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Some Quick Facts about IT Training at IU

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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.

 

Get to know Canvas

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IU’s online learning environment, Oncourse, is on its way out. Canvas is already here!

First, if you’ve used Oncourse in the past and have files stored in the Resources area, read this IU Knowledge Base document to find out how to move them. Your next step is learning how to use Canvas. In this post, I’ll point you to some resources that will help you do just that!

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What is the EdCert Program at IU?

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EdCert actually stands for Education Certification and is a UITS sponsored program. These courses are high-quality technical training courses that departments, technical staff, IU students and faculty can all take a part in. They are specifically targeted towards people who are interested in preparing for industry standard professional certification exams.

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Get the Most out of Word 2013

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You can probably sit down, open Word 2013, and use it fairly proficiently. But why not bump up your skills from proficient to pretty awesome? Okay, pretty awesome might sound like too exciting a description when talking about word processing skills, but I’ve got to tell you that some of the things you can do in Word are actually pretty awesome. You can figure out how to do neat stuff in Word on your own by trial and error, using the help button, looking up tutorials on the Internet, or asking your friends. But wouldn’t it be easier to pop into an IT Training workshop or webinar and have a professional show you some of the software’s best secrets? If you like that idea, read on to find out what you can learn in our Word workshops.

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HTML: A beginner’s cheat sheet

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Any web page that you might visit using a web browser is almost always just some sort of coded document. There are multiple types of different coding languages that all function slightly different and are for different purposes. Most commonly though, any website you encounter will be written in Hypertext Markup Language, or HTML for short. Read the rest of “HTML: A beginner’s cheat sheet” »

SEO: A basic guide for mastering search engine optimization

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Search Engine Optimization. What is it? And why is it important? These are questions that every blogger, website owner, and business should be asking. Search Engine Optimization, or SEO for short, is “the process of maximizing the number of visitors to a particular website by ensuring that the site appears high on the list of results returned by a search engine.”

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Qualtrics at IU

Qualtrics is a cloud-based survey tool that helps faculty, students, and staff build and distribute surveys, view reports, and tabulate and analyze responses. It’s functionality goes way beyond free survey building applications and yet it is still easy to use.

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If  you are affiliated with Indiana University, you can visit IUware to purchase and download a license for individual or organizational use.

If you need help using Qualtrics, check out the resources at Qualtrics University. The video tutorials are well done and easy to follow. I would suggest that beginners start with “Learn Qualtrics in 5 Steps.”

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Organize Your Email

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Many people send emails which means your inbox and can full very quickly. Are you suffering from a cluttered inbox? Have you ever gone to find an email and it seems to have just disappeared? Organizing your email can be as easy a setting up a couple of folders, tossing out the unnecessary emails, and rearranging the way things appear.

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Going Paperless at IU: an Overview

Go Paperless! IT Training can help!

This is part of a series of articles that will appear over the next few months as part of the Go Paperless initiative at Indiana University.

Reducing paper consumption

Everyone at IU needs to know about how to reduce paper consumption.Paperless systems take up minimal space, they save energy and landfill space. Using digital documents allows easy collaboration with others and on-the-go access wherever you have Internet. In comparison to file cabinet systems, good paperless document organization can help you find the information you need at lighting speed. And there’s no need to worry about fires or floods; using digital documents, it is very easy to create back-ups of all your important data. Moreover, with the security available in backup and storage programs, your digitally stored information has stronger protection from theft. Finally, no need to shred when you are done; virtual documents can be easily  purged.

In keeping with that spirit, IT Training has developed a series of articles under the heading, “Go Paperless.” Read on for the  many reasons to leap into the modern method of document storage. Here are the articles in our “Go Paperless” Series:

About paperless, digital storage:

Using Box at IU for Storage and Sharing:

Collaborating with Others:

Going Paperless in the Classroom:

Converting Images into Shapes

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Whether you’re writing a blog post, creating an awesome poster with Beth, or simply making a scrapbook to save your memories, being able to turn your images into fun and funky shapes is always a blast. No matter what shape you want to put your image in, it’s instantly going to be more fun and graphically pleasing–don’t get me wrong, this isn’t for every person and every project. But why not loosen up a bit and make some super cool shaped pictures of your puppy.

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