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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” »

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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


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.


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!

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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12 Free Courses from Adobe KnowHow

partial listing of free courses on Adobe KnowHow.I just got an email from Adobe KnowHow about free courses available on popular programming languages.  When I went to investigate, I discovered that Adobe KnowHow is a learning platform providing training on various Adobe programs. While most of the courses on KnowHow are not free, there are 12 courses, including the Try an Hour of Code for Free, which are available without charge.

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Developing Departmental Websites at Indiana University

Learning paths road sign.Congratulations! You made it! If you’re here, that can mean any number of things, but most likely you have inherited a departmental web site and are going to redesign it or you have been newly hired and are responsible for redesigning the department’s site. Where do you begin?

If this sounds overwhelming, then you are in the right place. My goal, by the end of this post, is to help you understand the landscape for departmental and group web pages at the university and describe some resources to help you along your way.

Before we jump into the specifics, let’s get a quick overview of what this post contains.

  1. The IU Brand – find out how to make your site conform to the visual identity that has been established for IU.
  2. Plan Ahead and Prepare – Not just a part of Leave No Trace, but also a crucial phase in web design and development. Understand the problem fully before you begin building a solution.
  3. Build, build, build – Put your planning to good use while putting together all the pieces of your site.
  4. Publish, Document, and Maintain – Once you have a design, it’s time to publish it, create help documentation, and then maintain and grow the site through the future.

The process is not linear, nor does it have a finite ending point. Instead, the process looks something more like this:

Plan, build, maintain, repeat.

After your planning phase, you build. Once built, you maintain. While maintaining, you build new features, etc. There will come a point when you need to break out of the Maintain-Build loop back to the planning phase. As you can see from the diagram above, there really is no end to the web design process, only changes of phase.

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Join us for the Statewide IT Training Pre-Conference September 28th

IT Training is holding a full day of free training on September 28th as part of the Statewide IT Conference. We’ll be offering training on SharePoint, Unicom, Microsoft Project, Digital Magazine Publishing, HTML5 and more. Also, participants that sign up for a full day of training will be served lunch, free of charge.

You can see the full schedule here along with information on registering.

Our conference is open to everyone. If you’d like to register for our conference, you can contact us directly by calling 812-855-7383, or emailing

We hope to see you there!

Dreamweaver – 5 and a half glasses full

The CS5.5 version of Dreamweaver has significant additions and enhancements.  It will be well worth updating to the new version if you are doing any of the following:

  • creating web pages to be viewed on multiple devices
  • creating mobile applications for Android and/or iOS
  • working with HTML 5 and CSS3

Scott Fegette, the Senior Product Manager for Dreamweaver, gives an overview of the new and improved features:

Videos about the specific features can be viewed at:

You can read more about the specific features at:

Web Standards Smackdown: XHTML2 vs. HTML5

Standards Smackdown: XHTML2 vs. HTML5Way back in July, the W3C (the governing organization of web standards) announced that it was not going to renew the charter of the XHTML2 working group. In non-bureaucracy speak, that means the W3C has stuffed XHTML2 standards development into a bottle and chucked it out to sea, where it will spend the rest of eternity bobbing on the waves and following the thermal currents. The W3C did this so that it could focus all of its attention on developing HTML5.

“Wait a minute, ” one might shout on hearing this news, “I thought XHTML was the wave of the future, and HTML was what Cro-Magnons used to code their web pages??? What’s going on?”

Its easy to be confused, and, yes, even a little bit alarmed by this news. But, in essence, the labels here don’t really represent what you think they do: XHTML2 isn’t really XHTML as you know it, and HTML5 encompasses a lot more than HTML4.01. Here’s what you need to know about both of these standards: Read the rest of “Web Standards Smackdown: XHTML2 vs. HTML5” »

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