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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.

Summer 2018 Short Courses By Subject

Clickers Camtasia Excel Formstack
InDesign Microsoft Forms OneDrive OneNote
Photoshop Screencast-o-matic Pro Word  


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 Event Registration System.

Get to Know Clickers

Tuesday, June 19 • 11 a.m. to noon
Monday, July 30 • 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Clickers are audience response devices which allow instructors to poll an audience in real time. This special one-hour session puts a clicker in your hand, so you can experience this technology’s potential from a student’s perspective. This brief session is designed to help you decide if you want to use clickers in your course. Those who decide to adopt clickers can then take the more comprehensive Clickers: Introduction workshop.

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Clickers: Introduction

Thursday, July 12 • 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. 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. Registration is required.

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Camtasia: Level 1

Thursday, June 21 • 9 a.m. to noon
Wednesday, July 25 • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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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Excel: Level 1

Wednesday, July 11 • 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, July 18 • 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, July 9 • 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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 to learn more.)

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Formstack Advanced

Monday, July 23 • 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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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InDesign: Introduction

Thursday, August 2 • 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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Microsoft Forms: Getting Started

Tuesday, June 26 • 11 a.m. to noon
Thursday, July 19 • 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Microsoft Forms is a quick, easy, mobile-friendly way to create sign-up forms, polls, and surveys. As part of Office 365, it is open to faculty, staff, and students. This one-hour workshop will get you started using forms, show you how to design questionnaires, export data, and use this powerful tool as a real-time way to poll an audience.

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OneDrive: Getting Started

Tuesday, June 26 • 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Thursday, July 19 • 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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OneNote: Introduction

Thursday, June 28 • 9 a.m. to noon
Monday, July 16 • 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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Photoshop: Getting Started

Tuesday, July 17 • 9 a.m. to noon

Get an overview of the digital image editing program, including a walkthrough of basic tools and concepts. Learn to works with 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

Monday, July 24 • 9 a.m. to noon

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: More Ways to Change a Photo

Tuesday, July 31 • 9 a.m. to noon

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. You’ll also briefly explore selections, adjustment layers, and other advanced tools.

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Screencast-o-matic Pro

Wednesday, June 20 • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday, July 26 • 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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Word: Creating Fillable Forms

Tuesday, July 10 • 1 p.m. to 4 p.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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