Blackboard Collaborate.

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Why use Graphics…. and Multimedia? Online Class.

Why use Graphics…. and Multimedia?

Online –  available Wednesday, 2/15/12

(2 PD hours)

By delivering content with optimal message design, we can improve comprehension. In this online session, you will see what research tells us about the impact of a multi-sensory learning experience and hear some basic recommendations for implementing an enhanced learning environment.

Contact Academic Technology Coordinator, Lillian Payn, for enrollment instructions. (760/744-1150 ext 3626)

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“Strategies for Retention in Online Classes” WORKSHOP

WORKSHOP: Strategies for Retention in Online Classes

Wednesday, 2/8/12, 3 – 5  LL 109 (Palomar College, San Marcos, CA)

(2 PD hours)

The flexibility of online learning attracts many students who already are facing many challenges. What strategies can we incorporate to keep our courses relevant and appealing to increase motivation and student success? Let’s review existing research, make recommendations at the college level, and explore practices within our various disciplines for improving online class retention. In this workshop, you will leave with a list of specific retention techniques you can use in your online classes.

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Best Practices for Online Teaching Panel

PANEL: Best Practices for Online Teaching
(Linda Locklear, Roger Morrissette, Teresa Pelkie, Al Trujillo)
Wednesday, 1/25/12, 3 – 5 pm.
MD Building 322
(2 PD hours)

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. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and interact with each other.

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Why the Arts Matter

Why the Arts Matter

While we are actively promoting STEM programs to encourage girls to enter studies and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (and so we should!), we are facing drastic budget cuts in education for arts and music education. At the state level in California, increasing emphasis is being placed on STEM courses and careers.

I just came across a compelling key note speech that reminded me why the arts are important. It is by Dr. J. Kagan, Harvard, who spoke to the Dana Foundation in New York City. The Dana Foundation supports brain research. Dr. Kagan’s speech is: Why the Arts Matter, Six Good Reasons for Advocating the Importance of Arts in School. To summarize the reasons:

  1.     Boosts the self confidence
  2.    Freedom for self-expression
  3.     The mind uses three distinct forms, or tools, to acquire, store, and communicate knowledge. Art and music require:
    1.         Procedural knowledge.
    2.         Perceptual representations
    3.         Schematic understandings
  4.     Provides all American youth with some values they feel warrant consistent loyalty
  5.     Cooperative unit when they compose a mural or play in the school band
  6.     Provides opportunities for all children to experience and to express feelings and conflicts that are not yet fully conscious and cannot be expressed coherently in words

Ponder this: Just remember that Adolf Hitler applied to art school twice and failed to get in. What if he had been accepted? We might have averted WWII.

If you wish to read the key note address: http://www.dana.org/news/features/detail.aspx?id=21740

What do you think about funding for arts education?

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One of my colleagues just introduced me to MEDIA INDIGENA, an interactive, multimedia magazine dedicated to Indigenous news, views and creative expression. http://www.mediaindigena.com

This week they are holding their 12th annual 2011 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Oct. 19-23. While it is in Canada, there is a lot online, and I had quite a moving experience reviewing the media already posted. There will be over 90 works of art in film/video, new media, and more.


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