How to Access Files After School Hours with Google

Have you wondered how to access your files while at home? Do you want to be productive after working hours and access your files?

Please consider using your VCCS Google Drive account. Google Apps are cloud-based and do not require special software. If you have access to the network, you have access to your Google Drive/files. You can upload files, work on them within Google Apps-even if the files are from Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel). The link below describes how to upload files and use Google Apps to alter them.

Google Apps are available on mobile devices-check the link below to find out more information.

You can access your Google Apps account using the myNOVA sign in, click on the GMail icon to open up the suite of Google Apps.

Infographics and Accessibility

On February 20th, there will be a workshop on Infographics; how to create them, visualization components and the introduction to several programs.

Infographic Example
The Face of COPD

Infographics, or information graphics, combine textual information with graphic depictions of data. How do you address the needs for viewers who experience visual impairments?

  • Consider saving the infographic as PDF and use Adobe Acrobat DC to check for accessibility issues.
  • Try using “alt+text” options for the graphics
  • Try a screen reader to ensure the text “reads” the information from left to right
  • Limit the color choices (2-3) and font type (arial-ex) and sizes (larger if possible)

You can find out more information here


Getting Started with the Zoom Conferencing program

Are you interested in using Zoom but haven’t signed up for our many sessions this semester?

There is a wonderful opportunity to attend Zoom for Instruction, which uses Zoom for classroom instruction and explains its integration with Canvas.  This coming Monday NIGHT, 6-7 pm.

Are you interested in learning how to use Zoom in the office setting? Office hours? Student advising? Department meetings? There is a session on Feb 4, 10-11 am.

Sign up now!

Are you a DIYer and want to try Zoom on your own? Please use the following guide as a resource: Zoom Conference Quick Guide 

Formative Assessment Ideas

The link (below) takes you to a favorite educational resource, Kasey Bell from “Shake Up Learning”. The article contains an audio recording from a podcast she hosts regularly. The article also has links to twenty different formative assessment programs. Some of them require a subscription but all enable the user to try it for free for a trial period. There is also a training session offered by the Academic Technology Training Team which explains how to use some of the programs and provides ideas for their application in the classroom. Coming soon!!

Project Based Learning versus Assigning a Project

“Doing a Project” vs. Project Based Learning –Check out the following article which describes the difference between assigning a project, which culminates the end of the course learning, and PBL (project based learning), which is an ongoing instruction and learning process. PBLs capture real-world issues, challenges, problems and encourage students to work collaboratively to design, plan and address them. Students are highly challenged to use critical thinking skills, developing their thinking processes for the future.

Learn About the Zoom Conferencing Program!

There are many training opportunities available for the start of the new semester and new year.

“Zoom for Instruction” focuses on Zoom’s integration with Canvas courses. Topics include recording sessions and posting them in the Studio, creating virtual office hours, instructional features, basic settings and ADA features. (Jan 13, 24)

“Zoom for Meetings” focuses on the application of Zoom when creating meetings, setting up virtual office hours, recording meetings. Topics include basic setup, recording sessions, sending invitations to attendees, ADA features and much more.  (Jan 21, 27)

“Zoom Special Features” demonstrates the additional features within the Zoom conference program. Topics include creating and delivering polls within a presentation, video playback, breakout rooms for groups and individuals and ADA features. (Jan 23)

Class Opportunities 2020

Have you had a chance to look at the updated online Technology Training Center?

New Year, new classes, new topics, 1:1 opportunities for training.
Online, One Hour Trainings:
Health Apps-Jan 13, 2020
Zoom for Instruction (using it with Canvas)-Jan 13, and 24, 2020
Zoom Special Features,-Jan 23, 2020
Zoom for Meetings-Jan 21, 27 2020
Introduction to Google Docs-Jan 14, 2020
Introduction to Google Slides & ADA Accessibility-Jan 16 and 30, 2020
Digital Storytelling with Adobe Spark-Jan 17, 2020
Introduction to Google Forms-Jan 22, 2020
10 Useful Functions in Outlook-Jan 31, 2020
Classroom, Face to Face Trainings:
Excel Basics-Jan 15, 2020
Excel Intermediate-Jan 29, 2020
PowerPoint Basics, NOVA Branding and ADA Accessibility-Jan 28, 2020

Questions? Email the


Register for workshops at

Productivity Webinars

July 10     10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.     Excel Beginner’s Guide

July 11     10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.     Word Tips and Tricks

July 11     4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.     Meet Online with Google Hangouts

July 17     4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.     Dig Deeper into Google Sheets & Forms

July 19     10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.     ADA Accessible Flyers

July 25     10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.     Useful Productivity Apps

July 26     4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.     Manage Tasks with Google Keep

Classroom Training (at 3922 Pender Drive, Fairfax)

July 26     10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.     Introduction to SharePoint 2016