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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.

Screenshot of the kb.iu.edu website header, with the caption "Answers to questions about IT at IU."

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.

Read the rest of “Avoid the Mess: Paint Digitally” »

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.

Read the rest of “Preserving your Digital Life” »

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.

Web Accessibility Resources

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Web content accessibility is crucial for reaching the widest audience possible and is part of Indiana University’s commitment to equity and diversity. IT Training can show you what it means to be accessible, the laws and standards that govern web accessibility, and how to easily address some of the common concerns that prevent individuals with disabilities from using the web effectively. We offer workshops on evaluating and updating your existing content. We can also show you how to create new accessible content for your web presence using a variety of software tools.

Here’s a list of resources you might find helpful after you’ve attended our training sessions.

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Earn a Certificate from IT Training

Illustration of ribbon on certificate.

Earning a certificate from IT Training is a great way to enhance your skills in areas like Microsoft Office, web development, and creating graphics.  You’ll 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 six different areas, so you’re bound to find something to meet your needs.

Office 2013 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 2013: Calendar Essentials
2. Outlook 2013: Managing Your Email
3. Word 2013: The Essentials
4. PowerPoint 2013: The Basics
5. Excel 2013: The Basics
6. Access 2013: The Basics

Read the rest of “Earn a Certificate from IT Training” »

Photoshop Books at IU Libraries

Students walk in front of University Library as they go to classes Tuesday, January 8, 2013.

Students walk in front of University Library as they go to classes Tuesday, January 8, 2013.

Photoshop, in my opinion, is one of the greatest things since sliced bread. It’s a powerful piece of software, but you can’t fully realize that power until you learn how to use it. To help you along, I’ve put together a list of Adobe Photoshop related books you can get from an IU Library. Remember, you can use Interlibrary Loan to get books that are not housed on your campus. I found the books by doing a simple search on the term “Photoshop’ in IUCAT.

I limited the results to books falling under the Subject “Adobe Photoshop” that were published within the last three years. I got 15 books, but this list includes only the titles I found to be most relevant to the IU community.

Here’s the list:

And don’t forget to take advantage of your access to no-cost workshops from IU IT Training.

You can find our Photoshop offerings here.

 

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