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

Want to Travel to Australia, Kenya, Chile? Here’s Your Chance!

“Adobe is working with Passion Passport to give six students from around the world the chance to travel to one of three of the world’s most protected natural environments.

On location, students will use Adobe Creative Cloud to capture and interpret the environment’s sights, sounds, and sensations.

Each student’s creative output will be showcased through an immersive, multimedia installation that recreates their expression of the protected landscape in an urban environment.”

**Students who are currently enrolled in a college or university, from all majors and backgrounds, are eligible. You must be 18 years of age, or older. Application deadlines are 2/23/16

Click on this link for more information:


Our Adobe representative sent this information to me yesterday, and since it is such an exciting opportunity, I wanted to share it with you. If I was a student, I would be posting my most creative videos and photos in Instagram and tagging them with #MadeThis and #PassportToCreativity right now!

Don’t wait in the cold – use DoubleMap

Bus tracking icon from One.IU

When the wind chill goes below zero, getting from one end of campus to another can be downright brutal. You might think of taking an on-campus shuttle bus, but sometimes standing still and waiting in the cold is worse than walking. Ah, but you don’t have to stand in the cold – at both IUPUI and IU Bloomington, there’s a bus tracking service run by DoubleMap that can be found at One.IU; just search (“bus” is enough!), click on the tile for your campus, choose your desired bus line, and see where the bus is – in real time! You can wait inside a nice warm building, out of the wind, until the bus is almost at your nearest stop.

DoubleMap logo

Not near a computer? There’s an app for that, of course. Just download DoubleMap (available for iOS and for Android devices) onto your mobile device, and choose the appropriate campus (you’ll be surprised to see all the places DoubleMap serves).

The Best Apps for Taking Notes

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Whether you’re taking notes on a computer or on a mobile device, there are tons of applications out there to help you find a process that works for you. Taking notes should be smooth, simple, and should work well with your learning style. Applications are a great way to take notes, and here are a few I think that you need to be aware of!
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Tech Resources at Indiana University

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We live in an almost entirely tech dependent world–like seriously! I can almost guarantee you that 90% of the people in your dorm won’t even go to the bathroom without bringing their phone along, and it’s just down the hall! But with more technology comes more problems and more issues to fix. Even though you have six different devices that you love and cherish, you don’t have to be super tech savvy. You might not know how to fix every issue on your devices, so where can you find help?

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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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A Quick Look at Tableau Desktop 9.2

Recently, Tableau released Desktop version 9.2, complete with new features, functional enhancements, and support updates. Below, I’ve organized by topic some of my favorites updates from the release (click here for the Tableau 9.2 overview page):


  • Mapbox is now integrated with Tableau Desktop, allowing Mapbox subscribers to add preset or custom maps to their Tableau visualizations.
  • Map Options (under Maps in the toolbar) now provides the author with user interactivity options, allowing or restricting map zoom, pan, map search, and map toolbar user controls. The Map Layers control now opens up the pane that contains map background, map layers, and data layer options.


  • An Ideas favorite of the Tableau Support Community, grand totals can now be displayed at the top or left of the view.

Data Source Page:

  • Sorting columns by fields (or by fields per table) is now available in the preview data source or the manage metadata views in the Data Source page. Row sort is also now available in data source grid.
  • New to the Data Source page is the familiar Create Calculated Field feature, using existing fields in the data source to create additional columns (for example, when you want to combine multiple columns into one).

Data Pane:

  • Renaming a field in the Data pane is now made even easier by a simple press and hold mouse click on the dimension or measure name.
  • You can change the data type of a field by clicking on its current icon to the left of the field name.
  • The sections within the Data pane are now dynamically sized to avoid vertical scrolling (where possible).

Marks Card:

  • Label on the Marks Card now provides the option to match the label color to the mark color (very handy!).
  • Also added to Label is the option to only label the most recent marks when time or date data is included in the view.


  • Calculated fields that aggregate data are now able to be placed on the filters shelf. For example, a calculated field that uses IF/THEN logic based on an AVG aggregate may now be added as a filter option, allowing you to filter on the condition statement(s).
  • MAX and MIN have been added as available aggregations for use with Boolean fields.

Tableau Mobile:

In addition to Desktop 9.2, Tableau has also released Table Mobile version 9.2.0, which now includes support for the iPhone (in addition to the iPad). Check out some of the iOS app features for Tableau here.

Finally, you may be interested in some of the support releases within 9.2; check those out here. And, if you’ve downloaded Tableau Desktop 9.2 already, you can also view a complete list of new features under What’s New in Tableau Desktop by clicking on Help -> Open Help within the application itself.

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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Preventing cat-like typing

I was assisting in one of our online workshops from home recently. After my cat’s morning nap, he decided to join me. My laptop had been on for quite some time and was warm. So Bailey, of course, decided that was where he wanted to sit.

When I am working from home, I have a monitor, keyboard and mouse attached to the laptop, so I didn’t really mind that he was sitting on it. However, the laptop keyboard still was active, so the folks attending the workshop saw something like this:

Chat window from Connect with several messages of random characters that were entered by cat sitting on a laptops keyboard.




Luckily he didn’t hit manage to step on enter again after he proceeded to type in an entire paragraph of c’s.

So what can you do about this?

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