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Learning Opportunities


Information & Technology Services staff offers a number of workshops for teaching and learning with technology on topics such as:

  • Sakai Learning Management System
  • Google Apps for Education
  • Screencasting

  • Clickers
  • Microsoft Office
  • And more… !

Spring 2016 Workshops

For a complete listing of workshops and their descriptions, see the list below and don’t forget to reserve your seat via the Workshop Registration page; you’ll receive an email confirmation and the workshop will be added to your Google Calendar.

Three additional workshops (Intermediate Excel, Engaging Your Audience with Prezi, and Adobe InDesign) will be offered during Human Resources Development Day on March 1-3. Details and registration for these workshops will be available on the Human Resources website.

February Workshops

RegisterRecording Screencasts with Screencast-O-Matic
2/9/2016 at 1:00 PM — Library 330
Use Screencast-O-Matic to record screencasts for mini-lectures, course tours, tutorials, and more.

RegisterSakai Lessons Tool
2/16/2016 at 12:30 PM — Library 331
The Lessons tool in Sakai provides instructors with an integral framework for building, organizing, and presenting cohesive instructional content. With this tool instructors author Lessons pages. Lessons pages contain blocks of rich-text and direct links to other content that is stored in Resources, Assignments, Forums, and Tests & Quizzes. Lessons pages can also incorporate video and audio. This workshop will provide a quick-start for developing course pages with the Lessons tool.

RegisterAssessing Class Climate with Electronic Student Feedback Tools
2/18/2016 at 12:30 PM — Library 331
How can you collect feedback from students outside the face-to-face setting and assess learner climate in order to pace content coverage and modify instruction? In this workshop we examine some of the tools that you might use to collect student feedback, respond to questions and concerns, and maintain a presence outside class.

RegisterPhotoshop Basics Workshop
2/18/2016 at 1:00 PM — Library Design Lab
Learn basic photo manipulation in Adobe Photoshop, including color balancing and face retouching.

RegisterSakai Assignments Tool
2/23/2016 at 12:30 PM — Library 331
Learn how to use the Sakai Assignments Tool to create assignments, grade them, use Turnitin and Grademark, and provide feedback to students.

RegisterCollaboration with Google Docs and Drive
2/25/2016 at 12:00 PM — Library 331
Interested in collaborating with your colleagues using documents, spreadsheets, and presentations? This workshop will focus on using the collaborative features of the Google Docs tool set. Hands-on activities will include collaborative document editing using Google Docs tools.

March Workshops

RegisterInDesign Basics
3/1/2016 at 12:00 PM — Library Design Lab
Learn how to make high-quality flyers, magazine spreads, and more using Adobe InDesign. Workshop will include technical skills as well as design guidelines for creating attractive, easy-to-read documents for print or screen.

RegisterEasy Steps for Making Your Course Content Accessible
3/2/2016 at 9:00 AM — Library 331
This workshop will explore several easy universal design strategies for making course content more accessible. Hands-on activities will include improving accessibility of Sakai pages, Word files, Powerpoint files, and YouTube videos.

RegisterAdding Interactivity to Videos with Zaption
3/3/2016 at 12:00 PM — Library 331
Zaption provides a toolkit for selecting clips from online videos, annotating them with text and images, and asking multiple choice and open-ended questions. This hands-on workshop will explore tools and techniques for making your videos more interactive and engaging.

RegisterGoogle Forms: Creating Online Surveys
3/10/2016 at 12:00 PM — Library 331
Need to put up an online form to collect data or run a survey? This workshop will provide an overview of Google Forms and Spreadsheets for creating basic surveys and collecting data online.

RegisterInstructional Uses of Google Docs/Drive
3/15/2016 at 12:00 PM — Library 331
Google Docs and Drive provide a collaborative toolkit for instructional activities and tasks. Get a quick overview of the tools along with faculty demos of how they’ve applied them in their courses.

RegisterWord: Long Form Documents Workshop
3/15/2016 at 1:00 PM — Library 330
Unlock new ways of using Word to organize long form documents such as research papers and dissertations. Learn how to create table of contents, indices, and citations that update themselves automatically.

RegisterMicrosoft Word 2010
3/17/2016 at 1:00 PM — Library 331
Overview of Microsoft Word with an emphasis on the updated design of the Word 2010 interface. Topics include formatting options, using tables, and creating mail merges. Additional topics may be discussed depending on individual interests if time permits. Prior Word experience is helpful, but not necessary.

RegisterEngaging Your Audience with Prezi
3/22/2016 at 12:30 PM — Library 331
Interested in taking your presentations beyond Powerpoint? Learn to use Prezi to add motion and organizational structure to engage your audience. Review exemplary Prezis and create your own Prezi presentations, zooming in around your topics and graphics, without making your audience seasick.

RegisterIntro to Mac OS
3/24/2016 at 1:00 PM — Library 331
Get an overview of the features of Mac OS and learn a few tips and tricks as well. Excellent for people that are relatively new to the Mac OS environment.

April Workshops

RegisterCreating Dynamic Presentations with Powerpoint
4/5/2016 at 12:30 PM — Library 331
Get a hands-on overview of creating dynamic presentations. Understand key elements of presentation planning and design. Learn to work with objects, images, layouts, and designs. Make your presentations dynamic with slide transitions and custom animations of text and objects.

RegisterSix Sigma Data Analysis and Visualization Workshop
4/7/2016 at 12:00 PM — Library 331
Learn to use Microsoft Excel 2010 and Google Draw for Six Sigma data analysis and visualization. Excel charts will include making histograms, run-time diagrams, control charts, pareto charts, and correlation scattergrams. Google Draw templates will include process flow charts, conflict clouds, cause-effect diagrams, and IO maps.

RegisterIntermediate Excel
4/12/2016 at 1:00 PM — Library 331
Go beyond the basics of Excel and learn new features of the program that can help you to better organize and present your data. Topics will include creating running totals, using pivot tables and utilizing IF statements in your formulas. Previous experience working with Excel is required.

RegisterReaching Out Through Web Conferencing
4/14/2016 at 12:00 PM — Library 331
Web conferencing provides faculty, staff, and students with opportunities to make connections and collaborate despite distance. This workshop will provide a quick overview of two web conferencing tools (Google Hangouts and zoom.us) along with best practices for making web conferences successful.

RegisterBackups and Data Security at PLU
4/21/2016 at 1:00 PM — Library 331
Learn about backup solutions at PLU including Netstor and Google Drive and best practices for storing your sensitive data. Topics will include data encryption options, appropriate use of cloud storage, and types of data that may need additional security.

Customized Workshops for Classes or Departments

Need a technology workshop for your class to support an assignment or class project? Or does your department want to learn more about a particular technology topic? Instructional Technologies staff are eager to assist by developing focused, customized workshops to meet your pedagogical and instructional technology needs. If you have a particular need for specialized and customized technology workshops for your class or department, contact Layne Nordgren (layne.nordgren@plu.edu, 253-535-7197) and we’ll do our best to meet your specific needs.

Digital Technology Lab Assistance

Want to learn about a particular software program? Need help with a digital technology project? Instructional Technologies provides a digital technology lab with computers and software for digital editing projects… and expert staff and student workers to assist you with learning the technology. The Digital Design Lab is located on the first floor of the Library near the Help Desk.

One-on-One Consultations

Instructional Technologies staff are available for one-on-one consultation and assistance with your digital media projects. Based on user needs, we will help you identify resources, content, and work flows to assist in the production process. If you are considering integrating technology into a course, our staff are available to assist with the process and provide training in technologies. For more extensive projects we can develop a specialized project team to assist with meeting your goals. To schedule a consultation contact itech@plu.edu.