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IT Training Certificate Series–Updated

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Earning a certificate from IT Training is a great way to enhance your skills in areas like Microsoft Office, web development, and creating graphics.   Office 2016 is here, so we’ve updated some of the series workshops (note major changes to the Access series). The process is the same. You take a series of related IT Training workshops designed to build your skills in applications or topics in a comprehensive way! After you’ve attended all of the workshops in a series (within a one-year period), you’ll earn your certificate.

We offer certificates in five different areas, so you’re bound to find something to meet your needs.

Office 2016 Productivity (6 workshops)

We’ll introduce you to a variety of Microsoft Office applications and demonstrate ways make them work together. You’ll learn the basic skills for day-to-day office activities from creating a spreadsheet in Excel to creating a PowerPoint presentation. The required workshops are:

1. Outlook 2016: Managing Your Email
2. Outlook 2016: Calendar Essentials
3. Word 2016: The Basics
4. PowerPoint 2016: The Basics
5. Excel 2016: The Basics
6. Access 2016: The Basics

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Use Twitter as a Learning Tool

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Depending on how you use it, Twitter can be an incredible time-waster or a useful resource.  Because you’re reading this blog, I assume you’re interested in learning about technology. Why not use Twitter as a tool to further your learning?

In this post, you’ll find a curated list of Twitter accounts that regularly share links to technology news, tips, tricks, and tutorials. Once you’ve chosen some accounts to follow, it’s a good idea to create Twitter lists so you can easily find the type of information that you need. Here are a few tweeters organized by category.  Read the rest of “Use Twitter as a Learning Tool” »

Some Quick Facts about IT Training at IU

FAQ

What is IT Training at IU? Maybe you’ve heard of us, but do you really know what we’re all about? This post answers our most frequently asked questions.

Who can attend IT Training workshops and events?

IU students, faculty, and staff can attend IT Training workshops at no cost. Faculty and staff with official retiree status may also attend free of charge. Non-IU participants can register for workshops for a nominal fee. If you’re not affiliated with IU, you must create a guest account before registering for a workshop. Paying participants receive a 10% discount when registering for all workshops in a Certificate Series at once.

What are my training options?

We offer instructor-led workshops on more than 80 beginning to advanced computing and information technology topics. You can attend in-person at IU Bloomington or IUPUI, or online anywhere you have an Internet connection. If you prefer to learn on your own, you can download our workshop materials or watch webinar and tutorial recordings. You can also take advantage of IU’s partnerships with Pluralsight, Skillsoft, and Microsoft eLearning. Find the complete list of training options here.

Can I earn a certificate from IT Training?

IT Training offers several certificate and certification options including the IT Training Certificate Series. Earning a certificate shows your boss or potential employer that you have taken steps to bolster your technology skills. Enrolling in a certificate series also helps you learn a topic in a comprehensive way.

How do I register for a workshop or Certificate Series?

You can register online for individual workshops, register online for a Certificate Series, or contact us so we can register you for the workshop or series you want.

What can I expect in an IT Training workshop?

In-person workshops happen in our IUB or IUPUI classrooms and range from 50 minutes to three hours long.  As a participant, you’ll be provided with step-by-step materials and a computer. You’ll perform tasks as the instructor demonstrates. If you need help, raise your hand, and the classroom assistant will come and work with you. Don’t hesitate to ask questions! Online workshops operate on the same model. See the Preparing for IT Training online events page for hardware and software requirements and instructions.

What is the difference between an online workshop and webinar?

You’ll use your web browser to participate in both types of presentations, but there are differences. In online workshops, participants complete hands-on exercises. Webinars are usually shorter than workshops and feature demonstration and lecture only. You can ask questions and make comments in both types of presentations.

What accommodation does IT Training provide for those with accessibility issues?

All of our classrooms are accessible to persons using wheelchairs, and we can provide assistance for those with disabilities. Advance notice is important, so contact us if you have a need.

Those are just some of the things you need to know about IT Training. Comment on this post if you have a question that wasn’t addressed here.

 

New to IU? Check out these 5 Knowledge Base Documents

If you need to know something about using technology at IU, the Knowledge Base (KB) should be your first stop. The KB is a searchable repository of information about technology at IU and beyond. Just go to kb.iu.edu and enter a search term, or check the menu for a topic that interests you.

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I’ve put together a list KB documents that should answer some of your technology questions. After all, why ask your roommate when you can consult an authoritative source? Read this post even if you’ve been at IU for years. Technology changes all the time. You need to keep up!

1) At IU, which mobile apps should I use to access IU services?

Just about everyone these days has at least one mobile Internet device, and it’s a safe bet you’ll want to use yours to access IU’s technology services. This document points you to instructions for accessing popular IU services on your smartphone or tablet.

2) About IU Secure wireless

A device not connected to the Internet isn’t very useful. This doc contains links to instructions for connecting your devices to the IU Secure wireless network. It covers Android, BlackBerry, iPhone/iPad, Mac OS X, Linux, Windows, and Windows Phone. There’s also a link to a document about troubleshooting your wireless connection.

3) Printing at IU

Years ago, information scientist, Frederick Wilfrid Lancaster envisioned us living in a “paperless society.” So far, that hasn’t happened. While you should try to avoid wasting paper, sometimes you are required to do some printing. You may be able to turn in your assignments online, but a lot of instructors prefer not to grade papers on their computer screens. This KB document points to information about where to print, how to print, your printing allotment, and more.  Also, check out these IT Training Tips Blog posts about going paperless.

4) How do I download and install software from IUware?

I hope you know about IUware. In case you don’t, IUware is a software distribution service for Indiana University students, faculty, and staff.  It offers a wide variety of software packages at no charge, including products from Adobe and Microsoft. This document is helpful if you’re not quite sure how to download and install your software. It also outlines the differences between installing software on Windows and Mac systems.

5) Best practices for computer security

Keeping your computer secure is vital in this age of data breaches. You’ll want to protect your computer from viruses, and in doing so, you help protect the IU network. This document is packed with advice and best practices for keeping your computer secure. Read it to learn about the principle of least privilege (PoLP), the importance of updating your software, and a lot more.

The KB is amazing! It even has information about transportation on and off campus, using the library catalog, and paying your bursar bill. When in doubt, ask the KB.

Start Building your Tech Skills Now

IT Training Workshops/Webinars August and September

Life at IU is easier when you’re tech savvy. That’s where IT Training comes in. We’re offering workshops and webinars in August and September, so you can start taking advantage of the tech resources available to you before the semester gets too hectic. Here’s what we’ve got in store:

Essential Resources

Tech for Collaboration and Learning

Software at IU

Logistics

You can view the schedule for these workshops and webinars here. Most of them are held online, and a few are in our classrooms at IUB or IUPUI. If you’re ready for more, browse our training schedule by date and plan a semester’s worth of tech learning! And to really fine-tune your skills, enroll in one or more of our certificate series.

Questions?

If you have questions, comment on this post or contact us. Don’t forget to Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Have a great semester!

Some of Our Favorite Technology Podcasts

Podcasts are great for entertainment and learning.

Podcast icon. Headphones over wi-fi symbol.You can listen while driving, biking, exercising, cleaning – really, anytime! If you’re looking for engaging podcasts about technology, check out the list I’ve put together. Topics range from general tech questions to advice about coding, and insights about the role of technology in society. These podcasts make it easy for you to keep up with the ever-changing world of tech. Read the rest of “Some of Our Favorite Technology Podcasts” »

Avoid the Mess: Paint Digitally

If you’ve been looking for a creative outlet, and you’re into technology, why not try your hand at digital art?  In this post, I’ll share some resources to help you get started in a subset of digital art – digital painting.  With digital painting, you can express yourself without making a mess!

Here are two examples (both in the Public Domain) of digital paintings. Just like traditional paintings, they can be realistic, abstract, or somewhere in-between.

Digital paintings. CC0 Public Domain

For further examples, take a look at these 54 Mind-Blowing Digital Paintings. For more, check out some Amazing Digital Painting Landscapes, and these 30 Examples of Highly Creative Abstract Digital Art.

Now that you’re inspired to create, you’ll want to explore these resources for budding digital artists.

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Preserving your Digital Life

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Preserve your digital life.

When I sat down to write about personal digital preservation I wasn’t sure where to start. I looked for a statistic telling how much data the average person produces each day, but I couldn’t find the exact answer to that question. I found an infographic from 2012 showing how much data is generated in one minute. It’s a crazy amount!

For example, every minute in 2012:

  • We were uploading 48 hours of YouTube videos.
  • We sent 100,00 tweets.
  • We shared over 680,000 pieces of content on Facebook.

See the infographic for the other numbers. If you like that kind of thing, you should visit the Internet Live Stats site.

The bottom line is that we are producing a lot of digital artifacts. I think of an artifact as something a human being produces that expresses some aspect of their humanity. If you think your digital creations are important, you’ll want to be able to see or hear them in the years to come.

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Using Office 365 at IU

IU students, faculty, and staff can now access Office 365 at no cost. Office 365 provides multiple options for accessing Office 2016 for Windows and OS X.  You can download the Office applications to your desktop and use cloud-based Office Online apps, and mobile apps for your smartphone or tablet.  You can install Office on up to five PCs or Macs, five tablets (Windows, iPad, and Android), and five phones.

Getting Started

To access Office 365,  go to https://office.iu.edu. Enter your username and passphrase when prompted. Click “Install now” to start the download. Notice that boxes are checked indicating that you will be making Bing your default search engine, and MSN your browser homepage. If you don’t want this to happen, deselect the boxes.

Screenshot of Office 2016 install page.

Screenshot of Office 2016 install page.

 

Run the download installation package and follow the on-screen directions. See the KB article “About Microsoft Office 365” for more information. Once you’ve installed Office, you will have to sign in to your Office 365 account at least once every 30 days to keep the software activated.

Features

Office 365 includes:

  • Office 2016 for Windows and OS X
  • Office Mobile apps for your smartphone or tablet
  • Office Online
  • OneDrive for Business (Learn more about OneDrive for Business here).

With the Office Online suite, you can create and edit files using lightweight versions of Office applications via your web browser. The Office Online apps include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, and OneNote. The Office Mobile apps are scaled-down versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Learn how to access Office Mobile apps here.

More Software

IU students, faculty, and staff have access to numerous low and no-cost software titles. Read the KB article “At IU, how can I get university-licensed software?” to find out how to get it! And remember to check out the IT Training website when you’re ready to learn how to use your new software.

 

Explore Your Learning Options

Learning options

You may have heard that IU’s contract with lynda.com ends on June 30th. If you really can’t do without lynda, you can read about other ways to access the service by visiting the ‘Ways to still access lynda’ page. For those interested in other options available to the IU community, read on.

Learn on your own with our workshop materials

IU students, faculty, and staff can download PDF versions of our workshop materials for free. You can also download the accompanying exercise files for each workshop. Just visit the ‘Download Materials & Exercise Files‘ page and log in with your IU username and passphrase.

Watch IT Training recorded webinars

Check out the ‘Recorded Webinars and Tutorials’ page to find recorded sessions on topics ranging from Acrobat to WordPress. When you click a webinar link, you’ll be prompted to log-in to Connect with your IU account. You can learn more about Adobe Connect by viewing this IU Knowledge Base document.

Take a Microsoft eLearning course

Try online-based, self-paced elearning courses on Microsoft Windows, Office, Groove, InfoPath, Project, Lync, Sharepoint, and Visio. They’re free for IU students, faculty, and staff. You can even earn certificates by completing courses successfully. Learn more by visiting the ‘Microsoft eLearning Courses’ page.

Check out books and videos from Books 24×7 IT Pro

IU’s Libraries offer free access to the Books 24×7 IT Pro collection. This service, offered by Skillsoft,  offers access to online books and short videos on a wide range of desktop applications and advanced technology topics. Go to the ‘Books 24×7 IT Pro’ page to start using this resource.

Get advanced training with EdCert

EdCert, or Education Certification, is a UITS sponsored program aimed at delivering high-quality advanced technical training to departmental computing support providers, technical staff,  IU students, and faculty who teach advanced technology topics in their academic classes.  EdCert courses prepare you to take industry standard professional certification exams as well.

Try Skillsoft and Pluralsight at discounted prices

Skillsoft offers training in topics such as Information Technology, business, legal compliance and more. Courses come in video format, e-books, and mentoring. Training for industry standard certification is also available. Visit the ‘Skillsoft‘ page to learn more.

Pluralsight features training in advanced technical and creative design topics including Android, animation, Business Intelligence, 3D rendering, iOS, networking, programming, server admin, SharePoint, Tableau, video and more. Find out more on our ‘Pluralsight’ page.

Take an IT Training workshop or webinar

Don’t forget our instructor-led webinars and hands-on workshops where you can learn Microsoft Office applications, Adobe software, web development, programming, and a lot more.

Make sure to take advantage of all IT Training has to offer. Keep checking this blog for more training tips, and please do contact us if you have any questions or suggestions.

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