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Virtual Workshops Draw Record Attendance

July 10, 2020

Woman attends virtual workshop at homeRegistration and attendance for the Online 2020 Summer IT Workshops exceeded expectations, more than doubling typical participation for the two-day event, held June 15 and June 16.

More than 500 college staff and faculty registered for one or both workshops, and as many as 470 attendees logged in to the event over the course of two days.

The workshops are presented twice each year — in winter and summer — by the California Community Colleges Information Security and Accessibility centers. The workshops allow the centers to connect with CCC staff and faculty to offer effective strategies and practices for maintaining the security of student and college data and ensuring that electronic learning materials are provided in a format that is accessible to all students and members of the campus community.

Due to statewide distancing requirements to minimize the spread of COVID-19, the workshops were held entirely online for the first time in the five-year history of the event. Despite challenges with the online meeting configuration during the Information Security Workshop, feedback from the field was positive.

“Thanks and great job on the workshop! Your services are crucial to our campus’s security posture and compliance,” said Dan Rojas, Information Systems Security Officer at Santa Monica College, who attended the Information Security Workshop.

“This was great and appreciated,” said an attendee of the Accessibility Workshop.

A survey is currently being circulated to collect feedback from those who attended the workshops. Early responses have been generally favorable with regard to the topics presented and relevance of information to attendees’ professional roles. Many suggestions for future topics have been offered as well, which is helpful for planning upcoming workshops and trainings.