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Workshops

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

  • Tips for Taming Your Gmail Inbox
  • Screencasting
  • Trello Basics: Managing Tasks & Projects
  • Podcasting Basics
  • Instructional Videos with the Lightboard
  • What’s New in Sakai

  • Creating Posters & Flyers with InDesign
  • Photoshop Basics: Photo Editing
  • Backups and Data Security at PLU
  • InDesign Basics
  • Web Conferencing with Zoom
  • and more… !

Fall 2021 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.

August Workshops

Getting Started with Sakai for Instructors
8/30/2021 at 8am-10am – Library 140, Design Lab
Intended for new faculty and other instructors, this workshop provides a guided walk-through for setting up a Sakai course site. Such tasks include uploading a syllabus and other introductory course materials. Participants will also learn how to publish weekly instructional content, administer a gradebook, and send announcements.

This is a Pre-Conference session. Sign-up during Pre-Conference registration.

Backups and Data Security at PLU
8/30/2021 at 12pm – 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.

This is a Pre-Conference session. Sign-up during Pre-Conference registration.

Introduction to Hypothes.is
8/31/2021 at 1pm – Location TBA
This in-person introduction to the application will provide faculty and staff with the basics of using Hypothes.is on Sakai, with ideas for how to use it, and for connecting assignments to learning outcomes. Workshop leaders: Misty Berlin and Adela Ramos.

This is a Pre-Conference session. Sign-up during Pre-Conference registration.

September Workshops

Capture Your Content with Screencasts
9/15/2021 at 11am – Library 140 (Design Lab), Zoom
Need to train employees, demonstrate a process, or record a lecture/presentation? Capture it with a screencast! Screencasts, which are video recordings of computer screens, are very effective instructional tools. In this introductory workshop you’ll learn how to create your own screencasts with easy-to-use software.

This is a hybrid workshop and is offered in-person as well as online. Please register for the desired modality.

Create Your Own Website with Google Sites
9/29/2021 at 11am – Library 140 (Design Lab), Zoom
Create your own website for free with Google Sites! Google Sites is an easy-to-use website builder that’s good for basic sites, such as portfolios. In this workshop you’ll build a website and learn the basics of Google Sites. No prior website experience necessary.

This is a hybrid workshop and is offered in-person as well as online. Please register for the desired modality.

October Workshops

Backups and Data Security at PLU
10/6/2021 at 11am – 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.

Instructional Videos with the Lightboard
10/13/2021 at 11am – Library 017 (studio, basement)
The Lightboard is a tool for creating written or drawn material and demonstrations for instructional videos. It’s a piece of glass, like a see-through chalkboard, that creates the illusion of writing in the air. The Lightboard is great for online teaching, especially for math, science, and languages. Come learn more about the Lightboard and how to use it in this workshop. More info: plu.edu/itech/the-lightboard

Intro to Adobe Acrobat Pro/DC
10/27/2021 at 10am – Library 331
This workshop is designed for those users who would like to use Adobe Acrobat Pro/DC to create and edit portable document files (PDFs). Some of the topics that will be covered will be how to fill and sign PDF forms, creating and editing existing PDFs, exporting to files to MS Office for editing, and reviewing security features in Adobe. No previous experience with Adobe Acrobat is required.

Google Docs and Drive Collaboration
10/27/2021 at 11am – Library 140 (Design Lab), Zoom
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.

This is a hybrid workshop and is offered in-person as well as online. Please register for the desired modality

November Workshops

Intermediate Excel
11/10/2021 at 10am – 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.

Intro to Qualtrics
11/16/2021 at 10am – Library 331
In this workshop, you will learn how to set up a basic Qualtrics survey, which includes how to claim Qualtrics accounts, setting up and organizing a survey, creating questions, learning various question types, and distributing a survey. No prior experience with Qualtrics is necessary for this workshop.

Intro to Qualtrics
11/17/2021 at 10am – Library 331
In this workshop, you will learn how to set up a basic Qualtrics survey, which includes how to claim Qualtrics accounts, setting up and organizing a survey, creating questions, learning various question types, and distributing a survey. No prior experience with Qualtrics is necessary for this workshop.

Intro to Adobe Acrobat Pro/DC
11/18/2021 at 10am – Library 331
This workshop is designed for those users who would like to use Adobe Acrobat Pro/DC to create and edit portable document files (PDFs). Some of the topics that will be covered will be how to fill and sign PDF forms, creating and editing existing PDFs, exporting to files to MS Office for editing, and reviewing security features in Adobe. No previous experience with Adobe Acrobat is required.

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 software or hardware? Instructional Technologies staff develop focused, customized workshops to meet your pedagogical and technological needs. If you want a specialized and customized technology workshop for your class or department, contact iTech (itech@plu.edu) and we’ll set up a consultation to investigate and address your needs.

Online Cybersecurity Awareness Training

Home Internet Security Course

The Home Internet Security Course provides basic cybersecurity training for PLU students, faculty, and staff. Eight short interactive modules cover key cybersecurity topics for staying safe online. Topics of the modules are listed below.

To access the training, go to the knowledgebase document Cybersecurity Training for Students where you can get the link, username, and password to access the course. You’ll need your PLU ePass username and password to access this page.

Learn 10 important rules about creating and using passwords. Identify what works, what doesn’t work, and what hackers don’t want you to know.

Learn about the risks of online banking and what you need to do to remain safe when banking online. Because online banking carries greater risks than many other types of internet activities, identify methods to minimize your risk and keep your accounts safe.

Identify identity thieves. When internet thieves steal your identity, they steal your time, your money, and your good reputation. Learn the tips for protecting your identity online.

Identify the threats your computer is exposed to and how to go about protecting against them.

Learn the keys to keeping your personal information… well… personal! Criminals can use your personal information against you. Whether it’s stealing your money, your identity, your credit, or all of the above. Identify the keys to keeping your information confidential.

Learn about the risks involved when children go online. Identify the vulnerabilities that exist, and master the tips for keeping children safe online.

Secure your devices. Secure your network. At work or school, you know someone is in charge of keeping your computer and network secure. At home, it’s your job. Learn the tips for keeping your systems secure.

Learn the types of attacks that are spread via email and message attachments and identify the red flags to look for.

One-on-One Consultations

Recording a lecture? Want to launch a podcast? Instructional Technologies staff are available for one-on-one consultation and assistance for your digital media projects. 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.