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Logo Development: Identity Design and Discovery

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 19:00
Truly exceptional visual brands often come from designers who took the time to understand their client's business and motivation to rebrand. This course shows how to navigate an identity project through the design and discovery process, to ensure that you grasp where your client is coming from before you craft their logo design. Instructor Bill Gardner discusses the value of preparation and research, and goes over the different motivations behind a client's decision to rebrand. Bill also covers the different brand personalities, as well as how to better understand your customer's business and identify their competitors. He wraps up the course with a discussion of competitive analysis and road map creation.

Learning Cultural Strategy for Design

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 19:00
The interaction between culture, people, and trends is the driving force behind influential brands. Cultural strategy reveals how and why consumers think, act, and feel-now and in the future. This course is for anyone who wants to harness their creative abilities to shape brands, and ensure that those brands not only participate in the cultural zeitgeist, but also contribute to it. In this course, Gerard Crichlow discusses the four truths of purpose-led brands. He helps strategy teams get to a creative idea, summarize their findings, and communicate those findings to a creative team. He wraps up the course with a review of a campaign ecosystem done well.

Developing a Service Mindset

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 19:00
The individuals and organizations that succeed are the ones who are laser focused on the customer. Even if you're not in a customer-facing role, knowing how your job connects to your customers gives you a better frame for strategic decision-making, and helps you feel more connected to the purpose of your job. This makes you feel more motivated and more fulfilled at work. In this course, Lisa Earle McLeod and Elizabeth McLeod help you connect the dots between your job and customer impact, and they provide strategies and behaviors for keeping your customers top of mind. They explain how to determine where you fit in your customer's world, and how to keep the focus on the customer when you talk about wins, goals, and mistakes. They also share strategies for sustaining your service mindset-even when your organization isn't particularly customer focused.

Premiere Pro Guru: Multi-Camera Video Editing

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 19:00
There are many reasons for shooting with multiple cameras. Perhaps it's to save time or achieve multiple angles. Or it might be to capture what's happening across a large area, like a sports arena or the stage during a concert. Luckily for editors, Adobe Premiere Pro supports editing and syncing footage from multiple cameras in situations like these. The multicamera editing process in Premiere is similar to live switching that occurs in mobile studios and newsrooms, and helps speed up the post-processing workflow. In this course, Rich Harrington reviews that workflow, showing you how to ingest footage and align it properly, as well as finish your video with color-correction and color-matching techniques. (Author: Richard Harrington)

Microsoft Cloud Services: Troubleshooting Online Services

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 19:00
This course explores how to support cloud users by tackling common sign-in, password, and license issues. It also explains how to troubleshoot Office 365 and Office 2016 issues; shows how to handle Office 365 SharePoint problems, including browser support, ActiveX issues, service outages, and planned maintenance; and outlines requirements for Skype for Business Online and OneDrive for Business. The course covers objectives for the Microsoft Certification Cloud Fundamentals exam (98-369), focusing on topics related to supporting users. If you're an IT professional responsible for your company's cloud operations, and you're currently pursuing this certification, this course can help you enhance your skills and approach the exam with confidence. (Author: Andrew Bettany)

Coaching Employees through Difficult Situations

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 19:00
Have you ever had to provide coaching to an individual who can't take criticism, or inherited an employee who seems to continually make the same mistakes on the job? Part of growing as a leader is learning how to successfully tackle these and other challenging situations. In this course, leadership consultants Lisa Earle McLeod and Elizabeth McLeod help new and experienced managers address some of the most frequent coaching challenges. Using scenarios, Lisa and Elizabeth demonstrate how to motivate employees who have been demoted or promoted, as well as how to effectively coach employees who have big egos or simply don't want to be coached. In addition, they share strategies for using supplemental resources to further your coaching efforts.

Igniting Emotional Engagement

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 19:00
Whether you work in product, sales, accounting, IT, or marketing, the ability to garner emotional buy-in is essential to making the initiatives and projects you lead more successful. In this course, join leadership coaches Lisa Earle McLeod and Elizabeth McLeod as they share how to determine which situations require emotional buy-in, who to engage, and what to say. They explain how to respond to those who may be less than enthusiastic about your initiatives, and how you can neutralize the naysayers. Plus, they discuss how to rebound quickly from setbacks and sustain long-term enthusiasm.

Learning REST APIs

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 19:00
Learn the basics of REST APIs. In this course, discover what REST APIs are, why they matter, and how putting them to use can help you build faster, more efficient applications. Review how HTTP and REST APIs relate, explore the six constraints of REST, and learn about HTTP status messages. Learn how to get started with consuming REST APIs to incorporate them into data-driven applications. (Author: Morten Rand-Hendriksen)

Setting a Marketing Budget

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 19:00
Marketing is an important business investment. How much you budget for marketing will directly impact your growth and profitability. Marketing expert Luan Wise walks through the cost of marketing and the different ways a marketing budget can be set. Learn how to price products, find the lifetime value of your customers, and know the costs of various marketing activities. Plus, get budgeting and cost management tips, and find out how to measure your success.

Inkjet Printing for Photographers

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 19:00
In this course, photographer and author Ben Long explores the art and the craft of creating beautiful, archival-quality inkjet prints. The course looks at the anatomy of a print job: how a printer works, how to adjust and prepare your image to get the best results, and what happens to your photo in its journey from pixels to paper.

After a discussion of how to choose a printer, the course covers the process of preparing both black and white and color images using Adobe Photoshop. Ben describes how to take images from looking good onscreen to being properly adjusted for best results on paper, covering details such as sizing, sharpening, and color management.

With photographer and master framer Konrad Eek, Ben explores the creative decisions that photographers should address before printing. What size print? How does print size relate to the message of the photo and to the space where the photo will be displayed? What kinds of paper choices do you have, and how does your photo's content relate to the paper you choose?

The course also describes how to properly evaluate a print and how to handle common challenges that crop up during the printing process.

Office 365: Word Essential Training

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 19:00
Learn how to create, format, share, and print a wide variety of documents in the Office 365 version of Word. Author David Rivers covers creating new documents from templates and scratch, formatting text and pages, working with headers and footers, using themes and styles, adding multimedia, and more. He'll also show how to share documents with others and enhance your productivity with macros.

Office 365 New Features

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 19:00
Microsoft is rolling out feature updates to Office 365 on a monthly basis. In this course, David Rivers summarizes the latest enhancements to all the Office apps, including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and more. Find out how to see and hear more with Word's Read Mode, get writing and research assistance, turn data into maps with Excel, get someone's attention in Outlook, and create better lists in PowerPoint. Plus, learn about new apps in the Office 365 suite, including Teams and Bookings, and suite-wide enhancements such as the Recent tab. This course will be updated on a regular basis; check back often to get up to speed with the latest features.

Salesforce Lightning Essentials: First Look

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 19:00
Salesforce Lightning Essentials is the newest Salesforce product for small to medium businesses. Chris Mattia answers the most pressing questions that sales managers and business owners have about Salesforce Lightning Essentials: what it is, who it's for, how it's accessed, and how you get started. Get the answers you need—in plain English, without jargon or marketing spin.

Salesforce Lightning Essentials: First Look

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 19:00
Salesforce Lightning Essentials is the newest Salesforce product for small to medium businesses. Chris Mattia answers the most pressing questions that sales managers and business owners have about Salesforce Lightning Essentials: what it is, who it's for, how it's accessed, and how you get started. Get the answers you need—in plain English, without jargon or marketing spin.

Leading Effectively

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 19:00
Leaders all face the same challenge: too much to do and not enough time to do it. In this course, leadership consultant Mike Figliuolo introduces the concept of "leadership capital," which is the finite amount of time and energy you have available to lead, manage, and develop your team members. He outlines the four ways leaders invest their leadership capital: directing people, making sure the work gets done, making sure the work is delivered, and developing talent. He then helps you assess whether you are using your leadership capital wisely by looking at team results: the quantity of work, the quality of work, timeliness, and impacts on morale and relationships. At the end, he explains how to reallocate your leadership capital and change both your behavior and your team's in order to improve performance.

Learning FARO: Laser Scanning

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 19:00
Laser scanning is a high-precision method of reality capture. By sending laser beams toward a target area, observing the reflected beam, and performing intricate calculations, the FARO Focus laser scanner can construct a data set that represents the target in three dimensions. This course teaches you about the operation of the scanner and explains how to use the FARO scan-editing software, FARO SCENE, to turn the data set into an 3D object you can manipulate in a CAD program. Join instructor Dustin Manning as he takes you on a hands-on tour of this powerful technology. Learn how to create accurate 3D scans in indoor and outdoor scenarios, import them into SCENE, and adjust and export your project for use in other designs.

CompTIA Security+ (SY0-501) Cert Prep: 6 Cryptography

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 19:00
Prepare to take and pass the CompTIA Security+ exam. This installment of the CompTIA Security+ (SY0-501) Cert Prep series prepares candidates to confidently approach the Cryptography domain of the exam. Topics include encryption, symmetric and asymmetric cryptography, and key management. Plus, instructor Mike Chapple—an experienced IT leader—dives into hash functions, digital signatures, cryptanalytic attacks, and cryptographic applications.

Xamarin Development: Authentication and Identity

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 19:00
Learn how to use the Xamarin.Auth library to authenticate mobile users and restrict or allow access to resources and functionality in your C# applications. This course reviews the components involved in authentication, including identity providers, OAuth, tokens, and claims, and then dives straight into working with Xamarin.Auth, from installing the necessary packages to authenticating and storing user credentials. Then learn how to centralize claims with an identity management service such as Azure Active Directory B2C, and access claims from authentication tokens in order to authorize users and personalize the user experience in your apps. (Author: Matt Milner)

Financial Record Keeping

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 19:00
Bookkeeping—financial record keeping—is the cornerstone of a healthy business. Accurate records ensure you can make intelligent decisions, stay on the right side of the IRS, and demonstrate the value of your business should you decide to sell it. Join accounting professors Jim and Kay Stice for this overview of financial record keeping. Learn how to create forecasts and a quantitative business plan, capture rudimentary business data such as sales and expenses, understand income tax reporting, and prepare detailed reports to help you attract financing from banks and other investors. This is an introductory course—no prior accounting knowledge is required. After taking it, you should understand the basics of this critical business function. (Authors: Jim Stice, Earl Kay Stice)

Animating in 2D: Hair and Clothing

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 19:00
Hair and clothing are some of the most important but difficult details to animate. These features make the difference between engaging, life-like characters and stiff, boring ones. This course pulls together a professional animator's time-tested techniques for animating hair, fur, clothing, flags, and other secondary animation items. Dermot O' Connor explains the difference between primary and secondary animation, and helps you create smooth secondary motion that amplifies the interest and realism of your 2D characters.

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