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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
  • Preparing for Sakai 12

  • Networking on LinkedIn 101
  • Photoshop Basics: Photo Editing
  • Backups and Data Security at PLU
  • InDesign Basics
  • What’s New with Google Apps for Education
  • and more… !

Spring 2019 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.

February Workshops

RegisterTips for Taming Your Gmail Inbox
2/21/2019 at 12:30 PM – Library 331
Gmail Inbox got you down? Wondering where that particular email message is hiding? Want to better organize your messages? Learn some basic tips and tricks for searching, tagging, and filtering your messages.

Screencasting: Using Screencast Videos to Get Your Point Across
2/26/2019 at 1:00 PM – Library 140 – Design Lab
This workshop will train you how to create videos to inform, educate, or promote your content. Whether your goal is to have videos to help train new employees to your area, placing a video on your website to explain a complex subject, or to have a short clip to recruit students to your department, this introductory workshop is for you.
Offered as part of the Personal & Professional Development Day. To register, visit:
https://www.plu.edu/human-resources/professional-development-day-2019/

The Growing Importance of Cybersecurity
2/27/2019 at 8:00 AM – AUC 201
Learn about best practices for protecting both personal as well as university data and find out what options are available to better protect your accounts. We will talk about identifying what types of data to be most concerned about and what resources are available to address some of these security concerns.
Offered as part of the Personal & Professional Development Day. To register, visit:
https://www.plu.edu/human-resources/professional-development-day-2019/

March Workshops

RegisterTrello Basics: Managing Tasks & Projects
3/1/2019 at 12:30 PM – Library 331
Juggling tasks, projects, and deadlines can be both fun and challenging. Trello provides a simple, yet flexible framework for collecting, organizing, and managing tasks and projects. Trello functions as an online version of a whiteboard with sticky notes. In this workshop we’ll explore Trello’s basic features including checklists, comments, due dates, file attachments, and notifications. And we’ll examine Trello’s collaborative functions and ability to integrate with other productivity tools.

RegisterIntermediate Excel
3/5/2019 at 2:00 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.

RegisterInstructional Videos with the Lightboard
3/6/2019 at 12:00 PM – Library 017, The Studio
New from iTech, the Lightboard can be used to create written or drawn demonstrations for instructional videos. It’s a piece of glass, like a see-through chalkboard, and creates the illusion that you’re 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/lightboard

RegisterAdding Interactivity to Videos with Edpuzzle
3/7/2019 at 12:30 PM – Library 331
EDPuzzle provides a toolkit for selecting clips from online videos, annotating them with text, 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 Docs and Drive Collaboration
3/12/2019 at 12:30 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.

RegisterScreencasting
3/13/2019 at 12:00 PM – Library 140, Design Lab
This workshop will train you how to create videos to inform, educate, or promote your content. Whether your goal is to have videos to help train new employees to your area, placing a video on your website to explain a complex subject, or to have a short clip to recruit students to your department, this introductory workshop is for you.

RegisterEasy Steps for Making Your Course Content Accessible
3/14/2019 at 12:30 PM – 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.

RegisterBackups and Data Security at PLU
3/19/2019 at 2:00 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.

RegisterGoogle Forms: Creating Online Surveys and Quizzes
3/21/2019 at 12:30 PM – Library 331
Need to put up an online form to collect feedback, set up a quiz, or run a survey? This workshop will provide an overview of Google Forms and Spreadsheets for creating basic surveys or quizzes and collecting data online.

April Workshops

RegisterPodcasting Basics
4/3/2019 at 12:00 PM – Library 140, Design Lab
Learn how to create your own podcast. This workshop will set you up with basic audio production skills from recording to editing. Learn how to use the audio program Audacity and get first-hand experience with Library Studio equipment.

RegisterWhat’s New with Google Apps for Education
4/4/2019 at 2:00 PM – Library 331
Join us for an update/demo of some of the new features of Google Apps for Education including: Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs Editors, and Google Meet.

RegisterPhotoshop Basics: Photo Editing
4/10/2019 at 12:00 PM – Library 140, Design Lab
Learn basic photo manipulation in Adobe Photoshop, including color balancing and face retouching. Interested in other applications of Photoshop? See the Photoshop Photoshop Basics: Drawing & Painting workshop.

RegisterNetworking on LinkedIn 101
4/10/2019 at 1:00 PM – Library 331
Come join us for tips and tricks on how to use and grow with the LinkedIn professional networking resource. Learn how to build and maintain a professional network online, and how to create a compelling profile to allow people to find you. We’ll discuss what a student needs to do right now with LinkedIn, and how professors and professionals can use LinkedIn for more than just employment.

RegisterInDesign Basics
4/17/2019 at 12:00 PM – Library 140, 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.

RegisterIntermediate Excel
4/18/2019 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.

RegisterPreparing for Sakai 12
4/24/2019 at 12:00 PM – Library 331
What steps might instructors take to prepare for the major upgrade of Sakai to version 12 on August 10, 2019? In this session instructors will learn about significant new features in Sakai 12, become familiar with Sakai 12 using their own course site content, and ask questions about how this new version will affect teaching and learning in their courses, including the management of instructional content, assessments, and grades.

RegisterPhotoshop Basics: Drawing & Painting
4/25/2019 at 12:00 PM – Library 140, Design Lab
Along with photo manipulating capabilities, Photoshop is also a powerful drawing and illustrating program. Learn about the various painting tools and techniques in this workshop. No hand-drawing or painting skills necessary! Interested in photo editing with Photoshop? See the Photoshop Basics: Photo Editing workshop.

May Workshops

RegisterPreparing for Sakai 12
5/2/2019 at 12:00 PM – Library 331
What steps might instructors take to prepare for the major upgrade of Sakai to version 12 on August 10, 2019? In this session instructors will learn about significant new features in Sakai 12, become familiar with Sakai 12 using their own course site content, and ask questions about how this new version will affect teaching and learning in their courses, including the management of instructional content, assessments, and grades.

RegisterPreparing for Sakai 12
5/7/2019 at 12:00 PM – Library 331
What steps might instructors take to prepare for the major upgrade of Sakai to version 12 on August 10, 2019? In this session instructors will learn about significant new features in Sakai 12, become familiar with Sakai 12 using their own course site content, and ask questions about how this new version will affect teaching and learning in their courses, including the management of instructional content, assessments, and grades.

Online Cybersecurity Awareness Training

The Cybersecurity Awareness Core Curriculum is intended to provide PLU Employees with the training needed to be compliant with overall security awareness standards. Ten short, interactive video modules portray realistic, memorable scenarios that are transferable to everyday tasks. By completing the ten core training modules, learners “build their shield” to protect themselves, their families, and PLU. This optional online training includes the following recommended topics and we encourage you to take one or more of the following modules as you have time.

To access the online training visit https://access.sans.org/go/plu and login with your PLU ePass. Under RECOMMENDED TRAINING, click the down arrow to see available titles. Click the title of a module to begin the video training.

You are the Shield – Time: 01:05

This introduction explains how each person plays an important role in protecting your organization and how they are an information gatekeeper. In addition, we introduce the concept of creating a strong cyber shield and how this training will enable them to take control of and protect their cyber activities, both at home and at work.

Social Engineering – Time: 03:11

Social engineering is one of the most common types of cyber security attacks. This updated module explains what social engineering is, provides two different examples to demonstrate these types of attacks, and shows how people can detect and defend against them. As social engineering can take on any form, including phone calls, emails, text messages, social media, or in person, the module lays the foundation for what to do in the event of an attack.

Email, Phishing, and Messaging – Time: 04:21

Phishing is a cyber security attack that can be used to target many people at once or a small group, which is known as spear phishing. This updated module explains what generic and spear phishing are and how they work by using real-world email and text messaging examples. The module also reviews the warning signs of phishing and how employees can spot and stop such attacks.

Browsing Safely – Time: 02:16

Browsers are the primary tool people use to access the Internet. As a result, browsers and their plugins are a common target for attackers. In this module, employees learn how to browse safely, including keeping the browser and plugins updated, using HTTPS, and scanning what they download.

Social Networks – Time: 02:15

Social networking sites are a primary communication tool where people freely share information. We provide examples of the risks of sharing information online and steps that employees can take to prevent identity theft, spreading malware, scams, and targeted attacks.

Mobile Device Security – Time: 02:51

Mobile devices today have the same functionality, complexity, and risks as a computer, but with the additional risk of being highly mobile and easy to lose. Employees learn how to keep their mobile devices safe and secure, to include keeping them physically secure, using strong passcodes, and keeping the devices updated.

Passwords – Time: 03:28

Strong passwords and their safe use are some of the most effective ways to keep online accounts and information safe. This updated module explains why passwords are important, how to create a strong password using passphrases, and how two-step verification, combined with a password, increases security. The module also reviews safe password use behaviors, such as not sharing passwords, having a unique password for each account, and why using public computers for email, work accounts, and financial information is not safe.

Data Security – Time: 06:23

Safe data handling practices are critical at each step of accessing, sharing, transmitting, retaining, and destroying data. This updated module explains why it is important to only use authorized systems and only allow authorized personnel access to data. The module also describes ways to securely store or process sensitive information, restrictions on transferring or sharing information, ways to manage data retention, and how to destroy data securely. Note: this module is required for most of the compliance videos.

Hacked – Time: 02:25

A security incident or compromise can occur even with security controls and security awareness training in place. This updated module focuses on the warning signs that can be used to identify and report an incident. Warning signs include, but are not limited to, suspicious software, unauthorized charges to SMS numbers, unexplained data or device battery usage, pop-up messages indicating malware, anti-virus alerts, and passwords no longer working.

Conclusion – Time: 00:34

A short video wrapping up the training.

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.

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.