Conquering Finals: Lynda.com

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It’s finals season and that means college students everywhere are preparing for exams, presentations, or writing papers!

If you’re one of the students working on a presentation or portfolio for finals you’re in luck. LMU offers access to a website called Lynda.com for all students, faculty and staff! You may have heard about Lynda.com through our Tech Training Tuesday or maybe you’ve used it in the past. If you’re unfamiliar, Lynda.com is a website with free tutorial videos.

So, for this finals season why not refresh your brain on how to make the most of the software you use for your final projects. You can get training on how to most efficiently use programs such as Prezi, powerpoint, or even video editing software like AVID, or the whole Adobe creative suite.

To all the LMU students, from ITS we wish you the best during finals. Study hard, work hard, then enjoy the summer!

Tech Training Tuesday: Getting Things Done

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Author and world-renowned productivity and time management expert David Allen will walk you through his five-step process for Getting Things Done. He’ll show you how to stay on top of your work and avoid feeling buried by it, while carving out space in your life to do more meaningful things. Learn how to capture, clarify, organize, reflect, and engage with tasks that are demanding your attention, and come away with a clear head and a clear focus. David Allen will also answer some of the most frequently asked questions he receives about Getting Things Done, including why GTD is different and how it can scale for larger teams and organizations.

HOW TO LOGIN:

  1. Go to mylmu.edu and log in using your LMU credentials.
  2. Click on the “Systems Login” menu.
  3. Scroll down and click on “lynda.com (online training library)”
  4. Click on the “Start Now” button and you will be redirected to lynda.com.
  5. Once you are logged in to lynda.com, click the screenshot at the    top of this post and you will be redirected to the Getting Things Done  course!

Tech Training Tuesday: Going Paperless

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Go paperless! Reduce your paper use and make sure all of the information you need is immediately available via a smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer. Suzanna Kaye outlines new ways of thinking about the information you print and save, shows how to handle papers until they are scanned, and introduces the software and apps you can use to manage your information and keep it secure.

Then explore password management and how to manage paperless lists, notes, calendars, and contacts. The course also covers electronic file and document storage, including how to scan paperwork into various e-friendly formats. Last, Suzanna shares some smart strategies for reducing incoming papers and keeping your email inbox organized.

Topics include:

  • Backing up and maintaining information
  • Purging and archiving
  • Managing passwords
  • Creating storage policies
  • Stopping junk mail
  • Using Dropbox for online storage
  • Scanning paperwork
  • Managing calendars, contacts, and to-do lists
  • Organizing email in Gmail

HOW TO LOGIN:

  1. Go to mylmu.edu and log in using your LMU credentials.
  2. Click on the “Systems Login” menu.
  3. Scroll down and click on “lynda.com (online training library)”
  4. Click on the “Start Now” button and you will be redirected to lynda.com.
  5. Once you are logged in to lynda.com, click the screenshot at the    top of this post and you will be redirected to the Going Paperless course!

Tech Training Tuesday: Body Language for Leaders

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Research shows that when your verbal and nonverbal signals are out of alignment, people are forced to choose between what they hear and what they see. And subconsciously, they’ll believe your body language. In this course, workplace body-language expert Carol Kinsey Goman, PhD, reveals how body language is perceived and often misread, and shares the six nonverbal signals you need to know to make a positive first impression. She also discusses the importance of body language for leaders, and shows how you can establish leadership presence. Lastly, she provides simple and effective tips on communicating with gestures and stance.

HOW TO LOGIN:

  1. Go to mylmu.edu and log in using your LMU credentials.
  2. Click on the “Systems Login” menu.
  3. Scroll down and click on “lynda.com (online training library)”
  4. Click on the “Start Now” button and you will be redirected to lynda.com.
  5. Once you are logged in to lynda.com, click the screenshot at the    top of this post and you will be redirected to the Body Language for Leaders course!

Tech Training Tuesday: Public Relations Fundamentals

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Learn today’s public relations techniques and best practices with PR expert Deirdre Breakenridge. In this detailed course, she explains how social media has revolutionized public relations, and offers an effective eight-step workflow you can use to ensure you’re sharing the right message with the right audience. Learn how to build a PR plan, develop and optimize messaging, and engage everyone in the media, from reporters to bloggers and influencers. Next, see how to manage relationships and your organization’s reputation; amplify awareness with the aid of internal and external “champions”; and plan for, and gracefully navigate, crises. Finally, explore the differences between a news release and a social media release, check out effective visual storytelling techniques for new media, and see how to measure and share PR outcomes.

Topics include:

  • Understanding public relations
  • Exploring new channels and choices
  • Combining trusted research with new media
  • Developing audience profiles and buyer personas
  • Understanding communications channels and audience engagement
  • Understanding earned, owned, shared, and paid media
  • Building internal employee champions and reputation management
  • Relying on great relationships when crisis strikes
  • Issues management vs. crisis management
  • Dealing with the media during a crisis
  • Visual storytelling in PR: videos, infographics, images, and more
  • Best practices for crafting social media posts
  • Tying PR measurement to business goals
  • Reporting results to execs and other stakeholders
  • Uncovering modern-day communication roles and responsibilities

HOW TO LOGIN:

  1. Go to mylmu.edu and log in using your LMU credentials.
  2. Click on the “Systems Login” menu.
  3. Scroll down and click on “lynda.com (online training library)”
  4. Click on the “Start Now” button and you will be redirected to lynda.com.
  5. Once you are logged in to lynda.com, click the screenshot at the    top of this post and you will be redirected to the Public Relations Fundamentals course!

Tech Training Tuesday: The 5 Step Creative Process

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The creative process isn’t just “generating ideas.” The reality is it’s a five-step process, and ideation is only one of those steps. The entire creative process is made up of objective finding, data gathering, problem design, ideation, and selection. Understanding the role of each step enables us to ensure that we generate the most effective solutions. In this course, Stefan Mumaw guides us through the five steps and then shows us what the complete process looks like, with a real-world project: designing a website.

HOW TO LOGIN:

  1. Go to mylmu.edu and log in using your LMU credentials.
  2. Click on the “Systems Login” menu.
  3. Scroll down and click on “lynda.com (online training library)”
  4. Click on the “Start Now” button and you will be redirected to lynda.com.
  5. Once you are logged in to lynda.com, click the screenshot at the    top of this post and you will be redirected to the 5 Step Creative Process course!

Tech Training Tuesday: Computer Security & Internet Safety Fundamentals

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Learn how to safeguard your computers and laptops, keep your digital data secure, and protect your privacy online. This course is a beginner’s guide to cybersecurity, showing you ways to prevent malware, viruses, and security breaches on your computers and networks. First, author Jess Stratton guides you through securing your computer—with antivirus software, firewalls, and encryption—and protecting your wireless network. See how to adjust privacy and security settings in popular web browsers, avoid phishing scams, use public Wi-Fi safely, and enable two-step verification for more-secure logins. Then take steps to bolster your online privacy, including choosing better usernames and turning on Do Not Track requests, as well as the privacy of others, by blurring out sensitive information in photos and emails. By the end of this course, you’ll know how to secure your computer and laptop and keep your information safe online.

Topics include:

  • Installing updates
  • Using antivirus software and protecting against viruses
  • Enabling Windows Firewall
  • Using password-management software
  • Encrypting files that contain sensitive data
  • Securing your router and protecting the SSID
  • Understanding the signs of a secure website
  • Checking settings for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari
  • Unsubscribing from email subscriptions
  • Reviewing site privacy settings
  • Browsing on a public computer
  • Understanding cookies
  • Protecting other people’s names and locations
  • Fact-checking email warnings

HOW TO LOGIN:

  1. Go to mylmu.edu and log in using your LMU credentials.
  2. Click on the “Systems Login” menu.
  3. Scroll down and click on “lynda.com (online training library)”
  4. Click on the “Start Now” button and you will be redirected to lynda.com.
  5. Once you are logged in to lynda.com, click the screenshot at the    top of this post and you will be redirected to the Computer Security & Internet Safety Fundamentals course!

Tech Training Tuesday: Brainstorming Basics

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What is brainstorming? Invented in 1948, brainstorming is still the dominant technique when it comes to idea generation. It combines creativity, problem solving, and group discussion. Unfortunately for creator Alex Osborn, most brainstorms fail before they ever begin. Why? Because the organizer doesn’t have a clear picture of the purpose, process, or intended outcome. In this course, Stefan Mumaw brings brainstorming into the modern age, with rules and techniques that will help you set up and run more-effective creative brainstorming sessions.

HOW TO LOGIN:

  1. Go to mylmu.edu and log in using your LMU credentials.
  2. Click on the “Systems Login” menu.
  3. Scroll down and click on “lynda.com (online training library)”
  4. Click on the “Start Now” button and you will be redirected to lynda.com.
  5. Once you are logged in to lynda.com, click the screenshot at the    top of this post and you will be redirected to the Brainstorming Basics course!

Tech Training Tuesday: LastPass Password Management Fundamentals

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LastPass Password Management Fundamentals shows how best to use this popular password-management and -retrieval platform. Author Suzanna Kaye helps viewers save time, increase security, and reduce stress by learning how to store and retrieve password and identity information securely with LastPass.

First, learn how to set up and use LastPass on desktops, phones, and tablets; upload existing passwords and generate new ones; organize data; and work with identities and Secure Notes. Then discover how to share logins and folders with others, sync data, use the LastPass Tab and LastPass Wallet apps, and understand best practices for adjusting LastPass security settings and alerts.

Topics include:

  • Creating a complex master password
  • Creating a LastPass account
  • Installing LastPass
  • Uploading logins
  • Using form fill profiles and secure notes
  • Sharing logins
  • Adjusting security settings
  • Auditing your security with LastPass
  • Backing up and syncing LastPass data

HOW TO LOGIN:

  1. Go to mylmu.edu and log in using your LMU credentials.
  2. Click on the “Systems Login” menu.
  3. Scroll down and click on “lynda.com (online training library)”
  4. Click on the “Start Now” button and you will be redirected to lynda.com.
  5. Once you are logged in to lynda.com, click the screenshot at the    top of this post and you will be redirected to the LastPass Password Management Fundamentals course!

Tech Training Tuesday: Improving Your Memory

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Memory is not a finite resource, and with techniques like repetition, association, and visualization, you can improve your memory before it starts to fade. This fascinating course shows viewers of all ages how to improve their recall. It explains how and when to employ tricks such as mnemonic devices, rhymes, stories, and alliteration. And it explains the best methods for different situations, like remembering names, important dates, passwords, to-do lists, quotes, and more. These techniques will prove invaluable, whether you’re memorizing facts for a test at school, points for a work presentation, or trivia to impress your friends.

Topics include:

  • Memory principles that work
  • Taking notes
  • Using songs and rhyming techniques to remember details
  • Building a “memory palace”
  • Remembering names and passwords
  • Memorizing long texts and speeches

HOW TO LOGIN:

  1. Go to mylmu.edu and log in using your LMU credentials.
  2. Click on the “Systems Login” menu.
  3. Scroll down and click on “lynda.com (online training library)”
  4. Click on the “Start Now” button and you will be redirected to lynda.com.
  5. Once you are logged in to lynda.com, click the screenshot at the    top of this post and you will be redirected to the Improving Your Memory course!