Archive for the ‘Presentations and Publications’ Category

Smartsheet – An Introduction (Tech Briefing)

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Smartsheet is an online tool designed to help you better manage your work.

Smartsheet can be used to manage projects of all sizes and complexities with its powerful PM feature; however the straightforward spreadsheet look and feel keeps it flexible enough to manage a variety of processes and workflows.

(Note: Due to technical difficulties, the first five minutes of this presentation were cut off.)

Transitioning from CourseWork to Canvas

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Learn about Stanford’s move to our new learning management system, Canvas. The Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (VPTL) Canvas team will provide information, tips and resources to help you and your faculty get up to speed quickly with Canvas.

This presentation included the following:

- Canvas transition overview
- Canvas demo (mobile apps)
- Canvas resources
- Most frequently asked faculty questions (+ answers)
- Where to get help
- Canvas cheat sheets & quick tips

Due to technical issues, here are the videos shown during this session:

Other helpful resources:

Introduction to WordPress

Friday, July 10th, 2015

From its modest beginnings in 2003, WordPress has grown into a full featured, professional Content Management System (CMS). It’s estimated that almost 25% of web sites are built on WordPress, from personal blogs to powerhouse sites like The New York Times, CNN, and Sony Music.

WordPress makes it easy to create professionally styled sites, add custom functionality, and author rich and compelling content.

This Tech Briefing will introduce you to WordPress as a CMS. You’ll learn about:

  • Content
  • Presentation
  • Adding functionality
  • Controlling access
  • Tips for managing a WordPress site

If you’re curious about WordPress – what it is and whether or not it’s a fit for your needs – this is the session for you!

BlueJeans: Free Video Conferencing at Stanford

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Effective September 1, 2014 BlueJeans audio/video conferencing service will be added to the Converged Communications package and available to all active faculty, staff, and students at no additional cost.

Please join us for this fun and informative Tech Briefing where you will learn:
- how to access your BlueJeans account
- schedule and participate in a meeting
- share your screen and documents
- use the recording functionality

In addition to providing simple to use, high quality video conferencing, BlueJeans is also a replacement for WebEx, Premiere Global, and other audio conferencing services.


Stanford Media Group COP Bi-Monthly Meeting

Friday, September 19th, 2014

In the September Stanford Media Group “Community of Practice” Meeting, the main topics were:

- School of Medicine Classroom Capture with MediaSite
- SoE/SCPD Classroom Capture with ClassX

Please note: Due to technical difficulties during the filming, parts of the “Classroom Capture with MediaSite” and “Classroom Capture with ClassX” have been edited out.

Stanford Media Group: Digital Repository and Media

Friday, July 25th, 2014

This Stanford Media Group meeting discussed the Digital Repository and media.

Other topics covered include:

  • Resource Directory
  • Sub-group happenings

Computers and Assistive Technology

Friday, July 18th, 2014

This presentation provided a brief introduction to Assistive Technology, covering these topics:

  • a definition of terms
  • demographics
  • goals of rehabilitation
  • perceptions of disability
  • the needs of people experiencing disabilities
  • political correctness
  • numerous examples of computer-based assistive technology devices and research projects

Presenter information: David L. Jaffe teaches a Winter Quarter course, “Perspectives in Assistive Technology”, that explores the design, development, and use of technology that benefits people with disabilities and older adults.

Agile Project Management: Introduction to Scrum Methodologies

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Important viewing note: Unfortunately, due to a server glitch while recording, the audio for this Tech Briefing video repeats and skips occasionally. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Improve estimates and on-time completion of projects, keep your team happy and sane, and continue iterating on your process at regular intervals!

This Tech Briefing discussed:

  • The Agile manifesto
  • Scrum philosophy
  • The basics of creating and grooming a project backlog
  • The structure of a sprint
Relevant audiences include: all project managers, developers, and anyone who hires outside vendors to create software or websites.

The session was taught by Stanford Web Services’ project manager Linnea Williams, a Certified ScrumMaster and Certified Scrum Product Owner.

Adobe Creative Cloud

Friday, April 25th, 2014

This session focused on what’s new with Creative Cloud — the new desktop version of Adobe products in the Creative Suite — and the added tools and services to facilitate creating and collaborating.

Jim Babbage, Solutions Consultant at Adobe, reviewed the enhancements to Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Muse, and Acrobat. He also explored how these applications collaborate, and how other Creative Cloud tools/apps complement them.

Other topics:

  • Deployment Tools and Licensing Options
  • Adobe Community Resources
  • Collaboration: Behance and Beyond
  • Creativity in Education: Why it Matters
  • InDesign and Digital Publishing for Mobile Apps

Common Craft: The Art of Explanation

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Professionals explain ideas every day, but rarely consider what it takes to become a better explainer. Lee LeFever, the Founder of Common Craft, helps you take a fresh look at what makes explanations work (or not), and how to solve explanation problems. Learn the battle-tested strategies for packaging ideas into explanations that help people understand and care about your ideas.

Topics covered in this briefing include:

  • What does it mean to explain an idea?
  • What is the Curse of Knowledge and what is the remedy?
  • Why is explanation so difficult?
  • What are explanation problems and how do you solve them?
  • The Explanation Scale
  • The Stepping Stones of effective explanations
  • Finding the right language for your audience
  • How to integrate better explanation into your professional and personal life

Presenter Information:

Lee LeFever is the Founder of Common Craft and author of The Art of Explanation. Common Craft has won numerous awards, created explanations for the world’s most respected brands and earned over 50 million online video views.

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