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Innovative Instructors Workshop Series


CII seminars and workshops are aimed at encouraging Georgia State faculty to think deeply about their teaching, build community around educational innovations, explore new approaches to solving pedagogical problems, and identify tools that open new possibilities in face-to-face and online settings.

Digital Skills and Scholarship Workshop Series

digitalskills_spring14This workshop series offers a wide variety of free technology training to the entire Georgia State community, including all faculty, staff, and students. Set yourself apart from the crowd and start building the skills you need to succeed today!

Dreamweaver 1: Getting Started

Dreamweaver is Adobe’s powerful web development tool. If you’re looking to build websites from scratch, Dreamweaver offers a structured environment to help guide and organize your work. By the time this workshop is over, you will have created a simple, three-page website.

Dreamweaver 2: Adding Style to Pages

This workshop picks up where Dreamweaver 1 ended. We’ll take the simple, three-page website we created in Dreamweaver 1 and begin to improve the design and add style by using CSS. Setting up Your GSU Site

Are you a faculty member interested in creating and maintaining a personalized and professional web presence? Are you a student wanting a web portfolio? EduBlogs, a WordPress instance customized for the Georgia State community, is a free, quick and easy-to-use solution that requires little to no coding. Users can create and edit personal pages with a GSU URL that are accessible to anyone with an Internet browser.

HTML & CSS 1: Getting Started

HTML is the foundational grammar of the World Wide Web. Together with CSS, HTML provides the backbone for all web pages. In this class, we’ll introduce the core concepts of web design and HTML that are applicable across a wide array of disciplines and web-based endeavors. We’ll structure the workshop around the construction of a simple, three-page website.

HTML & CSS 2: Adding Style to Pages

In this workshop, we’ll continue working with our simple, three-page website to explore various ways to add style and functionality to the page.

HTML & CSS 3: Page Layout

In this session, we’ll explore various techniques used to lay out a page. We’ll start with a singlecolumn layout and then use CSS to create distinct sections and columns.

Excel 1: Getting Started

This workshop introduces participants to the basics of Microsoft’s powerful spreadsheet software. This class uses the Windows version of Excel but there is significant overlap for Mac users.

Excel 2: Formulas and Functions

This workshop explores formulas, functions, and built-in tools that are useful when analyzing and extracting meaning from data. This class uses the Windows version of Excel, but there is significant overlap for Mac users.

Excel 3: Charts and Functions

This workshop introduces participants to charting and formatting features in Excel, and walks participants through the process involved in adding Excel charts to Word documents and PowerPoint presentations. This class uses the Windows version of Excel but there is significant overlap for Mac users.

Access 1: Tables and Forms

Access is Microsoft’s powerful relational database tool. This workshop introduces participants to core database concepts and explores best practices in database construction. The basics of form creation are also introduced.

Access 2: Queries and Reports

This workshop walks through the steps involved in writing queries to extract meaning from databases. We will also introduce quick ways to generate reports.

Data Visualization with Tableau

Tableau Desktop is a powerful application that analyzes data in a simple interface with many advanced visualizations.

NVivo 1: Getting Started

When undertaking qualitative research, it doesn’t take long for things to get messy. You can quickly find yourself buried under interview transcripts, photographs, videos, memos, web sites, articles and other texts. Nvivo is a powerful data collection and analysis tool for the qualitative researcher. In this 90-minute workshop for beginners, we’ll look at strategies for getting your data into the system, setting up preferences for how you want to work, organizational principles, and other tips and tricks.

NVivo 2: Exploring Your Data

This workshop picks up where NVivo 1 leaves off and continues to explore ways to organize,analyze, and present your qualitative research data. The workshop also covers how to build queries to explore and analyze your coded data.

NVivo for Literature Reviews

Writing a literature review involves reading text sources, pulling out or “coding” themes in those sources, exploring and analyzing the patterns among those themes, and then presenting a narrative of the insights that the existing research lends your own original research. This can be a pretty daunting task. Fortunately, tools like NVivo can help you find connections and organize your thoughts. In this session, learn how NVivo can help you improve your literature review writing workflow.

Creating Surveys with Qualtrics

Qualtrics is a web-based tool for creating and administering surveys. Qualtrics streamlines the creation of surveys and makes it easy to distribute your survey to your class or research participants. This workshop will introduce you to the survey creation, distribution, and analysis tools available within Qualtrics.


SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) is a powerful application that can read and analyze data as well as generate reports and graphs. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to define variables, enter data, import data from other types of files (such as text and Excel files),
manipulate data (such as select cases and split files), find and replace data, format output (such as edit graphs), transfer output to a Word document, and analyze data.

Photoshop 1: Getting Started

Adobe Photoshop is a powerful and expansive image editing and graphics creation tool. In this workshop, we’ll stick to the basics and create a simple graphic with text.

Photoshop 2: Adding Effects

Building on topics introduced in Photoshop 1, this workshop will dive into the world of adjustment layers, effects, and filters. The workshop will center on creating a custom flyer.

Photoshop 3: Retouching Images

In this workshop, we’ll introduce some techniques and tools used to touch up images in Photoshop.

Illustrator 1: Getting Started

Interested in creating graphic art or a custom logo? Illustrator is your tool. In this workshop, we’ll introduce you to Adobe’s powerful vector art creation tool.

Illustrator 2: Advanced Techniques and Tablets

Building on topics covered in Illustrator 1: Getting Started, this course will introduce more tools and techniques used to create digital art, including how to use drawing tablets to create and edit in Illustrator.

Illustrator 3: Designing Logos

A great logo can set your organization or business apart, creating a distinct and recognizable brand. In this workshop, we’ll work through the basics of logo design and construction in Illustrator.

3D Modeling with SketchUp

SketchUp is a 3D modeling software that is free and easy to use. Architects and other designers use SketchUp to plan and model their 3D visions for the physical world.

Rethinking PowerPoint

We’ve all been forced to sit through really boring and ineffective PowerPoint presentations. PowerPoint doesn’t have to be that way! In this workshop, we’ll share and practice using some design tips to help you transform your presentations from boring to brilliant in no time. This class uses the Windows version of PowerPoint but there is significant overlap for Mac users.


Keynote is part of Apple’s iWork suite. The software offers an alternative to PowerPoint for Mac users who are seeking to develop engaging, media-rich, slide-based presentations.

InDesign for Print Documents 1: Getting Started

Part of Adobe’s Creative Suite, InDesign is a powerful layout and publication tool useful for a wide variety of applications, especially the publication of multi-page documents such as newsletters, magazines, newspapers books.

InDesign for Print Documents 2: Styling and Formatting Techniques

Building on topics covered in InDesign 1, this workshop will introduce additional formatting techniques that can be used to ensure consistent and predictable styling within and across documents.

Word: Formatting Long Documents

If you’re a researcher, you know that there are some pretty strict guidelines when it comes to preparing journal articles, theses, and dissertations for publication. This workshop was designed for people comfortable with the basics of Word, but who want to explore features to morequickly and easily format long documents. This class uses the Windows version of Word but there is significant overlap for Mac users.

Mac Basics

Never used a Mac before? This is the class for you! This workshop will cover the absolute basics you might need to know when making the switch from a PC, including keyboard and mouse differences, Apple “lingo”, Mac equivalent programs, and how to find documents and applications.

Final Cut Pro

Final Cut Pro is a Mac-based professional video editing tool. In this workshop, we’ll introduce you the basics you’ll need to get started.

Premiere Pro

Part of the Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe’s Premiere Pro is a professional-quality digital video editing solution that can be used in both Mac and Windows environments. This workshop will cover the basics so you can get started on your own projects right away.


Part of Apple’s iLife suite for the Mac, iMovie offers a quick and easy way to create high quality videos. If you’re interested in doing anything from creating YouTube videos to producing polished digital stories or documentaries, iMovie is a great place to start.

After Effects

Adobe After Effects is primarily used for creating motion graphics and visual effects. After Effects allows users to animate, alter and create media in 2D and 3D space, using various built-in tools and third party plug-ins. Users will learn to use these tools, as well as how to control variables to adjust for aspects such as line of sight and angle of observation.


Audacity is a free, easy, open-source, and cross-platform audio editing tool. Whether you’re interested in creating ringtones, podcasts, or soundtracks, Audacity can help you get it done. This workshop will focus on creating a simple audio podcast.

Garage Band

GarageBand is a simple, fun, and powerful tool for creating music. You can record your own instruments and vocals or use the thousands of copyright free sound files that Apple provides. This workshop shows you how to use GarageBand to make your own songs, mix them, and output them as MP3s. No formal music training is required.

Pro Tools

Pro Tools is a professional caliber audio production tool used in broadcast, film, and music production. In this session, we'll introduce you to the basics.

Audio Booth Training and Production Consulting Sessions

Whether you’re just getting started on your audio production journey or have an existing project that needs some attention, we can help. Our audio production expert has real-world experience in the field and can offer both advice and technical assistance. Software installed in the recording studio includes Pro Tools and Reason. Consulting sessions are 30 minutes long.


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