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Learning Opportunities


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
  • Screencasting

  • Microsoft Office
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Web Conferencing Tools
  • And more… !

Summer 2017 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 Google Docs and Drive Collaboration
6/13/2017 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.

Register Screencast-O-Matic
6/15/2017 at 1:00 PM – Library 331
Screencasts are perfect for recording short introductions, software or website walkthroughs, or lecture videos to cover necessary classroom absenses. In this workshop, you will set up Screencast-O-Matic on your personal laptop, set-up the best quality recording layout, and learning editing techniques to ensure students are engaged till the end.

Register Prezi Basics
6/20/2017 at 12:00 PM – Library 331
Interested in taking your presentations beyond Powerpoint? Learn to use Prezi to add motion and organizational structure to engage your audience. Review exemplary Prezis and create your own Prezi presentations, zooming in around your topics and graphics, without making your audience seasick.

Register Photoshop Basics
6/21/2017 at 1:00 PM – Library Design Lab
Learn basic photo manipulation in Adobe Photoshop, including color balancing and face retouching.

Register Adding Interactivity to Videos with EDPuzzle
6/22/2017 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.

Register Microsoft Excel Basics
6/22/2017 at 2:00 PM – 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.

Register Basics of Visual Design
6/28/2017 at 1:00 PM – Library 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.

July Workshops

Register InDesign Basics
7/5/2017 at 1:00 PM – Library 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.

Register Trello Basics
7/6/2017 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.

Register Intermediate Excel
7/6/2017 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.

Register Google Forms: Creating Online Surveys and Quizzes
7/11/2017 at 12:00 PM – Library 331
Need to put up an online form to collect feedback 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.

Register Video Editing: Intro to Premiere Pro
7/13/2017 at 12:00 PM – Library Design Lab
Want to learn how to edit videos like a professional? Learn the basics of Adobe Premiere Pro, a high-quality video-production software. Premiere has many capabilities and offers custom ways to edit your movie, such as color correction and enhanced audio control and performance.

Register HTML Basics
7/18/2017 at 1:00 PM – Library Design Lab
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, how it’s used, proper syntax, and useful common tags. Part 1 of our Website Building Series.

Register CSS Basics
7/20/2017 at 1:00 PM – Library Design Lab
Now that you know how to set up and format your content, you’re ready to learn Cascade Style Sheets (CSS). Learn how to structure, color, and design your site! Learn how to use external stylesheets, div tags, id and class selectors, hex codes, and much more. Part 2 of our Website Building Series. Completion of HTML Basics or familiarity with HTML code is strongly recommended.

August Workshops

Register Podcasting Basics
8/1/2017 at 1:00 PM – Library 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 get first-hand experience with Library Studio equipment.

Register Backups and Data Security at PLU
8/3/2017 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.

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 Jenna Stoeber (stoebeje@plu.edu, 253-538-5656) and we’ll set up a consultation to investigate 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.