Every semester, Emerson IT hosts an array of computing and software workshops. Open to all current Emerson students, faculty, and staff, topics covered generally include graphics and video editing, desktop and web publishing, and more. Browse our listings below, and sign-up using the RSVP link included below the description. Use your Emerson username and password to RSVP, and bring it with to the workshop so you can participate using a lab workstation.

Summer 2014 workshops for Faculty and Staff

We have concluded our workshops series for Summer 2014. Please stay tuned for announcements on Fall workshop offerings for students, faculty and staff!

Excel Pivot Tables: Basics

Microsoft Excel IconsExcel's Pivot Tables feature allows you to control how you view and organize your data in real time. In this workshop we will examine list making, sub totals, and tables as well as other features that compliment pivot tables. We’ll also learn how to create a Pivot Table data sheet, use the Pivot Table Wizard to create a pivot table, and then explore how to manipulate the data in different views.

  • Wednesday, July 16, 11 am in Walker 633 (CML2)

Excel Pivot Tables: Intermediate

Microsoft Excel IconsBring your own pivot table projects for some one-on-one assistance with setup and advanced features.

  • Wednesday, July 23, 11 am in Walker 633 (CML2)

HTML and CSS Basics

top of HTML documentLearn the fundamentals of the languages that are used to build websites.

  • Wednesday, June 18, 11 am in Ansin 112 (3DL)

Lunch 'n' Lynda

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Bring your lunch (optional) and learn how to get the most out of, the online video tutorial library you can access for free as an Emersonian. In this session, we will sign-up, navigate the website, explore the available content, and answer any questions you may have.

  • Wednesday, June 11, 11am in Walker 418 (ATL) Staff Picks

lynda dot com logoGet hooked on! Join us as we watch a short, curated playlist of tutorials that are applicable to work at Emerson. Learn how to use practice files to work along with the video, and how to share playlists with colleagues and students.

  • Tuesday, July 1, 1 pm in Walker 418 (ATL)

Navigating the Cloud: Emerson's Atlas

The Cloud at EmersonJoin Chris from the Instructional Technology Group and Robin from Lab Operations as they show you how easy it is to upload and share documents and media with Google Drive and Cabinet. We'll even throw in how to use VPN from home! Several example workflows will be shown, ranging from staff to faculty focus, but bring your own questions!

  • Thursday, June 26, 2 pm in Walker 633 (CML2)

Page Layout with InDesign

InDesign CC 2013 iconInDesign is a powerful desktop publishing tool that is used for both print and digital publications. This hands-on workshop will introduce you to the InDesign tools and interface while we create a multi-page newsletter. You will learn skills that can be used to create single- and multiple-page documents, from posters to research papers to magazines.

  • Thursday, July 17, 2 pm in Walker 633 (CML2)

Photoshop Basics

photoshop iconPhotoshop is the industry leading standard for image editing and basic design. It has over 10,000 features and can seem overwhelming to a beginner. Photoshop Basics offers a simple, easy to follow introduction to how to take an image from your camera or email attachment and get it ready for professional distribution.

The workshop begins with an examination of alternatives to Photoshop for general use. We’ll also cover basic workflow, using Adobe bridge, image file types, cropping, resizing, removing red eye, and preparing for posting on the internet. We’ll also learn about general image processing and editing. You are invited to bring your own images for practice!

  • Tuesday, June 24, 3 pm in Walker 633 (CML2)

Photoshop Intermediate

photoshop iconIn this workshop we’ll be delving deeper into the image processing features of Photoshop. Covered in this workshop is custom selecting, using the tool bars, manually applying sharpening, contrast, saturation and vibrance, opening up shadows and recovering highlights.

  • Tuesday, July 22, 11 am in Walker 633 (CML2)

Photoshop Advanced

photoshop iconLearn how to use the clone tool, liquefy, camera raw processing, working with type and using layers. Bring your own projects for one-on-one assistance!

  • Wednesday, July 30, 1 pm in Walker 633 (CML2)

Reporting for Everyone

charts and graphsCome see our Cognos reporting tools, Query Studio and Report Studio. We can start with the basics and go from there. There's no set agenda, so bring your questions!

  • Tuesday, July 8, 11 am in Ansin 112 (3DL)

Simple SQL Queries

SQL database iconGet comfortable with writing simple SQL queries against one table or view. Learn about sorting and extracting only the information you desire. Limited to 12 attendees.

  • Wednesday, July 30, 11 am in Ansin 112 (3DL)

Working with Windows 8.1

windows 8.1 logoWindows 8.1 will soon be rolling out for Staff and Faculty installs of Microsoft Windows. There is some excellent new functionality that comes with this important update. Come and learn how the new system is different from, and similar to the previous version of Windows, and how to leverage its functionality to best serve you in your job.

  • Thursday, June 19, 11 am in Walker 418 (ATL)

Additional Learning Opportunities


canvas logoThe Instructional Technology Group (ITG) offers one-to-one and group-based training on Canvas. To schedule training, contact ITG with your availability at or 617-824-8090.


skype iconMedia Services offers one-to-one training on Skype. To schedule training, contact Media Services with your availability at or 617-824-8676.

Video Tutorials

lynda iconSee our page detailing how to sign up for free access to's online tutorial library: LyndaCampus.

canvas iconWe also have a series of Web Development workshops you can take on your own through Canvas at

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