Get Google-ready, GRCC

We are less than three months away from the college wide transition to GMail and Google Calendar.

Get trained and prepared by attending one of the informative hands-on sessions offered in collaboration between IT and GRCC Google Guides.

Sessions are available at various days, times, and locations on campus; sign up is quick & easy at the Google for GRCC webpage.

Upcoming Learning Opportunities

You can easily enroll online for sessions on the Learning Opportunities Registration page:

Tuesday, February 19: Conflict Strategies

  • 1:00-4:30 p.m.
  • 207 Sneden
  • Conflict is present in all aspects of our lives. An individual’s personal professional, and emotional health is greatly affected by how successfully he or she manages conflict. Individuals rely on each other to attain goals and are continually being thrown into situations where they need to handle conflict in a constructive manner – without being taught how to accomplish this. This half-day course will expose individuals to the different ways that people react in conflict situations, show them what their preferred strategy is in situations of conflict, and then help them plan to use a more integrating style of conflict resolution more effectively at work.
  • Led by The Employer’s Association

Friday, February 22: Heart Health

  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • 309 Sneden
  • Participants will have an understanding of the function of a healthy heart and implications of lifestyle choices. They will be able to identify a personally appropriate physical activity that improves heart health and name two heart healthy food choices, and will commit to making one heart healthy food change.
  • Led by Sheri Orlekoski, RN

Tuesday, February 26: Resumes and Cover Letters

  • 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • 307 Sneden
  • Whether you’re interested in a resume makeover or starting from scratch, this session helps participants assess their strengths and create a paper sales document about themselves. We will walk through the basic steps in writing a resume and cover letter that fairly promotes your strengths and experience
  • Led by Laura Caulk

Wednesday, February 27: FMLA-What’s in it for you?

  • 1:00-2:30 p.m.
  • 308 Main
  • Have you ever wondered what the Family Medical Leave Act is all about? Have you ever wondered if you or one of your employee’s had a “qualifying event” but were afraid to ask? In this session you will learn the various ins and outs of FMLA, intermittent FMLA, and the GRCC FMLA policy. You will also learn what a qualifying event is for you or an immediate family member and what is covered while you are on leave.
  • Led by Jennifer Kelly

Thursday, February 28: Drupal Basics: Editing Content

  • 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • 351 Main
  • In this course, participants will learn to navigate the Drupal system, understand and use content types, and edit existing content.
  • Led by Leigh Jajuga

Thursday, March 7: GRCC Accounts & You

  • 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • 351 Main
  • Campus accounts can be confusing. As part of our commitment to provide world class customer support, Information Technology would like to offer a refresher course to staff and faculty. This course will provide a walk-through on the types of accounts available to our students and staff and some tips and tricks for getting the most out of them. We will also cover how to use the recently updated password reset tool and, of course, be available to answer other account related questions.We will go over: Online Student Center, Campus Network Login, GRCC Wireless Network, Blackboard, Student Email, Student & Employee Discounts, and printing from a personal device/cloud printing.
  • Led by Rachel Bower

Tuesday, March 12: Signs of Marijuana Use

  • 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  • 307 Sneden
  • Scott Nuismer, a certified addictions specialist, will teach both how to recognize the markers of marijuana use and what you can safely do about it. Participants will learn how to recognize biological and physiological sign of marijuana use, as well as interventions to use.

Upcoming Learning Opportunities

The following classes can be registered for online on the Learning Opportunities Registration page:

Tuesday, January 29: Coaching Skills for Managers

  • 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Rm 207 Sneden
  • It would be a wonderful workplace if everyone did a perfect job all of the time. But sometimes, people need coaching to help them improve. This program explains the process of effective coaching that you can use to help improve performance and behavioral issues.
  • Led by: Lynn Goede of Master Skill Builder

Thursday, January 31: Drupal Basics: Editing Content

  • 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Rm 351 Main
  • In this course, participants will learn to navigate the Drupal system, understand and use content types, and edit existing content.

Wednesday, February 6: GRCC Purchasing Policy

  • 1:00-2:30 p.m.
  • Rm 308 Main
  • The Purchasing Department at GRCC serves the needs of the college for all purchases in excess of $1000. Responsibility and authority to make commitments for these purchases are assigned to the Purchasing Department. Mansfield Matthewson, Director of Purchasing, and Melissa Davis, Procurement Specialist, will present the college’s Purchasing Policy, and provide a forum for open discussion and Q & A with participants.

Thursday, February 7: Writing for the Web

  • 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Rm. 307 Sneden
  • Full Title: Writing for the Web: Universal Accessibility and Best Practices in UX. This course is an introduction to writing for the web, exploring search engine optimization, and learning how to increase your conversion rates through creating universally accessible content.

Thursday, February 7: Online Ordering

  • 1:00-2:30 p.m.
  • Rm 351 Main
  • This course will review the printing online ordering from the login and profile set-up how and when to use the quick copy options, how and when to us the print ordering options along with the differences in the categories of each area, paper selection and order history. You will learn the techniques of looking up your past orders and copying into a new order to streamline ordering repeated items.Want to keep track of your budget, What do I need to know when placing my store orders. Administrative staff can look at reports of each budget your area is responsible for and how a minimum and maximum can be put in place to keep you on track.

Friday, February 8: Restoring your Digestive Function

  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Rm 309 Sneden
  • This session will give participants a clear understanding of the functions of the digestive system. Discussions will center around identifying abnormal digestion, how to prevent digestive disorders, and how to incorporate natural solutions to these issues into your everyday life.
  • Led by: Dr. Michael Kwast of iChiro

Tuesday, February 12: Signs of Marijuana Use

  • 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Rm 307 Sneden
  • Scott Nuismer, a certified addictions specialist, will teach both how to recognize the markers of marijuana use and what you can safely do about it. Participants will learn how to recognize biological and physiological sign of marijuana use, as well as interventions to use.
  • Led by: Scott Nuismer of Pine Rest

Friday, February 15: Retirement Planning Resources

  • 12:00-1:30 p.m.
  • Rm 309 Sneden
  • Is retirement planning on your mind? If so, this session is for you! We will look at the available resources to help prepare you for this chapter of your life. Whether you’re retiring in the near future, or simply planning ahead, you’ll gain knowledge and tools to help you plan accordingly. Come join us in our discussion!

 

And don’t forget to get Google-ready with G Suite Training! Additional sessions recently added! Sign up for Introduction to GMail, Intro to Google Calendar, and Advanced G Suite on the Google for GRCC page.

Professional Development opportunity this Thursday

Spots are still available for this week’s GRCC Accounts and You session on Thursday, January 24, from 1-3 p.m. in 351 Main.

Here’s what you can expect from this learning opportunity:

Campus accounts can be confusing. As part of our commitment to provide world class customer support, Information Technology would like to offer a refresher course to staff and faculty. This course will provide a walk-through on the types of accounts available to our students and staff and some tips and tricks for getting the most out of them. We will also cover how to use the recently updated password reset tool and, of course, be available to answer other account related questions.We will go over: Online Student Center, Campus Network Login, GRCC Wireless Network, Blackboard, Student Email, Student & Employee Discounts, and printing from a personal device/cloud printing.

Sign up online HERE.

Questions? Please contact Angela Salinas: x2567 or angelasalinas@grcc.edu

 

Winter 2019 professional development opportunities

New Year = more learning!

Dedicate time this year to grow professionally and personally by participating in the several sessions offered for our GRCC family!

Sign up for a Human Resources Professional Development Opportunity. Various topics, days, times and locations are available!

And don’t forget to get “Google ready” at the G Suite training sessions! You can find those dates and times and sign up on the Google for GRCC Professional Development page.

Questions? Contact Angela Salinas at angelasalinas@grcc.edu or ext. 2567.

Hope to see you soon!

Winter Online and Hybrid Certification Course (OHCC) registration is open!

Registration for Winter OHCC is open!

Winter Online and Hybrid Certification Course (OHCC) starts January 11, 2019.

The OHCC is designed to provide instructors with the knowledge and skills needed to deliver a high-quality online/hybrid course. Successful participants will also be able to teach effectively online through active facilitation and a variety of student engagement techniques and technologies. Training in Blackboard Basics (on the latest version of the LMS) is a prerequisite. Blackboard Basics may be taken online in a self-paced format or in-person on Friday,  January 11, from 10:30 a.m. – noon.

The OHCC is a six (6) week, rigorous course that includes weekly participation and assignment requirements. This training is much more than “Blackboard training,” as it includes elements of instructional design and strategies for building, developing, sequencing, and delivering online content. When you are done, you will have a template for your online and/or hybrid course. You must complete the course, including the assignments for all six weeks, for certification. This includes the completion of your final presentation.

The campus sessions are on Friday, 1:00-2:30 p.m. in 351 Main and virtually using Zoom. This is a hybrid course (online course with some classroom instruction).

Only one session is offered during the winter, so sign-up today!

For more information, visit the Online and Hybrid Certification Course website.
To sign up, visit the Faculty Professional Development Registration website.

Next on the DLIT Webinar Series: Accessible PowerPoints

Accessible Powerpoints

This Wednesday (12/5), 3-4 p.m.

Do you use Powerpoint slides in your campus or online courses? Do you distribute them after a meeting or conference presentation? Don’t forget that Powerpoint presentations are highly “visual” and need to be accessible to the blind and those with low vision. This webinar will be administered through Zoom.

To access this webinar, please visit the Zoom website.

DLIT webinar this Wednesday: Respondus Monitor

Respondus Monitor webinar: Wednesday, November 7, 3-4 p.m.

Respondus Monitor is a companion application for LockDown Browser® that uses webcam and video technology to prevent cheating during online exams. Respondus Monitor integrates seamlessly with learning management systems and is ideal for non-proctored testing environments.

Register for this and other DLIT webinars on the Faculty Professional Development Registration page of the GRCC website.

 

Future Webinar Topics:

  • 11/14 – Blackboard Ally
  • 11/15 – Badges and Gamification
  • 12/05 – Accessible Powerpoints
  • 12/12 – 7 Observations Leading to Student Success

Techsmith webinar this afternoon

Techsmith webinar: Today, October 31, 3-4 p.m.

Currently, G.R.C.C. licenses three Techsmith products – Relay, Camtasia, and SnagIt. This webinar will explain when you would use these products (for video or images) and how they are being used to improve student learning. There will be a short demonstration, as well as time for Q&A.

To register, go to http://www.grcc.edu/ctereg

 

Future Webinar Topics:

  • 11/07 – Respondus Monitor
  • 11/14 – Blackboard Ally
  • 11/15 – Badges and Gamification
  • 12/05 – Accessible Powerpoints
  • 12/12 – 7 Observations Leading to Student Success

New DLIT Webinar tomorrow: Techsmith

Techsmith webinar: Wednesday, October 31, 3-4 p.m.

Currently, G.R.C.C. licenses three Techsmith products – Relay, Camtasia, and SnagIt. This webinar will explain when you would use these products (for video or images) and how they are being used to improve student learning. There will be a short demonstration, as well as time for Q&A.

To register, go to http://www.grcc.edu/ctereg

 

Future Webinar Topics:

  • 11/07 – Respondus Monitor
  • 11/14 – Blackboard Ally
  • 11/15 – Badges and Gamification
  • 12/05 – Accessible Powerpoints
  • 12/12 – 7 Observations Leading to Student Success

Professional Development Webinar this Wednesday: Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts Professional Development Webinar

Wednesday, October 24, 3-4 p.m.

Blackboard IM will be discontinued by the end of this semester. This session will cover how to use our new tool – Google Hangouts. Participants will learn how to sign in, establish a new conversation, and start a video call or conversation (Chat). We’ll wrap it up with some ideas on how to use Hangouts for teaching and learning.

Register for a Google Hangouts Webinar.

 

Future Webinar Topics:

  • 10/31 – Techsmith
  • 11/07 – Respondus Monitor
  • 11/14 – Blackboard Ally
  • 11/15 – Badges and Gamification
  • 12/05 – Accessible Powerpoints
  • 12/12 – 7 Observations Leading to Student Success