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Illustrator CC 2018 Essential Training

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 20:00
Illustrator—the world's leading vector illustration software—can be used to accomplish many different design tasks. This course teaches core concepts and techniques that can be applied to any workflow: for print, for the web, or for assets that will find their way into other applications. Instructor Tony Harmer shows you how to get around the interface, and explains elements of Adobe Illustrator, such as artboards, workspaces, layers, and shapes. He discusses vector graphics—which are composed of paths, strokes, and fills—and shows how to create and edit them using the Illustrator drawing tools. He demonstrates how to combine and clean up paths, and organize artwork into groups and layers. Tony also covers typography and text editing, color, expressive brush drawing, effects, leveraging CC Libraries, printing and export, and much more.

Ableton Live 10 Essential Training

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 20:00
Create music in real time, on stage, or while producing in the studio, with Ableton Live 10. In this course, music professor Rick Schmunk shows how to compose, record, remix, improvise, produce, and edit your musical ideas using this powerful software. Get familiar with the Live interface, learn how to set up your audio and MIDI hardware, and explore how to create a Live set. Plus, discover how to record and edit both MIDI and audio, shape the sound of your projects by applying effects to your tracks, warp audio, and much more. As you get acquainted with Live 10, you'll learn real-world production skills that can be applied to songwriting, studio production, and DJing.

Designing and Running Experiments for Product Managers

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 20:00
What happens when someone at your company pitches the next great product idea? Enter the MVP—the product manager's tool for experimentation. MVPs (minimum viable products) are designed to test new ideas and features. They may have little or no functionality, but they have to be credible to gather accurate feedback. This course teaches you the steps to design and run successful, convincing MVP experiments.

Instructors Cole Mercer and Evan Kimbrell show how nail down your business hypothesis and define the minimum criteria for success. They introduce the tools and techniques you need to build email-based MVPs, shadow buttons, "coming soon" messaging, piecemeal MVPs that use existing tools, and even concierge MVPs, where you solve the customer's problem without coding anything. They also show how to evaluate the results of your testing and iterate on the design—building better products as you go.

Illustrator CC 2018 One-on-One Advanced

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 20:00
Discover how to be the best Adobe Illustrator user you know. This comprehensive, project-based course is the second in a series of three courses by industry pro Deke McClelland. In this course, Deke doesn't just talk about how to leverage different Illustrator features—he ties each concept to a clearly-defined task, ensuring that you close out each section of the course with a practical understanding of the concepts. Discover how to convert scanned line art to scalable, vector-based path outlines using the automated Image Trace feature. Plus, learn how to make a logo using the transformation tools, create an emoji with the Gradient tool, and turn a simple circle into an intricate origami flower with the program's dynamic effects.

27 Practical Tips for Songwriters

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 20:00
Songwriting can be a thrilling and rewarding profession, but it's not without its challenges. In this course, join professional songwriter Cliff Goldmacher as he explores the craft—and business—of songwriting through a series of short, self-contained lessons that offer practical solutions to common problems. Cliff shares creative workarounds for songwriting issues, explaining what to do when you're stuck finding the perfect line or you can't tell if a song is finished. He also goes over problems—and offers solutions—for songwriters that are working in the recording studio or trying to pursue a career in music.

Green Building Concepts Foundations

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 20:00
Green buildings offer a host of environmental and economic benefits while supporting the health and well-being of their occupants. In this practical course, discover how to design, build, and operate buildings from a green perspective. Instructor Fulya Kocak Gin begins by explaining what makes a building green. Fulya then goes over the different components of green buildings, discussing resource efficiency and the importance of location and site design. In addition, she covers notable green building rating systems and credentials, including the LEED rating system. Upon completing this course, you'll be equipped with key information that can help you decide which aspect of green buildings—and which certification types—to focus on based on your individual priorities.

Audition CC 2018 Essential Training

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 20:00
Discover how to professionally edit and mix audio with Adobe Audition CC. In this course, instructor Paul Murphy begins by touring the Audition interface and providing a crash course in fixing noisy audio from a Premiere Pro project. He then continues with a more detailed overview of the software, including topics such as importing, editing, improving sound elements with effects and the Essential Sound panel, integration with Premiere Pro, and finally, exporting your mix. For editors who have traditionally completed audio work inside their editing system, this course can show you powerful tools and expert techniques to take your audio mixes to the next level.

Neural Networks and Convolutional Neural Networks Essential Training

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 20:00
Take a deep dive into neural networks and convolutional neural networks, two key concepts in the area of machine learning. In this hands-on course, instructor Jonathan Fernandes covers fundamental neural and convolutional neural network concepts. Jonathan begins by providing an introduction to the components of neural networks, discussing activation functions and backpropagation. He then looks at convolutional neural networks, explaining why they're particularly good at image recognition tasks. He also steps through how to build a neural network model using Keras. Plus, learn about VGG16, the history of the ImageNet challenge, and more.

Selling into Industries: Financial Services

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 20:00
The financial industry can be a particularly challenging vertical to sell into. Factors such as rigorous reporting deadlines and shifting regulations provide obstacles that aren't easily navigated. In this course, Lisa Earle McLeod and Elizabeth McLeod equip you with practical tips and strategies for selling to financial buyers. Discover how to unpack an annual report and leverage that information in your sales process, as well as how to identify the key metrics that drive your buyer's decision making. In addition, learn how to prove your ROI and develop authentic relationships in an inherently untrusting industry.

Selling into Industries: Healthcare

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 20:00
Healthcare is a complex industry that requires a strategic sales approach. In this course, learn how to increase your revenue and your impact when selling into the healthcare vertical. Instructors Lisa Earle McLeod and Elizabeth McLeod share how to grasp the key metrics of your buyer, so that you can connect your solution to the most pertinent numbers. They also cover how to identify and get to the key senior players in a healthcare organization, understand hot-button issues for providers and suppliers, and adapt to changing regulations and legislation while still communicating your value.

Advanced Consumer Behavior

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 20:00
A diverse and fascinating array of factors influence even the simplest buying decisions. Understanding the driving forces behind why your customers buy from you—or opt for a competitor's product—can empower you to reach key consumers. In this course, join thought leader Michael Solomon as he takes a deep dive into the internal and external forces that influence consumer behavior.

First, learn the importance of consumer behavior in helping us understand when, why, and how purchasing decisions are made. Michael shares how factors such as color, shape, and sound influence our perception of brands and products. He discusses gender identity and products geared towards different genders, as well as how consumer lifestyles, values, and attitudes affect product preferences. Michael also goes into external influences on consumer behavior, covering how groups make decisions and how ideas spread. Finally, Michael explores the role emotion plays in purchase decisions, and how you can structure messages to maximize persuasion. (Author: Michael R. Solomon)

Stay Lean with Kanban

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 20:00
In many ways Kanban is counterintuitive. The system relies on basic rules and practices, but these rules can help you start a large-scale organizational change. The kanban board is a simple diagram that shows the team's workflow. But it can help build cross-functional self-organized teams, encourage better collaboration, and increase your team's productivity. That's why most enterprise agile teams use kanban boards to visualize their work. Kanban is also a key way to introduce lean principles in your organization. Lean can help your teams better prioritize their work and continuously improve by removing the waste or "muda" from your process. In this course, explore essential lean principles and discover how to use a kanban board to help your team prioritize more effectively. Learn about starting enterprise lean, setting up a board, optimizing your flow, and more. (Author: Doug Rose)

Spring: Spring MVC

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 20:00
Get acquainted with Spring MVC, an essential web framework for Java developers who work on enterprise-level projects. Throughout this practical course, instructor Shonna Smith steps through fundamental aspects of this framework, including Spring MVC controllers, models, and views. She also discusses the benefits of learning Spring MVC, explores custom app configuration, and provides exercises that can help you strengthen your understanding of key concepts. Upon completing this course, you'll have the knowledge you need to build robust MVC applications with Spring MVC.

Making User Experience Happen as a Team

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 20:00
As a UX design professional, you want your team to be user-centered—doing usability testing, site visits, early prototype testing, or other user research—but they may not see the need. For example, many developers tend to systemize rather than empathize. They approach problems in a logical way and find it hard to see the emotional side to issues. Most users, in contrast, have a more complex relationship with the software they use. They have emotional responses to working with your product.

In this practical course, look at what it takes to help systemizers to empathize, and how you can best integrate with development teams, communicate the value of UX to business-oriented team members, and cultivate executive champions. Upon wrapping up this course, you'll have a better understanding of how to help your colleagues grasp the importance of user experience—which, in turn, can help make design decisions a bit easier. (Author: Chris Nodder)

WordPress: Building Apps with Angular

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 20:00
The WordPress content management system can provide a solid foundation for applications built with Angular, the popular front-end framework. WordPress REST API services mesh smoothly with the expectations of Angular, giving developers the opportunity to create single-page applications that provide a sophisticated window on content stored in WordPress. In this course, join instructor Roy Sivan as he showcases how easy it is to build Angular applications—powered by WordPress—when using the Angular CLI. Discover how to create an Angular WordPress theme, a plugin, and a headless app that displays data from a WordPress website.

Kubernetes: Cloud Native Ecosystem

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 20:00
The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) provides professionals with an assortment of cutting-edge tools and platforms. If you're unfamiliar with CNCF tools and want to learn how they can help you, then this concise course is for you. Join Karthik Gaekwad as he covers many of the tools hosted by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, with an emphasis on the problems they can solve. Karthik covers powerful tools such as Prometheus, Fluentd, and Jaeger. He explains how these tools work and dives into the mindset and engineering challenges involved in adopting cloud native architectures. He discusses management and orchestration; networking and runtime; and application observability, analysis, and security. Upon wrapping up this course, you'll have a better idea of which projects to use to build great cloud native applications with technologies that will scale with time.

R for Data Science: Lunchbreak Lessons

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 20:00
Programming is learned in small bits. You build on basic concepts. You transfer the knowledge you already have to the next language. Lunch Break Lessons teaches R—one of the most popular programming languages for data analysis and reporting—in short lessons that expand on what existing programmers already know.

The five minutes you spend each week will provide you with a building block you can use in the next two hours at work. Review language basics, discover methods to improve existing R code, explore new and interesting features, and learn about useful development tools and libraries that will make your time programming with R that much more productive.

All series code samples can be downloaded at https://github.com/mnr/five-minutes-of-R. (Author: Mark Niemann-Ross)

Illustrator: Coloring Artwork

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 20:00
Designers and artists spend a lot of time coloring artwork: finding inspiration, searching for just the right hue, applying color, and converting the color of existing artwork. This course shows how to speed up the process and maximize color choice and control in Adobe Illustrator. Theresa Jackson, a graphic artist and instructor, guides you through the three stages: creation, inspiration, and editing. Follow along and learn how to set up your files for color accuracy, mix and save custom colors, use color guides and themes, and color and recolor artwork. Theresa also shows how to build art in a way that allows you to make changes quickly and take advantage of the latest features in Illustrator.

Acrobat DC: Using the Document Cloud Features

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 20:00
An Adobe Document Cloud subscription provides users with much more than Acrobat. Using Document Cloud, you can access documents from anywhere, anytime, using any device. You also have a variety of tools to create and edit PDFs, gather signatures, and convert PDFs to other file formats. In this course Chad Chelius shows how to access these features from the desktop version of Acrobat DC, a web browser, or the DC mobile apps: Acrobat Reader, Adobe Sign, and Adobe Scan. Follow along and learn how to organize files in the Document Cloud, share files with other users, obtain signatures quickly and easily, and more.

Motivating and Engaging Employees

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 20:00
Employees don't work for companies. They work for people. Which means employee engagement begins and ends with the leader. Your leadership style directly impacts engagement in your organization. Why does it matter? Higher engagement leads to greater productivity, customer loyalty, employee retention, and profits. In this course you can learn what employees need in order to do their best work and how to provide them with purpose, meaning, and control. Talent maximizer Roberta Matuson busts common myths about employee motivations and shares practical way to increase engagement—including low-cost solutions to show employees they are valued and relationship-building strategies that will lead to lifelong connections with the members of your team.

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