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Computing ShortCourses offered each semester by Technology Support are free of charge, non-credit courses designed to help all members of the TTU community improve their computer skills.

Below you'll see the list of ShortCourses by category and you can click on the title to read the description. Most classes are located at the Advanced Technology Learning Center, you may visit the ATLC Main page for directions and room information. Once you have identified the ShortCourse you would like to attend, you can register online. You can also download and print the course handouts at any time. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: An eRaider account is required for each participant to register and attend a ShortCourse. Please read the ShortCourse Policy to learn more about parking information, customized ShortCourses, and general policies.

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Illustrator 2 Upcoming

This Adobe Illustrator Class will cover the basics of creating vector-based graphics using Illustrator's most common tools and filters. Topics include drawing shapes and paths, the pen tool, typography, brushes, swatches, and many more.

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InDesign 2 Upcoming

This ShortCourse serves as an introduction to InDesign, Adobe's desktop publishing software application. Topics covered will include an overview of InDesign's interface, document setup, basic text, and working with objects. This InDesign course will give you the basics skills on which you can then develop further skills and become proficient at using this powerful layout program.

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Excel 3 Upcoming

In this ShortCourse, you will become familiar with the fundamentals of Excel 2016. Topics include navigating within a spreadsheet, using worksheets and workbooks, entering information, using formulas, using functions, formatting information, printing, auto formatting, filling in information, sorting, and filtering.

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Excel Charts 2 Upcoming

In this ShortCourse you will learn how to use Microsoft Excel to create many kinds of charts to help you display data in ways that are most meaningful to your audience. This course assumes the basic knowledge of Excel 2016.

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Excel Formulas & Functions 2 Upcoming

In this ShortCourse you will learn how to create formulas in Excel 2016. How to use Excel's built -in , predefined formulas, called functions, to make quick work of complex calculations. Several financial, mathematical, and statistical functions will be introduced.

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Excel PivotTable 2 Upcoming

Excel PivotTables, are a great way to summarize, analyze, explore, and present your data. You can also use PivotTables to make comparisons, detect patterns and relationships, and discover trends. In this ShortCourse you will learn how to create, format, and print PivotTables. Participants should have basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel 2016 to gain the most from this ShortCourse.

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OneNote 2 Upcoming

Microsoft Office OneNote is a note-taking software. With OneNote you have the ability to assign "tags" to your notes, copy and drag from any application, webpage, and PDF into a OneNote page, create Outlook tasks or appointments, even contacts directly from the notes. You can record audio and/or video directly into a note page, you can draw, highlight, email, use the Windows key + S to screen clip any area of your desktop without losing the mouse focus on a menu or highlighted item! A powerful feature of OneNote is the ability to convert handwritten text into type.

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Outlook 2 Upcoming

Microsoft Outlook is an electronic planner. In this shortcourse, you will learn the basics of using Outlook: how to move between Outlook folders, how to sort each folder and change your view of it, how to access files through Outlook, and how to use Outlook Today.

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PowerPoint 2 Upcoming

This course introduces the basics of creating a PowerPoint presentation using outlining, graphing, and drawing tools and creating a Web page from the presentation. Topics included are ways to deliver a PowePoint presentation including self-running presentation.

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SharePoint 3 Upcoming

Microsoft SharePoint is a web application platform that makes it easier for people to work together. You can use sites to share documents, collaborate on projects, and share information. SharePoint works seamlessly with Microsoft Office products to make your organizations workflow much easier to manage. Although the most common use of SharePoint is document management, it can be easily customized to fit the needs of your organization through use of shared calendars, task lists, and other features. This starter course is designed for people who are inexperienced with SharePoint and to help them learn how to understand the roles of SharePoint 2013, how to access and navigate through a SharePoint site, and how to integrate with Office 2013 applications.

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Skype for Business 2 Upcoming

Microsoft Skype for Business is the client application for real-time (synchronous) communications. In this course, you will learn how to use Skype for Business to improve your efficiency by communicating quickly and easily using instant messaging (IM), voice, and video. View presence information about other users and initiate real-time communication from within an Outlook message, avoiding the need to switch applications and search for users. You will also learn how to control incoming communications with alerts, automatic call forwarding and the ability to manually set your status. This course will also cover Skype for Business's integration with Outlook scheduling, how to share applications, desktop, documents, as well as video & voice - giving you many different ways to communicate with others using a consistent and simple user interface.

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Professional Skills Workshops

3D-Printing 3 Upcoming

This workshop will provide you with an overview of modern 3D printing processes. Specifically, we will discuss several types of 3D printing, the types of software used for 3D rendering, and use cases for 3D printing, both academic and commercial. We will discuss 3D printing services and resources available on campus, including services available through the ATLC. Additional topics include best practices for 3D design, submission and production, specific to fused deposition modeling and additive printing. This ShortCourse will include a live demo of a MakerBot Replicator 2 3D Printer.

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Mediasite 3 Upcoming

Mediasite is a video delivery system that can help automate the recording, distribution, management, and analytics of video and multimedia presentations. This ShortCourse covers basic audio video tips, use of the Mediasite version 6 management portal, how to use Mediasite with Blackboard, and how to upload any video content for secure streaming via TTU systems. A Mediasite recorder and AV setup will be present for some hands-on training with the device.

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Safe Computing Practices and Guidelines

Safe Computing Practices 2 Upcoming

In a time of constant network-based attacks, viruses, and worms, safe computing is critical for successful computing. This course details a number of security measures necessary to thwart hackers and intrusion attempts. Course includes an overview of intrusion methods and suggestions for safe and secure desktop computing. Designed for the typical computer user, course materials address desktop security and are part of the CIO's campus Safe Computing Campaign.

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Web Development & Publishing

Accessibility for the Web 2 Upcoming

Accessibility is a key component of any web design. Taking into consideration standards and practices that maximize the usefulness of your site to the widest variety of publics possible is not just a good idea but in many cases it is mandatory. This course will cover some basic information about how to meet accessibility guidelines and keep your web site compliant with various regulations. We will cover who accessibility affects as well as some techniques to create accessible images, tables and layouts.

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Dreamweaver 2 Upcoming

Dreamweaver is a powerful tool that makes creating your own website easy. In this class, you will learn how to use Dreamweaver to edit and format text, create links, and work with images. We will also explore some of the basics of the CSS panel to help establish a consistent design for your website.

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Expression Web 2 Upcoming

This course covers the basics of Microsoft Expression Web. Expression Web is a web site designing software from Microsoft. It is a tool for building and enhancing Web sites with design elements such as cascading style sheets. Instead of being part of the Office suite, Expression Web is part of the Expression suite. Microsoft Expression Web gives you all the tools you'll need to produce high-quality Web sites the way you want them. Expression Web enables you to design, develop, and maintain exceptional standards-based Web sites.

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Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Web Analytics 2 Upcoming

This ShortCourse for Texas Tech University web editors and developers is designed to assist in creating web pages that are properly constructed using the best practices to insure they are optimized for modern search engines. In the first hour of the course we cover the basics of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) including tagging, images and links, proper headings, meta information, and content relevance. The techniques are all explored within the OmniUpdate environment. In the second hour we cover web analytics, learning how to measure collect and analyze your web traffic. We will cover the what kinds of information one can get from analytics in addition to what information is important and how to use things like bounce rate, page hits, and demographics to help improve your overall site.

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TTU Web 101 1 Upcoming

This ShortCourse is designed to be a primer for anyone working with Texas Tech University websites. TTU Web 101 provides an introduction to the policies and best practices that all TTU web pages should incorporate. Topics covered include University Policies, Identity Guidelines, Hosting Options, Accessibility, Search Engine Optimization, and Help Resources. Although this class is open to anyone interested, the material covered will be tailored to the unique conditions of the TTU web environment.

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