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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… !

Summer 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.

June Workshops

Register Preparing for Sakai 12
6/4/2019 at 12:00pm-1:30pm- 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.

RegisterInstructional Videos with the Lightboard
6/5/2019 at 11:00am-12:00pm – Library 017, The Studio
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

Register Preparing for Sakai 12
6/12/2019 at 12:00pm-1:30pm – 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.

Register Podcasting Basics with Adobe Audition
6/13/2019 at 11:00am-12:00pm – 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.

Register Trello Basics: Managing Tasks & Projects
6/18/2019 at 12:00pm-1:00pm – 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.

Register Google Sites: Create Your Own Website
6/19/2019 at 11:00am-12:00pm – Library 140, Design Lab
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.

Register Adding Interactivity to Videos with Edpuzzle
6/25/2019 at 12:00pm-1:00pm – 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.

RegisterCapture Your Content with Screencasts
6/26/2019 at 11:00am-12:00pm – Library 140, Design Lab
Need to train employees, demonstrate content, 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.

July Workshops

RegisterWordPress: Create Your Own Website
7/3/2019 at 11:00am-12:00pm – Library 140, Design Lab
WordPress is one of the most powerful and widely-used website builders, and you can use it to create your own personal or class/group website, portfolio, or blog – for free! In this workshop you’ll create your own site and learn the basics of WordPress. No prior website experience necessary. PLU’s special version of WordPress isn’t covered, only personal sites.

RegisterVisual Design for Non-Designers
7/10/2019 at 11:00am-12:00pm – 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.

RegisterPreparing for Sakai 12
7/11/2019 at 12:00pm-1:30pm – 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.

RegisterEditing Images with Photoshop
7/17/2019 at 11:00am-12:00pm – 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 workshop: Digital Drawing & Painting with Photoshop.

RegisterDigital Drawing & Painting with Photoshop
7/24/2019 at 11:00am-12:00pm – 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.

RegisterIntermediate Excel
7/30/2019 at 1:00pm-2:00pm – 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.

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.