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Technology Short Courses

Our Short Courses are just that-- one to three hour workshops to that focus on specific technologies, mainly software and web-based applications. These are hands-on training sessions, so registration is required and seating may be limited.

Fall 2017 Short Courses By Subject

ReggieNet Clickers Camtasia Creating Articles for News.IllinoisState
Excel Formstack Illustrator InDesign
OneDrive OneNote OUCampus Photoshop
PowerPoint Screencast-o-matic Pro SoftChalk Create Word

Registration

Short Courses are open to full- and part-time faculty, A/P, and civil service staff members. Graduate students may be automatically put on a wait list. To see what courses you've already signed up for, log in to the My.IllinoisState.edu Event Registration System.


Introduction to ReggieNet – Part 1

Tuesday, September 12 • 9 a.m. to noon
Wednesday, October 18 • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Get a walkthrough of the ReggieNet interface and the basics of organizing your particular courses. Learn how to organize and display student grades in Gradebook 2. Communicate with students through Announcements, Messages, and Email. Add content to your course site using Syllabus and the Resources tool. Note: We strongly encourage you to also attend Introduction to ReggieNet - Part 2, which covers other important tools.


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Introduction to ReggieNet – Part 2

Tuesday, September 19 • 9 a.m. to noon
Wednesday, October 25 • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Learn to create a variety of learning activities using built-in tools such as Forums, Tests & Quizzes, and Assignments. Forums can promote student interaction with each other and the course material. The Assignment tool permits online submission and grading of student work. Finally, you will learn to use Tests & Quizzes for various types of assessments. Prerequisite: Introduction to ReggieNet - Part 1


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ReggieNet: Forums

Tuesday, October 3 • 9 a.m. to noon
Wednesday, November 8 • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Maximize your ability to communicate with students through Forums. Learn how to have ReggieNet automatically create discussion groups. You’ll also see the different ways to grade discussions, including by topic or message. Prerequisite: Introduction to ReggieNet


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ReggieNet: Gradebook

Tuesday, October 3 • 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, November 29 • 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Tuesday, December 5 • 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Students and instructors will use a new Gradebook in ReggieNet starting in the fall of 2017. This tool offers new features and a new, more “spreadsheet-like” experience for instructors. Join us for this one-hour workshop, where you’ll learn the ins and outs of this updated resource through hands-on experience. You’ll leave prepared to use the new Gradebook on your first day of classes.


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ReggieNet: Lessons

Tuesday, October 10 • 9 a.m. to noon
Wednesday, November 15 • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Discover how to easily create online instructional modules using the Lessons tool. This powerful tool allows you to integrate resources from across your ReggieNet site (Tests & Quizzes, Assignments, and Forums) into online lessons. Design lessons that require students to complete goals before they can proceed to the next stage. You will also learn how to integrate multimedia content. Prerequisite: Introduction to ReggieNet


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ReggieNet: Tests & Quizzes

Tuesday, September 26 • 9 a.m. to noon
Wednesday, November 1 • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This workshop takes a more in-depth exploration of the Assessment tools available in ReggieNet, including Tests & Quizzes, Assignments, and Drop Box. Learn the options available for different types of assessment, the limitations of the assessment tools, and instructional strategies for promoting academic integrity. Prerequisite: Introduction to ReggieNet


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Clickers: Introduction

Monday, October 23 • 9 a.m. to noon
Wednesday, November 29 • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, December 5 • 9 a.m. to noon

Clickers are audience response devices which allow instructors to poll a face-to-face class in real time, displaying the results, and engaging students in their learning. Responses can be recorded and incorporated into grades in ReggieNet. This workshop is designed for those who have not used clickers before at Illinois State and wish to incorporate this powerful technology into their classes starting in the fall. You will explore the latest, cloud-based polling system from TurningPoint, the official vendor for campus. Discover how to integrate polls into your PowerPoint presentations to create interactive lectures and keep your students engaged in the course material.


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Camtasia: Level 1

Wednesday, September 20 • 9 a.m. to noon
Tuesday, October 24 • 9 a.m. to noon

Do you want to add your voice to a PowerPoint presentation and make it available to your students online? Learn to use Camtasia, a screen-recording program that lets you narrate PowerPoint presentations, still images, or videos. You will also learn how to upload the final product so students can access it.


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Camtasia: Level 2

Tuesday, October 31 • 9 a.m. to noon

Learn about advanced features in Camtasia, including cursor effects and testing. Also learn to save with SCORM, which makes compatibility with other e-learning software easy! We strongly recommend that you complete Camtasia: Level 1 before taking this course.


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Creating Articles for News.IllinoisState

Tuesday, September 12 • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, October 11 • 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Thursday, November 16 • 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Alumni Center 117

Learn how to use the News.IllinoisState.edu content management system, powered by WordPress, to add news articles, tag them to feed to multiple locations (including your website), insert images, photo galleries, and more. This workshop is open to faculty and staff only.


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Excel: Level 1

Wednesday, October 18 • 9 a.m. to noon

An introduction to Microsoft Excel: Topics include basic features such as spreadsheet arrangement (rows, columns, and cells), entering, editing, and formatting data. Also learn about formulas and graph creation.


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Excel: Level 2

Wednesday, October 25 • 9 a.m. to noon

This course continues the basics of creating and modifying charts that began in Excel: Level 1. Also explore useful tools like filtering, which make viewing data accessible at a glance, and pivot tables to summarize values.


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Formstack for Beginners

Monday, August 28 • 11 a.m. to noon
Thursday, September 14 • 11 a.m. to noon
Wednesday, September 20 • 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday, October 12 • 11 a.m. to noon
Thursday, November 16 • 11 a.m. to noon

Discover how to build and update forms using Formstack, Illinois State’s primary, non-research form creation tool. You will learn how to download forms submissions data and set up notifications. Completing this training is a prerequisite for using Formstack.

(Please note: Qualtrics has replaced Select Survey for research. Log in to IllinoisState.Qualtrics.com to learn more.)


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Formstack Advanced

Monday, September 25 • 11 a.m. to noon
Monday, October 30 • 11 a.m. to noon

Learn how to build and manage advanced Formstack features. You will learn more about logic features and form/field security and authentication. Completion of basic Formstack training is recommended. Registration is required.


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Illustrator: Part 1

Wednesday, November 1 • 9 a.m. to noon

Get an introduction this vector graphics editor by Adobe Systems, including basic tools and concepts. You will learn to manipulate vector graphics (which allow you to change images without losing their original quality), make basic shapes, and save files.


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Illustrator: Part 2

Wednesday, November 8 • 9 a.m. to noon

Work with text and learn all about Illustrator's powerful type tools. Illustrator 1 is not prerequisite for this workshop, so join us even if you missed the Part 1 class.


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Illustrator: Part 3

Wednesday, November 15 • 9 a.m. to noon

Get an overview of Illustrator's Pen Tool, the principal tool for drawing complex shapes in this popular program.


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InDesign: Introduction

Tuesday, October 17 • 9 a.m. to noon

Get an introduction to this page layout editor, including a tour of basic tools. Learn to place and move graphics and text to create an aesthetically pleasing format for printing.


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OneDrive: Getting Started

Wednesday, December 6 • 11 a.m. to noon

Take your projects on the go using Microsoft Office apps for iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices through OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud-based storage, free for members of the campus community. Learn how to share documents through OneDrive and discuss how to use this service within the boundaries of Illinois State data security policies and FERPA. Bring your smartphone or tablet with you to get the most out of this workshop.


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OneDrive: Getting Started (Online)

Thursday, September 21 • 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Tuesday, November 7 • 11 a.m. to noon

Take your projects on the go using Microsoft Office apps for iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices through OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud-based storage, free for members of the campus community. Learn how to share documents through OneDrive and discuss how to use this service within the boundaries of Illinois State data security policies and FERPA. Bring your smartphone or tablet with you to get the most out of this workshop.

This workshop will be taught entirely online using Zoom, a new web-conferencing and learning platform at Illinois State. Participants will receive a link to the online learning space the day before the event. If you wish to participate but are not comfortable or experienced with online meetings, please contact jpgee@ilstu.edu to arrange a brief walk-through of the process.


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OneNote: Introduction

Wednesday, October 11 • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Transform how you take and share notes with Microsoft OneNote. Unlike a word processor, OneNote allows you to easily include images, videos, and audio clips anywhere on the page. Organize information into virtual notebooks that can be shared across all your devices and with others. This workshop shows you the basic features of OneNote, how to navigate the interface, and how to synchronize OneNote across mobile devices.


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OneNote: Introduction (Online)

Thursday, September 28 • 9 a.m. to noon
Tuesday, November 14 • 9 a.m. to noon

Transform how you take and share notes with Microsoft OneNote. Unlike a word processor, OneNote allows you to easily include images, videos, and audio clips anywhere on the page. Organize information into virtual notebooks that can be shared across all your devices and with others. This workshop shows you the basics features of OneNote, how to navigate the interface, and how to synchronize OneNote across mobile devices. Registration is required.

This workshop will be taught entirely online using Zoom, a new web-conferencing and learning platform at Illinois State. Participants will receive a link to the online learning space the day before the event. If you wish to participate but are not comfortable or experienced with online meetings, please contact jpgee@ilstu.edu to arrange a brief walk-through of the process.


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OUCampus

Monday, August 28 • 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Thursday, September 14 • 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Monday, September 25 • 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Thursday, October 12 • 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Monday, October 30 • 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Thursday, November 16 • 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Learn how to update your unit’s website using OUCampus, Illinois State’s primary content management system. You will be given access to your website(s) and trained to add, edit, and publish content, including links and PDFs. You’ll also learn how to request more complex website updates from the WEB staff, such as photo and layout changes.


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Photoshop: Introduction

Thursday, September 14 • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Get an overview of the digital image editing program, including a walkthrough of basic tools and concepts. Learn to work navigate around raster graphics, using the tools and commands available in Photoshop, as well as the various ways you can save your work for a website or for printing. This class finishes with a lesson on how to professionally color correct an image.


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Photoshop: 3 Ways to Change a Photo

Thursday, September 21 • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

When it comes down to it, there are only 3 ways to change a photo in Photoshop: general changes that affect the whole photo, changes via selection, and changes made using a brush-metaphor tool. We’ll be exploring all three. As far as brushes go, we’ll be spending a good amount of time learning how to use the Clone Stamp and Healing Brush tools. 


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Photoshop: Layers

Thursday, September 28 • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This workshop covers how to manipulate, re-order and merge layers. The session will also give you an overview of how to combine elements from different pictures to create a new composition.


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Photoshop: Selection

Thursday, October 5 • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Look at how to make harder selections using Photoshop's more advanced selection tools.


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Photoshop: Adjustment Layers

Thursday, October 12 • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This session will give you an overview of the use of powerful Adjustment Layers in Photoshop, a relatively easy-to-learn tool used to create powerful effects. Half of this session will be spent colorizing a black-and-white photo, and the rest looking at techniques used by professional photo editors.


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Photoshop: Exploring Advanced Tools

Thursday, October 19 • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Get an overview of the workflow of creating a single complex (but not too complex!) image. See how a number of tools interact to create a single finished work.


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PowerPoint

Wednesday, October 11 • 9 a.m. to noon

Get an overview on this presentation software's basic tools and functions. You will learn to work with text, images, slide layouts, backgrounds, slide transitions and more. This class is suitable for those who are entirely new to PowerPoint or for those who would like a refresher.


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Screencast-o-matic Pro

Wednesday, September 27 • 9 a.m. to noon
Tuesday, November 7 • 9 a.m. to noon

Screencast-O-Matic is inexpensive, web-based software that allows you to record and narrate videos from your desktop. This workshop explores how to use this service to create material for a flipped, blended, or online course.


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SoftChalk Create

Monday, October 16 • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, November 28 • 9 a.m. to noon

Looking for a creative, new way to engage students? SoftChalk can help! This program lets you easily create engaging, interactive web lessons. You will learn to create interactive learning games such as customizable flashcards, image labeling, matching games, crosswords and more. SoftChalk lessons are easily imported into ReggieNet.


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Word: Creating Fillable Forms

Thursday, October 26 • 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Learn how to create simple digital forms in Microsoft Word. We’ll explore this functionality and briefly talk about its advantages and disadvantages, and explore other options (such as creating forms in Adobe Acrobat).


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If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in a CTLT event, please contact the front desk at (309) 438-2542.

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