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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… !

Spring 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.

February Workshops

Register Microsoft Excel Basics
2/9/2017 at 10:30:00 – 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 Sakai Lessons Tool
2/14/2017 at 12:00:00 – Library 331
The Lessons tool in Sakai provides instructors with an integral framework for building, organizing, and presenting cohesive instructional content. With this tool instructors author Lessons pages. Lessons pages contain blocks of rich-text and direct links to other content that is stored in Resources, Assignments, Forums, and Tests & Quizzes. Lessons pages can also incorporate video and audio. This workshop will provide a quick-start for developing course pages with the Lessons tool.

Register Photoshop Basics
2/15/2017 at 13:00:00 – Library Design Lab
Learn basic photo manipulation in Adobe Photoshop, including color balancing and face retouching.

Register Microsoft Word Basics
2/15/2017 at 14:00:00 – Library 331
Overview of Microsoft Word with an emphasis on the updated design of the Word 2016 interface. Topics include formatting options, using tables, and creating mail merges. Additional topics may be discussed depending on individual interests if time permits. Prior Word experience is helpful, but not necessary.

Register Sakai Assignments Tool
2/16/2017 at 12:00:00 – Library 331
Learn how to use the Sakai Assignments Tool to create assignments, grade them, use Turnitin and Grademark, and provide feedback to students.

Register InDesign Basics
2/22/2017 at 13:00:00 – 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 Google Docs and Drive Collaboration
2/28/2017 at 12:00:00 – 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.

March Workshops

Register HTML Basics
3/1/2017 at 13:00:00 – Library 331
Part 1 of our Website Building Series. Want to build your own website? Wish you had more control over your blog posts? 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.

Register Intermediate Excel
3/1/2017 at 14:00:00 – 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 Tips for Taming Your Gmail Inbox
3/2/2017 at 12:00:00 – 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.

Register Assessing Class Climate with Electronic Student Feedback Tools
3/7/2017 at 12:00:00 – Library 331
How can you collect feedback from students outside the face-to-face setting and assess learner climate in order to pace content coverage and modify instruction? In this workshop we examine some tools you might use to collect student feedback, respond to questions and concerns, and maintain a presence outside class.

Register CSS Basics
3/8/2017 at 13:00:00 – Library 331
Part 2 of our Website Building Series. Completion of HTML Basics or familiarity with HTML code is strongly recommended before taking this course. 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.

Register Backups and Data Security at PLU
3/9/2017 at 13:00:00 – 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.

Register Trello Basics: Managing Tasks and Projects
3/10/2017 at 12:30:00 – 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 Adding Interactivity to Videos with EDPuzzle
3/14/2017 at 12:00:00 – 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 Easy Steps for Making Your Course Content Accessible
3/16/2017 at 12:00:00 – 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.

Register Google Forms: Creating Online Surveys and Quizzes
3/17/2017 at 12:30:00 – 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 Powerpoint Basics
3/21/2017 at 12:00:00 – 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.

April Workshops

Register Google Hangouts Web Conferencing
4/6/2017 at 12:00:00 – 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.

Register Prezi Basics
4/7/2017 at 12:30:00 – 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.

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 technology topic? Instructional Technologies staff are eager to assist by developing focused, customized workshops to meet your pedagogical and instructional technology needs. If you have a particular need for specialized and customized technology workshops for your class or department, contact Jenna Stoeber (stoebeje@plu.edu, 253-538-5656) and we’ll do our best to meet your specific needs.

Digital Design Lab Assistance

Want to learn about a particular software program? Need help with a digital technology project? Instructional Technologies provides a digital design lab with computers and software for digital editing projects… and expert staff and student workers to assist you with learning the technology. The Digital Design Lab is located on the first floor of the Library near the Help Desk.

One-on-One Consultations

Instructional Technologies staff are available for one-on-one consultation and assistance with your digital media projects. Based on user needs, 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.