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Coding with a warm beverage

Photo by Louis Llerena

It’s winter break. It’s cold outside. It’s the perfect time to snuggle up with a fire, your favorite furry friend, a delightful hot cocoa, a laptop, and learn how to create a web page!

Here are some resources to help get you started.


Color Schemes

File Comparison

Front-end Frameworks

Free Images



Web Fonts

Happy coding!

Getting Started with Web Hosting Services

Person coding on a computer.

Photo by Tirza van Dijk.

One of the questions that I get when teaching people how to code for the web is “How do I publish a web page?” The answer to this question isn’t as complicated as people think. In this post, I will explain the options for hosting a web page for folks at Indiana University. I will spend most of the post discussing how to host a page that is not affiliated with the university. Let’s get started!

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Happy Birthday Windows 95!

While the Microsoft spotlight is squarely on Windows 10 and its release, let’s pause for a moment and wish Windows 95 a happy 20th birthday! While many of us cannot live without the today, Windows 95 was the first Microsoft operating system to use the task bar and start menu. If you’ve got an hour, check out this Windows 95 introduction, starring Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry.

Things have come a long way in the last 20 years!

Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 is Here!

The Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 What's New website. Click to go!

The day we have all been waiting for has arrived!


Yesterday, Adobe started rolling out their updated version of Creative Cloud, Adobe CC 2015. This update brings with it many enhancements for the core Adobe applications. If you’re already using Creative Cloud, simply launch the Creative Cloud application (from the system tray on Windows or the notifications area on Mac) and you should be able to update any or all of the applications.

Some of my favorite updates include:

  • Artboards in Photoshop
  • Auto-save in Illustrator
  • Bootstrap and Emmet integration in Dreamweaver
  • Faster zooming and scrolling in InDesign

You can read more about the update by visiting the following resources on Adobe’s website:

If you’d rather watch a video, you can watch videos from the following playlist:

Over the next several months, IT Training staff will be busy updating our in person and online workshop materials to teach the Adobe CC 2015 applications. Check back in the fall semester to sign up for our course offerings!

Understanding the Cloud Storage Options at IU

Do you understand the cloud storage options at IU?

Do you understand the cloud storage options available to you at IU? If not, or if you’re not sure, the recording of our recent webinar on this topic will help to clarify.

View webinar recording. View the webinar recording for “Understanding the Cloud Storage Options at IU.”

Much of the discussion was based on information from Tom’s recent blog article, Pros & Cons of Using Different Types of Cloud Storage at IU.

In this webinar, we covered:

  • strengths and weaknesses of cloud storage options
  • which cloud storage options are supported by IU
  • what kinds of data can be stored on each cloud service
  • how works

These links were shared during the webinar for additional information:

If you liked this webinar, find and register for similar events or resources from IT Training.

Web Publishing: An Overview of Tools & Resources Webinar Recording

Screenshot of the Web Publishing: An Overview of Tools & Resources opening slide.

Wanting to know what sorts of resources are available for publishing to the web? Start here!

Intended for anyone new to web publishing, this workshop and presentation provides an overview of basic web publishing issues and resources. Emphasis is placed on web accounts and support at IU. Participants will not create completed web pages in this workshop.

In this webinar, we:

  • review common terminology associated with Web pages
  • discuss the required applications and accounts for publishing on the Web
  • explore the pros and cons of different Web authoring and editing tools
  • learn about university-supported training options

Watch the Box webinar recording. Watch the Web Publishing: An Overview of Tools & Resources webinar recording!

Watch the webinar to learn about several tools available today for creating a web presence!

Is there something we didn’t talk about that you would like to know more about? Let us know in the comments!

Take Control of Your Phone by Automating Your Android Device with Tasker

Image with a photo of the Android alien and the Tasker icon. Text and images read "Basics of Automation Android & Tasker" The Android robot is reproduced or modified from work created and shared by Google and used according to terms described in the Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution License.

You may be enjoying Jessica’s series of posts about simplifying your tech life. I read the most recent post in the series (Simplify Your Tech Life – Tip 3: Pool) and thought “I should write about Tasker.”

There was a time when I was a die-hard Apple and iOS fan, but I decided to change things up a little bit. That change was to the Android platform, specifically as close as I could get to un-modified Android, a Google Nexus phone and tablet. Since then, I’ve started to unlock the potential of my devices by automating tasks that I found myself repeating over and over. After reading about recommendations for apps all over the net, I discovered Tasker.

Tasker is an application that runs in the background of your Android device and can set values of variables and control parts of your system based on the criteria you choose. Today, I’m going to show you some of the profiles and strategies that I find most useful.

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Learning Paths: An Introduction

Learning paths road sign.In the coming weeks and months, you will begin to see several posts titled “Learning Paths“. Our goal is to use these posts to illustrate the sequence of workshops, webinars, and other training resources we recommend to accomplish a particular goal.

A learning path poses a question. For example:

I need to create a presentation for one of my classes.  I used PowerPoint in high school, but I haven’t used the newest version. I’ve also heard that there are other good applications available for creating presentations. What courses or workshops would you recommend?

It will then go through several ways to get the training you need. There may be IT Training workshops or webinars, or training from one of our outside providers available to help meet the needs identified in the question. For example:

Path ##

If you don’t have access to PowerPoint, or if you prefer to use a cloud-based application that will allow you to create a unique presentation with a different look and feel, you can take the following IT Training webinar to learn everything you need to know about the newest, hippest presentation software currently available:

This workshop is 2 hours long and gives an overview of all features available in the application.

We will start with some of our most requested learning paths and expand from there. We will start with the example used in this post! To see how to create presentations, check back on Wednesday!

As always, we value your input. If there’s something specific that you would like to see, leave us a comment and let us know!

Creating a Survey with Google Drive

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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.

Google Drive is a service that allows you to create documents (spreadsheets, word processing, slide shows, etc.) in the cloud. I talked about how Google Drive plays into the cloud storage landscape at IU in the article Pros & Cons of Using Different Types of Cloud Storage at IU. Today, we will be looking into one of the most powerful features of Google Drive, Google Forms. With a form, you can create surveys that include logic branching, unlimited questions, and unlimited surveys. The surveys you can create using Google Drive are completely mobile-friendly and store their data in a spreadsheet that can be easily downloaded and analyzed with a spreadsheet application like Microsoft Excel.

Before we dive into the content of the post, I would like to remind you that Google Drive is not approved for institutional data storage. It does have some really handy features, but it cannot be used for storing data that is a part of the day-to-day operations of Indiana University. To learn more, see the following articles:

That said, let’s explore how to use Google Drive to create an online survey!

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Sharing & Group-Editing Documents in Box

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.

Today, we’re going to be exploring two core functionalities of Box, Sharing and Collaborating. First of all, there is a distinction that needs to be made between the concepts of sharing and collaborating in Box.

  • Sharing – Sharing is a one-way action. For example, I have created a document and I want you to see it. This is the purpose of sharing. There is no conversation, no group-editing, no return functionality with sharing. It’s a broadcast, pure and simple.
  • Collaborating – Collaboration in Box is a two-way street, as the name suggests. Using collaboration, you can group-edit a single document. You can assign individuals specific capabilities, e.g. the ability to view, or edit, or both. Collaboration allows for the assigning of tasks and commenting on a document.

The “killer feature” for Box is collaboration. This article will focus first on using the collaboration features, then we will discuss the myriad of ways you can share in Box.

Before we get started, if you haven’t done so yet, check out the comparison of different cloud services and what kinds of data can be stored in them

Brace yourselves, it’s going to be a long ride!

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