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?
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
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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:
Luckily he didn’t hit manage to step on enter again after he proceeded to type in an entire paragraph of c’s.
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!
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.
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.
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” »
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.”