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ShortCourses

Most Fall 2022 ShortCourses will be offered both online via Zoom and in person in the west basement of the TTU Library Building. Please be sure to check the location of the ShortCourse (to see if it's online or in person) before registering. If you register for an online course, you will receive a Zoom meeting request from your course instructor within 24 hours of the scheduled course time. If you have any questions or concerns, please email ITEducation@ttu.edu.

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 will see the list of ShortCourses by category, and you can click on the title to read the description. ShortCourses will be offered either online or in person, please check the location of the course before registering. 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.

 

Adobe

Adobe Illustrator

In this course you will learn the basics of creating vector-based graphics using Illustrator's most common tools. Topics include creating artboards, making complex shapes, editing vector paths and anchor points, working with color swatches, basic typography, combining graphic types and exporting different file types. You will receive all the files and materials you need for the class.

There are no more classes left for this semester. We will be posting next semester's schedule soon. For more information, contact iteducation@ttu.edu

Adobe InDesign

This course will serve as an introduction to InDesign, Adobe's desktop publishing software application. Topics include an overview of InDesign's interface, document setup, working with text, placing images, using color swatches, common layout patterns, simple graphic effects, exporting files, and file packaging best practices. This course will teach you basic layout skills so you can advance to create more complex document layouts. You will receive all the files and materials you need for the class.

There are no more classes left for this semester. We will be posting next semester's schedule soon. For more information, contact iteducation@ttu.edu

Photoshop

In this course you will learn about some of the basic tools and common editing techniques used in Photoshop. Topics include cropping, resizing, exporting file types, image corrections, selecting objects, combining graphics, working with layers, color swatches and using creative filters. Specific examples will be used in the class to help in the learning process. You will receive all the files and materials you need for the class.

There are no more classes left for this semester. We will be posting next semester's schedule soon. For more information, contact iteducation@ttu.edu

HPCC

Introduction to Linux

This ShortCourse will be offered through Zoom. You will receive a Zoom meeting request from your course instructor no later than 24 hours before the course is scheduled to begin. You should receive this Zoom meeting request via an Outlook calendar request - please accept and add this request to your Outlook calendar. ********************************************************* Texas Tech University High Performance Computing Centers (TTU HPCC) is hosting a two-part "Introduction to Linux" training. The Course will take place in two sessions on the same day. The morning session will be from 10am-12pm. After a one hour lunch break, we wil resume with the second session from 1pm-3pm. The hands-on class covers Linux topics that include an introduction to the bash command shell, directories and files, popular commands and concepts, compression and archival, and scripting. The training is open to HPCC and non-HPCC users. To make the best use of this user training, participants should already have requested and received HPCC access for their eRaider account at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/hpcc/accounts/, installed an SSH client on their computer, and configured it for remote access as described in the "Connecting to HPCC Systems" link in the "User Guides" section of the HPCC web site at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/hpcc/userguides/. Participants without HPCC accounts should have access to a Linux on their own device (for example, Linux on the Mac or WSL on Windows) or elsewhere.

There are no more classes left for this semester. We will be posting next semester's schedule soon. For more information, contact iteducation@ttu.edu

Introduction to MATLAB in HPC Environment

This course targets new graduate students or undergraduates to get them started on the fundamentals of programming using MATLAB. It would be conducted online via Zoom. Participants will receive Zoom meeting links from the course instructor 24 hours before the scheduled event. This two-part training is hosted by the Texas Tech University High Performance Computing Center (TTU HPCC). The first part will be conducted in the morning from 10 am-12 noon and is geared toward beginners who desire to explore programming fundamentals through MATLAB. This would also include selected examples of basic scripting essential to running the codes in our high-performance computing (HPC) environment. The second session would be held from 1 pm-3 pm and focus on popular problem statements and their solutions through MATLAB programs. The training is open to all who are interested. For their benefit, participants are encouraged to already have access to the Texas Tech HPCC through their eRaider account at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/hpcc/accounts/, install an SSH client on their computer, and configure it for remote access as described in the "Connecting to HPCC Systems" link in the "User Guides" section of the HPCC web site at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/hpcc/userguides/. Participants without HPCC accounts should have access to a Linux on their own device (for example, Linux on the Mac or WSL on Windows) or elsewhere. Participants without HPCC accounts are encouraged to have access to MATLAB on their local system. One can obtain the MATLAB activation from the Software Download section of their earider.ttu.edu webpage.

There are no more classes left for this semester. We will be posting next semester's schedule soon. For more information, contact iteducation@ttu.edu

Introduction to the Nextflow Workflow Management System

The workshop will cover the basic concepts of workflow management systems, set up Nextflow for use on the RedRaider cluster, and the community-curated Nextflow pipelines called nf-core. This training aims toward people interested in getting a basic introduction to Nextflow and nf-core. The workshop will also include some hands-on practice exercises. To make the best use of this training, participants are encouraged to: Have an active HPCC account. If you do not have an account with HPCC, please follow the instructions on the HPCC website- https://www.depts.ttu.edu/hpcc/accounts/ to request your HPCC account and connect to HPCC - https://www.depts.ttu.edu/hpcc/userguides/general_guides/login_general.php before the short course starts. Install a Conda environment Conda is a package and environment manager that will simplify the installation and management process. We will use Conda to install Nextflow during the workshop. Please see the HPCC website instructions for installing and setting up a Conda environment before the course starts.- https://www.depts.ttu.edu/hpcc/userguides/application_guides/python.local_installation.php

There are no more classes left for this semester. We will be posting next semester's schedule soon. For more information, contact iteducation@ttu.edu

New User Training

This ShortCourse will be offered through Zoom. You will receive a Zoom meeting request from your course instructor no later than 24 hours before the course is scheduled to begin. You should receive this Zoom meeting request via an Outlook calendar request - please accept and add this request to your Outlook calendar. ********************************************************* The Texas Tech University High Performance Computing Center (TTU HPCC) is hosting a New User Training. This course will take place in two sessions on the same day. The morning session will be from 10 am-12 pm. After a one-hour lunch break, we will resume with the second session from 1 pm-3 pm. The class is intended to give an introduction on the capabilities and usage of the TTU HPCC resources. New users and those who would like to improve their knowledge of how to use and get the most out of HPCC resources are STRONGLY encouraged to attend these training sessions. To make the best use of this user training, participants should already have requested and received HPCC access for their eRaider account (see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/hpcc/accounts/) and installed an SSH client on their computer and configured it for remote access as described in the "Connecting to HPCC Systems" link in the "User Guides" section of the HPCC web site at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/hpcc/userguides/.

There are no more classes left for this semester. We will be posting next semester's schedule soon. For more information, contact iteducation@ttu.edu

Mathematics & Statistics

SPSS - I

****Please note below whether you are registering for the online Zoom course or the in-person course, which will be held in the ATLC.**** SPSS provides a powerful statistical analysis and data management system in a graphical environment, using descriptive menus and simple dialog boxes to do most of the work for you. Most tasks can be accomplished simply by pointing and clicking the mouse. This ShortCourse will cover basic statistical procedures with IBM SPSS Statistics, the Statistical software for the Social Sciences. This ShortCourse assumes that you are familiar with elementary statistics. **This course will be using version 28**

There are no more classes left for this semester. We will be posting next semester's schedule soon. For more information, contact iteducation@ttu.edu

SPSS - II

****Please note below whether you are registering for the online Zoom course or the in-person course, which will be held in the ATLC.**** This ShortCourse will cover more of Statistical Analyses such as T Tests, ANOVA, and Linear Regression, using SPSS software. In this ShortCourse it is assumed that you are familiar with elementary statistics and you have already taken SPSS - I ShortCourse. **This course will be using version 28**

There are no more classes left for this semester. We will be posting next semester's schedule soon. For more information, contact iteducation@ttu.edu

Microsoft

Excel

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

There are no more classes left for this semester. We will be posting next semester's schedule soon. For more information, contact iteducation@ttu.edu

Excel Data Analysis

This ShortCourse will be offered in person in the main ATLC facility, located in the west basement of the TTU Library Building. ********************************************************* Data is useless if you do not understand it. In this Short course, you will learn how to use Pivot Tables, charts, and other features in Excel to gain insights from your data.

There are no more classes left for this semester. We will be posting next semester's schedule soon. For more information, contact iteducation@ttu.edu

Excel Formulas

This ShortCourse will be offered in person in the main ATLC facility, located in the west basement of the TTU Library Building. ********************************************************* Excel formulas are a key part in what makes Excel such a useful tool for processing data. In this Short Course, you will learn how Excel formulas can simplify everyday tasks while providing a greater understanding of your data.

There are no more classes left for this semester. We will be posting next semester's schedule soon. For more information, contact iteducation@ttu.edu

Microsoft Teams

****Please note below whether you are registering for the online Zoom course or the in-person course, which will be held in the ATLC.**** Microsoft Teams includes meetings, group conversations, video chat, file-sharing, co-authoring, SharePoint connection, and it can also be used to link to many other Office 365 apps. At its core, Teams is a chat-based workspace that features group and private messaging, with threaded and persistent conversations. Within each team, users can create different channels to organize their communications by topic.

There are no more classes left for this semester. We will be posting next semester's schedule soon. For more information, contact iteducation@ttu.edu

Outlook

This ShortCourse will be offered through Zoom. You will receive a Zoom meeting request from your course instructor no later than 24 hours before the course is scheduled to begin. You should receive this Zoom meeting request via an Outlook calendar request - please accept and add this request to your Outlook calendar. ********************************************************* 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.

There are no more classes left for this semester. We will be posting next semester's schedule soon. For more information, contact iteducation@ttu.edu

Power BI

****This ShortCourse will be offered in person in the main ATLC facility, located in the west basement of the TTU Library Building.**** This ShortCourse introduces the basic fundamentals of Power BI Desktop. It is intended to familiarize new Power BI users with the many uses of Power BI desktop. Topics included are connecting to multiple data sources, transforming and cleaning data, and creating visuals in a report. You will also learn how to save this report so that you can share it with others.

There are no more classes left for this semester. We will be posting next semester's schedule soon. For more information, contact iteducation@ttu.edu

SharePoint

****Please note below whether you are registering for the online Zoom course or the in-person course, which will be held in the ATLC.**** 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 , how to access and navigate through a SharePoint site, and how to integrate with Office 365 applications.

There are no more classes left for this semester. We will be posting next semester's schedule soon. For more information, contact iteducation@ttu.edu

Professional Skills Workshops

3D-Printing

****This ShortCourse will be offered in person in the main ATLC facility, located in the west basement of the TTU Library Building.**** 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.

There are no more classes left for this semester. We will be posting next semester's schedule soon. For more information, contact iteducation@ttu.edu

Mediasite

****Please note below whether you are registering for the online Zoom course or the in-person course, which will be held in the ATLC.**** 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. ****This course is designed for TTU faculty and staff. Students and graduate students do not have access to the software needed to perform most tasks in this course.****

There are no more classes left for this semester. We will be posting next semester's schedule soon. For more information, contact iteducation@ttu.edu

Zoom

This ShortCourse will be offered through Zoom. You will receive a Zoom meeting request from your course instructor no later than 24 hours before the course is scheduled to begin. You should receive this Zoom meeting request via an Outlook calendar request - please accept and add this request to your Outlook calendar. ********************************************************* Zoom is an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars across mobile devices, desktops, telephones, and room systems. This course will cover basic navigation of the Zoom platform, hosting and joining meetings, troubleshooting, and many other topics.

There are no more classes left for this semester. We will be posting next semester's schedule soon. For more information, contact iteducation@ttu.edu

Safe Computing Practices and Guidelines

Cybersecurity Practices

****Please note below whether you are registering for the online Zoom course or the in-person course, which will be held in the ATLC.**** In a time of constant network-based attacks, viruses, and worms, safe computing is critical for successful computing. This course details a number of very basic 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 Cybersecurity Campaign.

There are no more classes left for this semester. We will be posting next semester's schedule soon. For more information, contact iteducation@ttu.edu

Web Development & Publishing

Accessibility for the Web

****Please note below whether you are registering for the online Zoom course or the in-person course, which will be held in the ATLC.**** 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.

There are no more classes left for this semester. We will be posting next semester's schedule soon. For more information, contact iteducation@ttu.edu

Dreamweaver

****This ShortCourse will be offered in person in the main ATLC facility, located in the west basement of the TTU Library Building.**** 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.

There are no more classes left for this semester. We will be posting next semester's schedule soon. For more information, contact iteducation@ttu.edu

OmniUpdate

OmniUpdate: OU Campus provides the Texas Tech University web community an easy way to manage web pages. With the ability to login directly from your public facing website, it is easy to navigate to the page that needs to be edited.

There are no more classes left for this semester. We will be posting next semester's schedule soon. For more information, contact iteducation@ttu.edu

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Web Analytics

****Please note below whether you are registering for the online Zoom course or the in-person course, which will be held in the ATLC.**** 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.

There are no more classes left for this semester. We will be posting next semester's schedule soon. For more information, contact iteducation@ttu.edu



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