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Marketing Your Professional Service

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 20:00
Marking any kind of professional service—from legal representation to music lessons—requires a certain finesse. As you're selling your expertise and time instead of a tangible product, your marketing content must quickly establish that you're trustworthy, highly skilled, and able to tackle a pressing problem. In this course, marketing expert John Jantsch steps through how to market your professional services. First, learn how to focus on your core problem and look through the lens of a customer to better understand how they buy and how they expect to be served. John then shows how to create a website that drives traffic and helps you capture leads. Finally, discover how to turn customers into raving fans and develop a referral process.

OneDrive for Business Essential Training

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 20:00
Get started with OneDrive for Business, the cloud-based file management system included with Microsoft Office. Follow along with Jess Stratton as she shows how to use OneDrive for Business to keep files organized and accessible. Covering both the desktop client app and the browser version of OneDrive for Business, this course shows how to upload, copy, delete, and download files and folders, and integrate with Office Online. Jess demonstrates how to share files using OneDrive and how to work on files collaboratively with colleagues.

Machine Learning & AI Foundations: Clustering and Association

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 20:00
Unsupervised learning is a type of machine learning where algorithms parse unlabeled data. The focus is not on sorting data into known categories but uncovering hidden patterns. Unsupervised learning plays a big role in modern marketing segmentation, fraud detection, and market basket analysis. This course shows how to use leading machine-learning techniques—cluster analysis, anomaly detection, and association rules—to get accurate, meaningful results from big data.

Instructor Keith McCormick reviews the most common clustering algorithms: hierarchical, k-means, BIRCH, and self-organizing maps (SOM). He uses the same algorithms for anomaly detection, with additional specialized functions available in IBM SPSS Modeler. He closes the course with a review of association rules and sequence detection, and also provides some resources for learning more.

All exercises are demonstrated in IBM SPSS Modeler and IBM SPSS Statistics, but the emphasis is on concepts, not the mechanics of the software.

Sketch for UX Design

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 20:00
The best UX design tools are nimble, collaborative, and efficient—just like Sketch. Learn how to use this Mac-only, vector-based app to craft great user experiences. Renata Phillippi concentrates on a workflow that takes advantage of Sketch's huge library of plugins, templates, close integration with software like Illustrator and InVision, and best practices (such as the use of style guides and open-source fonts). Follow along to learn how to set up your Sketch workspace for maximum efficiency, speed up design with reusable styles and symbols, build responsive site maps and wireframes, and design mobile apps for iOS, Android, and even watchOS with Sketch. Plus, learn how to integrate Sketch with other popular UX design applications such as Illustrator, InVision.

Excel Tips Weekly

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 20:00
This tips-based course will show Excel users productivity-boosting tricks, cool hidden features, need-to-know functions, and advanced content on subjects such as using PivotTables for data analysis. Tune in every Tuesday for a new tip from expert Dennis Taylor. Each tutorial is a short, self-contained lesson guaranteed to give you new insights into Excel.

Note: Because this is an ongoing series, viewers will not receive a certificate of completion.

Revit: Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 20:00
In this series, we have a little something for every Revit designer—beginners and seasoned users alike! Each video focuses on a specific tip, trick, or troubleshooting technique for the most recent version of Revit. Do you import CAD files and want to achieve consistency? Want to get more from your dimensions? Need to check all of the views in a project and see if the settings are correct? Want to consistently configure crop boxes across the entire project? What about getting all the parameters in your family content in just the right order? These are just some of the topics in store. With a new video every week, you are sure to find something useful to add to your growing arsenal of Revit tools and techniques.

NOTE: The exercise files for this course can only be opened in the most recent version of Revit (Revit 2017). (Author: Paul F. Aubin)

Linux Tips Weekly

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 20:00
Linux is the operating system of choice for enterprises that need a stable, agile, and open-source platform, and it's only getting more popular. Qualified system administrators are in demand. If you've been anticipating a transition to Linux for your company or your career, or thinking about using Linux at home, this series presents a great opportunity to explore it—one tip at a time. Instructor covers a wide range of topics relevant to anyone interested in broadening their knowledge of Linux core concepts, including virtualization, the Linux file system, file management, file transfer, process management, multitasking, networking, and security. Plus, learn about compatible hardware and the Linux desktop experience. Tune in each week to get a new tip, and keep learning Linux all year long.

Note: Because this is an ongoing series, there is no certificate of completion available for this course. (Author: Scott Simpson)

Learning Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 20:00
Bitcoin is a form of money that only exists online. While it's making headlines around the world, many people don't really understand how bitcoin works or the underlying concepts of cryptocurrency. In this course, Tom Geller demystifies bitcoin, revealing the promise and perils of the new crypto economy. Tom begins by explaining what bitcoin is, how it originated, and how it compares with other cryptocurrencies. Next, he explains how to get started by creating a bitcoin wallet, buying and selling bitcoin, and protecting your transactions. He discusses other top cryptocurrencies—Ripple, Ethereum, and IOTA—and explains how "initial coin offerings" (ICOs) have changed the investment landscape. Finally, he covers bitcoin mining, threats to the bitcoin economy, and how to connect with others in cryptocurrency communities.

FileMaker: Tips, Tricks, and Techniques

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 20:00
If you're comfortable with FileMaker basics, you're ready for the next step. Learn tips, tricks, and advanced techniques for FileMaker 17—the latest version of the FileMaker platform used all around the world. FileMaker expert Cris Ippolite reveals solutions to maximize your efficiency and make your FileMaker apps more dynamic and sophisticated. Explore advanced techniques using scripts, calculations, reports, and layouts. In addition, you can explore important security tips and learn the publishing options offered by FileMaker Server, including FileMaker WebDirect. Cris also shows you how to connect to other databases and exchange data with APIs using JSON code.

FileMaker: Relational Database Design

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 20:00
Understanding which data tables to create and how to link them together via relationships is key to mastering the relational database capabilities of FileMaker Pro. In this course, join instructor Cris Ippolite as he shows how to translate aspects of the real world into the form and language of a relational database. Cris begins by reviewing some of the basic concepts of data modeling, introducing tables, key fields, and the relationship graph. After demonstrating how to establish relationships in a database, he discusses using these relationships in portals, in calculations, and while navigating. He also includes three practical data modeling examples to help you grasp how these concepts work in the real world.

This course applies to versions of FileMaker Pro from 16 through the most current version.

Succeeding as an In-house Creative

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 20:00
Surviving, let alone succeeding, as an in-house creative in the business world takes skills, the right mindset, and tactics you were never taught in school. This course can help you thrive in the corporate sphere with your creativity and integrity intact. Andy Epstein—former head of the AIGA in-house design taskforce and director of studio operations at Cella Solutions—helps designers, writers, and creative services professionals understand how companies operate, and how to work successfully within a corporate structure. He shares how to communicate your value as well as contribute to a more positive and creative company and team culture. Andy also presents business-critical soft skills such as communication and collaboration best practices, and professional etiquette dos and don'ts. These subtle yet powerful techniques he shares will help you build your professional reputation and provide you with the influence you need to reach your career goals—without compromising your creative identity.

Design an Italic Typeface

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 20:00
The key to a cohesive font family is the right balance of similarity and difference among fonts. When designing italics, it is most efficient to start with the existing roman font and introduce differences: a 10- to 20-degree slant, slightly more condensed spacing, more fluid serifs, and so on. In this course, instructor Charles Nix takes you through the entire process of designing an italic typeface, building from an upright roman script to the italic form. He shows how to create capital and lowercase characters, as well as punctuation, while examining aspects such as slant, stem width, serif shape, and other fundamental differences between the roman and italic forms. Once the font is complete, he refines it with spacing and kerning, and introduces strategies for generating and testing the final font files. He also offers valuable resources for further exploration of italic typeface and typography in general.

Sketch for UX Design

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 20:00
The best UX design tools are nimble, collaborative, and efficient—just like Sketch. Learn how to use this Mac-only, vector-based app to craft great user experiences. Renata Phillippi concentrates on a workflow that takes advantage of Sketch's huge library of plugins, templates, close integration with software like Illustrator and InVision, and best practices (such as the use of style guides and open-source fonts). Follow along to learn how to set up your Sketch workspace for maximum efficiency, speed up design with reusable styles and symbols, build responsive site maps and wireframes, and design mobile apps for iOS, Android, and even watchOS with Sketch. Plus, learn how to integrate Sketch with other popular UX design applications such as Illustrator, InVision.

Project Management Foundations: Small Projects

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 20:00
Learn how to efficiently manage small projects for great results. In this newly updated course, instructor and project manager Bonnie Biafore shows how to manage smaller scale projects with a simpler yet effective approach. She defines what "small" means in the context of project management and provides an overview of the life cycle of a small project, sharing the best techniques for planning, getting things done, tracking progress, and wrapping up.

Along the way, Bonnie shares the top 10 things you should know about small projects; special considerations for freelancers; best practices for estimating time and costs; objective measures for assessing quality; smart ways to identify risk; and meaningful ways to close a project. Use these tips to make your next small project a success.

Note: This course aligns with best practices from A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) - Sixth Edition, published by the Project Management Institute®.

Learning FileMaker

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 20:00
Learn how to design and build custom apps with FileMaker 17—the latest version of the powerful platform used everywhere from home offices to Fortune 500 companies all around the world. Drawing on over 20 years of experience with clients at his own development firm, iSolutions, Cris Ippolite walks through the essential FileMaker Pro skills, from creating tables and fields to designing layouts that display your data in a smart way. He also shows you how to work with data, create reports, import and export data, write scripts, perform calculations, and more. Watch now to start learning how to build your first database from scratch.

CSS: Transforms and Transitions

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 20:00
Create more visually interesting and dynamic websites. Learn how to build animated effects and 3D objects using CSS transforms and transitions. Follow along with author Patrick Carey as he shows how to transition between properties such as color, background, opacity, and positioning, and adjust the timing and duration of transitions. Patrick explains how to perform 2D transformations, such as scaling, skewing, and rotating, as well as transformations in 3D. He shows how to transform objects along the X-, Y-, and Z-axis; use perspective; and create 3D objects such as animated cubes. Interactive demo pages are included with the exercise files, so you can practice what you've learned after each video.

Kubernetes: Microservices

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 20:00
Build scalable and reliable microservices with Kubernetes. Kubernetes is a popular DevOps tool for managing containers at scale. Microservices allow developers to deploy individual app components, enabling continuous integration and increased fault tolerance. This course teaches how these technologies combine—culminating in a real-world microservices application hosted in a Kubernetes environment. Instructor Karthik Gaekwad describes the benefits of microservices and shows how they can be implemented inside the container-based architecture paradigm. Using an existing monolithic application, he breaks down its functionality, adds Kubernetes constructs, and deploys the new services into a Kubernetes environment with Minikube. Finally, Karthik introduces tools such as Helm and Jaeger, which are used along with Kubernetes to build more resilient microservices.

Monday Productivity Pointers

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 20:00
In this weekly series on being productive with technology, authors Jess Stratton, Garrick Chow, and Nick Brazzi introduce tools and tips to help make today's software and devices work more efficiently and powerfully for you. With everything from pointers on using Microsoft Office and Google platforms to learning social networking skills and discovering the most useful apps for your iPhone or Android device, there's something for everyone.

Excel Business Intelligence Part 1: Power Query

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 20:00
Microsoft Excel includes a powerful feature called Power Query—also known as Get & Transform or Get Data—which provides fast and powerful data gathering and cleansing capabilities. In this course—the first installment in the Excel Business Intelligence series—follow along with experienced Excel trainer Chris Dutton as he shows you the robust capabilities of Power Query. Chris kicks off the course by outlining the power Excel landscape and spelling out when to use business intelligence tools like Power Query, Power Pivot, and DAX. He then dives into Power Query, explaining how to leverage key query editing tools to connect and transform data. Learn about basic Power Query table transformations, text-specific query editing tools, how to merge and append queries, and more. Chris also shares best practices for working efficiently with Power Query.

Content Marketing: How to Podcast

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 20:00
Podcasting is a great way to promote a brand or build a following. In this course, public relations and social media expert Martin Waxman shows you how to create a successful podcast from the ground up. It starts with understanding your customers—and tailoring your podcast to their interests. Martin then shows how to choose the theme and format for your podcast and select quality gear that won't blow your marketing budget. He shares advice for finding the right guests, as well as the right resources to record, edit, and publish your podcast. Finally, Martin explains how to promote your podcast and measure the results.

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