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18/7/2014Thursday5-7pmThe Nuts and Bolts of Teaching at Palomar College: Panel DiscussionMD-157Instructional Services and Student Services#401Please join us to hear an overview of the basic mechanics of instructor responsibilities, including information about your class syllabus, class rosters, important dates, grading, Instructional and Counseling support services, and more. If you need a refresher or are new to Palomar College, this session will address any questions you might have. By offering this workshop before the start of the new semester, we hope to provide you with the information you need to start the semester off on the right foot.
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28/14/2014Thursday3-5pmBlackboard Moving Day: Fall 2014LL-111David Gray#300Part-time plenary session: Significant changes have been made to Palomar’s Blackboard systems, so getting existing materials from your old course site and into the new one will require a different process than you previously experienced. Drop by during this time frame, and the Academic Technology support techs can actually work with you to move your old Blackboard content into the new Fall 2014 course sites. NOTE: The estimated time to complete a course migration is between five and twenty minutes, depending on the size of your course content.
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38/14/2014Thursday3-5pmGetting Started with WordPressLL-109Chris Norcross#301Part-time plenary session: A WordPress site hosted by Palomar College is an easy to use alternative to a “regular” website. How to obtain and manage a WordPress site for individuals, departments, and special 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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48/14/2014Thursday3-5pmIntroduction to Palomar Online Education Training (POET)LL-104Dr. Lillian Payn#31 (self-designed)Part-time plenary session: Use code #31 Located under the Self-Designed and Arranged tab on PD contract. This workshop is worth 2 hours plus addditional time to compelte all modules. Whether you are new to teaching online or looking for new approaches, the POET series guides you through the process by offering methods, techniques, tools, checklists, and best practices for delivering an effective online course. POET focuses on the pedagogy of online learning, not how to use Blackboard. The face-to-face orientation will get you started, and then you will complete four modules online: Online Learning, Using Blackboard Tools (or other management systems), Effective Design, and Course Management. You will earn a Certificate of Completion at the end of the training.
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58/14/2014Thursday5-8:30pmPart-Time Faculty PlenaryHoward Brubeck Theater3 hours#01To access the plenary schedule of events and desciptions of breakout sessions please visit the website: http://www2.palomar.edu/pages/pd/plenary/
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68/15/2014Friday8-4:15pmFull-Time Faculty PlenaryHoward Brubeck Theater6 hours#02To access the plenary schedule of events and desciptions of breakout sessions please visit the website: http://www2.palomar.edu/pages/pd/plenary/
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78/26/2014Tuesday3-5pmYouTube Browser-Based ToolsLL-109Dr. Lillian Payn#302The world’s most popular video sharing site has its own suite of tools to help you improve your videos right in the browser. YouTube Video Editor is a simple and easy way to add text, trim clips, add music, insert transitions and even stabilize clips. In this hands-on workshop we shall use these free tools to edit and post a video. Prior to the workshop, please register for g-mail and YouTube accounts if you don’t already have them so you can participate fully.
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88/27/2014Wednesday3-5pmAnimation in PowerPointLL-109David Gray#303One of the strengths of PowerPoint is its ability to animate objects. This workshop will explore animation in depth. We will build a sample presentation that will teach the skills of using appearance, emphasis, disappearance, and custom effects, along with Effect Options, multiple animated objects, and animation triggers, timing and special effects. This workshop will be conducted using PowerPoint 2013.
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99/3/2014Wednesday3-4pmMini-Training Session for PD Contract Proposal SubmissionNS-153PD Department#402Do you have questions about your PD contract and how to earn PD hours for your work outside of the classroom? Do you need an overview of how to submit your PD contract on eServices? If so, then stop by the PD Office for some individualized help with your PD contract!
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109/5/2014Friday9-11amIntroduction to Palomar Online Education Training (POET)LL-109Dr. Lillian Payn#32 (self-designed)Whether you are new to teaching online or looking for new approaches, the POET series guides you through the process by offering methods, techniques, tools, checklists, and best practices for delivering an effective online course. POET focuses on the pedagogy of online learning, not how to use Blackboard. The face-to-face orientation will get you started, and then you will complete four modules online: Online Learning, Using Blackboard Tools (or other management systems), Effective Design, and Course Management. You will earn a Certificate of Completion at the end of the training.
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119/5/2014Canceled11:30-1pmCustomer Service In-Service SharingSU-201RSVP to Dr. Jack Kahn (jkahn1@palomar.edu)#127 (self-designed)In all of our roles, we want to be the best representative of the college that we can in order to support and assist others.  For a variety of reasons, at times we are stretched to do so, when the people we are interacting with are sometimes less than pleasant, angry, or dismissive. This get-together will be for the purpose of sharing our own ‘best-practices’ and strategies for dealing with these kinds of difficult situations. If you are interested in joining, please send Jack Kahn 3 difficult kinds of scenarios you have to deal with regularly.  Please don’t mention any specific names of people- just examples.  Like, “I often get asked to do things immediately when I am in the middle of doing something else” or “I get aggravated when I get mixed messages from areas I need to work with to push a project through” or “I have trouble dealing with students who present as if they have mental health concerns”. These will be categorized and presented to the group to share strategies— In the meeting, we will outline different ways to handle situations which will then be summarized and send out to the group afterwards. This is meant for us to work together and share our best-practices, recognizing that we all get frustrated sometimes and that our peers may have terrific ideas we haven’t yet tried. Be sure to RSVP to Dr. Jack Kahn jkahn1@palomar.edu
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129/5/2014Friday1-3pmUsing Google Drive in the ClassroomFRC (room change)Kelly Falcone#420Communication, Collaboration, and the ability to use Technology are listed as very important skills that our students need to learn in order to be successful in the 21st century workforce. In this workshop you will learn how to use Google Drive as a means to build all three of these skills. If you are looking for a great way to have students work together to produce a collaborative presentation you will love this tool! This is a BYOD seminar which means please Bring Your Own Device as you will be participating (if you don’t have a device you are still welcome to attend).
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139/9/2014Tuesday2-4pmTeaching Critical ThinkingMD-203Erin Feld, Reading Services#403Join with other instructors to understand the General Education/Institutional Learning Outcome (ILO) for critical thinking and how we can teach these skills in the classroom. Brainstorm and share what you do with other instructors, and see a sample assignment sequence from a Reading 120 class, which focuses on critical thinking from a reading and rhetorical approach to critical thinking. Regardless of what discipline you teach, come learn some valuable ways that you can teach your students to be more engaged and active readers and writers.
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149/9/2014Tuesday4-6pmCalSTRS workshop for Part-time/Associate Faculty Hosted by Mira Costa CollegeMira Costa College room OC 3101Krista Eliot#112 (self-designed)This workshop, led by a CalSTRS counselor, will provide part-time and associate faculty with an overview of CalSTRS retirement. Q&A will follow the presentation--come get answers to your questions about retirement! Hosted by the MiraCosta College Academic Associate Faculty. Questions? Contact Krista Eliot at krista.eliot@gmail.com
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159/9/2014Tuesday5-6pmMini-Training Session for PD Contract Proposal SubmissionNS-153PD Department#404Do you have questions about your PD contract and how to earn PD hours for your work outside of the classroom? Do you need an overview of how to submit your PD contract on eServices? If so, then stop by the PD Office for some individualized help with your PD contract!
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169/10/2014Wednesday1-2pmRediscover GE Brown Bag DiscussionsHumanities 3rd floor conference roomWendy Nelson, Marty Furch, Michael Mufson#127 (self-designed)General Education is at the heart of what we do as educators. Drawing on the expertise of our faculty and experiences of our students, this year we will engage in an examination of what General Education means for Palomar College in the emerging 21st Century. To guide our discussions we have identified four topics: 1) Why is General Education a vital component of a complete education? 2) How does General Education serve our students? 3) Do the recent changes in technology, globalization population growth, media, etc., require changes in our approach to designing a General Education program? 4) What are the "big questions" that General Education engages across the curriculum? Grab your lunch and join us for an exciting discussion about general education. Drinks and cookies will be served. For more information contact Wendy Nelson, wnelson@palomar.edu
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179/10/2014Wednesday3-5pmPowerPoint into BlackboardLL-109David Gray#304In this workshop we will explore the pros and cons of different methods of distributing PowerPoint presentations to students via Blackboard. We will then create sample content using PowerPoint, suitable for these distribution methods. Specific tpoics include: Direct distribution of PPTX files, providing slides in PDF form, Providing handouts with notes in PDF form, and recording a presentation as a video. This workshop will use PowerPOint 2013
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189/11/2014Thursday1-3pmGetting Started with WordPressLL-109Chris Norcross#305A WordPress site hosted by Palomar College is an easy to use alternative to a “regular” website. How to obtain and manage a WordPress site for individuals, departments, and special 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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199/11/2014Thursday4-5pmTEAM LIFE: Weight Loss Behavior Change PlanMD-104Kelly Falcone#421The focus of this TEAM LIFE workshop is to assess your current weight and percentage body fat and use this data to develop a behavior change plan. This workshop will start a 10-week weight loss challenge, with weekly weigh-ins every Thursday. For more information please visit the TEAM LIFE website: http://www2.palomar.edu/pages/teamlife/
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209/12/2014Friday10am-12pmLearning More About the Deaf CommunityMD-103Kevin Struxness, American Sign Language Department#405Palomar currently has about thirty deaf students, and this workshop will provide a general overview of how to work with our deaf students in the classroom. It will cover the common myths about the deaf community, demographics and statistics, helpful suggestions for working with DHH students, and will teach several survival signs (like how to sign “hello” and “good morning”). The workshop will conclude with a fun Q&A session called “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Deaf People But Never Had One to Ask”.
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219/12/2014Friday12-1:30Teaching Critical Thinking: Teaching Students to Analyze, Articulate, and Evaluate EvidenceMD-104Dr. Dillon Emerick, Philosophy Department#406One way in which we ask our students to think critically is by requiring that they use and evaluate evidence. We may also require that they construct and evaluate positions based on evidence. Unfortunately, students do not always have sufficient tools to make this analysis as clear or as effective as it could be. This workshop will provide instructors with tools to help students and instructors alike achieve clarity in the evidence that they use in their reasoning. Starting from everyday examples, the workshop will introduce a method for understanding, evaluating, and clarifying evidence. Finally, the workshop will conclude by finding ways in which this essential critical thinking skill can be incorporated into your classes.
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229/13/2014Saturday10am-12pmArboretum Workshop: Integrating California Natives in the Landscape ArboretumFriends of the Arboretum#499You may attend as many Arboretum workshops as you would like, however, you will only be able to claim a maximum of 2 PD hours per semester. Please sign the roster for each of the workshops you attend. If you are planning to attend please RSVP to Tony Rangel at arangel@palomar.edu
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239/16/2014TuesdayTime changed to 5-6:30pmThe Promise and Peril of Scholarly SourcesRoom Change: LL 208-BApril Cunningham, Library Department, and Richard Hannon, English Department#407We want our students to stretch themselves, but are some struggling more than we intend when we require them to use scholarly sources? We’ll talk about reading tips for getting students started with scholarly sources, the variety of source types the library provides for students’ research, and our shared concerns and hopes for students’ use of scholarly sources.
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249/18/2014Thursday2-4pmUsing Discussion Tasks in Team-Based LearningMD-203Sean Davis, Sociology Department#408Discussion Tasks are an effective way to get students to think critically about assigned readings. It is also an excellent tool for both small group and whole class discussion. I use this exercise several times during the semester in my Team-Based Learning classrooms. However, this exercise can be used in any class format to take discussions on assigned readings to the next level of discourse that instructors are striving for.
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259/18/2014Thursday2-5pmGet students focused on learning instead of grades, Metacognition is key!MD-157Saundra McGuire, PhD. Sponsored by STEM and NCHEA#19 (arranged workshop)OnSeptember 18th and 19th , the Palomar College STEM Center, with support from NCHEA, will offer METACOGNITION workshops to students, faculty and tutors. Students will learn strategies for success in college, faculty will learn how to get students to focus on learning instead of grades and tutors will be able to provide more effective tools for success. Workshops are free and open to faculty, students, and tutors from Palomar College, Mira Costa College, and CSUSM. Please RSVP: Send an e-mail to stemprogram@palomar.edu
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269/18/2014Thursday3-5pmPresentation Design Crimes and How to Solve ThemLL-109Mel Terry and Dr. Lillian Payn#306We don’t want to leave a trail of victims after our presentations. That would be a shame, since design crimes are avoidable. In this online session, you will identify typical “law-breaking crimes” and see the solutions that are pleasing to the eye and deliver a strong message. You will see also what research tells us about the impact of a multi-sensory learning experience and hear some basic recommendations for implementing an enhanced learning environment. You will take away basic strategies for making your Blackboard site more visually engaging.
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279/19/2014Friday10am-12pmIntroduction to Mindfulness and Self-Nurturing PracticesMD-320Special guest speaker, Ms. Kelley Grimes M.S.W.#409Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed and exhausted by all the responsibilities in your life? Do you just wish you could take time to care for yourself without feeling guilty and/or selfish? Is it difficult to know where to start when thinking about nurturing yourself? If so, then please attend this special workshop led by guest speaker Kelley Grimes M.S.W., founder of In Truth and Beauty. Kelley will be presenting strategies designed to help you cultivate mindfulness and self-nurturing practices so you can feel more balanced both professionally and personally. For more information on Kelley Grimes visit: http://www.intruthandbeauty.com/
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289/19/2014Friday12-2:30pmSupporting Students with Behavioral Challenges and Understanding Mental Health StigmasMD-322Jayne Conway, Director of Health Services; Karan Huskey, Lorena Lomeli-Hixon, Ron Haines, and Lori Meyers, Counseling Department; and Sherry Titus, Director of Student Affairs#410In previous semesters, you might have noticed that some of your students are struggling with behavioral or mental health challenges that either interfere with your class or with your students’ own well-being. Come join a panel of Palomar’s experts – from Health Services, the Counseling Department, the Disability Resource Center, Campus Police, and Student Affairs – who are eager to share information and answer questions to make sure that you receive the assistance and support you need to face these challenges in a productive way. A free lunch will be part of this presentation!
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299/19/2014Friday2-5pmBafa Bafa- A Cross Cultural Situation GameE-2 (math center)Fari Towfiq, Math Department#411Bafa Bafa simulation is used to introduce the notion of cultures. There are two cultures in this simulation, Alpha and Beta. Once the participants learn the rules, customs, and values of their culture, they visit the other culture and follow up with discussion and analysis of specific cultures and the way they are formed. It is during the post-simulation discussion that the mysteries of each of the cultures are unraveled and the participants compare perceptions of one another’s culture. This experience is then generalized to attitudes towards other groups in the real world.
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309/19/2014Friday9-12Get students focused on learning instead of grades, Metacognition is key!NS-137Saundra McGuire, PhD. Sponsored by STEM and NCHEA#19 (arranged workshop)OnSeptember 18th and 19th , the Palomar College STEM Center, with support from NCHEA, will offer METACOGNITION workshops to students, faculty and tutors. Students will learn strategies for success in college, faculty will learn how to get students to focus on learning instead of grades and tutors will be able to provide more effective tools for success. Workshops are free and open to faculty, students, and tutors from Palomar College, Mira Costa College, and CSUSM. Please RSVP: Send an e-mail to stemprogram@palomar.edu
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319/19/2014Friday7:30-10:30pm"Catch Me If You Can" Performance at the Moonlight Amphitheater in VistaMoonlight Amphitheater in Vista http://www.moonlightstage.com/PD Department#412In keeping with Palomar’s mission of bringing faculty and staff together to exchange ideas and to foster communication amongst departments and disciplines, the Professional Development Office organizes several off-campus events each semester. These events count towards professional development since they offer the opportunity to interact with colleagues in other areas, in addition to the opportunity to learn more about the site being visited. Visiting these external venues allows us to make connections with the outside community that we can then bring into the classroom.Discover this North County hidden gem! The Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista offers Broadway under the stars. Catch Me if You Can is the high-flying new Broadway musical that tells the story of Frank W. Abagnale, Jr., a teenager who runs away from home in search of the glamorous life. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer – living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. Don’t miss this big-hearted musical adventure based on an astonishing real-life story of being young, in love…and in deep, deep trouble! Tickets for Catch Me if You Can are only $36. Please bring cash or a check (made payable to the Palomar College Foundation) to the Professional Development Office in NS-153 by Thursday, September 4th.
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329/24/2014Wednesday3-5pmAnalyzing Student Activity using BlackboardLL-109David Gray#307Ever wish for a way to know when students access your course content? Or to know how long they spent on a given question within a test? Would you like Blackboard to tell you if a student hasn't been into your course site in more than 7 days? (Or 2 days, or whatever you want.) How about an easy way to send an email to all students who did particularly well on the last test? From Statistics/Tracking information on a single item, to reports on student access times, even to the Retention Center's ability to notify the instructor about students meeting particular criteria, Blackboard does offer up some tools which may be of assistance. Come learn how to activate, and interpret, these analysis tools.
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339/25/2014Thursday1-3pmBuilding Online Forms with WordPressLL-109Chris Norcross#308Building 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 recommended.
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349/25/2014Thursday4-5pmTEAM LIFE: Designing an Exercise ProgramMD-104Kelly falcone#424We all know it is important to exercise, but what are you supposed to do? What is recommended? You will leave this workshop ready to head to the gym or the local park and get a great workout! You will design a  workout program suitable for your fitness level.
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359/26/2014Friday9:30-12pmSpecial Guest Speaker Beth Smith on the Common Core State StandardsCSUSMNCHEA#112 (self-designed)The students who are entering our classrooms are coming to us with a new set of skills and a new way of learning materials as a result of the Common Core Standards that are now being used in K-12 grades. But what exactly is the Common Core? What do the standards look like? And, most important, how do they affect what we do in the classroom as community college instructors? Come join in this special workshop led by Professor Beth Smith, President of the Academic Senate of California Community Colleges.  Parking information will be sent out to all attendees ahead of time. This event is sponsored by the North County Higher Education Alliance (NCHEA). Only 40 spots available and FREE BREAKFAST.  To register go to: http://www.csusm.edu/fc/currentevents/RSVP-common-core.html
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369/26/2014Friday1-2:30PMSpecial Guest Speaker Beth Smith on the Common Core State StandardsMD-157Beth Smith#112 (self-designed)Beth Smith will be coming to Palomar following the NCHEA event to discuss Common Core State Standards.  The students who are entering our classrooms are coming to us with a new set of skills and a new way of learning materials as a result of the Common Core Standards that are now being used in K-12 grades. But what exactly is the Common Core? What do the standards look like? And, most important, how do they affect what we do in the classroom as community college instructors? Come join in this special workshop led by Professor Beth Smith, President of the Academic Senate of California Community Colleges.
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379/26/2014Friday10-11:30amDisaster Worker TrainingH-217San Marcos Fire Department#425San Marcos Fire Department will provide training on the use, set-up, and proper operation of the evacuation (evac) chair. Fire extinguisher training is also included with information on their locations, operation, the PASS acronym, and an overview of the types of fires.
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389/30/2014Tuesday12:30-1:30Rediscover GE Brown Bag DiscussionsAA-140Wendy Nelson, Marty Furch, Michael Mufson#127 (self-designed)General Education is at the heart of what we do as educators. Drawing on the expertise of our faculty and experiences of our students, this year we will engage in an examination of what General Education means for Palomar College in the emerging 21st Century. To guide our discussions we have identified four topics: 1) Why is General Education a vital component of a complete education? 2) How does General Education serve our students? 3) Do the recent changes in technology, globalization population growth, media, etc., require changes in our approach to designing a General Education program? 4) What are the "big questions" that General Education engages across the curriculum? Grab your lunch and join us for an exciting discussion about general education. Drinks and cookies will be served. For more information contact Wendy Nelson, wnelson@palomar.edu
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399/30/2014Tuesday3-4pm (NEW)Group Projects in Online Classes: How do you do it?FRC (in the TLC)Kely Falcone & Judy Wilson#451 Are you doing group projects in your online class or do you want to start?  During this workshop we will be discussing the benefits and barriers to group projects in distance learning environments.  We will also discuss online tools that can be used for communication and collaboration.
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409/30/2014Tuesday4-5pmSetting the Stage for Students' Research SuccessMD-103April Cunningham, Library Department, and Leanne Maunu, English Department#414Looking for better results from your students’ research papers? Findings from studies by Project Information Literacy (PIL at http://projectinfolit.org/), an on-going, large-scale national research project, show that 84% of students surveyed said that getting started with their research is the hardest part of the process. Additional studies from PIL show that most college research assignment handouts are missing the details that can make getting started on a research project much easier. Being specific about the process and tools that students will use in their research can set them up for success. This session will offer you practical tips and invite discussion about your favorite techniques for getting students on track with their research.
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4110/2/2014Thursday3-5pmAssessment Tools in BlackboardLL-109Dr. Lillian Payn#309Taking a test actually helps people learn and works better than a number of other study techniques, according to research. Blackboard has a number of tools for assessing student learning. In this hands-on workshop, participants will: Create a test, set test options, select the appropriate question items, create pools, analyze test items, color-code grade center and many more cool techniques!
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4210/3/2014Friday10-12pmClimate Change: Hot or Not?NS-131William Leslie, Philosophy Department, and Alan Trujillo, Department of Earth, Space, and Aviation Sciences#419This interactive presentation will help answer questions related to climate change and global warming, such as: What is the difference between climate change and global warming? What is causing the recent rapid change in climate? Are human actions to blame? Is there scientific consensus on climate change? What observed changes are being experienced now? What are the likely changes in store for San Diego County, particularly related to the coastal region and the ocean? Participants will be asked to share their views and discuss how climate change relates to the topics they teach. This presentation is intended for a general audience and no scientific background is required. We will also discuss the need for action, and how we might adapt to the effects of climate change. Finally, we will discuss some reasons for optimism, and a short list of things each of us can do to help prevent a worst-case scenario for the future.
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4310/3/2014Friday1-3pmUsing Student Response Systems in the classroomFRC in the TLC  (room change)Kelly Falcone#422When you ask questions in class do the same students respond each day? Do you want to increase participation from all students? Do you want your students to actively participate in your lectures? In this
workshop you will learn about several different web-based student response systems that are free! It's time to use the web-based devices our students are already bringing to the classroom. All tools can be used on smart phones, tablets, or laptops, they only need web access. This is a BYOD seminar which means please Bring Your Own Device as you will be participating (if you don’t have a device you are still welcome to attend).
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4410/6/2014Monday4-6pmClassroom Quiz EfficiencyMD-314Lin Sten, Adjunct Faculty, Mathematics Department#452Many benefits can be achieved with occasional group quizzes. With group quizzes, students learn about the efficiency of group learning and about the importance of communication and teamwork in an academic
environment; group quizzes can significantly reduce the instructor's scoring time; at the same time, students get something to add to their resumes. Especially important for night classes, where some students might have trouble focusing after the end of a long day, a group quiz wakes everybody up
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4510/8/2014Wednesday2-4pmWhat Students Need to be Successful Readers in Content AreasH-112Melinda Carillo and Erin Feld, Reading Services Department#415This workshop will focus on specific strategies students need to be successful as readers in content areas and how individual instructors might help students develop those strategies.
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4610/10/2014Friday10:30-12pmCustomer Service In-Service SharingMD-155cRSVP to Dr. Jack Kahn (jkahn1@palomar.edu)#127 (self-designed)In all of our roles, we want to be the best representative of the college that we can in order to support and assist others.  For a variety of reasons, at times we are stretched to do so, when the people we are interacting with are sometimes less than pleasant, angry, or dismissive. This get-together will be for the purpose of sharing our own ‘best-practices’ and strategies for dealing with these kinds of difficult situations. If you are interested in joining, please send Jack Kahn 3 difficult kinds of scenarios you have to deal with regularly.  Please don’t mention any specific names of people- just examples.  Like, “I often get asked to do things immediately when I am in the middle of doing something else” or “I get aggravated when I get mixed messages from areas I need to work with to push a project through” or “I have trouble dealing with students who present as if they have mental health concerns”. These will be categorized and presented to the group to share strategies— In the meeting, we will outline different ways to handle situations which will then be summarized and send out to the group afterwards. This is meant for us to work together and share our best-practices, recognizing that we all get frustrated sometimes and that our peers may have terrific ideas we haven’t yet tried. Be sure to RSVP to Dr. Jack Kahn jkahn1@palomar.edu
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4710/6-10/2014Monday-Friday3 hours PD creditBest Practices ShowcaseOnlineDr. Lillian Payn#33 (self-designed)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. NOTE: Please pre-register to receive enrollment instructions.
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4810/15/2014Wednesday3-4pmHelping Students with Alcohol and Substance Abuse IssuesMD-104Jim Fent, Alcohol & Other Drug Studies Department#416Alcohol and substance abuse are growing concerns amongst our students, and, as instructors, it's often difficult to know what to do when problems arise in the classroom.  According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, about 1,825 college students die each year from alcohol-related injuries, and about 25% of college students report that their drinking has had consequences on their academic work. In this workshop, we will look at the ways in which alcohol and substance abuse manifest themselves in our classrooms, and then discuss resources and approaches to helping our students.
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4910/15-16/2014Wed & ThurTBAPolitical Economy DaysTBAPeter Bowman and Teresa Laughlin, Economics, History & Political Science Departments#09 (self- designed)The purpose of Political Economy Days is to broaden students’ exposure to political, economic and historical topics. Lectures on a variety of topics feature faculty from Palomar College, Mesa College, CSU San Marcos, UCSD and other colleges and universities and will be held during regular class time. Exact times and locations to be announced. NOTE: 1.5 hours for each session attended
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5010/17/2014Friday10am-12pmTips for Applying for a Full-Time Teaching PositionMD-320Jenny Fererro and Laurel Anderson, Child Development Department#417This workshop will cover tips and techniques for optimal success in applying and interviewing for full-time faculty positions. Although not a guarantee of a job offer, we will share tips for improving your application presentation and using effective interview techniques that hiring committees appreciate.
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5110/17/2014Friday10:30-12 (NEW!)Faculty "Collaboratories"FRC (in the TLC)Lawrence Lawson & Kelly Falcone#91 (arranged workshop)Weekly “Collaboratories”, presented by the Faculty Resource Center and the Professional Development office, provide an avenue for collaborative professional learning focused on innovation in teaching and learning.  Short articles or videos on educational topics will be presented and discussed.  Topics include: brain science, teaching tips, learning strategies, etc.  View the following webpage for weekly information: http://tinyurl.com/palomarcollaboratories
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5210/17/2014Friday12-1:30RESCHEDULED FOR 11/7 WITH A SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER. Rediscover GE Brown Bag DiscussionsAA-140Wendy Nelson, Marty Furch, Michael Mufson#127 (self-designed)General Education is at the heart of what we do as educators. Drawing on the expertise of our faculty and experiences of our students, this year we will engage in an examination of what General Education means for Palomar College in the emerging 21st Century. To guide our discussions we have identified four topics: 1) Why is General Education a vital component of a complete education? 2) How does General Education serve our students? 3) Do the recent changes in technology, globalization population growth, media, etc., require changes in our approach to designing a General Education program? 4) What are the "big questions" that General Education engages across the curriculum? Lunch Provided. For more information contact Wendy Nelson, wnelson@palomar.edu
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5310/17/2014Friday12:30-2:30CANCELLED! BUT WILL BE RESCHEDULED IN SPRING. Student Veterans in Our Classrooms: A Panel DiscussionMD-322Jessica Horn and Ryan Williams, from Palomar’s Veterans Services Office, and student Veterans#418Did you know that Palomar College has more military veterans than any other college or four-year university in California? Please join us for this special panel, comprised of current and former Palomar veterans, who will provide faculty with concrete suggestions for ways to work with our vets to ensure that they have a safe, positive classroom experience. There will also be some time for Q&A as part of the presentation.
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5410/22/2014Wednesday3-5pmActive Learning OnlineLL-109Dr. Lillian Payn#310If we focus on the implementation of technology, and not the technology itself, we will engage our online learners. As we raise our own awareness of the role of technology in its relationship to other components in the instructional process, we shall support critical, learner-centered, constructivist pedagogy. In this hands-on session, we shall identify practical tools and techniques to create a collaborative community in which learners question, investigate, and experiment. When learners generate their own knowledge, they take control of their own development and achieve transformational learning. Participants will take away effective strategies and practices to improve participation.
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5510/24/2014Friday9-11amRescheduled! Using Discussion Tasks in Team-Based LearningH-217Sean Davis, Sociology Department#408Discussion Tasks are an effective way to get students to think critically about assigned readings. It is also an excellent tool for both small group and whole class discussion. I use this exercise several times during the semester in my Team-Based Learning classrooms. However, this exercise can be used in any class format to take discussions on assigned readings to the next level of discourse that instructors are striving for.
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5610/24/2014Friday9-11amPalomar College’s Best Practices Checklist (for Online Classes)LL-109Dr. Lillian Payn#311This checklist, developed by the Academic Technology Committee in collaboration with the Palomar College Faculty Senate and TERB, is one of the approved methods to become a “Trained Instructor” for online teaching. It provides a roadmap to developing a high quality course beginning with the online syllabus and continuing with course design/organization, aesthetic design, interaction and collaboration, effective use of technology and assessments. It also includes compliance with Section 508 standards of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in order to provide universal access for all students. Participants in this session will apply the checklist to their own courses as well as explore how to use it as a peer reviewer.
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5710/24/2014Friday9:30-11am (NEW!)Faculty "Collaboratories"FRC (in the TLC)Lawrence Lawson & Kelly Falcone#91 (arranged workshop)Weekly “Collaboratories”, presented by the Faculty Resource Center and the Professional Development office, provide an avenue for collaborative professional learning focused on innovation in teaching and learning.  Short articles or videos on educational topics will be presented and discussed.  Topics include: brain science, teaching tips, learning strategies, etc.  View the following webpage for weekly information: http://tinyurl.com/palomarcollaboratories
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5810/28/2014Tuesday4-6pm (NEW!)State Superintendent of Public Instruction

MD-157PFF presents: TOM TORLAKSON, State Superintendent of Public Instruction

#141 (self-designed)State Superintendent Tom Torlakson will speak on issues facing our schools and colleges.  Torlakson, a former high school teacher, will emphasize the importance of teachers in school decision making. For more information please visit the PFF blog: http://www.palomarfacfed.org/blog1/2014/10/08/california-superintendent-of-public-instruction-tom-torlakson-to-visit-palomar-community-college/
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5910/29/2014Wednesday1-2pmRediscover GE Brown Bag DiscussionsHumanities 3rd floor conference roomWendy Nelson, Marty Furch, Michael Mufson#127 (self-designed)General Education is at the heart of what we do as educators. Drawing on the expertise of our faculty and experiences of our students, this year we will engage in an examination of what General Education means for Palomar College in the emerging 21st Century. To guide our discussions we have identified four topics: 1) Why is General Education a vital component of a complete education? 2) How does General Education serve our students? 3) Do the recent changes in technology, globalization population growth, media, etc., require changes in our approach to designing a General Education program? 4) What are the "big questions" that General Education engages across the curriculum? Grab your lunch and join us for an exciting discussion about general education. Drinks and cookies will be served. For more information contact Wendy Nelson, wnelson@palomar.edu
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6010/30/2014Thursday3-4pmMashup Tools in BlackboardLL-104Dr. Lillian Payn#312Mashups are Web application hybrids that combine data and presentation or functionality from two or more sources to create new services. Blackboard has a number of mashup tools to incorporate audio, video, and content from other sources such as MS Word. Participants in this workshop with explore the various mashup tools in Blackboard and produce content using them.
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6110/31/2014Friday9:30-11am (NEW!)Faculty "Collaboratories"FRC (in the TLC)Lawrence Lawson & Kelly Falcone#91 (arranged workshop)Weekly “Collaboratories”, presented by the Faculty Resource Center and the Professional Development office, provide an avenue for collaborative professional learning focused on innovation in teaching and learning.  Short articles or videos on educational topics will be presented and discussed.  Topics include: brain science, teaching tips, learning strategies, etc.  View the following webpage for weekly information: http://tinyurl.com/palomarcollaboratory
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6211/4-5/2014Tuesday-Wednesday9:30-3pm (NEW!)Exploring DarwinismHoward Brubeck TheaterVarious speakers#120 (self-designed)EXPLORING DARWIN, which ran from 2007-2010, will be held once again on Tues-Wed, November 4th & 5th, 2014. Presenters will speak at 9:30, 11:00, 12:30, and 2:00, in the Brubeck Theater. https://www2.palomar.edu/users/pdebarros/ExploringDarwinSpeakerSchedule.pdf
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6311/7/2014Friday9:30-11am (NEW!)Faculty "Collaboratories"FRC (in the TLC)Lawrence Lawson & Kelly Falcone#91 (arranged workshop)Weekly “Collaboratories”, presented by the Faculty Resource Center and the Professional Development office, provide an avenue for collaborative professional learning focused on innovation in teaching and learning.  Short articles or videos on educational topics will be presented and discussed.  Topics include: brain science, teaching tips, learning strategies, etc.  View the following webpage for weekly information: http://tinyurl.com/palomarcollaboratory
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6411/7/2014Friday11-1:30pm (Rescheduled from 10/17)Rediscover GE Brown Bag Luncheon with special guest speakerPerforming Arts Complex (PAC-215). 

Wendy Nelson, Marty Furch, Michael Mufson, Berta Cuaron, and special guest speaker Dr. Jose Moreno#127 (self-designed)General Education is at the heart of what we do as educators.
At this GE workshop, We will have guest speaker and facilitator, Dr. Jose Moreno, from CSU Long Beach. The focused topic will be “Current and Future Trends in General Education.”  With so many discussions nationwide on higher education and renewed interest in the vital role and purpose of general education, it is important that we continue to move this dialog throughout our faculty and college community. As seating is limited and lunch will be provided, RSVP is REQUIRED by October 24th.  RSVP to Glynda Knighten gknighten@palomar.edu

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6511/7/2014Friday1-3pmUsing Student Blogs in the ClassroomFRC in the TLC (room change)Kelly Falcone#423Want to get your whole class participating in the learning experience? Want to target multiple learning styles with your assignments? Want to teach your students skills necessary for success in the 21st century workforce? Students today need to be good communicators and collaborators, be creative and innovative, and be able to use technology. These skills can be built in every classroom. During this workshop you will learn how to use student blogs for class assignments and how to be a successful facilitator. Students using student blogs for posting assignments have commented saying “When I post to my blog I check my writing multiple times because I know anyone can read it”, “When I write my blog post I am teaching other people so I have to make sure I know what I am talking about”, “I love that I can look at my classmates’ blogs and learn from them”, and one of my favorite comments thus far “I have sent several friends to my blog because I know my post can help them, especially the post about developing an exercise program”. This is a BYOD seminar which means please Bring Your Own Device as you will be participating (if you don’t have a device you are still welcome to attend).
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6611/13/2014Thursday12-1:30Rediscover GE Brown Bag DiscussionsAA-140Wendy Nelson, Marty Furch, Michael Mufson#127 (self-designed)General Education is at the heart of what we do as educators. Drawing on the expertise of our faculty and experiences of our students, this year we will engage in an examination of what General Education means for Palomar College in the emerging 21st Century. To guide our discussions we have identified four topics: 1) Why is General Education a vital component of a complete education? 2) How does General Education serve our students? 3) Do the recent changes in technology, globalization population growth, media, etc., require changes in our approach to designing a General Education program? 4) What are the "big questions" that General Education engages across the curriculum? Grab your lunch and join us for an exciting discussion about general education. Drinks and cookies will be served. For more information contact Wendy Nelson, wnelson@palomar.edu
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6711/14/2014Friday9:30-11amCustomer Service In-Service SharingMD-155BRSVP to Dr. Jack Kahn (jkahn1@palomar.edu)#127 (self-designed)In all of our roles, we want to be the best representative of the college that we can in order to support and assist others.  For a variety of reasons, at times we are stretched to do so, when the people we are interacting with are sometimes less than pleasant, angry, or dismissive. This get-together will be for the purpose of sharing our own ‘best-practices’ and strategies for dealing with these kinds of difficult situations. If you are interested in joining, please send Jack Kahn 3 difficult kinds of scenarios you have to deal with regularly.  Please don’t mention any specific names of people- just examples.  Like, “I often get asked to do things immediately when I am in the middle of doing something else” or “I get aggravated when I get mixed messages from areas I need to work with to push a project through” or “I have trouble dealing with students who present as if they have mental health concerns”. These will be categorized and presented to the group to share strategies— In the meeting, we will outline different ways to handle situations which will then be summarized and send out to the group afterwards. This is meant for us to work together and share our best-practices, recognizing that we all get frustrated sometimes and that our peers may have terrific ideas we haven’t yet tried. Be sure to RSVP to Dr. Jack Kahn jkahn1@palomar.edu
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6811/20/2014Thursday4:30-7pmNorth County Higher Education Alliance (NCHEA) Sundowner eventOld Spaghetti FactoryNCHEA#127 (self-designed)Please join your colleagues from CSUSM, Palomar, and MiraCosta at this annual networking event. This is a great opportunity to welcome our new faculty and to talk about opportunities and challenges for education in North County.
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6912/4/2014Thursday2-3:30pmReinvigorating your Students through Service LearningFRC (in the TLC)Laurel Anderson and Gina Wilson#66Do you want your students to leave your class knowing that they can make a difference in their world? Do you want to extend your class material INTO the community? Do you want to engage your students in a meaningful way? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then you will want to join us to learn about how implementing Service Learning into your curriculum can transform your students’ educational experience. Student and community partner feedback will be shared
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