Mobile Technology

Work Smarter Not Harder: Leveraging Technology to Support Your Work

Facilitator Information: 

Harold O. Fields Jr., Associate Director - Technology & Systems, Center for Residence Life

In-Person Courses

We all often find ourselves wishing we had more time or more help to complete tasks. We can't turn back the clock or simply secure more resources but we can take a look at how we're spending our time and identify opportunities to leverage tools or systems to simplify processes or increase our efficiency. This session will cover some common useful tools that can effectively improve your productivity. It will also discuss some best practices for identifying areas of your work that may benefit from the use of a technological tool. We will also explore methods for evaluating the right tool for your task.

Online Courses

Take your Android experience to the next level. This fun course offers cool, productivity-enhancing techniques to help Android users better enjoy their tablets and phones. It explores how to manage apps and widgets, record great video and take fantastic photos, get new and prepurchased music on a device, work with social media, set up parental controls, and much more. Android expert Dan Gookin offers cool tips and tricks you just have to try.

Topics include:

  • Finding and managing apps
  • Shooting video
  • Editing images
  • Enjoying some tunes
  • Reading ebooks
  • Exploring Google Now
  • Saving maps
  • Printing from your Android

 

Learn about all the cool new features of iOS 9, the latest iPhone and iPad operating system. Nick Brazzi covers multitasking, Siri and Proactive assistance, the News app, keyboard improvements, and more.

Topics include:
  • Migrating from Android
  • Working in Low Power mode
  • Using new Siri commands
  • Using the new and improved apps, including News and Wallet
  • Slide Over and Split View multitasking
  • Using the new keyboard tools and text selection features

Get the most out of your iPhone or iPad and learn just about everything you could ever want to know about iOS 9, Apple's operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Garrick Chow explores the ways to interact with iOS 9 devices, from the external controls, touch screen, and multitasking views to the predictive keyboard and Siri, Apple's improved digital assistant. He also covers essential tasks: making and receiving calls, emailing, browsing the web with Safari, using Maps, taking notes, shooting photos, watching videos, and listening to music. Plus, discover how to extend the functionality of your iPhone or iPad by installing one of the 1 million+ apps available in the App Store. The course wraps up with some essential tips to help you customize your device, protect your privacy, and troubleshoot your iPhone or iPad if you encounter a problem.

Topics include:
  • Connecting to Wi-Fi
  • Controlling sounds
  • Typing
  • Syncing music, photos, contacts and more with your computer
  • Calling and texting
  • Making video calls with FaceTime
  • Sending and receiving email
  • Surfing the web
  • Playing music
  • Shooting photos and video
  • Getting directions from Maps
  • Making purchases with Apple Pay
  • Adding events to the calendar
  • Purchasing and installing apps
  • Finding your iPhone
  • Controlling your device with Siri
  • Troubleshooting your iOS 9 device

Discover how to be more productive and have more fun with your iPad. This course covers everything you need to know about gesturing, typing, and syncing files, as well as making the most of iPad when you're working on the go. Author Garrick Chow explains how to manage apps, configure email accounts, send text messages, and connect to secondary displays. He also shares tips on browsing the web and playing music and video back seamlessly on your iPad.

Topics include:

  • Using iPad-specific gestures
  • Typing tips
  • Syncing media and other files
  • Wireless syncing
  • Receiving and organizing email
  • Chatting with Messages
  • Installing apps
  • Browsing the web
  • Connecting to an external display
  • Using productivity software
  • Playing audio and video files

 

In this age of connected computers, a culture of social sharing, and ever-increasing digital assets, it's good to know there are tools to help you manage your digital life. Dropbox is one of them: an incredibly powerful, reliable, and easy-to-use cloud storage and file sharing service. Keith Gilbert will help you get up to speed with Dropbox as quickly as possible in this course. Learn how to set up and configure Dropbox; use Dropbox for file backup, synchronization, version control, collaboration, and file sharing; and how Dropbox can extend the power of apps on your mobile devices.

Topics include:

  • How much space do you get with Dropbox?
  • Signing up for Dropbox
  • Backing up your files
  • Synchronizing between devices
  • Sharing files and folders with non-Dropbox users
  • Sharing photos and videos
  • Using the Dropbox mobile app

 

Harness the power of Evernote for Mac, the popular note-taking and note-sharing tool that lets you ditch your paper notebooks in favor of a sleeker, cloud-based solution. The course begins with an explanation of Evernote and how you can use it to jot down and track important items. Next, discover how to create notebooks and notes within the application and take and store photos and screenshots, and even add audio to those notebooks. Learn how to use the tagging and search features to keep your notes organized and accessible—you can even search for text in handwritten notes. Finally, the course covers how to share your notes with others, as well as how to protect your content with encryption.

Topics include:

  • Creating an Evernote account
  • Creating and formatting text notes
  • Creating notebooks
  • Adding screenshots to a note
  • Creating a multimedia note
  • Clipping web content to a note
  • Merging notes
  • Finding notes and content
  • Tagging notes
  • Sharing notes
  • Protecting content with encryption
  • Using Evernote on mobile devices

Harness the power of Evernote for Windows, the popular note-taking and note-sharing tool that lets you ditch your paper notebooks in favor of a sleeker, cloud-based solution. The course begins with an explanation of what Evernote is and how you can use it to jot down and track important items. Next, discover how to create notes and notebooks within the application and store PDF content, photos, screenshots, web content, and more to those notebooks. Learn how to use the tagging and search features to keep your notes organized and accessible—you can even search for text in handwritten notes. Finally, the course covers how to share your notes with others, as well as how to protect your content with encryption.

Topics include:

  • Creating an Evernote account
  • Creating and formatting text notes
  • Creating notebooks
  • Adding screenshots to a note
  • Creating a multimedia note
  • Clipping web content to a note
  • Merging notes
  • Finding notes and content
  • Tagging notes
  • Sharing notes
  • Protecting content with encryption

Use your iPhone and iPad to accomplish critical business tasks. This course, from our Mobile for Business series, covers connecting an iOS device to a company network via Wi-Fi or secure VPN, setting up work email, and synching contacts and calendars. Along the way, author Nick Brazzi provides tips for giving presentations from your iPad or iPhone and customizing your device so it better suits your working style.

Topics include:

  • Getting connected to Wi-Fi and VPN
  • Printing with AirPrint
  • Synchronizing contacts and calendars
  • Connecting to displays for presentations
  • Using an external keyboard
  • Securing an iPhone or iPad with a passcode lock