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Learning to Use Stock Photos and Assets

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 20:00
Stock images and illustrations are a great resource. You can acquire assets quickly and inexpensively, and gain access to a wide variety of subjects and styles. This course outlines the benefits of using stock photos and assets and shows how to find and purchase images from the most popular stock photography sites, including Adobe Stock, iStockphoto, and Shutterstock. Instructor Kevin Stohlmeyer covers important topics such as choosing a subscription plan, understanding the licensing terms, customizing images, and incorporating stock assets into your designs and documents.

Introduction to LEED Certification

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 20:00
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system evaluates buildings for their environmental performance and encourages the use of green building practices. Designs with LEED certification may qualify for tax breaks and incentives, as well as industry awards and recognition. If you have been looking for more information about the LEED rating system and certification process, this is the course for you. It provides everything you need to know about LEED in one place—from a seasoned practitioner's view. Instructor Fulya Kocak Gin is a LEED Fellow who has certified a wide variety of projects. She explains exactly what it means to build green, and how you can leverage your hard work by achieving a LEED certification. Learn about the various LEED ratings, adaptations, versions, credits and prerequisites, and categories. Fulya then dives deeper into each category, exploring the range of credits and relevant strategies you can pursue, from sustainable sites and water efficiency to green materials and environmental quality.

Human Resources: Strategic Workforce Planning

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 20:00
No company can achieve sustained success without a strong, capable leader at the helm. But what happens when a key person in an upper-management role leaves their post? In this practical course, HR expert Wayne Cascio dives into the subject of strategic workforce planning (SWP). Wayne explains why SWP is critical and shows HR professionals how to craft a plan that ensures that the right employees are placed in critical roles.

Wayne reviews what SWP is and how it delivers value to companies large and small. He steps through how to build a talent inventory, forecast the internal and external supply of labor, and approach succession planning. Plus, he explains how to tackle global talent management effectively.

Introduction to LEED Certification

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 20:00
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system evaluates buildings for their environmental performance and encourages the use of green building practices. Designs with LEED certification may qualify for tax breaks and incentives, as well as industry awards and recognition. If you have been looking for more information about the LEED rating system and certification process, this is the course for you. It provides everything you need to know about LEED in one place—from a seasoned practitioner's view. Instructor Fulya Kocak Gin is a LEED Fellow who has certified a wide variety of projects. She explains exactly what it means to build green, and how you can leverage your hard work by achieving a LEED certification. Learn about the various LEED ratings, adaptations, versions, credits and prerequisites, and categories. Fulya then dives deeper into each category, exploring the range of credits and relevant strategies you can pursue, from sustainable sites and water efficiency to green materials and environmental quality.

Learning Dynamics Talent

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 20:00
Dynamics Talent is a new Microsoft app that brings the power of an HRIS to Dynamics. In this course, learn how to leverage Dynamics Talent for recruiting and onboarding employees, as well as empowering employees to manage their own data and teams inside of the program. Explore how Dynamic Talent can centralize business information, and even provide a review and training platform to help increase employee performance. Instructor Gini von Courter shows how to manage the hiring process, from first contact to interviews; facilitate onboarding; generate and view org charts; store employee data; and manage training and performance feedback.

Employee Experience

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 20:00
Employee experience is a new concept in HR. It goes beyond traditional benefits, compensation, and performance. Now HR must actively work with all facets of the organization—incorporating the company's culture, tools, and environment—to create a great place to work. This course helps HR leaders and managers understand what employee experience is, why it's important, and how you can design a program that will set your company apart and help you win the war for talent. Learn how to keep employees engaged and support them throughout the employee life cycle—from first contact to offboarding. HR exec and talent consultant Pat Wadors also shows where to find the data you need to measure your progress and evolve your process. Experience matters; use these tips to build a more productive, positive workplace that helps you compete for—and keep—great talent.

Photoshop for Fashion: Warping Pattern Fills

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 20:00
Take your surface design presentations from flat to fabulous by creating seamless pattern fills that appear to drape around the body. Robin Schneider guides you in using warp, displace, Liquify, and layer blend modes to add drape, wrinkles, ruffles, and shading to pattern fills, giving your illustrations a more realistic look. Plus, learn to do it all with Smart Objects, so you can easily swap out one pattern for a new pattern that retains the warping and shading of the original.

Selling Your Small Business

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 20:00
Learn how to sell your small business. In this course, leading small business consultant Naomi Simson takes you through the process. Explore the factors that are used to identify when it is a good time to sell. Find out how to make your business marketable, locate buyers, and select the correct buyer. Discover how to create a strategy and decide between selling your business yourself and working with a broker. Learn about the legal and tax implications of selling their business. Finally, hear a story from Naomi about how she sold one of her businesses, and the hard lessons she has learned through her work with hundreds of entrepreneurs.

Introduction to LEED Credentialing

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 20:00
Earning a LEED credential signifies your deep understanding of sustainable design and construction. If you're interested in earning a LEED credential but aren't sure where to start, then this course can help. Join instructor Fulya Kocak Gin as she demystifies the LEED credentialing process, going over the different types of LEED credentials, who each credential is suitable for, and how to prepare for the different credentialing exams. Fulya steps through how to register for your exam, discusses the format and content for key exams such as the LEED Green Associate exam, and shares tips for studying effectively. Plus, she goes over how to maintain your credential once you've earned it.

Practical Software-Defined Networking: 1 SDN and OpenFlow Quick Start

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 20:00
Get a quick introduction to software-defined networking (SDN) and OpenFlow, the SDN communications protocol. This quick-start guide was created for cloud administrators that don't have a lot of time, but who want to leverage an SDN to centralize and automate network provisioning and maintenance. Instructor David Bombal introduces SDN terms and definitions, and reviews core related technologies such as Docker, Open vSwitch (OVS), and OpenDaylight (ODL). David also walks you through a number of hands-on examples: using OpenFlow controllers as programmable patch panels, incorporating an HP Enterprise VAN SDN controller and OVS, working with Linux and Docker containers, and managing OpenFlow packet capture with Wireshark.

Note: This course uses GNS3 for all demonstrations.

Unit Testing and Test Driven Development in Python

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 20:00
Every software developer wants to ship high-quality applications. Test-driven development (TDD) is a key discipline that can help you enhance your development process—and, in turn, your code base—by ensuring that crashes and bugs are addressed early on. In this course, join Richard Wells as he covers unit testing and TDD for Python projects. Richard provides an overview of both unit testing and TDD, explaining why both are crucial for developers. He also shows how to set up your development environment for TDD and goes over the pytest unit-testing framework. Throughout the course, he shares best practices and provides examples and test cases that can help you gain a practical understanding of TTD in Python.

Reactive Programming with Java 8

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 20:00
Java developers face many challenges: complex distributed systems, high expectations for responsiveness and performance, and more users and data than ever before. Reactive programming offers a solution. Follow along with instructor Chris Anatalio and learn how to write asynchronous, concurrent, and resilient applications in Java 8 using popular reactive frameworks such as RxJava and Akka. Learn how to pair reactive programming with functional programming, which breaks software into small modular pieces made up of functions that reduce cognitive load and complexity. Chris then surveys five major reactive frameworks—RxJava, Akka, Vert.x, Reactive Streams, and Spring 5.0—and selects two, RxJava and Akka, to demo. Learn how to use each framework to bootstrap apps as well as build complete applications from scratch. In the final chapters, Chris shows how to write unit tests for RxJava and Akka applications and reviews the final projects. (Author: Christopher Anatalio)

Advanced Node.js

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 20:00
Learn advanced techniques for asynchronous programming and data streaming in Node.js. In this course, instructor Alex Banks shows how to use asynchronous patterns such as callbacks, promises, and async/await to manage processes and enforce sequential, parallel, and concurrent execution. He then reviews streams, a critical feature for reading and writing data from Node applications. He introduces the four different types of streams—readable, writeable, duplex, and transform—and shows how to minimize backpressure, or buildup, in data transmission. In the final section, Alex shows how to combine the techniques and build an HTTP server for streaming video over the web. Learn how to ensure the stream is cross-browser compatible and collect multipart/form-data, such as text data and files, from the upload stream. By the end of the course, you'll have a powerful new toolset for building advanced, enterprise-scale applications with Node.js.

Vanilla JavaScript: Animations

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 20:00
Explore strategies and techniques for animating content using JavaScript and native web technologies. In this focused course, instructor Joseph Labrecque demonstrates how to use vanilla JavaScript to perform common animations within modern web browsers. Joseph begins by covering basic web development concepts, including how to create an HTML document and style it with CSS. He then goes into JavaScript animation fundamentals, looking at how to configure Document Object Model (DOM) elements—the foundational tag structure of HTML—and how to animate these elements across the viewport. He also looks at the HTML5 canvas element and how to perform complex animations within this single, powerful drawing surface. Finally, he looks at the future of JavaScript animation through the Web Animations API, which provides a common language for browsers and developers to describe animations and interact with playback.

Practical Linux for Network Engineers: Part 1

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 20:00
Linux is a critical skill for network engineers. Many network operating systems use Linux, as do software-defined networking and DevOps tools such as OpenDaylight and Git. Don't get left behind. This course teaches Linux from the networking perspective, providing practical, hands-on lessons that are grounded in the fundamentals that network engineers need most. Learn Linux commands for interacting with the CLI. Find out how to configure Linux networking, create users, and assign permissions. Then discover how to build different types of virtual machines, including Ubuntu desktop and server VMs. Instructor David Bombal also helps you choose a Linux distribution and text editor, and then dives deeper into fundamental topics: file systems and the directory hierarchy; editing files and file-level permissions; and managing permissions and processes. Continue to Part 2 of the training series to learn more about setting up Linux services and software-defined networking.

Note: This course uses GNS3 for all demonstrations.

InDesign CC 2018: EPUB

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 20:00
Learn how to create an ebook in Adobe InDesign. This course helps you take an existing InDesign print project and convert it to EPUB, the open-source ebook format that is suitable for most distribution channels, including Barnes & Noble, Apple iBookstore, and Kobo. Instructor Anne-Marie Concepción explains exactly what an EPUB is, and then introduces the workflow and scripts you need to get started. Learn how to prepare your InDesign file for EPUB conversion, optimize text and images, and add special features such as video and an in-book table of contents. Anne-Marie reviews the many different export options, providing recommendations on which to choose, and shows how to proof your final export on iOS and Android. Finally, she shows how to convert an EPUB to the Kindle format, which comprises the other large chunk of the ebook market.

Creating Video for a Non-Profit

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 20:00
To succeed as a nonprofit, you need to share your story. Video is one of the most effective ways to communicate your mission—to clients, donors, and future volunteers. But what if you don't have a lot of resources, or the money to hire a video team? This course is designed to help non-video people make short, professional-looking videos from scratch. It features a real nonprofit, Chicago CRED, which connects people at risk of gun violence to jobs, counselling, and housing. Watch as employees from CRED team up with instructor Ashley Kennedy to make a short, impactful video that spreads their message of hope. Along the way, you can learn all of the fundamentals of video production: from planning and scheduling, to filming and lighting, to editing and delivering the final video. All you need to follow along is smartphone and a limited amount of production equipment. By the end, you'll be able to plan a video project with an eye for success, shoot the best possible videos using very basic gear, and edit those videos with intention and finesse using free editing software.

Reactive Programming with Java 8

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 20:00
Java developers face many challenges: complex distributed systems, high expectations for responsiveness and performance, and more users and data than ever before. Reactive programming offers a solution. Follow along with instructor Chris Anatalio and learn how to write asynchronous, concurrent, and resilient applications in Java 8 using popular reactive frameworks such as RxJava and Akka. Learn how to pair reactive programming with functional programming, which breaks software into small modular pieces made up of functions that reduce cognitive load and complexity. Chris then surveys five major reactive frameworks—RxJava, Akka, Vert.x, Reactive Streams, and Spring 5.0—and selects two, RxJava and Akka, to demo. Learn how to use each framework to bootstrap apps as well as build complete applications from scratch. In the final chapters, Chris shows how to write unit tests for RxJava and Akka applications and reviews the final projects. (Author: Christopher Anatalio)

Illustrator for the In-House Designer

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 03:00
Many companies are bringing design in-house for greater creative control and cost efficiency. However, you may find the role of an in-house designer is very different from that of a freelancer. There is a stronger emphasis on templates and styles, consistent file output, and shared workflows. This course helps designers transition their Illustrator skills to in-house design work, with a focus on efficiency, compatibility, and collaboration. Designer and creative consultant Tony Harmer shows how to produce graphics for print and digital display; work more effectively with Illustrator artboards, symbols, and layers; and prepare files for print production. Plus, learn about some useful Illustrator scripts and plugins to save you time on common design tasks, including sketching, halftone shading, and isometry.

Watch Tony's companion course, Photoshop for the In-House Designer, to learn time-saving techniques using Photoshop templates, presets, brushes, and more.

Freelance Work Strategies for Video and Motion Graphics Creators

Sun, 06/24/2018 - 20:00
To be a successful creative freelancer, you need to mesh your artistic abilities with managing a small business. In this course, Amy DeLouise helps creative video professionals learn the strategies, tools, technologies, and skills they need to survive and thrive in a gig economy. After helping you determine if the freelance life would be right for you, Amy explains how to define your brand identity. She then dives into several essential business concepts and shares marketing, sales, and networking techniques for growing your freelance business. Plus, learn how to manage relationships with clients, set your rate, ensure that you get paid, and maintain a healthy work-life balance.

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