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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… !

Spring 2020 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
2/18/2020 at 12:00 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.

RegisterEditing Images with Photoshop
2/19/2020 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 Digital Drawing & Painting with Photoshop workshop.

RegisterAdding Interactivity to Videos with Edpuzzle
2/25/2020 at 12:00 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.

March Workshops

RegisterMake Your Own Music with GarageBand
3/4/2020 at 12:00 PM – Library 140, Design Lab
Have you ever wanted to make your own music but didn’t know where to start? Learn how to record, arrange, and share music, even if you’ve never touched an instrument before. No prior music experience necessary! This session will cover GarageBand, which is a free software available on Mac computers.

RegisterMicrosoft Excel Basics
3/5/2020 at 1:00 PM – Library 331
Basic terms and functions of Microsoft Excel and hands-on exploration of the Excel 2019 interface. Topics include basic spreadsheet formatting, working with formulas, and sorting options using the updated Excel 2019 interface. Additional topics may be discussed depending on individual interests if time permits. Prior Excel experience is helpful, but not necessary.

RegisterBackups and Data Security at PLU
3/11/2020 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 Docs and Drive Collaboration
3/17/2020 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.

RegisterGraphic Design with Photoshop
3/18/2020 at 12:00 PM – Library 140, Design Lab
Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop for graphic design projects such as flyers and website banners. This workshop will include basic digital painting and collaging.

RegisterIntermediate Excel
3/20/2020 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.

RegisterEasy Steps for Making Your Course Content Accessible
3/31/2020 at 12:00 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.

April Workshops

RegisterPodcasting with Adobe Audition
4/1/2020 at 12:00 PM – Library 140, Design Lab
Want to create your own podcast with the software preferred by pros? In this workshop you’ll learn how to record and edit audio with Adobe Audition. You’ll also learn about podcasting as a medium, how to get your own podcast started and published online, and about available campus resources. By the end, you’ll have all the knowledge you need to create a full podcast.

RegisterGetting Started with Qualtrics Surveys
4/7/2020 at 12:00 PM – Library 331
Need to put up an online form to run a survey, set up an assessment, or collect feedback? This workshop will provide a basic overview of Qualtrics for creating surveys, distributing surveys to participants, and reviewing results.

RegisterVisual Design for Non-Designers
4/8/2020 at 12:00 PM – Library 140, Design Lab
Want to improve your flyer-making, web-design, or digital-sign-creation skills? Learn the basic rules of visual design to make clearer, cleaner, eye-catching documents. Increase your ability to identify good and bad design, and incorporate those ideas in your own projects.

RegisterTrello Basics: Managing Tasks & Projects
4/14/2020 at 12:00 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.

RegisterBackups and Data Security at PLU
4/14/2020 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.

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.

Curriculum Modules

Module 1: Passwords
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.

Module 2: Online Banking Security
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.

Module 3: Keeping Your Identity 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.

Module 4: Avoiding Malware
Identify the threats your computer is exposed to and how to go about protecting against them.

Module 5: Keeping Personal Information Confidential
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.

Module 6: Protecting Children Online
Learn about the risks involved when children go online. Identify the vulnerabilities that exist, and master the tips for keeping children safe online.

Module 7: Securing Your Home Network
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.

Module 8: Email & Attachments Safety
Learn the types of attacks that are spread via email and message attachments and identify the red flags to look for.

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.