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Digital Skills and Scholarship Workshop Series

digitalskills_spring14Our Student Technology Training Team offers a wide variety of free introductory technology workshops to the all Georgia State students, staff, and faculty.

Set yourself apart from the crowd and start building the skills you need to succeed today! 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.

Python Scripting: Intro to Programming

In this workshop, get started with programming in Python, an easy-to-understand syntax that is heavily used by programmers.

BASH Scripting on Unix/Linux/Mac

This workshop will guide you through the first steps of becoming a BASH aficionado. No prior knowledge of programming is required, as this workshop is designed to help newbies and experienced users alike.

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.

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.

Qualtrics: Creating Surveys

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.

Tableau: Data Visualization

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

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

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.

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.

Tools for Painting in Photoshop

Whether you intend to be a professional artist or a geeky art nerd that doodles, Photoshop is an amazing and fun tool for creating art. In this workshop, we’ll start with setting up the Wacom Tablet, go into the basics of Photoshop's painting tools, and make some art!

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.

After 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.

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.


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.

Premiere Pro

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.


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.

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.


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.

The and Skillsoft (eTraining) online learning libraries are available to Georgia State students, faculty and staff free of charge.