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Technology Trainings

Technology Trainings are sponsored by the Provost's Advisory Committee on Women's Issues (PACWI) and the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE). Each session is open to all USC faculty, staff and students. Training sessions are limited to 25 participants and registration is free. For more information, contact Aisha Haynes.



Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
12:30 – 1:30 PM
Susan Quinn and Mike Brown
Location: Thomas Cooper Library, Level 1, Multimedia Classroom

Blackboard – In and Out of the Classroom
Blackboard is a tool instructors use for making announcements, sharing course materials, facilitating communication with and between students, and administering tests and surveys. Blackboard also allows them to extend their teaching online. Many of the same features that instructors use in their course sites can also be used in organization sites created for other purposes. Examples of less traditional Blackboard sites include a site for people enrolled in a campus organization, a committee site for members of a department committee, or a professional development site that provides training information (and the evaluation, if you'd like) of individuals who participate in the training. Sites do not have to be specific to a certain semester, and participants can be added and deleted over time. Come see a demonstration of Blackboard features that can be used in a variety of ways. Join the discussion about how you can use Blackboard in and out of the classroom.

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Friday, September 26, 2014
12:30 – 1:30 PM
Lydia Frass
Location: UTS (1244 Blossom Street), Room 301A

Infographics for the Non-Graphical Person
Have you seen those fancy charts and flyers that everyone is using to display their program information and data? Have you ever wanted to be able to create one to display your data but thought I'm NOT a graphic artist? Those fancy charts are called information graphics, or infographics. They are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. Through Piktochart you can create these too! Piktochart is a free infographics online, template-based tool that allows you to create and share your own infographics. It's easy to set up, simple, and built for the non-designer. So bring some of the data you want to turn into an infographic, and we'll get you started.

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
12:30 – 1:30 PM
Maegan Gudridge
Location: Thomas Cooper Library, Level 1, Multimedia Classroom

Getting Started with Twitter
Twitter can help you stay on top of news and trends, connect you to people around the world and even enhance your professional development. In this hands-on training, you'll get started by creating a Twitter account, learning how to find other Twitter users and exploring hashtags and trending topics.

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Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
12:30-1:30 PM
Tina Devlin
Location: Thomas Cooper Library, Level 1, Multimedia Classroom

How to Create E-Newsletters that Pop!
MailChimp is a quick, fun and easy way to design, deliver and track email based newsletters. MailChimp is an essential tool for your online marketing needs. You have the ability to create a newsletter that is tailored to your program needs and track subscriber usage. The basic package is free for up to 2,000 subscribers and there are other options available. After completing this hands-on workshop, you will be able to create your own newsletter that can be used for all of your email based communication purposes.

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Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
12:30 – 1:30 PM
Aisha Haynes
Location: Thomas Cooper Library, Level 1, Multimedia Classroom

Creating Web Forms and Surveys using Google Forms
Google Forms is a simple and free tool for creating web input forms and surveys. This tool is part of Google Drive. After completing this hands-on workshop, you will be able to create a web form (survey, registration form, etc.) using Google Forms. Additionally, you will be able to view form results in a spreadsheet and share your results with other individuals. If you do not have a Google account, please create one before the session.

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