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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
  • Screencasting

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

Spring 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.

February Workshops

Register Microsoft Excel Basics
2/13/2018 at 1:30 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 Video Editing: Intro to Premiere Pro
2/15/2018 at 1:00 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. This workshop is meant for users that want to learn an in-depth video editing software.

Register Tips for Taming Your Gmail Inbox
2/16/2018 at 12:30 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.

Register Photoshop Basics: Editing Images
2/20/2018 at 1:00 PM – Library Design Lab
Learn basic photo manipulation in Adobe Photoshop, including color balancing and face retouching.

Register Sakai Assignments Tool
2/21/2018 at 12:30 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.

Register Easy Steps for Making Your Course Content Accessible
2/27/2018 at 12:30 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.

Please note: RSVP for this Development Day workshop via Human Resources.
Trello Basics: Managing Tasks and Projects
2/28/2018 at 11:00 AM – 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. 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.

March Workshops

Please note: RSVP for this Development Day workshop via Human Resources.
Cybersecurity Awareness and Protecting your Data
3/1/2018 at 8:30 AM – Library 331
Learn about best practices for protecting both personal as well as university data and find out what steps PLU is taking to better protect your accounts. We will talk about identifying what types of data to be most concerned about and what resources are available to address some of these security concerns.

Please note: RSVP for this Development Day workshop via Human Resources.
Basics of Visual Design
3/1/2018 at 3:30 PM – Library Design Lab
Want to improve your flyer-making, web-design, or digital-sign-creation skills? Learn the basic rules ofvisual 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.

Register Intermediate Excel
3/6/2018 at 1:30 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 Adding Interactivity to Videos with EDPuzzle
3/8/2018 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.

Register Google Docs and Drive Collaboration
3/13/2018 at 12:30 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 Microsoft Word Basics
3/14/2018 at 2:00 PM – 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 Gravit Designer
3/15/2018 at 1:00 PM – Library Design Lab
Learn how to use Gravit Designer, which is a a free, user-friendly, and basic graphic design software that’s great for beginners. This workshop will include instructions for flyer creation.

Register Assessing Class Climate with Electronic Student Feedback Tools
3/20/2018 at 12:30 PM – 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 tools to collect student feedback, respond to questions and concerns, and maintain a presence outside class.

Register Backups and Data Security at PLU
3/20/2018 at 2:30 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.

Register Podcasting with Audacity
3/22/2018 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 and get first-hand experience with Library Studio equipment.

April Workshops

Register Google Forms: Creating Online Surveys and Quizzes
4/5/2018 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.

Register Google Hangouts Web Conferencing
4/10/2018 at 12:30 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.

Register Engaging Your Audience with Prezi
4/19/2018 at 12:00:00 – 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.

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 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.