Information Technology Computer Training Classes

Information Technology provides introductory, intermediate and advanced training classes for supported software. Here you will find course descriptions, schedules and registration links for all Workshops and Seminars.

Imaging Solutions for Scientific Communication Lunchtime Seminars Desktop Computing Lunchtime Seminars
Graphics, Presentation & Research Imaging
Hands-on Workshops
Research Information Technology Hands-on Workshops

Desktop Computing Lunchtime Seminars

Desktop Computing Lunchtime Seminars are short, focused lunchtime information sessions on current computer topics. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch.

Registration is required for Desktop Computing Lunchtime Seminars.

All Desktop Computing Lunchtime Seminars are held from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Imaging Solutions for Scientific Communication
Lunchtime Seminars


Fall 2014

iPad Tips & Tricks for the HMS Environment September 16 Goldenson 229
Imaging Essentials October 8 Goldenson 229
Poster Making for Large Format Printers October 30 Goldenson 229
Reliably Accessorize On-Screen Presentations November 18 Goldenson 229
Drawing Tools & Illustration Features of PowerPoint December 10 Goldenson 229

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workshops and seminars sign-up for the minimally invasive Graphics and Imaging eLetter (GIL from RIS)

Imaging Solutions for Scientific Communication Lunchtime Seminars are designed to build on foundations acquired through Desktop Computing training at HMS/IT and the Center for Workplace Development in Cambridge. RIS skills training is based on the unique ways that researchers use proprietary scientific applications, Microsoft Office and a variety graphics programs to create, acquire and edit images that are included in grant applications, journal articles and presentations to the scientific community. Free Imaging Made Easy Lunchtime Seminars cover topics including poster making, proper PowerPoint techniques and Photoshop tricks.

Customized individual, small group, lab or departmental classes can also be arranged for Quad-based departments. Consider inviting us to your next lab or departmental meeting for some customized training. To schedule Beth Beighlie for your next lab or departmental meeting click here.

The following is a list of all the Imaging Solutions for Scientific Communication Lunchtime Seminars

Poster Making for Large Format Printers
Develop proper techniques for an efficient & pain-free way to construct posters. Maximize your message with images, illustrations & text by using PowerPoint & Photoshop to create large format documents that print properly.

Imaging Essentials
Master the basics of identifying & editing raster, bitmap, pixel-based photos & vector objects. Determine correct file compression, color mode & bit depth options. Learn important fundamentals of image preparation. Understand how to prep images in one application for use in other applications. Become skilled at determining correct resolution & output strategies.

Reliably Accessorize On-Screen Presentations
Understand important concepts of presentation design to reliably display images. Minimize the risks associated with certain fonts & design templates. Learn to use PowerPoint to correctly to insert illustrations, charts & movies in a way that will enable you to present with confidence. Also master ways to use animation & make hyperlinks.

Getting Your Point Across
Deliver better presentations by using PowerPoint as a more effective public speaking tool. Learn to capitalize on PowerPoint's capabilities to convey your ideas. See examples of the principles of information design & clear communication techniques. Understand elements of PowerPoint presentation construction.

Drawing Tools and Illustration Features of PowerPoint
Uncover the secrets of PowerPoint’s sophisticated drawing tools. Discover how to draw complex shapes, edit Bezier curves, output high-resolution images, create pdf files & prepare complex images for journals.

Harnessing the Power of Photoshop
Learn to create and use actions and droplets to minimize repetitive tasks. Find out how you can easily create actions and droplets to batch process images that need reformatting, resizing or other uniform adjustments.

Overcoming Projection Dysfunction
Say good-bye to public humiliation! Eliminate the technical problems associated with projecting computer-based presentations. Familiarize yourself with common issues that arise when connecting computers to projectors & learn what to do about it.

iPad Tips & Tricks in the HMS Environment
Learn about hidden features that will streamline tasks. Understand the differences between Private & Public wireless access. Discover free & not so free apps that boost productivity (& fun). Explore collaboration options in the HMS environment.

Download Research Imaging Lunchtime Seminar Handouts

Training offered by other facilities

Research Imaging Lunchtime Seminars are free and available to all Harvard, HMS, HSDM, HSPH and affiliated hospital employees.

No registration is required for Research Imaging Lunchtime Seminars.

All Research Imaging Lunchtime Seminars are held from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Research Imaging Brown Bag seminars qualify for for AMA/PRA category 1 credits.

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Graphics, Presentation & Research Imaging Hands-on Workshops

Graphics and presentation software enable you to create documents that combine text and pictures.

Creating Figures for Presentations and Publications Using Photoshop and PowerPoint

Due to budgetary constraints, we will not be scheduling any new Creating Figures Workshops for the near term. Soon we will assess our priorities and resources, and at that time we may start some limited Imaging Workshops.

If you would like to schedule any classes, you should still contact Research Imaging Solutions - it's important that the level of need is recorded, and the situation may soon change to the extent that we can begin teaching again.

Prerequisite: Basic computer skills and some familiarity with PowerPoint
In this hands-on workshop, learn to use Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft PowerPoint to incorporate images and graphical data in figures for presentations and publications. Learn to manage different file types, resolutions and image sources for inclusion in a single figure or document. Build figures that include images, illustrations, charts, graphs and tables that have high-quality annotation and correct file format for superior output and display.
DURATION: 4 hours - Download Creating Figures workshop notes

Creating Figures for Publications and Presentations workshops qualify for for AMA/PRA category 1 credits.


Desktop Computing Brown Bag Seminars

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No Desktop Computing seminars are currently scheduled. Please check back again soon!

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Research Information Technology Group (RITG) Hands-on Workshops

Visit the RITG Website for additional information on research computing training in the Longwood Medical area.

RITG class descriptions are shown below.

Basic SQL and Database Theory
Prerequisite: None
An introduction to relational databases, with hands-on exercises using the popular MySQL open source database system. The material covered will be fairly general and therefore applicable to other database systems that use SQL and the relational model, such as PostgreSQL and Oracle.

Introduction to the HMS Wiki
Prerequisite: None
The Harvard Medical School Wiki is a web-based collaboration platform that can be used for knowledge management, project planning and documentation -- or almost anything else you can imagine. Learn about what makes a Wiki and how are they used; How your group can use the HMS Wiki; Other HMS collaborative platforms to consider.

Orchestra 1: The HMS Shared Research Cluster
Prerequisite: UNIX 1 or equivalent
An introduction to the new HMS Research Cluster being launched this spring. Topics include: general cluster architecture; how to schedule and monitor jobs using LSF; job queues and priorities; other cluster resources.

Orchestra 2: The HMS Shared Research Cluster
Prerequisite: Orchestra 1 or equivalent
More advanced techniques for using the Cluster and the LSF scheduler, including: scripting tips for LSF jobs; analyzing and optimizing your jobs' performance; Handling complex workflows in LSF with job dependencies.

UNIX 1: Introduction to UNIX
Prerequisite: None
Assuming no prior experience, this a hands-on approach to learning the basics of the UNIX operating system. Topics and exercises include: UNIX overview; paths and navigating the UNIX filesystem; essential commands and syntax; working with files and directories (copying, removing, renaming); using SSH for remote login and secure file transfer.

UNIX 2: Intermediate UNIX
Prerequisite: UNIX 1 or equivalent
Learn about UNIX file permissions, comparison tools (cmp, comm, diff); How to search in files and the directory tree (grep, find), standard output; The visual text editor (vi); creating basic shell scripts; and many other useful tools.,

UNIX 3: UNIX and Linux Tools
Prerequisite: UNIX 2 or equivalent
Update or expand your UNIX/Linux knowledge to include today's tools of the trade: make remote access to systems easy and automatic with SSH; make your login sessions detachable with GNU screen; copy files locally and remotely with rsync; securely edit remote files in local emacs/xemacs with tramp and more...

UNIX Scripting
Prerequisite: UNIX 2 or equivalent, with some basic knowledge of programming concepts
Learn the essentials of variables, loops, conditionals, output, and more automating of tasks; Focuses on scripting in the BASH shell.

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