Getting started webinars

Learning a new tech skill can help build your resume, satisfy a continuing education requirement, or simply make your workday more efficient.

The Getting started with IT Training webinars give you a quick introduction to applications important to your work, research, or learning at IU. In just 30–90 minutes, our instructors will show you what you need to know to get started with the application. These webinars include introductions to productivity tools—like spreadsheets, word processing, storage, and collaboration—as well as creating media using the Adobe Creative Cloud.

Return to this page after the session to find additional resources.

January 2024

January 1 - 5

Getting Started with IU eTexts: Introducing Engage 2.0

(Registration limited to IU Faculty and Staff)

In the Fall of 2022, we launched Engage 2.0, IU's university-standard e-reader. Join this webinar to get a guided tour of the Engage interface, learn about its many features, and get resources to support your success with your IU eText.

Choose one session:

Register for Getting Started with IU eTexts: Introducing Engage 2.0 at 11 a.m. Register for Getting Started with IU eTexts: Introducing Engage 2.0 at 2 p.m. Register for Getting Started with IU eTexts: Introducing Engage 2.0 at 7 p.m.

Getting Started with IU eTexts for Students

(Registration limited to IU Students)

If you’ve been assigned an IU eText, join this webinar to learn how to access your course materials, learn how to use Engage e-reader features, and learn how to get help if you need it.

Choose one session:

Register for Getting Started with IU eTexts for Students at 11 a.m. Register for Getting Started with IU eTexts for Students at 2 p.m. Register for Getting Started with IU eTexts for Students at 7 p.m.

January 15 - 19

Microsoft 365: Understanding storage

Microsoft 365 is a productive suite that contains many applications to help you do your work. Storage in Microsoft 365 can be confusing and complicated. This session will demystify how storage works, how to find your files, and how various Microsoft 365 applications interact with Microsoft storage.

  • When: Tuesday, January 16, 2024
  • Duration: 45 minutes
Register for Microsoft 365: Understanding storage at 10 a.m.

Getting Started With Excel

Rows & columns? Numbers & letters? Formulas & functions? How do I even get started in Excel? Attend this quick webinar and jump into Excel spreadsheets.

  • When: Thursday, January 18, 2024
  • Duration: 30 minutes
Register for Getting Started with Excel at 2 p.m.

January 22 - 26

Microsoft Teams: Text communication & collaboration

Microsoft Teams is a collaboration platform that ties together multiple Microsoft applications and services in one location to facilitate communication and collaboration within and between units at Indiana University. This session will showcase the text-based communication tools within Microsoft Teams: conversations and chats.

  • When: Tuesday, January 23, 2024
  • Duration: 45 minutes
Register for Microsoft Teams: Text communication & collaboration at 2 p.m.

Creating a business card in Adobe Illustrator

Learn how to make a business card that stands out from the rest by using Adobe Illustrator! In this session, we'll explore some design tips for making an effective and attractive business card, then see how to create a business card from scratch using Adobe Illustrator. We'll go over adding text, creating shapes to use as design elements, incorporating color into your design, importing a logo, and exporting the completed business card for printing through a professional print service.

  • When: Thursday, January 25, 2024
  • Duration: 45 minutes
Register for Creating a business card in Adobe Illustrator at 10 a.m.

January 29 - 31

Microsoft Teams: Attending meetings

Microsoft Teams is a collaboration platform that ties together multiple Microsoft applications and services in one location to facilitate communication and collaboration within and between units at Indiana University. This session discusses how to use the meeting interface in Microsoft Teams meetings from the perspective of an individual within the meeting.

Register for Microsoft Teams: Attending meetings at 10 a.m.

February 2024

February 1 - 2

Microsoft Planner: Managing group projects

Microsoft Planner is a Kanban solution that allows teams to manage projects, tasks, and assignments. Microsoft Planner is built-in to Microsoft 365 allowing seamless integration with Microsoft tools like file storage and the global address list.

  • When: Thursday, February 1, 2024
  • Duration: 45 minutes
Register for Microsoft Planner: Managing group projects at 2 p.m.

February 5 - 9

Microsoft Teams: Scheduling meetings

Microsoft Teams is a collaboration platform that ties together multiple Microsoft applications and services in one location to facilitate communication and collaboration within and between units at Indiana University. This session will show the different ways that you can schedule a new meeting within Microsoft Teams. We will discuss the different capabilities users may have for differently scheduled meetings and the best practices to make the process smooth for meeting attendees.

Register for Microsoft Teams: Scheduling meetings at 2 p.m.

Getting Started with IU eTexts: The Basics

(Registration limited to IU Faculty and Staff)

Want to limit barriers to student success, promote engagement with your required course materials, and reduce costs for students? IU eTexts can help! Join this webinar to learn the basics of the IU eTexts Initiative, discover the many benefits of using digital materials ordered through the Initiative, and learn how to place an order for Fall 2024.

Choose one session:

Register for Getting Started with IU eTexts: The Basics at 11 a.m. Register for Getting Started with IU eTexts: The Basics at 2 p.m. Register for Getting Started with IU eTexts: The Basics at 7 p.m.

Canceled - Getting started with Adobe Premiere Rush

Need to quickly and easily make your cat videos look like they were done by a pro?  Attend this webinar to learn how to make simple videos social-media worthy.

This event has been canceled.

February 12 - 16

Microsoft Teams: Managing permission for team-owned files for non-team members

Microsoft Teams is a collaboration platform that ties together multiple Microsoft applications and services in one location to facilitate communication and collaboration within and between units at Indiana University. Members of a team have full permission on files and folders stored within the team's file storage, but what about non-team members? This session will showcase the methods for granting access to files located in a team's file storage to individuals who are not team members.

  • When: Tuesday, February 13, 2024
  • Duration: 45 minutes
Register for Microsoft Teams: Managing permission for team-owned files for non-team members at 10 a.m.

Getting Started with the IU eTexts: How to place an order for IU eTexts

(Registration is limited to IU Faculty and IU eTexts Coordinators)

Need to order digital course materials for your Fall 2024 course? Join this webinar to learn how to place your order using the IU eTexts Order Tool.

Choose one session:

Register for Getting Started with the IU eTexts: How to place an order for IU eTexts at 11 a.m. Register for Getting Started with the IU eTexts: How to place an order for IU eTexts at 2 p.m. Register for Getting Started with the IU eTexts: How to place an order for IU eTexts at 7 p.m.

Getting started with Excel: Non-numeric data

Spreadsheets can contain more than just numbers! This session will show you a couple of techniques for working with data in Excel that aren't numbers.

  • When: Thursday, February 15, 2024
  • Duration: 30 minutes
Register for Getting started with Excel: Non-numeric data at 2 p.m.

February 19 - 23

Microsoft Planner: Managing group projects

Microsoft Planner is a Kanban solution that allows teams to manage projects, tasks, and assignments. Microsoft Planner is built-in to Microsoft 365 allowing seamless integration with Microsoft tools like file storage and the global address list.

  • When: Tuesday, February 20, 2024
  • Duration: 45 minutes
Register for Microsoft Planner: Managing group projects at 2 p.m.

Getting started with charts & graphs

How do you explain your data to friends who aren't "numbers-people"? Show them charts and graphs, of course! Attend this webinar and learn how to visually represent your data.

Register for Getting started with charts & graphs at 10 a.m.

February 26 - 29

Microsoft Teams: Requesting & managing a team

Microsoft Teams is a collaboration platform that ties together multiple Microsoft applications and services in one location to facilitate communication and collaboration within and between units at Indiana University. This session will walk individuals through the process to create a new team workspace within Microsoft Teams at IU.

  • When: Tuesday, February 27, 2024
  • Duration: 45 minutes
Register for Microsoft Teams: Requesting & managing a team at 10 a.m.

Canceled - Creating Research Posters

Learn how to create an engaging and effective research poster in this session. We'll explore design principles that will help in the layout process, learn how to ensure images look their best, and see how to start creating a poster in PowerPoint, Illustrator, and InDesign.

This event has been canceled.

March 2024

March 4 - 8

Microsoft To Do: Managing individual tasks

Microsoft To Do is the project management tool in Microsoft 365 geared toward managing individual task lists. Microsoft To Do integrates with the tasks system within Microsoft 365 and allows you to make lists that include tasks assigned to you via a plan in Microsoft Planner, flagged emails from Outlook, and even flagged paragraphs within OneNote notebooks. This session will showcase the features of Microsoft To Do that will streamline the way you manage your individual task lists.

  • When: Tuesday, March 5, 2024
  • Duration: 45 minutes
Register for Microsoft To Do: Managing individual tasks at 2 p.m.

Microsoft OneDrive at IU: Individual file management basics

Microsoft OneDrive is a web application included with Microsoft 365 that allows users to manage files stored within Microsoft storage. OneDrive can access files stored in team-owned storage as well as an individual's private Microsoft cloud storage. This session will show users how to navigate the interface and how to use the OneDrive web application to find and share their individual and team files and folders.

Register for Microsoft OneDrive at IU: Individual file management basics at 10 a.m.

March 18 - 22

Microsoft 365: Understanding storage

Microsoft 365 is a productive suite that contains many applications to help you do your work. Storage in Microsoft 365 can be confusing and complicated. This session will demystify how storage works, how to find your files, and how various Microsoft 365 applications interact with Microsoft storage.

  • When: Tuesday, March 19, 2024
  • Duration: 45 minutes
Register for Microsoft 365: Understanding storage at 10 a.m.

Wrangling Microsoft Word

Struggling with tables of contents, lists of figures, or page numbering? Join us for this quick webinar of tips and tricks for Microsoft Word.

  • When: Thursday, March 21, 2024
  • Duration: 30 minutes
Register for Wrangling Microsoft Word at 2 p.m.

March 25 - 29

Microsoft Teams: Text communication & collaboration

Microsoft Teams is a collaboration platform that ties together multiple Microsoft applications and services in one location to facilitate communication and collaboration within and between units at Indiana University. This session will showcase the text-based communication tools within Microsoft Teams: conversations and chats.

  • When: Tuesday, March 26, 2024
  • Duration: 45 minutes
Register for Microsoft Teams: Text communication & collaboration at 2 p.m.

Getting started with PivotTables

Your friends say they love Excel PivotTables, but all you can do is nod and smile?  Attend this webinar to find out what the PivotTable excitement is all about.  Learn how to get answers from your data!

Register for Getting started with PivotTables in spreadsheets at 10 a.m.

April 2024

April 1 - 5

Microsoft Teams: Attending meetings

Microsoft Teams is a collaboration platform that ties together multiple Microsoft applications and services in one location to facilitate communication and collaboration within and between units at Indiana University. This session discusses how to use the meeting interface in Microsoft Teams meetings from the perspective of an individual within the meeting.

Register for Microsoft Teams: Attending meetings at 10 a.m.

Bookings with Me: Create an appointment scheduling page for your individual calendar

Bookings with me is the personal version of Microsoft Bookings. Every individual has the ability to create their own bookings page that is automatically integrated with their Outlook calendar. This allows you to provide folks with a form that allows them to choose a time to meet with you without requiring access to your calendar.

  • When: Thursday, April 4, 2024
  • Duration: 45 minutes
Register for Bookings with Me: Create an appointment scheduling page for your individual calendar at 2 p.m.

April 8 - 12

Microsoft Teams: Scheduling meetings

Microsoft Teams is a collaboration platform that ties together multiple Microsoft applications and services in one location to facilitate communication and collaboration within and between units at Indiana University. This session will show the different ways that you can schedule a new meeting within Microsoft Teams. We will discuss the different capabilities users may have for differently scheduled meetings and the best practices to make the process smooth for meeting attendees.

Register for Microsoft Teams: Scheduling meetings at 2 p.m.

Microsoft OneDrive at IU: Individual file management basics

Microsoft OneDrive is a web application included with Microsoft 365 that allows users to manage files stored within Microsoft storage. OneDrive can access files stored in team-owned storage as well as an individual's private Microsoft cloud storage. This session will show users how to navigate the interface and how to use the OneDrive web application to find and share their individual and team files and folders.

Register for Microsoft OneDrive at IU: Individual file management basics at 10 a.m.

April 15 - 19

Microsoft Planner: Managing group projects

Microsoft Planner is a Kanban solution that allows teams to manage projects, tasks, and assignments. Microsoft Planner is built-in to Microsoft 365 allowing seamless integration with Microsoft tools like file storage and the global address list.

  • When: Tuesday, April 16, 2024
  • Duration: 45 minutes
Register for Microsoft Planner: Managing group projects at 10 a.m.

Getting started with VLOOKUP

VLOOKUP is a spreadsheet function that allows you to compare a single value with multiple values in a table to find a match. For example, VLOOKUP can be used to match a product ID with its name or price or an order number with a customer's name. This session will show you how to use VLOOKUP in your own data projects.

Register for Getting started with VLOOKUP at 2 p.m.

April 22 - 26

Microsoft Teams: Managing permission for team-owned files for non-team members

Microsoft Teams is a collaboration platform that ties together multiple Microsoft applications and services in one location to facilitate communication and collaboration within and between units at Indiana University. Members of a team have full permission on files and folders stored within the team's file storage, but what about non-team members? This session will showcase the methods for granting access to files located in a team's file storage to individuals who are not team members.

  • When: Tuesday, April 23, 2024
  • Duration: 45 minutes
Register for Microsoft Teams: Managing permission for team-owned files for non-team members at 2 p.m.

Getting Started with PowerPoint

Slides and Layouts? Transitions & Animations? How do I make a great presentation? Attend this quick webinar and jump into PowerPoint presentations!

  • When: Thursday, April 25, 2024
  • Duration: 30 minutes
Register for Getting Started with PowerPoint at 10 a.m.