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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
  • Photoshop
  • Visual Design
  • Backups and Data Security

  • Video Editing
  • Microsoft Office
  • Web Conferencing Tools
  • And more… !

Fall 2018 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.

September Workshops

RegisterSakai Assignments Tool
9/11/2018 at 12:00 PM – Library 331
Learn how to use the Sakai Assignments Tool to create effective assignments and instructions, manage the grading process, and provide feedback to students. Understand options for using Turnitin plagiarism checking and providing student feedback with Turnitin Feedback Studio.

RegisterVideo Editing with iMovie
9/13/2018 at 12:00 PM – Ingram 115A
iMovie is a simple video editor, available for free on Mac (only). Learn the basics of editiing a video, such a how to cut clips and stitch them together, with iMovie. This workshop will also cover audio and some effects.

RegisterTips for Taming Your Gmail Inbox
9/14/2018 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.”

RegisterSakai: What’s New, What’s Coming
9/18/2018 at 12:00 PM – Library 331
Learn about recent enhancements of Sakai including new course templates, a revised course request process, and searchable documentation. Get an overview of a major upgrade to Sakai 12 in August 2019, including key features and what to expect during the 2018-19 academic year to prepare for the transition. There will be ample time for questions and discussion.

RegisterEasy Steps for Making Your Course Content Accessible
9/20/2018 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.”

RegisterEdpuzzle Basics: Adding Interactivity to Videos
9/25/2018 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.”

RegisterWebsite Building with Google Sites
9/26/2018 at 12:00 PM – Library 331
Create your own website for free with Google Sites! Google Sites can be used to build and host a basic website, such as a portfolio. In this workshop we will create a website with Google Sites and go over some basic website design fundamentals. No experience with website creation is necessary.

RegisterGoogle Docs and Drive Collaboration
9/27/2018 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.

October Workshops

RegisterMicrosoft Excel Basics
10/2/2018 at 11:00 AM – Library 331
Basic terms and functions of Microsoft Excel and hands-on exploration of the Excel 2016 interface. Topics include basic spreadsheet formatting, working with formulas, and sorting options using the updated Excel 2016 interface. Additional topics may be discussed depending on individual interests if time permits. Prior Excel experience is helpful, but not necessary.

RegisterTrello Basics: Managing Tasks and Projects
10/5/2018 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.

RegisterSakai: What’s New, What’s Coming
10/9/2018 at 12:00 PM – Library 331
Learn about recent enhancements of Sakai including new course templates, a revised course request process, and searchable documentation. Get an overview of a major upgrade to Sakai 12 in August 2019, including key features and what to expect during the 2018-19 academic year to prepare for the transition. There will be ample time for questions and discussion.

RegisterHTML Basics – CANCELLED
10/10/2018 at 12:00 PM – Library 331
Want to build your own website? Wish you had more control over your blog posts or Sakai site? 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 and how to create and edit basic content using HTML.

RegisterGoogle Hangouts Web Conferencing
10/16/2018 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 Google Hangouts along with best practices for making web conferences successful.”

RegisterPowerPoint Basics
10/23/2018 at 12:00 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.

RegisterIntermediate Excel
10/23/2018 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.

RegisterBasics of Visual Design
10/25/2018 at 12:00 PM – Library 331
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.

November Workshops

RegisterPhotoshop Basics: Photo Editing
11/1/2018 at 12:00 PM – Ingram 115A
Learn basic photo manipulation in Adobe Photoshop, including color balancing and face retouching. Interested in other applications of Photoshop? See the Photoshop Basics: Painting workshop.

RegisterGoogle Forms: Creating Online Surveys
11/6/2018 at 12:00 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.

RegisterBackups and Data Security at PLU
11/7/2018 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.

RegisterPhotoshop Basics: Drawing & Painting
11/29/2018 at 12:00 PM – Ingram 115A
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.

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.