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Workshops

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

  • Creating Your Own Website with Google Sites
  • Screencasting
  • Microsoft Excel (Basic and Intermediate)
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Graphic Design with Canva
  • Preparing for Sakai 21

  • Intro to Qualtrics
  • Editing Images with Photoshop
  • Backups and Data Security at PLU
  • Digital Drawing and Painting with Photoshop
  • Web Conferencing with Zoom
  • and more… !

Spring 2022 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

Create Your Own Website with Google Sites
Wednesday, February 16th at 11am-12pm – 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.

Microsoft Excel Basics
Thursday, February 17th at 10am-11am – 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.

Intro to Adobe Acrobat Pro/DC
Wednesday, February 23rd at 1pm-2pm – 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.

March Workshops

Easy Graphic Design with Canva
Wednesday, March 2nd at 11am-12pm – Zoom
Canva is a free online graphic design app that can be used to create social media posts, flyers, and various other graphic design projects. Pre-built templates and a large repository of stock media makes graphic design a breeze. Learn how to create your own graphic designs with Canva.

Capture Your Content with Screencasts
Wednesday, March 16th at 11am- 12pm – 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.

Backups and Data Security at PLU
Thursday, March 24th at 1pm-2pm – 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.

April Workshops

Editing Images with Photoshop
Wednesday, April 6th at 11am-12pm – 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.

Intro to Adobe Acrobat Pro/DC
Wednesday, April 6th at 3pm-4pm – 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.

Intermediate Excel
Wednesday, April 13th at 10am-11am – 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.

Digital Drawing and Painting with Photoshop
Wednesday, April 20th at 11am-12pm – 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 Editing Images with Photoshop workshop.

Preparing for Sakai 21
Tuesday, April 26th at 12pm-1:30pm – Library 140 (Design Lab)
During this workshop instructors will learn about significant new features in Sakai 21, become familiar with Sakai 21 using their own course site content, and ask questions about how this new version will affect teaching and learning in their courses.

Intro to Qualtrics
Wednesday, April 27th at 10am-11am – Zoom
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.

Backups and Data Security at PLU
Thursday, April 28th at 10am-11pm – Zoom
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.

May Workshops

Preparing for Sakai 21
Wednesday, May 4th at 12pm-1:30pm – Library 140 (Design Lab)
During this workshop instructors will learn about significant new features in Sakai 21, become familiar with Sakai 21 using their own course site content, and ask questions about how this new version will affect teaching and learning in their courses.

Preparing for Sakai 21
Thursday, May 12th at 12pm-1:30pm – Library 140 (Design Lab)
During this workshop instructors will learn about significant new features in Sakai 21, become familiar with Sakai 21 using their own course site content, and ask questions about how this new version will affect teaching and learning in their courses.

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.