ITS offers a number of in-person training sessions and workshops year round. Whether you're looking to master a new software title, learn how to get the most out of Box, or the best way to put Brightspace to work for you (and your students), we can help! The calendar of upcoming events is to the left, and workshop descriptions can be found below. Outside office hours, you can also use your LMU credentials on lynda.com to access over 200,000 instructional videos on topics ranging from photography and software instruction to business concepts and more.
Brightspace 101: Fundamentals
This introductory workshop includes a general overview of Brightspace layout and navigation, as well as the essential skills required for setting up your course and communicating with your students. Featured topics include site navigation, creating modules/folders, uploading course content, and communicating with your students.
Brightspace 201: Student Interactions
This workshop emphasizes the assorted tools available in Brightspace that promote student engagement and assorted learning activities. Featured topics include creating assignment submission folders, evaluating student submissions, using discussion boards, and assigning group projects. A brief overview of the Grade Center will also be provided.
Brightspace 301: Grade Center
The Grade Center is a robust and powerful tool that can be used for tracking and sharing student progress and performance. This workshop will focus on how to best utilize and calibrate the Brightspace Grade Center given your individual course structure and learning objectives. Featured topics include using the Setup Wizard, points vs. weighted grades, grade categories, linking assignment submissions to the Grade Center, and assorted student feedback tools.
Brightspace 401: Online Assessments
This tool-specific workshop examines the assorted survey and quiz tools in Brightspace. Featured topics include automated grading of quizzes, assorted question types, building question banks, creating self-assessments, developing surveys, deploying assessments online, and providing automated feedback to students.
Box: Everything You Should Know
In addition to the essential features in Box, we will review productivity apps for direct file editing, add Favorites for frequently accessed files/folders, manage files and folders, email to a Box folder, set Share Link expiration, better user management, and more tips and shortcuts.
Adobe Creative Suite
Photoshop CC - The Basics
Everything you should know to get started in Photoshop. Take a quick tour of the Photoshop interface; use Crop tool to crop and straighten images; use Clone Stamp, Healing Brush, Content-Aware Fill, and Patch tool to remove skin blemishes and red eyes; make precise selections using the Marquee Lasso tools; working with Type tool; improve tone, contrast, and color with Adjustments for non-destructive editing. To view detailed workshop description and to sign up for workshops, click here.
Photoshop CC - Beyond the Basics
Learn more about Photoshop's advanced features. Use layers to perform tasks such as compositing multiple images, adding text to an image, or adding vector graphic shapes. Add a mask to a layer and use the mask to hide portions of the layer and reveal the layers below. Masking layers is a valuable compositing technique for combining multiple photos into a single image or for removing a person or object from a photo. Use filters to clean up or retouch your photos, apply special art effects that give your image the appearance of a sketch or impressionistic painting, or create unique transformations using distortions and lighting effects. To view detailed workshop description and to sign up for workshops, click here.
InDesign CC - The EssentialsGet your InDesign project off to the right start by configuring the settings for print or onscreen use. Learn about the primary tools you will interact with when you first launch InDesign. Build your layout using frames that you can move, adjust, and fill with either text or graphics. Create Master Pages to maintain consistent layout and elements. Master pages allow you to place recurring items like page numbers, footers, or headers on multiple pages throughout your document automatically. To view detailed workshop description and to sign up for workshops, click here.
What's New in Office 2016
learn about the top new features in Microsoft's updated office suites, such as, Tell Me, Insight, new Excel chart types, and more.
Excel 2016 Workbook Essentials for Busy People
learn about the interface and navigation, page setup (header and footer, scaling, repeat rows), ways to enter data for accuracy, cell formatting, preview and print
Excel 2016 Essential Functions Everyone Should Know
understand when to use Absolute or Relative reference, text functions, statistical functions, fix common function errors,
Excel 2016 Advanced Functions and Formulas
take an in-depth look at must-know logic functions, such as SUMIFs, VLOOKUP, MATCH and INDEX.
Excel 2016 Visualizing Data with Charts and Illustrations
learn to select the right chart type, clean up data for better charting, create frequently-used charts (stacked, pie charts with exploding slices), create specialized charts (doughnut, Gantt, two axes scale line chart)
Excel 2016 Managing Data with Subtotals, Filters, and PivotTables
learn how to insert or remove Subtotals, filter data by using an AutoFilter, insert a PivotTable, add a slicer to filter PivotTable
Word 2016 Advanced Tips and Tricks
learn more about different type of breaks (page, section, or column); use Track Changes effectively; create automatic Table of Contents with a few clicks; store frequently used text in Quick Parts, AutoCorrect, or AutoText; Test your document’s readability; insert text from other Word files; and many more.
Keynote: The Essentials
learn how to choose slide layouts; add text, images, audio and video, animation, and eye-catching effects; use transitions to ease the moves between slides; and get set up to deliver a smooth presentation. Plus, learn how to share your presentation as a movie, a PDF, or a printout. Explore these topics:
- Working with themes
- Editing master slides
- Adding text, shapes, and links
- Building tables and interactive charts
- Inserting audio and video in your slides
- Applying transitions
- Playing a slideshow
- Sharing and exporting presentations
Switching from PC to Mac
learn about the similarities and differences between the two operating systems, including new terms that can be mystifying for first-time Mac owners. Explore these topics:
- Using the keyboard and gestures
- Exploring the desktop, Apple menu, Finder, and dock
- Finding files and folders
- Locating files with Spotlight
- Launching and quitting applications
- Task switching with Mission Control
- Adjusting settings in System Preferences