|Trouble reading this? Click here.||Number 125 - November 16, 2011|
Academic Technology Training Schedule for Spring 2012 Available
Our training schedule for the spring 2012 semester has been published. You can view the description of our offerings here, and see a grid of our in-person and webinar workshops here. We will be offering four types of training:
The in-person workshops are a mix of the most popular of the workshops we have previously offered, and some new offerings, including workshops on POET, "Palomar Online Education Training, WordPress (the easiest way to create a web site), Student Retention, the Elluminate econferencing system, SnagIt, a screen/graphics clipping program with editor, Camtasia, the fabulous screen/PowerPoint/video production tool for which we will be licensed next semester, and eTexts and eReaders.
The topical webinars are completely new and will be offered at 2 p.m. each Tuesday afternoon throughout the spring semester with the exception of spring break week. Topics will be split beteen specialized Blackboard topics and general technology and technology tool topics.
We are especially proud to offer the four online, self-paced Blackboard workshops next semester on an open-entry basis. They are: "Getting Ready for Day One," "Buidling Your Course," "Evaluating Learning," and "Communicating with Your Students." You will have until the end of the semester to complete work in them.
Also new to self-paced, online workshops will be Dr. Lillian Paynes workshops on "Why Use Graphics and Multimedia?." and "Design Crimes in Your Presentations and How to Solve Them," beginning February 15 and 29 respectively.
Finally, our Blackboard techs will once again be available each Wednesday morning 7:30 - 10:30 AM, from January 11 to March 14, to field any questions you have about Blackboard (or technology use in general) and to work directly with you on your online courses.
We hope you will take advantage of one or more of the wide variety of training opportunities we will be offering next semester.
eReaders and Coffee and Tea
As noted above, we will be holding our early Wednesday morning coffee and tea sessions again next semester. As an additional incentive to attend our Blackboard with Cream & Sugar sessions, we will have on display for examination and use a different eReader device each week. The eText revolution is in full swing, and new eReaders by Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Sony are being purchased in record numbers. If you want to get your hands on one of these for testing, petting zoo style, drop by Wednesdays and we will show them off. We will announce each week in advance which reader will be featured that week. Later in the semester we will be conducting a workshop on eReaders that will compare them all side by side.
Video Storage Solution in Place
As many are aware, at the beginning of the fall 2011 semester we had run out of space on District media servers for streamed academic video and audio content. We asked instructors at that time to hold off on brining new video or audio projects to us until the space problem could be solved. Our friends in the IS department have now come up with a solution that doubles the storage space available to us, so please, if you have been holding back on bringing in projects for us to digitize, encode and stream, feel free to bring them in. In fact, now is the ideal time to bring projects, along with TEACH Act authorization or other copyright clearance, for digitization for spring 2012 semester.
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