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Spring 2016 webinars: Explore topics & register

Join IT Training for upcoming webinars

IT Training will host a variety of webinars on special topics of interest this Spring. These quick demos and discussions are designed to get you up to speed quickly on technologies you use or want to learn more about.

See a topic you’re interested in? Join us! Register today.

Using LinkedIn for Hiring* — Learn more & register
2/24/16 Wednesday, 1:30 – 2:30 PM
*Must have an IU username and passphrase to attend.

Adobe CC 2015: Exploring New Features  — Learn more & register
3/2/16 Wednesday, 1:30 – 2:30 PM

IUanyWare: An Overview  — Learn more & register
3/7/16 Monday, 1:30 – 2:30 PM

Infographics: How to Plan, Create, & Share  — Learn more & register
3/29/16 Tuesday, 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Creating Accessible Documents at IU  — Learn more & register
3/31/16 Thursday, 1:30 – 3:30 PM

CourseNetworking: An Overview  — Learn more & register
4/6/16 Wednesday, 1:30 – 2:30 PM

Mobile: How to Use Common Meeting and Communication Apps at IU (iOS)  — Learn more & register
4/21/16 Thursday, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Mobile: How to Use Common File Sharing and Collaboration Apps at IU (iOS)  — Learn more & register
4/28/16 Thursday, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Learn SQL and get paid

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Attend a workshop on how to use SQL for data retrieval and earn a $25 gift card when you participate in an upcoming UITS study designed to evaluate IT Training instructional events.

Join us Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Choose one of the following sessions:

Register for 8am – noon
Register for 1 – 5pm

In this workshop, you will learn more efficient ways to retrieve data from a database. To participate, you should already know how to work with relational databases, plan to attend Access 2013: The Basics in Bloomington on March 23rd, or review Access 2013: The Basics (PDF).

Contact IT Training to learn more details

Tech Tools for Better Writing

Do you like to write or do you hate it? When your instructor assigns a paper do you cheer or do you groan? Well, probably very few students cheer at the thought of writing an academic paper. If you’re one of those few, you have my respect and admiration. This post is for the less enthusiastic among us.

Writing comes easily to some people. I’ve always felt I had a knack for it, but I’ve come to realize that my grammar skills are a bit lacking. I was okay with the basics, but there were some rules that I just didn’t know or fully understand. If I wanted to be a better writer, I had to get better at grammar. Naturally, I turned to the Internet for help.

Of course, there is more to writing than grammar. When you write, you have to consider your: topic, audience, medium, etc. For now, I’ll focus on Internet resources for getting help with the mechanics of writing.


Paste your text into the Grammarly web app and get a run-down of your wiring mistakes. You can also download the Grammarly plugin for MS Word to get better grammar and spell check results than you would with Word’s native checker. Grammarly has a free plan, but serious users will want to pay for the full product. There are other checkers out there, but I haven’t found anything better than this. Here’s a video demo of Grammarly in Word

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Security First launched this month

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We all know IT security is critically important in our information age. But do we know how to achieve it?

If you’re an IT professional at IU managing one or more sites, servers, or systems, there is a new service available to help you know and accomplish critical security best practices: Security First (

The best practices available on represent aggregate information from sources and policies such as IT-12, IT-28, DM-01, DM-02, HIPPA, UISO, and more. These practices will help you keep your systems and services secure. Plus, they will help you prepare for and pass IT security audits.

Several best practices are also featured in instructional videos in the Security First Training Series. View available videos in the series on IU’s mediaspace or on

Security First launched this month as a partnership among the University’s security office, policy office, and several technology services units, including IT Training. Check back regularly on for new video tutorials, resources, and information related to IT security at IU.

And while you’re there, visit the Contact page and provide your feedback about the initiative so far.

Learn how to use and Pluralsight to grow your tech skills

Join IT Training for upcoming webinars on and Pluralsight

We will be hosting back-to-back webinars September 16, educating participants about two providers of video-based technology training, and Pluralsight. Register for one or both:’s award-winning library of more than 3,000 video-based courses is available to IU students, faculty, and staff on all campuses at no cost. Courses are offered on a wide range of Office and Adobe applications, web development, design, programming, soft skills and more. Visit

Pluralsight’s huge online training library is targeted to professional developers, IT admins, and creative artists. Access is available to all members of the statewide IU community for less than 20 percent of the retail cost. Visit

Questions? Contact us at or by phone at (812) 855-7383 or (317) 274-7383.

New to IU? Crash Course in IT Training Resources

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Welcome, students! We know you’re finding classes, where to eat, and favorite spots to study (or nap).

As you get situated here at IU, we thought we’d round up a few of our best training resources for you about software and IT tools you might use this year.

These are a few recorded webinars from our staff you might want to take a look through:

We also provide more in-depth, free live (online or in-person) workshops on a broad range of IT topics, like Adobe and Microsoft programs and web authoring and publishing tools. View all instructor-led training events available this semester.

Want to learn at your own pace? Work through our workshop materials (login required for access) on your own. Or visit to get started using your free Lynda account through IU.

You can look through all of our options and decide what works best for you at

Looking forward to this year — we’re glad you’re here (or back, for our returning students)!


Switching from OneStart to One.IU: A Quickstart

Have you made the switch from OneStart to One.IU (

One.IU is the university’s new directory for online services. It will completely replace OneStart on October 21, 2015.

If you haven’t started using One.IU, why not do it today? Getting started is easy. Learn how in the following short video, which covers the essentials for getting around One.IU.

For more details on the retirement of OneStart, including a OneStart to One.IU comparison and information for publishers, visit

Episode 81 – Collaborative Workshops at IUB

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Indiana University: IT Training Tips Blog » Blog Archive » Episode 81 – Collaborative Workshops at IUB

On this episode, we talk about the new Collaborative Workshops at IUB!

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Episode 80 – A Look at the New Schedule with Beth

On this episode, we talk about the new Spring 2015 schedule with Beth!

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Who does baby look like?

As the mother of a nine-month-old, I’ve had no end of fun playing with the Look-alike Meter on After loading photos, the site uses facial recognition software to determine whether baby looks more like mommy or daddy.

prince george look alike meter screen shotIt’s super easy to upload photos to the site. Start by opening the “apps” tab on the page, where you’ll find a link to the Look-alike Meter. You can upload one photo that has all three family members, or if needed, you can add up to three separate photos to make sure you have good shots of the whole family. Here’s an example of young Prince George with his parents Kate and William. These come from two different pictures – one with the whole family, and another with just the baby. Click the thumbnail to see a full-sized version.

Some tips: you will have to create a profile to get started. Also, using smaller files made the process much less sluggish. Faces should be at least 3/4 profile or straight on – profile pictures were not recognized by the software. For my Prince George example, the baby was turned to the side in the family portrait, and the facial recognition software did not capture him. I had to load an additional picture of just him.

Results can absolutely vary based on the shot of each family member, but that’s a lot of the fun. I loaded one set of pictures, and it said my baby looked more like me (by 5%), but with another set he looks more like my husband (by 34%!). Just to check, though, I reran the analysis multiple times with the same set of pictures, and each time got the same results – so whatever it is the software does, it does it reliably…

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