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Tech Briefings

Timely Info for Power Users and Stanford's Technology Support Community


Held Friday afternoons in Turing Auditorium, Tech Briefings are informal, interactive seminars on computer-related topics of interest to the Stanford community. These sessions are intended for power users, Expert Partners, and those with IT responsibilities, but are open to everyone - faculty, staff, and students. The Tech Briefings, led by knowledgeable ITSS staff, run from 2:00 to 3:30 P.M. No registration is required - just come on by and learn something new. No fees. No fuss.

Turing Auditorium is Room 111 of Polya Hall. See this map to Polya Hall.

The success of these sessions depends on you! Questions from attendees are strongly encouraged. Topics are announced in advance through the techbriefings mailing list and on this web page.

Because we are presenting emerging technical topics, please feel free to contact the Tech Briefing coordinator with any questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns. Call Phyllis Olrich at 725-1541 or send email to

Winter 2006 Tech Briefings

January 27: Insights From an Excel Expert
February 3: What's New From Apple
February 10: Creating Online Tutorials: Which tool do I use to do what?
February 17: Production Overview of 2005 ITSS Holiday Video

Date Topic Presenter(s)
Jan. 27

Insights From an Excel Expert

Microsoft Excel is arguably the Swiss Army Knife of personal computing applications, with uses as far flung as databases, floor planning, and gaming. Come hear the insights of an undisputed Excel expert.

Shane Devenshire holds the prestigious title of being one of only 40 Microsoft-designated MVPs in Excel in the world. He has authored and co-authored dozens of books and articles on Excel. Shane has been consulting and teaching in Excel for over 20 years, and consistently delights customers and classes with his extensive knowledge. If it can be done in Excel, Shane will know how to do it. If you are a frequent Excel user, don’t miss this presentation!

Shane Devenshire, Mentor Training
Feb. 3

What's New From Apple

Come hear Stanford's Apple rep Wyn Davies talk about the exciting new Apple products announced at MacWorld recently. Wyn will also talk about special iTunes-based work going on here at Stanford.

Wyn Davies, Apple
Feb. 10

Creating Online Tutorials: Which tool do I use to do what?

Join Mark Branom and other campus trainers to learn more about creating online tutorials:

  • Where do I start?
  • What tools are available (e.g., Breeze, Presenter, Captivate, Camtasia, Dreamweaver)?
  • What can each tool do?
  • What's the learning curve for each tool?
  • What's the cost of each tool?
  • Which does Stanford have a site license for?
  • Which tools are known to "talk to" STARS?
Mark Branom and panel
Feb. 17

Production Overview of 2005 ITSS Holiday Video

John Klemm will show ITSSN'T, a video produced for the December 2005 ITSS Holiday Party. If you've never seen one of John Klemm's video productions, you're in for a real treat! (If you have, well, it's the same old, same old.) Following the video, John will demonstrate some of the video software and services he used, including Adobe After Effects, Wondertouch's particleIllusion and perhaps the Redwood City Fire Department. Anyone can enjoy this Tech Briefing, plus you'll get a sense of what might be involved in putting together digital videos (and special effects) for your department or for your own use.

John Klemm

Links to Previous Quarters

Click on these links to previous quarters to see the Tech Briefings/TGIF topics we have presented in the past. Links to handouts for most presentations are also available at these sites.

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Tips for Presenters

So, you're going to give a presentation at an upcoming Tech Express. Find out what services we provide and what's expected of you. Refer to this PowerPoint document Tips for Presenters for guidelines on preparing for your presentation. You will find templates, as well as other useful information regarding timelines, marketing, and resources.

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