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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

  • Microsoft Office
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Web Conferencing Tools
  • And more… !

Summer 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.

June Workshops

RegisterGoogle Docs and Drive Collaboration
6/14/2016 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.

RegisterZaption: Adding Interactivity to Videos
6/16/2016 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.

RegisterPrezi Basics
6/21/2016 at 12:00 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.

RegisterWeb Conferencing Tools
6/23/2016 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.

RegisterHTML Basics
6/30/2016 at 1:00 PM – Library Design Lab
Want to build your own website? Wish you had more control over your blog posts? Want a better understanding of how the internet works? Come learn the basics of Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)! This workshop will explain what HTML is, how it’s used, proper syntax, and useful common tags.

July Workshops

RegisterIntermediate Excel
7/5/2016 at 1:00 PM – LIBR 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.

RegisterPhotoshop Basics
7/7/2016 at 1:00 PM – Library Design Lab
Learn basic photo manipulation in Adobe Photoshop, including color balancing and face retouching.

RegisterUsing Qualtrics Survey Software
7/12/2016 at 12:00 PM – LIBR 331
Participants will have the opportunity to construct a survey in Qualtrics. Content will vary depending on participant needs but can cover things such as the variety of question formats, options regarding whether questions appear depending on prior answers, embedded data, constructions of panels for distribution and survey results.

RegisterInDesign Basics
7/14/2016 at 1:00 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.

RegisterBackups and Data Security at PLU
7/19/2016 at 1:00 PM – LIBR 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.

RegisterWindows 10 and Office 2016
7/26/2016 at 1:00 PM – LIBR 331
Discover some tips and tricks with working with Windows 10 and Office 2016. This class focuses on the changes with Microsoft’s newest versions of these products and covers several of the most common questions we get about them.

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 Jenna Stoeber (stoebeje@plu.edu, 253-538-5656) and we’ll do our best to meet your specific needs.

Digital Design Lab Assistance

Want to learn about a particular software program? Need help with a digital technology project? Instructional Technologies provides a digital design┬álab 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.