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Data Science & Analytics Career Paths & Certifications: First Steps

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 19:00
The career opportunities in data science, big data, and data analytics are growing dramatically. If you're interested in changing career paths, determining the right course of study, or deciding if certification is worth your time, this course is for you.

Jungwoo Ryoo is a professor of information science and technology at Penn State. Here he reviews the history of data science and its subfields, explores the marketplaces for these fields, and reveals the five main skills areas: data mining, machine learning, natural language processing (NLP), statistics, and visualization. This leads to a discussion of the five biggest career opportunities, the six leading industry-recognized certifications available, and the most exciting emerging technologies. Along the way, Jungwoo discusses the importance of ethics and professional development, and provides pointers to online resources for learning more.

Building a Portfolio with Adobe Portfolio

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 19:00
Adobe Portfolio comes free with any Creative Cloud plan and enables designers to quickly and simply build a website to showcase their creative work. No web design knowledge required! In this course, Rich Harrington provides an overview of Adobe Portfolio, and shows how to create and optimize an online portfolio so it fits your creative style. He shows how to choose a template, customize the site, and import content from Lightroom, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Behance. The course wraps with tips on publishing your portfolio, such as creating a custom domain. (Author: Richard Harrington)

Programming for Non-Programmers: iOS 11 and Swift

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 19:00
Anyone can learn programming. One of the best places to start is iOS app development. With the right tools and training, you can build a fully functional app for the iPhone or iPad in just a few hours. No previous programming experience required! Join Todd Perkins for this course, which teaches the most important concepts in iOS app development in a visual way that people of any background can understand. You can figure out if an iOS learning path is right for you, without a lengthy time commitment. By the end, you'll have a basic understanding of Xcode, the toolset for developing iOS apps; the building blocks of the Swift development language, including variables, methods, and conditional statements; and the essentials of good interface design. Take the challenges issued along the way to test your knowledge and practice your new skills, and see all the concepts in action in the final chapter, where you put together a complete real-world app.

Developing a Design System with UXPin

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 19:00
UXPin is a great solution for building out UX design systems for large clients and projects where you need to collaborate with multiple team members. Learn how to use UXPin to create and share your own robust design systems. Find out how to add colors, fonts, images and icons, and common UI patterns to your library, and move Sketch and Photoshop designs into your UXPin workflow. Instructor Tom Green then proceeds step by step through a wireframing and prototyping workflow that shows the design system in action. Finally, learn how to use the role and permission features in UXPin to add team members and enable editing and sharing of design system assets.

Microsoft Cybersecurity Stack: Advanced Identity and Endpoint Protection

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 19:00
With the rise of the cloud, the traditional model of the network perimeter is dead—identity is the new control plane. This course builds on the previous course in the series, Identity and Endpoint Protection Basics, with advanced configuration techniques for identity and endpoint security leveraging the Microsoft cybersecurity stack: Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) and Azure Active Directory Premium. Instructor Peter Zerger shows how to set up secure access to resources in any app, on any cloud, and from any device. Learn how to configure virtual-based security with Windows Defender Device Guard and Credential Guard, secure email with Exchange Online ATP, control what happens after a breach occurs with Advanced Threat Analytics, and protect the cloud with Azure Active Directory. Plus, find out how to get the most from Windows Defender ATP, and manage access to secure resources in Azure using privileged access, which works like a subscription that is only active for short periods of time. (Author: Pete Zerger)

Migrating from Lightroom Classic CC

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 19:00
With the release of Lightroom CC, existing Lightroom customers are unsure what to do with their images. Do they stay with Lightroom Classic CC, upgrade to the new mobile-focused Lightroom CC, or try an alternative? This course covers the basics of what it takes to move your images to Lightroom CC or to a number of alternative software packages, including On1 Photo RAW, Capture One, ACDSee, and Skylum Luminar. Instructor Rich Harrington covers the costs, pros, and cons of each different option, and shows how to prepare, back up, and move your catalog—without losing any precious metadata or photographs. (Author: Richard Harrington)

IT Security: Key Policies and Resources

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 19:00
Cybersecurity can be daunting because of its technical complexity and the ever-changing threats that professionals must grapple with. And more than ever, cybersecurity is not just an IT issue, but a core business issue for organizations of all kinds. Just like other business issues—such as finance, legal, or human resources—cybersecurity has its own set of external policies, laws, rules, established practices, and resources for getting help. Getting to know these policies and resources better across your organization—and not just within your IT department—can be hugely beneficial to your company. This course seeks to make key cybersecurity policies and resources clear and understandable—whether you work in IT, in business, or are just interested in how information security fits in with our public policies and laws. (Author: Gregory Michaelidis)

Interaction Design for the Web

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 19:00
While user behavior may often seem random, there are psychological reasons behind the choices individuals make as they navigate a user interface. In this course, learn about the psychological reasons why good UI design works, so that you can build websites and apps that work the way your users think. Instructor Chris Nodder helps you get started by discussing how brains work, and how to design around the limitations of the human brain. He also explains how to use perception principles to enhance the flow of your UI; leverage physical concepts to create a more intuitive UI; and smooth out your workflow. To wrap up the course, he explains how to fix small annoyances and make your interface pleasant to use.

Recruiting Talent with Social Media

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 19:00
Social media is changing the way recruiters source talent. In this course, social recruiting expert Bert Verdonck shows how to leverage the top social media platforms—LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook—to find and attract top talent. Learn how to find qualified candidates, make a compelling company profile, and write articles, posts, and tweets that attract talent. Plus, find out how to post job openings on LinkedIn and Facebook, and get time-saving tools and techniques that will help you spend more time on people and less time on tech.

CompTIA Cloud+ (CV0-002) Cert Prep: 1 Configuration and Deployment

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 19:00
The CompTIA Cloud+ certification validates the skills and expertise of IT practitioners in implementing and maintaining cloud technologies. Cloud+ accredits IT professionals with the constantly changing and advancing knowledge they need to be successful in today's cloud environment.

Whether you're a network administrator, cloud developer, or cloud specialist, holding the CompTIA Cloud+ certification can enhance your career by demonstrating to potential employers that you have a solid understanding of how to implement and maintain cloud technologies. This course can prepare you for the qualifying exam by covering the topics outlined in domain 1.0 of the CompTIA Cloud+ (CV0-002) certification exam: Configuration and Deployment. Instructor Joseph Holbrook reviews concepts that can help both experienced IT professionals prepping for exam CV0-002, and current certification holders who need to renew their certification. He explains how to analyze system requirements for deployment, establish baselines for analysis, and implement deployment plans. In addition, he explains how to size your cloud requirements around the correct scaling model, analyze appropriate storage types, troubleshoot configuration and deployment, and more.

SOLIDWORKS: Integrated CAM with HSMXpress

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 19:00
Autodesk HSMXpress software brings integrated CAM to SOLIDWORKS. In this course, discover how to get started with this 2.5 axis CAM plugin. Gabriel Corbett walks through how to load models; set up a machine and fixtures; configure tools; and drill, tap, bore, pocket, and mill your material. He also shows how to generate toolpaths, simulate a job, use the utilities in HSM, and more.

Sway Essential Training

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 19:00
Learn how to create and share interactive presentations, reports, and stories with Sway, the popular app included in Office 365. In this course, Gini von Courter shows how to get started using Sway, whether you're creating Sways from existing documents or from scratch. She demonstrates how to add titles, use cards to lay out a storyline, choose a design, and determine navigation. Gini covers how to embed rich content including audio and video, as well as how to remix Sways and share them with others.

Designing an Icon with Affinity Designer

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 19:00
Set your app apart by designing clean, colorful, and unique icons with Affinity Designer, the professional vector design program. In this course, Ronnie McBride walks digital designers through his workflow for creating an application icon, including the five factors that make a recognizable and memorable design. Learn how to set up a template for iOS and Android output, build an icon from simple shapes, and add effects and color. Plus, find out how to export your assets so that developers can easily integrate them in the final app.

SharePoint Online 2017: Beyond the Basics

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 19:00
Go beyond the basics and become a SharePoint power user. Dive deep into SharePoint Online and explore advanced customization and administration features that can help you meet the unique needs of your organization. Instructor Gini von Courter covers creating custom lists and libraries, building and branding team sites, customizing pages with app parts and web parts, and customizing SharePoint search. Plus, learn about adjusting user permissions, customizing content types, creating workflows, and integrating Power BI for reporting and visualization.

SharePoint 365: Advanced Workflows with Nintex

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 19:00
Do you need advanced forms that can accept, calculate, and validate user input? Nintex Forms for Office 365, the drag-and-drop forms designer, makes it easy to create complex forms for SharePoint and other Office applications. In this course, Tiffany Songvilay walks through adding business logic to forms using this powerful plugin. Learn how to format forms, write formulas, set up custom variables and controls, use validation rules, and leverage the responsive form layout. Tiffany reveals how to change the behavior of existing buttons, cascade lookup formulas, and even export the form for use elsewhere. You don't need to be a developer to benefit from these techniques. Follow along to start building your own interactive forms for SharePoint.

Photoshop Compositing Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 19:00
Got a few minutes? Sharpen your Photoshop compositing skills. In this course, photographer and educator Seán Duggan presents eight fast-paced tutorials, each aimed at a particular aspect of Photoshop compositing: making smarter selections, creating quick layer masks, and working with blend modes. Each tutorial demonstrates an essential compositing skill in a project that takes 10 minutes or less to complete.

SketchUp: Tips & Tricks

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 19:00
Discover how to use SketchUp more effectively. In this weekly course, George Maestri covers a wide variety of topics and shares tips that can help you use this powerful application to efficiently and quickly create detailed 3D models. Tune in and start boosting your SketchUp skills.

Windows Server 2016: Software Defined Networking Deployment

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 19:00
Software-defined networks (SDN) are a key concept in server and networking administration, cloud computing, and data center management. SDNs allow administrators to segment network traffic in virtual environments—speeding up deployment and maximizing hardware utilization. In this course, Robert McMillen shows how to deploy a SDN in a Windows Server 2016 environment using the virtual switches and routers from Microsoft. Learn how to configure your network manually using System Center Virtual Machine Manager and automatically via PowerShell scripting. Learn how to configure Hyper-V switches, create a VLAN, build virtual machine (VM) templates to speed up VM creation, and auto-assign IP addresses to new VMs with IP pools. Find out how to automate the creation of objects such as gateways and multitenant VMs with SDN Express scripts. Plus, explore practical use cases for software-defined networking, such as virtual security.

Note: This course is the first of two that will cover SDN in a Server 2016 network. This course maps to the SDN deployment objectives in Exam 70-745.

Human Resources: Leadership and Strategic Impact

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 19:00
Human resources must a be an equal partner in defining an organization's strategy. But compared to its financial, technology, and customer counterparts, HR strategy can feel vague and disconnected from the core mission. How can HR step up to lead? By focusing on pivotal priorities, asking clarifying questions, and following proven frameworks. In this course, award-winning HR guru, researcher, consultant and coach John Boudreau shows how to drive impact, efficiency, and effectiveness of HR investments using his HC BRidge methodology. He shows how to ask the right questions, avoid the obvious (often wrong) answers, and define the talent, relationships, and pivotal processes that will have the biggest impact on company success. Using this toolkit, you build a sustainable HR strategy that will guide your choices and keep them in line with the rest of the organization. Plus, learn how to use bottlenecks to spot priorities, and measure the impact of your new strategy.

Microsoft 365 First Look

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 19:00
Microsoft 365 provides a way for businesses to purchase Microsoft Office and Windows as a bundle subscription, combining Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security features. This course provides a high-level overview of Microsoft 365, explaining what it is and covering the difference between the Business and Enterprise editions. Get an overview of the three services that make up this offering, and review the best use case for each plan. Learn about the different features and services offered in Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security. (Author: Sharon Bennett)