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.

August 2022

August 15 - 19

Getting started with IU eTexts: Are my course materials available through IU eTexts?

Join this session to learn where to find a list of our current IU eTexts publisher partners, how to navigate the IU eTexts Catalog, and how IU eTexts can deliver the following:

  • Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Self-produced materials
  • Selected library materials.
Register for Getting started with IU eTexts: Are my course materials available through IU eTexts? at 11 a.m. Register for Getting started with IU eTexts: Are my course materials available through IU eTexts? at 2 p.m.

August 29 - 31

Getting started with Adobe Applications

Photoshop? Illustrator? InDesign? They're all part of the Adobe Creative Cloud, but what do they do? Register for this webinar to get an overview of these applications and their work-spaces.

  • When: Tuesday, August 30, 2022
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Related self-paced coursesAll Adobe training
Register for Getting started with Adobe Applications at 11 a.m.

September 2022

September 1 - 2

Microsoft OneDrive at IU: Individual file management basics

Are you new to working with Microsoft OneDrive at IU? This session will help you get familiar with Microsoft OneDrive at IU, including how to find, organize, edit, and share your files on OneDrive. 

Register for Microsoft OneDrive at IU: Individual file management basics at 11 a.m.

September 5 - 9

Microsoft Storage at IU: Sharing & collaborating with institutional storage

This webinar will show Microsoft Storage at IU users how to control access to their files through SharePoint. If you are using Microsoft Teams to collaborate with your colleagues, you may have times when you need to share a folder or file with a person or group of people. This session will also show you how and where to find institutional and personal files that other teams or people share with you in Microsoft OneDrive at IU.

  • When: Tuesday, September 6, 2022
  • Duration: 60 minutes
Register for Microsoft Storage at IU: Sharing & collaborating with institutional storage at 11 a.m.

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

Need to order digital course materials for your Winter or Spring 2023 course? Join this webinar to learn how to place your order using the IU eTexts Order Tool.

Register for Getting started with the IU eTexts: How to place an order for IU eTexts at 2 p.m.

September 12 - 16

Microsoft Teams at IU: Basic collaboration tools

Are you working on a group project and wondering how to keep organized and collaborate efficiently with other group members? Microsoft Teams at IU can help you with this! In this session, learn about the basics of collaborating in Microsoft Teams at IU.

  • When: Tuesday, September 13, 2022
  • Duration: 60 minutes
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Register for Microsoft Teams at IU: Basic collaboration tools at 2 p.m.

September 19 - 23

Getting started with Microsoft Planner

Are you looking for a way to keep track of multiple tasks that are part of a larger project, or even just a way to keep yourself organized? Microsoft Planner is a tool that can help with that! In this session, learn more about how to access and use Planner, including how to create a plan, add and organize tasks, and how Planner is integrated into Microsoft Teams.

  • When: Tuesday, September 20, 2022
  • Duration: 60 minutes
Register for Getting started with Microsoft Planner at 2 p.m.

September 26 - 30

Getting started with sorting & filtering in spreadsheets

Have good data but need to re-organize it? Or narrow it down? Attend this webinar to learn how to see what you want to see in your spreadsheets.

Register for Getting started with sorting & filtering in spreadsheets at 11 a.m.

October 2022

October 3 - 7

Getting started with Mail Merge in Microsoft Office 365

You might assume that Mail Merge is just for envelopes and mailing labels. But it can save you time on a variety of tasks: sending group emails, producing name tags, and more!

  • When: Tuesday, October 4, 2022
  • Duration: 30 minutes
Register for Getting started with Mail Merge in Microsoft Office 365 at 11 a.m.

October 10 - 14

Microsoft Teams at IU: Basic collaboration tools

Are you working on a group project and wondering how to keep organized and collaborate efficiently with other group members? Microsoft Teams at IU can help you with this! In this session, learn about the basics of collaborating in Microsoft Teams at IU.

  • When: Thursday, October 13, 2022
  • Duration: 60 minutes
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Register for Microsoft Teams at IU: Basic collaboration tools at 11 a.m.

October 17 - 21

Getting started with Microsoft Planner

Are you looking for a way to keep track of multiple tasks that are part of a larger project, or even just a way to keep yourself organized? Microsoft Planner is a tool that can help with that! In this session, learn more about how to access and use Planner, including how to create a plan, add and organize tasks, and how Planner is integrated into Microsoft Teams.

  • When: Thursday, October 20, 2022
  • Duration: 60 minutes
Register for Getting started with Microsoft Planner at 11 a.m.

October 24 - 28

Microsoft OneDrive at IU: Individual file management basics

Are you new to working with Microsoft OneDrive at IU? This session will help you get familiar with Microsoft OneDrive at IU, including how to find, organize, edit, and share your files on OneDrive. 

Register for Microsoft OneDrive at IU: Individual file management basics at 2 p.m.

November 2022

November 1 - 4

Creating Research Posters

This training will introduce you to page layout principles that will help in the research poster creation process. It will also help you learn how to make research posters in your choice of design programs, including PowerPoint, Illustrator, and InDesign.

Register for Creating Research Posters at 2 p.m.

November 7 - 11

Getting started with VLOOKUP in spreadsheets

Is your data in different places? Are you tired of counting rows and columns on your screen? Attend this webinar to see how to use the VLOOKUP function to bring your data together.

Register for Getting started with VLOOKUP in spreadsheets at 11 a.m.

November 14 - 18

Getting started with PivotTables in spreadsheets

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 11 a.m.

Previous webinars

Expand an accordion to find the description and recording links (when available) for each of the previous Getting Started Webinars.

Webinars are listed in alphabetical order.

How do I get ready for moving day? Where are my boxes and folders and labels? And how do I know if I'm sharing them with someone else? How can I ensure that I'm packing only my things and not things my colleagues might need, too? Everything owned by your individual Box account will be moved soon to Microsoft OneDrive at IU or Google at IU My Drive. Watch this recording to learn how to organize your individual and institutional files to prepare for the big move!

Watch the recording of Box: Preparing your individual files for migration

Photoshop? Illustrator? InDesign? They're all part of the Adobe Creative Cloud, but what do they do? Watch this recorded webinar to get an overview of these applications and their work-spaces.

Watch the recording of Getting Started with Adobe applications

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

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

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Is your document accessible to all people who might use it? If not, how can that be remedied? Watch this recorded webinar to get an overview on creating accessible documents. 

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Need to make a research poster but don't have scissors or a glue-stick or a big piece of construction paper? (And—how can you send it to your colleagues even if you had all that stuff?) Jump into this webinar to learn how to make digital research posters! Save the glue-stick!

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Think Google is just for web searching? Think again! It has an easy word-processing program—all online for quick collaboration! Jump into this webinar to learn the basics of Google Docs!  

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Do you need an easy, portable presentation program? Slide into this webinar to learn about Google Slides, the online tool for making (and sharing) presentations!

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Institutional files are moving from Box to the Google and Microsoft environments. This webinar will cover how to find your files using a web browser and on your desktop for both environments. We will also cover how to find your files and use some of the common features of the Microsoft Teams application.

Watch the recording of Getting started with institutional storage at IU

Want to limit barriers to student success, promote engagement with your required course materials, and reduce costs for students? IU eTexts can help!

See IU eTexts: A Faculty and Staff Introduction to learn more about ordering low-cost digital course materials for your spring courses including eTexts and digital courseware from more than 35 publishers.

Love podcasts and want to make your own? How do you even get started? Jump into this webinar to learn about Adobe Audition, a great tool for audio creation—yes, including podcasts!

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In the institutional storage environments at IU, making sure your data is available to the people who need it and unavailable to those who don't is an important part of owning storage space. Microsoft SharePoint and Teams and Google Shared Drives have some unique considerations for managing permission. Join us for this webinar and learn about the different ways to manage permissions in both Microsoft Teams and Google Shared Drives.

Watch the recording of Getting Started with Managing Permissions for Microsoft and Google Storage Owners

Rows & columns? Numbers & letters? Formulas & functions?  How do I even get started in Microsoft Excel? Watch this recorded webinar and jump into Microsoft Excel spreadsheets!

  • When: Tuesday, April 14, 2020
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Related self-paced course: Excel: The Basics
Watch the recording of Getting Started with Microsoft Excel

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

Watch the recording of Getting Started with Microsoft PowerPoint

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

Watch the recording of Getting Started with PivotTables

Have good data in Microsoft Excel but need to re-organize it? Or narrow it down? Watch this recorded webinar to learn how to see what you want to see in Microsoft Excel.

Watch the recording of Getting Started with sorting and filtering in Microsoft Excel

Learn about the options available for migrating personal files from Box at IU to either Microsoft OneDrive or Google Drive. IU’s cloud storage agreement with Box ends in spring 2021 and student, staff, and faculty files will be migrated after May 22, 2020. You do not have to migrate your files, but you do need to decide where you want them to go. These webinars will help you determine what personal files are, prepare your personal files for migration, and decide which service to choose for storing personal files.

The deadline for deciding where to move your personal files is May 22, 2020.

Watch the recording of Getting Started with the Box migration: Personal files

Do you attend online Zoom meetings, but now you need to host one?  How can you make it a productive meeting for you and your attendees?  Zoom in to this webinar to learn how to be a great Zoom host!

Watch the recording of Getting started with Zoom - Host edition

Have you been invited to Zoom meetings, but don't know how to get started? How can you be the best attendee you can be? Zoom in and watch this recorded webinar to learn how to be an awesome meeting participant! 

Watch the recording of Getting started with Zoom - Participant edition

Ready to unpack after the big move? Where are your boxes and how can you see what's in them? Plus share the contents? Watch this recording after your individual files have been moved to your My Drive account from Box at IU to learn how to find, organize, edit, and share your files on My Drive.

Watch the recording of Google at IU My Drive: Individual file management basics

Ready to unpack after the big move? Where are your boxes and how can you see what's in them? Plus share the contents? Watch this recording after your individual files have been migrated to your OneDrive account from Box at IU to learn how to find, organize, edit, and share your files.

Watch the recording of Microsoft OneDrive at IU: Individual file management basics

Are you working on a group project and wondering how to keep organized and collaborate efficiently with other group members? Microsoft Teams at IU can help you with this! In this session, learn about the basics of collaborating in Microsoft Teams at IU, as well as how to use the Tasks app inside Microsoft Teams at IU to help with project management.

Watch the recording of Microsoft Teams at IU: Basic collaboration and project management tools