Staff Development

Workshop & Appointment Descriptions


Animoto is a cloud-based video creation service that produces video from photos, video clips, and music into video slideshows. This is a great tool for creating a "movie trailer" of your course to use for marketing purposes. View an example.

Blackboard Basics

Learn not only the basics of Blackboard, but also how the online learning program works at LPC. Included in this workshop is learning how to add items, folders, and announcements. There will also be information on how to add content that is accessible to students with disabilities.

Blackboard Achievements (Badges)

Give students digital badges for mastering certain achievements or competencies. You designate the criteria that you want students to meet, then you reward them. Students can display their badges within their Social Profiles and in Mozilla Open Backpack, allowing them to share their achievements with potential employers.

Blackboard Assignments

The Assignments tool allows students to upload their submissions directly into Blackboard. Learn how to create an assignment, view student submissions, add comments, and grade the submission. Creating an assignment automatically generates a column in the Grade Center, saving you that step.

Blackboard: Blogs, Journals

A blog is an interactive writing tool in which students share their writings and work in a collaborative environment. Journals can be used by individual students for reflective writing and logging thoughts. Learn how to use these tools within Blackboard.

Blackboard: Building Content

Blackboard allows you to add a wide variety of content to your course. Learn how to upload files and how to add text items, links to other web site, images, sound files, and videos from YouTube. Also, you will learn how to create a Learning Module, a "blank" page, and other types of content.

Blackboard: Calendar

Learn to use Blackboard's upgraded Calendar tool to help keep your students on task. You can create calendar items and color-code them for each of your courses. The items can be course-related or even personal tasks.

Blackboard: Course Files

You can store files inside Blackboard for use in content areas of your course. Learn how to upload and manage files within your own directory in Blackboard, along with how to deploy that content in multiple places for student access.

Blackboard: Collaborate Ultra

Collaborate Ultra is a web-conferencing tool within Blackboard that you and your students can access, courtesy of the California Community Colleges. It allows for real-time interaction between you and students or among students themselves.

Blackboard: Facilitating Bulletin Board Discussions

This workshop will teach you not only the technical aspects of using the Discussion Boards feature in Blackboard, but it will also teach you the pedagogical techniques of facilitating a class discussion online. You'll learn the practical considerations for conducting class discussions online, and you'll have a chance to review a sample lesson plan.

Blackboard: Grade Center

This Grade Center in Blackboard works like Excel in that you can enter scores directly into the spreadsheet. It also has many other features that you will want to master.

Blackboard: Inline Grading for Assignments

When students upload documents via the Assignments tool, you can grade them--and mark them up--without leaving Blackboard. Learn how to streamline the grading of written assignments.

Blackboard: Interactive Rubrics

Create rubrics that allow you to enter students' scores and your feedback into each level of criteria. Students can then see exactly how they are graded on written assignments, including discussion board posts, blogs, and even essay questions on exams.

Blackboard: Mobile Exams

Create exams specifically for students using mobile devices. Learn the pros and cons to creating such exams.

Blackboard: Online Quizzes

You'll learn how to create quizzes from within a content area, to create quizzes in the Test Manager, to create a pool of questions, and to randomize questions. Once done, you'll learn how to grade non-objective questions (Blackboard automatically grades objective questions). A brief discussion will then ensue on best ways to minimize cheating online.

Blackboard: Retention Center

The Retention Center allows you to discover which students in your course are at risk. Based on preconfigured rules and rules you create, students’ engagement and participation are visually displayed, quickly alerting you to potential risk. From the Retention Center, you can communicate with struggling students and help them take immediate action for improvement.

Blackboard: SafeAssign

SafeAssign is an anti-plagiarism service that is built directly into Blackboard. You create a "SafeAssignment", and students will upload their papers to SafeAssign, which will check it for originality. Learn how to use this tool.

Blackboard: Video Everywhere

Using the content edtior, you can record video from your webcam. You can record video from the content editor and upload it directly to YouTube and show it in your class. You must have a Google account that is registered on YouTube. A YouTube channel is required to process and save your webcam videos.

Blackboard: Wikis

Wikis allow students to collaborate on producing a web page or web site. You can create a class wiki, or you can have groups of students work collab oratively on a wiki. There is even a built-in tool for grading participation.

Canvas introduction

Learn the very basics of Canvas, the course management system being used to deliver online, hybrid, and web-enhanced classes by California Community Colleges that have joined the Online Education Initiative. This session will give a brief overview of Canvas, followed by an opportunity to learn the system in a hands-on environment. Prior to attending, be sure to create a free Canvas course by going to

Capturing screen movements: Camtasia

Camtasia allows you to demonstrate a process on your computer and capture it for student viewing. These processes are captured as digital videos --along with audio narration--and are converted into Flash movies played on the Web, including within your Blackboard course.

CCC Confer

CCC Confer is an online web- and/or phone conferencing tool that you can use for either office hours (if you are an online instructor) or one-on-one tutorial sessions with students. It's free for instructors and students in the California Community Colleges.

Clickers in the Classroom

Clickers allow students to use remote controls to answer an instructor's questions during lectures. Software compiles the answers, which get projected anonymously on the screen. The instructor can immediately see how well students are learning the content, all the while keeping students engaged in the lecture.


Learn how to update your web site with this easy-to-use software. Requirement: you must have an existing site on the LPC domain, This software will not work if you have an instructional site on the LPC1 server.

Creating Accessible Word Files

Make your Word documents accessible on the web to all students, including those with disabilities. Learn how to do this using Adobe Acrobat.

Creating Accessible PowerPoint

Make your PowerPoint presentations accessible on the web to all students, including those with disabilities. Learn how to do this using Adobe Acrobat.

Document cameras

Many LPC classrooms are equipped with document cameras that display documents and 3D objects onto the classroom screen for students to see. You can display handouts, book pages and maps, as well as objects like insects, coins, flowers, etc. Learn how to use a document camera.

Effective Contact Guidelines for DE instructors

Accreditation and Title 5 requirements mandate that all DE classes -- whether fully online or hybrid -- have effective contact between the instructor and students. We'll review those requirements and discuss tools and methods for achieving effective contact.

Enhance Your Classes with Library Streaming Videos

The LPC Library offers three collections of streaming videos: Films on Demand (all subjects), American History in Video, and the new Kanopy (social sciences). Come learn how to search, edit clips, and embed links to show in class, use in assignments, or post on Bb. All videos are close-captioned.

eLumen as an Instructor

eLumen is a Student Learning Outcomes Management system. Learn how to enter SLO scores your students and add a short narrative that serves as the "closing the loop" task.

eLumen as a Coordinator

If you are a discipline coordinator, you have advanced privileges in eLumen, including accessing data and narratives on courses, degrees, and certificates to use in your Program Planning Update. Learn how to optimally set up your discipline for ease-of-use by instructors and for consistent results. Learn how to write Course Improvement Plans, along with Program Improvement Plans.

eLumen for Student Services

Learn how to set up your SAOs in eLumen, then enter assessment data and close the loop. Then learn how to access results that you can use for Program Review.

Embedded Librarian

Brainstorm with an LPC Librarian on how your students can benefit from having a librarian partner with your class throughout the semester. Librarians can work with you and your students to develop engaging and  in-depth research projects to enhance research skills. The level of partnership varies but is always tailored to best suit your course objectives. 

Fillable PDFs

Create a fillable PDF form in which others can enter information and have that information saved. The resulting saved file can be stored or emailed to others.

Flipped Classroom

In the flipped classroom, students learn new content online by watching video lectures as homework, thereby freeing up the instructor to do more personalized guidance and interaction during class time.

Google Docs

Google Docs is software that lives online ("in the cloud") and gives you and your students the ability to create, store, share -- and collaborate on -- word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation files. Learn these techniques, along with creating forms, which can be used as surveys to collect data from students. Please set up a Google account prior to the workshop.

Improving Teaching & Learning with Technology

Discuss with an instructional technologist how technology can help your students. Perhaps you are having trouble engaging students in a particular aspect of your course. We'll sit down and brainstorm methods of improvement, then develop a plan for designing materials and/or activities and implementing them.

Instructional Video in Online Courses

Learn about different types of videos that can be created, then learn how to quickly and easily make them with tools such as Screencast-O-Matic, Video Everywhere, YouTube, and even your mobile devices.


Inspiration helps students comprehend information and concepts. Instructors can use this visual learning tool for activities such as concept mapping, critical thinking, brainstorming, diagramming, and outlining. Whether creating handouts for your students, overhead transparencies, or web pages, let Inspiration help organize your thoughts.

LPC Library Resources

Meet with an LPC librarian to discuss the library’s services and resources to support your course objectives. Choose a topic such as streaming videos, online databases to find articles, eBooks and eReference sources, customized library orientations for your students, review or development of research assignments, MLA or APA citations and plagiarism. Online Training

To provide flexible training that will accommodate all employees’ schedules, District ITS subscribed to the “” online tutorials that give all employees unlimited access anytime. This service is available both on campus and off campus. Only staff with a valid Outlook email address are authorized to utilize, which contains a variety of training materials on Windows, Microsoft Office, and Adobe products, as well as other topics.  

Microsoft e-Learning

With the college's license with Microsoft, all faculty and staff have access to training online. This training includes to a variety of Microsoft products, including the latest for Office products like Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Training for older versions are also available. After registering here, access information will be sent to you.

Mobile Learning

Mobile Learning allows students to bring course content with them wherever they go via a smart phone, iPad or other mobile device. Learn how you can provide students with narrated PowerPoints, podcasts, videos and interactive games that students can use on the go.


This workshop introduces Math instructors to the MyMathLab online resources by Pearson. Among the topics are creating a course, creating assignments and quizzes, and integrating MML with Blackboard.

Narrating PowerPoints for the Web: Camtasia

Camtasia is a program that allows you to narrate your PowerPoint presentations for uploading to the web. It converts the presentation into a Flash file and includes links to each slide, allowing students to easily get the information they need.

Online Education Initiative

Learn about this new initiative and its far-reaching implications on online learning in the California Community Colleges. The mission of the OEI is to dramatically increase the number of CCC students who obtain college associate degrees and transfer to four-year colleges each year by providing online courses and services within a statewide online system.

Open Educational Resources

Add copyright-free lessons, presentations, and other content to your class with OER. You can even add your own to repositories to share with other instructors. Lessen the financial burden on your students by using open textbooks, which are either free or cost a lot less than publishers' books.


Podcasts are digital audio recordings that have been adapted into a downloadable format that students can listen to on their computers or import into a mobile device. This workshop will provide an overview of best practices and pedgagoical applications of podcasts. We will use software to record an audio file, convert it to mp3 format and upload into your Blackboard course.

PowerPoint Basics

This workshop will teach you everything you need to create a basic PowerPoint presentation. You will learn how to navigate the PowerPoint menus and toolbars, create new slides, edit text and bullet options, and import images and clip art to make your presentations visually appealing.

Social Media in the Classroom

Topics covered include using Facebook and Twitter with your students, using the cloud for collaboration, and web conferencing.

SLO data for Program Review

Learn how to use eLumen to gather the data you need to complete the Program Review form. Note: you must have coordinator access in eLumen to access the data.


StudyMate allows you to create interactive Flash lessons that serve as study resources, typically prior to exams. They can be posted online. Learn how to create these, as well as versions that are accessible to students with disabilities.

Teaching with a Tablet – No Markers Necessary!

Come learn how to use a tablet in a classroom to capture notes, take screenshots of student work, and cut and paste material directly from textbooks into your class notes. Whether you are on a tight budget or not, Math instructor Howard Blumenfeld will show you how to implement this technology into your classes to enhance your instruction.  

Teaching with PowerPoint

Once you learn the basic skills of PowerPoint, it's time to learn how to utilize PowerPoint for instructional purposes. Learn different techniques on how to do this.

Twitter with your students

Twitter is a microblogging service that allows you to communicate short messages to your students. Learn how to tweet your students and why tweeting them can be instructionally beneficial. You can post your Twitter link in Blackboard and even embed your Twitter feed in Blackboard.

Using a Tablet

Come learn how to use a tablet in the classroom or in meetings. This two-hour workshop will be both informative and hands-on with a one-hour presentation followed by a one-hour training session. There will be a discussion of the use of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 as well as less expensive options, wireless technology, and the use of Microsoft One Note. 

Web Accessibility Overview and Basics

You will learn about the legal aspects of accessibility and where to find resources and tools to make websites accessible. In addition, you will learn who needs accessibility and why. Instructors will make web pages accessible, from labeling images to learning the best practices for creating links.

Staff Development

Greg Daubenmire
Staff Development Coordinator

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