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Uploading Assignments in Canvas at IU

Go Paperless! IT Training can help!

This is part of a series of articles that will appear over the next few months as part of the Go Paperless initiative at Indiana University.

I’m a grad student, and I love it when my instructors ask for assignments to be turned in electronically. It saves paper, and it alleviates the hassle of printing.  IU is transitioning from Oncourse to Canvas, but don’t worry, you’ll still be able to turn in your assignments online. If you’ve uploaded assignments in Oncourse you’ll find that uploading in Canvas  works basically the same way. I’ve outlined the steps for uploading an assignment below, and I’ve created a short video so you can see the steps in action.

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Pluralsight-It’s here through December!

The spring semester pilot program for Pluralsight has been extended through the end of December 2014! Pluralsight recently acquired Digital Tutors, a leading provider of video-based courses on design topics such as video editing, multimedia, 3D rendering, Adobe applications and much more. All pilot participants can access Digital Tutors training at no charge for the duration of the pilot!


To learn more about this pilot, visit our Pluralsight page. If you have questions about this service, please contact us at

Screenshot from Pluralsight video.

Screenshot from Pluralsight video.

What font is that?

Have you ever seen a great looking font on a website or piece of printed material that you’d love to use in your next project? You’d love to use it, but you don’t know what it is. Don’t worry. There are free tools on the  Internet to help you find that font.


1. My Fonts – WhatTheFont

On WhatTheFont, you can upload an image or type in the url of an online image. Make sure the image is simple. Images that are too complex cannot be interpreted by WhatTheFont.

2. Identifont –

Identifont asks questions to help you identify the font you’re interested in. If you have an idea of the font’s name, but don’t quite know how to spell it, you  can type what you think it is and let Identifont  figure out what you mean. You can find a font that is similar to one who’s name you know, or find one  that contains a specific symbol or picture. If you know the name of a font designer, you can find that person’s fonts.

 3. Linotype Font Finder –

Enter a few letters and then answer a series of questions to help you recognize the font. This is a good one for people who are interested in the characteristics that make up a font.

 4. Fount –

Fount provides a browser button so you can identify fonts on any website.

There are more of these tools out there. Just do a search using the terms “font identifier” to find one (or more) that works for you.

Learn more about using fonts in your design projects in our InDesign workshops, and in Page Design & Layout Basics.


Try these new proposed library resources

IU Libraries are offering the chance to try some proposed electronic resources and tell them what you think. Visit the trials page and take a sneak peek at the new Libraries web site.

The GeoRef, Papers, and BiblioBoard trials are still going on.

GeoRef is a database containing references to geoscience journal articles, books, maps, conference papers, reports and theses.  Feedback is due by July 1, 2014. Learn more about GeoRef here.

GeoRef logo

Papers is a reference manager application. You can use it to collect and organize research materials in a variety of formats including email. Papers works on Mac, Windows, and iOS devices.  Watch this video to get acquainted with Papers.  The trial ends on July 31, 2014.

Biblioboard Library is a digital collection that explores books, images, articles, audio, and video throughout history. Current partners include the British Library, and Wake Forest University.  It’s available for desktop, iPad, Android, Nexus, Galaxy, Nook, and Kindle Fire.

BiblioBoard logo

Learn all about these trials at the Libraries Electronic Resource Trials page.

Pluralsight will be here through September!

The spring semester pilot program for Pluralsight has been extended through September 30, 2014!

Screenshot from Pluralsight video.


Pluralsight recently acquired Digital Tutors, a leading provider of video-based courses on design topics such as video editing, multimedia, 3D rendering, Adobe applications, and much more. All pilot participants can access Digital Tutors training at no charge for the duration of the pilot!

To learn more about this pilot, visit our Pluralsight page. If you have questions about this service, please contact us at


Introducing Self-Paced Advanced Technical Training with Pluralsight

Pluralsight is a leading provider of video-based online training with a focus on more technically oriented topics. And as part of the Pluralsight pilot program, Indiana University students, faculty and staff across the state can enjoy free access to Pluralsight training from January 1 – March 31! This is a no-risk opportunity for you to see if Pluralsight training is right for you.

You can use Pluralsight to grow your skills in software development, Business Intelligence, database and server administration, networking and much more.

We will ask everyone who gets an account to complete a brief survey at the end of the pilot period. Please commit to responding as this will enable us to assess the interest at IU.

To request a Pluralsight account, send an email to from your IU account.

If you have questions about this service, please contact us at

New Topic Organization Makes it Easier to Find Training!

We’ve reorganized our training browser to make it easier for you to find the training you need. In addition to our Adobe and Microsoft shortcuts, which enable you to quickly find training on all Adobe and Microsoft software, we have now organized our topics into five top level groups:

  • Design & Media includes training on desktop publishing for print and digital formats, audio and video editing, graphics and animations, and web design.
  • IU Systems has training on IU systems such as Oncourse, eText, ePortfolio, Box, CRM/Talisma, IUIE, IUAnyWARE, Lync SIS, Unicom and WCMS; research computing resources including high performance computing, parallel programming, GIS, and Endnote; and statistical applications SAS and SPSS.
  • Productivity offers training on Microsoft Office, professional skills, basic skills, organizational tools like OneNote and Evernote, SharePoint, cloud computing and communication tools.
  • Technical Skills is where you will find our EdCert program listings and training on other advanced topics such as content management, databases, mobile computing, programming, and server and network administration.
  • Web Development includes training on various web development tools, web design and graphics, programming for the web, and social media.

Choose a topic at the left






topic photoshop

Delve into Photoshop’s tools with this collection of resources

Adobe Photoshop is a complex piece of software to tackle. If your goal is to become a Photoshop expert, plan on spending several years working at it. If you want to learn as little as you can to make it useful, I suggest you take our Photoshop CS6: The Basics workshop.  If and when you’re ready to go further, try the other workshops and webinars  that we offer.

Learning how to use Photoshop requires a hands-on approach, and once you’ve exhausted all of IT Training’s offerings, you’ll need to seek other learning resources. Luckily for you, the Internet is overflowing with free Photoshop tutorials. In this post, I share a few of them with you.

Photoshop is all about the tools. There are probably hundreds of them, and if you don’t know which tool to use for which task, you won’t be able to accomplish very much. That’s why I searched the Web for tutorials that really focus on Photoshop’s tools. It seems to me that learning what each tool can do is like learning the alphabet. Once you have the letters, you can build words, and then sentences, then paragraphs; you get the idea.

So without further ado, here are six tool-focused Photoshop tutorials. Click titles to view the tutorials.

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Have the Best Workshop Ever! – Part 2

In Part 1, I wrote about what happens at the beginning of an IT Training workshop. I advised you to make sure to check in with the assistant, and not log off of your computer. I also told you about the different options for viewing workshop materials.

Now that you’re all settled in at your seat, here are some more workshop taking tips.

1. Sit close enough to see.

Technology classroom

Sit close enough to see the screen.

If your distance vision isn’t that great, you’ll want to sit close to the front. The instructor demonstrates everything you’re supposed to do on his/her workstation, and it’s displayed on the screen at the front of the room so you can follow along. It’s also easier to get the assistant’s attention if you’re close to the front.

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Have the Best Workshop Ever!-Part 1

This is the first in a series of posts about getting the most out of your IT Training workshop experience. I’ve taught a few workshops, and assisted many. I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t work for our participants.  This post is about what you can do to start off on the right foot when you take an IT Training workshop.

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