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next.iu decision: IU chooses Canvas

To keep Oncourse, or not to keep Oncourse, that was the question…

…and now we have an answer. Over the next two years, Indiana University will be transitioning away from Oncourse as our learning management system (or LMS, for those who like acronyms and abbreviations), in favor of a new LMS called Canvas. Canvas is offered by a company named Instructure, and as we at IU start moving over, we’ll have a series on this blog detailing some of the neat new features that Canvas has to offer.

Ready to learn more about Canvas? Try these links to start with:

Perhaps some of these features will lead you to switch your course management to Canvas long before Oncourse is retired.  I know once I saw the Calendar tool, I was a huge fan. More to come!

it2go Episode 60 – LyndaCampus In-Depth

In this episode, we’re digging into the new features of LyndaCampus.

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Choosing a Video Player in lyndaCampus

If you watched the lyndaCampus information video, or attended the Personalize your Learning with lynda.com Webinar, you know that you can choose your preferred video player for watching lynda content. If you’re not sure which player to use, keep reading.

There are four players available on lyndaCampus:  Flash, QuickTime Standard, QuickTime Custom, and Windows Media. You can choose a player (after you’ve logged in to lynda) by going to My Account and then Site Preferences. You’ll see a list of available players and their features. Just lick the radio button next to the player you want to use and click Update(more…)

Episode 58 – lyndaCampus is here!

In this episode, we’re making a huge lynda.com announcement!

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Join Us For lynda.com Day Wednesday Feb 29th(IUB) and Thursday March 1st(IUPUI)

Join us at lynda.com day in Bloomington (Feb. 29th) or IUPUI (Mar. 1) and learn how to maximize your lynda eLearning experience! Take advantage of the opportunity to:

  • Attend a workshop that will teach you how you can integrate lynda.com content into your academic course delivery
  • Learn how you can get the most out of your personal lynda learning experience
  • Speak with lynda.com’s usability experts about your favorite features and areas you think can be improved
  • Learn about key features and best practices for using lynda’s online training library

Lynda.com representatives will be available to speak with at the following times and locations:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 29, Noon – 5pm in the Wells Library lobby (IU Bloomington)
  • Thursday, Mar. 1, 9am – Noon in the Campus Center lobby (IUPUI)

As part of these events, IU faculty and IT Training staff will present a special session titled Integrate lynda.com Content into your Academic Course. You will learn why you might want to integrate lynda.com content into your academic course and get ideas for a number of different ways you can do it. Additionally, lynda representative Jen Jortner will be presenting Tips and Tricks for Using lynda.com online and in-person at IUPUI. Take this session to learn how you can get the most out of your lynda.com learning experience.

Registration for both sessions is free. You can read descriptions, dates and times of these sessions and register online!

Questions? Contact us!

Check out our lynda.com offerings here.

lynda has improved her look!

Easier ways to search


Lynda.com has not only changed its appearance, but has added enhancements to its search features.

The new interface allows you to search lynda’s library of training videos by choosing the subject, the software, or the author of the topic you are looking for:

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Updated iOS app for lynda.com

Based on the most recent statistics, the lynda.com training offerings appear to be rather popular with the IU community. And they have made another change recently that is likely to only make it easier for those who use an iOS-based device (iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad) to get to their fine work…

The lynda.com app [free!] available in the iTunes Store now works with the IU login method.

Using it is very easy:
1. Install the free lynda.com app on your iOS device.
2. Open the free lynda.com app, and push the “login” button.
3. In the login screen, flick toward the bottom, so you see the “web portal access” button, and push it.
4. In the URL field, enter the URL for the IU lynda.com training portal:
https://shib.lynda.com/Shibboleth.sso/InCommon?providerId=urn:mace:incommon:iu.edu&target=https://shib.lynda.com/InCommon
and be certain the “Remember this URL” switch is ON, then push the blue Go button.

You’ll be prompted for your CAS Authentication information (your IU username and passphrase), and once you type that in properly, you’ll be whisked away into the lynda.com training library!

Lynda.com agreement extended!

IT Training & Education is pleased to announce that our agreement with Lynda.com to provide their video training library and exercise files to IU students, faculty and staff has been extended. We’ll have a full announcement later on, but we wanted to assure our users that they could continue to access the Lynda.com content past the original end date, which was June 30th.

So enjoy the content, and we’ll have more information soon.

You can access the content here:

http://ittraining.iu.edu/lynda

Lynda.com pilot extended to June 30th, 2010

After all the great feedback we received from the IU community, the decision was made to extend the Lynda.com pilot to June 30th of 2010.  That means that the IU community gets an extra 6 months of free Lynda.com access.

So please keep using the service and let us know how it works for you!

Check out http://ittraining.iu.edu/lynda for more information and to log in.

Extending STEPS with lynda.com – Use Photoshop blend modes for color and contrast correction

You may already know that Photoshop blend modes can immeasurably enhance your creativity and playfulness. You may be familiar with the artful aspects of blend modes; however, most Photoshop users don’t know they are corrective, too. Understanding how they work is a key to using them to your best advantage.

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