Digital Literacy

We rely on technology and various software programs for our day-to-day work, but the systems we use change regularly and sometimes it can be challenging to keep up with the most up-to-date versions. The Center for Professional Development has coordinated this Digital Literacy track to assist faculty and staff in staying current with the systems they are using. 


This track is comprised of in-person courses, as well as courses found on The courses from are all labeled in the title. There are also a many of other courses available in that can support your work. Please browse their library to see if there are other courses that would be meaningful for you as we selected a small sample to use for this track.


Intro to Chart Terminology
o Data Point vs. Data Series
o Axes
o Legend
o Plot Area
o Structuring worksheet data for charting
Creating a Chart
o As a New Sheet
o As an Embedded Chart
o Selecting Contiguous Cells
o Selecting Non-Adjacent Cells
Modifying a Chart
o Changing Chart Type
o Changing Chart Layout
o Changing Chart Styles
o Changing Source Data
▪ Viewing same data as different types of charts.
o Adding and Modifying Layout Elements of a Chart
▪ Data Labels
▪ Axis Labels
Formatting Charts
o Selecting Individual Elements of a Chart
o Text and Number Formatting
o Fill and Border Formatting

2-D Charts (X, Y Axis)
o Formatting and Modifying:
▪ Scale
▪ Trendlines
▪ Switching Rows and Column Data
3-D Charts (X, Y, Z Axis)
o Formatting and Modifying:
▪ Rotation
▪ Perspective
▪ Elevation
Adding Sparklines to a Data Range (Excel 2010 only)
o Line
o Columns
o Win-Loss
Saving Chart as a Template, and setting as default chart type.
Using Charts with Other Applications
(Word, PowerPoint, PDF, etc.)
o Copying
o Linking
o Updating



Prepare Data

Create a PivotTable from a Local Data Source

Create a PivotTable from Multiple Local Data Sources

Create a PivotTable from an External Data Source


Summarize PivotTable Data

Organize PivotTable Data

Filter PivotTable Data

Format a PivotTable Refresh and Change PivotTable Data


Create a PivotChart

Manipulate PivotChart Data

Format a PivotChart

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to create dashboards in Excel 2016.

You will:
•     Create range names and advanced formulas.
•     Automate workbook functionality.
•     Apply conditional logic.
•     Visualize data by creating basic charts.
•     Create trendline and sparkline charts.
•     Use PivotTables, PivotCharts, and slicers to create a dashboard.

Course Content


Lesson 1: Using Names in Formulas and Functions

Topic A: Examine Dashboards

Topic B: Use Range Names in Formulas

Topic C: Use Specialized Functions


Lesson 2: Automating Workbook Functionality

Topic A: Apply Data Validation

Topic B: Work with Forms and Controls


Lesson 3: Applying Conditional Logic

Topic A: Use Lookup Functions

Topic B: Combine Functions


Lesson 4: Visualizing Data with Basic Charts

Topic A: Create Charts

Topic B: Modify and Format Charts


Lesson 5: Using Advanced Charting Techniques

Topic A: Create Dual-Axis Charts and Trendlines

Topic B: Create Sparklines


Lesson 6: Analyzing Data with PivotTables, PivotCharts, and Slicers

Topic A: Create a PivotTable

Topic B: Analyze PivotTable Data

Topic C: Present Data with PivotCharts

Topic D: Filter Data by Using Slicers

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to create and develop Excel worksheets and workbooks in order to work with and analyze the data that is critical to the success of your organization. You will: Get started with Microsoft Office Excel 2016. Perform calculations. Modify a worksheet. Format a worksheet. Print workbooks. Manage workbooks.
  *Please note the 1/21/20-1/28/20 session dates are 2 half days; 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Course Outline

1 - Getting Started with Microsoft Office Excel 2016

▪ Navigate the Excel User Interface

▪ Use Excel Commands

▪ Create and Save a Basic Workbook

▪ Enter Cell Data

▪ Use Excel Help


2 - Performing Calculations

▪ Create Worksheet Formulas

▪ Insert Functions

▪ Reuse Formulas and Functions


3 - Modifying a Worksheet

▪ Insert, Delete, and Adjust Cells, Columns, and Rows

▪ Search for and Replace Data

▪ Use Proofing and Research Tools


4 - Formatting a Worksheet

▪ Apply Text Formats

▪ Apply Number Formats

▪ Align Cell Contents

▪ Apply Styles and Themes

▪ Apply Basic Conditional Formatting

▪ Create and Use Templates


5 - Printing Workbooks

▪ Preview and Print a Workbook

▪ Set Up the Page Layout

▪ Configure Headers and Footers


6 - Managing Workbooks

▪ Manage Worksheets

▪ Manage Workbook and Worksheet Views

▪ Manage Workbook Properties

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to leverage the power of data analysis and presentation in order to make informed, intelligent organizational decisions. You will: Work with Functions Work with Lists Analyze Data Visualize Data with Charts. Create advanced formulas. Analyze Data with PivotTables and PivotCharts.
  *Please note the 1/21/20-1/28/20 session dates are 2 half days;  1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Course Outline

1 - Working with Functions

▪ Work with Ranges

▪ Use Specialized Functions

▪ Work with Logical Functions

▪ Work with Date & Time Functions

▪ Work with Text Functions


2 - Working with Lists

▪ Sort Data

▪ Filter Data

▪ Query Data with Database Functions

▪ Outline and Subtotal Data


3 - Analyzing Data

▪ Create and Modify Tables

▪ Apply Intermediate Conditional Formatting

▪ Apply Advanced Conditional Formatting


4 - Visualizing Data with Charts

▪ Create Charts

▪ Modify and Format Charts

▪ Use Advanced Chart Features


5 - Analyzing Data with PivotTables and PivotCharts

▪ Create a PivotTable

▪ Analyze PivotTable Data

▪ Present Data with PivotCharts

▪ Filter Data by Using Timelines and Slicers

Email Management

Tired of being overwhelmed by your email? Are you using your inbox as a “to-do list”, a contact manager, a calendar, or a filing cabinet? How many emails do you have in your inbox – 100…250…500…more than 1,000? If so, you aren’t alone! Learn how to properly manage your email so that you can enjoy the benefits of this great tool. Get control of your email so that it doesn’t control you!

During this session, you will learn:

  • The proven secrets of managing email
  • Who contributes to the email overload
  • The 5 misuses of an inbox
  • The golden rule of managing email
  • Disadvantages of a full inbox
  • 5 steps for clearing out an overloaded inbox
  • Strategies for incoming email management
  • 3 tips for significantly reducing spam
  • Strategies for managing outgoing emails including 4 options for directing email traffic
  • 5 tips to improve overall performance, processing, maintenance and more!

All registrants will receive course notes, Tips, Tools and Techniques for Managing Email, a 21 page how-to tip sheet and a Next Step Guide which contains a step-by-step strategy for getting your email under control.

By attending the Escape the Email Vortex session, you will learn how to create and maintain a proven strategy for cleaning out your inbox. You will have the ability to control your “email ecosystem” instead of allowing it to control you!

This session is best suited for MS Outlook users on a Windows operating system.  It will not include information on the MS Outlook Web App, (RIT's mymail system.)

Online Collaboration

BlueJeans is excited to announce the launch of Coffee & BlueJeans, the new self-serve 24 x 7 x 365 training site! Coffee & BlueJeans serves up fast, interactive, self-paced training for admins and users alike.

On this site, new BlueJeans users can quickly become familiar with the basics, like scheduling and hosting meetings. Seasoned users will benefit from the Power User menu, including tips on recording and scheduling shortcuts.

You can use it to learn more about the administrator features and tools, including Command Center and Live Meeting Control, or how to quickly analyze your video usage and measure your ROI.

You'll also find one-page quick tops to download, and be able to register for a live training hosted by a member of our Customer Success team.


Simply follow the link, create an account, and start learning. Please use your RIT email address when creating and logging into Coffee & BlueJeans.

RIT Systems

Do you know what it takes to stay safe online? Do you know how to protect yourself and other RIT people? Are you worried about your online privacy? Did you know your smartphone can be attacked?

Cybercriminals continue to devise new ways to attack us both at RIT and at home. In order to meet those threats, we need to understand how to defend against them.

Join us for an hour of tips, tools, and best practices that will help you enjoy the Internet more safely, whether you’re using a personal computer, smartphone, or tablet.


Drupal is the official content management system (CMS) used by RIT. This class is the beginning of the new Drupal training series. It is intended for new users or those seeking to refresh their knowledge of Drupal 7. The class focuses on the basic tasks that a website editor would be expected to perform.


Some examples of people who would find this class to be beneficial would be:
• People who have never used Drupal
• Someone who would like a refresher on the basics
• Taking over website updating responsibilities
• Interested in creating a website in Drupal
• Migrating a current website into Drupal

Student Employment and Career Services are jointly introducing a new and comprehensive job registration and posting system. This course is essential for all RIT staff who plan to hire students for On-Campus employment in 2018. Course will discuss registering and logging into the new system, Handshake, and provide an overview of how this new system changes the hiring process for our student employees. Once enrolled in Handshake, supervisors will have greater access to their positions, postings, and applicants.