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    Action Research (UGotClass)

    Action research is a form of investigation designed to attempt to solve problems and improve professional practices. It involves systematic observations and data collection which can be then used by the practitioner-researcher in reflection and decision-making. Discover the features of action research and how it can be directly applied to answer questions and solve problems in collaboration with others in your specific professional context. Come away with the ability to develop an action research plan to partner with your key stakeholders to collect data, analyze data, and determine findings to address this curiosity or solve the problem. This class can be taken individually or as part of the Statistics for Decision Making Certificate - For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ Agenda Unit 1 The uniqueness of Action Research What is action research? How is it different from other types of research? Identifying a problem and study purpose Discussion Topic: Drafting and sharing the above components of an action research plan Unit 2 Identifying Key Stakeholders Characteristics of key stakeholders How to communicate with key stakeholders on an action research plan Issues of ethics in Action Research Discussion Topic: Drafting and sharing the above components of an action research plan Unit 3 Data Collection Procedures Identifying data sources Identifying data collection procedures Planning collaborative meetings with key stakeholders Discussion Topic: Drafting and sharing the above components of an action research plan Unit 4 The Final Action Research Plan Identifying data analysis procedures Constructing plans to inform key stakeholders of the results Applying results to help ensure solution(s) to identified problem(s) from Unit 1 Discussion Topic: Drafting and sharing final action research plan containing Unit 4 components and any revisions from first three weeks
  • Adobe InDesign Essentials (UGotClass)

    Adobe InDesign is the industry standard page-layout program that works with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop seamlessly. InDesign allows you to create simple to complex multi-page documents such as brochures, flyers, books and magazines. This course is a comprehensive exploration of InDesign tools and capabilities to create professional documents. You will learn how to manage the InDesign environment, create, setup, design, enhance and finalize multi-page documents. Software Requirements: Access to Adobe InDesign software required. More information on Adobe Creative Cloud software can be found at adobe.com This class may be taken individually or as part of the Graphic Design Software Essentials Certificate - For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ Agenda Unit 1 Getting to Know the Interface and Setting up a Document Interface menus Tools Panels Starting and setting up a multi-page document in InDesign Unit 2 Working with Objects and Color Learning to work with color panels Creating, managing and applying color to elements Inserting and managing images and illustrations into an InDesign document Unit 3 Working with Text Learning about insert and flow text to multiple pages Managing long text documents Text editing in InDesign documents Unit 4 Typography Advance typography tools and menus Character and paragraph settings and styles Creating print-ready PDF files.
  • Adobe Photoshop Essentials (UGotClass)

    This fundamental course covers Adobe Photoshop CC most commonly used tools, menus and panels. You’ll learn all the basics of Photoshop to effectively work with selection and editing tools, layers, and masks to edit, retouch and enhance existing images or create your own composite digital art work. Impress your business organization, friends and family by enhancing their photos and create magazine cover quality enhanced images. Software Requirements: Access to Adobe Photoshop software required. More information on Adobe Creative Cloud software can be found at adobe.com This class may be taken individually or as part of the Graphic Design Software Essentials Certificate - For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ Agenda Unit 1 Getting to know the Interface and Selection Tools Interface menus Tools Panels Working with the various Selection tools Unit 2 Working with Layers and Masks Layers and layer management Non- destructive editing using masks How to type and format text Using various type formatting and style tools and panels Unit 3 Image Correction & Enhancement Photo correction and enhancement tools Crop, dodge and burn Recoloring, retouching Healing brushes Unit 4 Using the Drawing Tools How to use the Pen tool Other drawing tools in Photoshop Advanced drawing and selection File formats How to save files for print or web
  • Advanced Data Analysis (UGotClass)

    After taking this Advanced course in Data Analysis, you will be able to perform inquiries that will be useful to your business or organization and have the skill necessary to communicate these results through graphs and text that your fellow employees will understand. Take the guesswork out of important company decisions and make decisions based on the statistically significant information. Whether your business is home-based or a large company, this class will take you to the next level where important decision-making is concerned. Prerequisite: Intermediate Data Analysis - This class can be taken individually or as part of the Certificate in Data Analysis - For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ Agenda Unit 1 Developing a Survey Purposes of surveys Fundamentals of Survey Research Ethical Considerations Likert Scales Unit 2 Comparing Means Chi-Square Statistical Significance Communicating Results Graphically and Textually Practical Problems involving Means Comparisons Unit 3 Finding Differences between Groups ANOVA Post Hoc Comparisons Communicating Results Graphically and Textually Practical Problems Involving ANOVA Unit 4 Individual Research Inquiries Developing Research Questions Setting Up Study Communicating Results Graphically and Textually
  • Advanced Excel (UGotClass)

    We are faced with different types of business decisions each day that can change the data we work with along with our financial outcomes. Have you ever wondered what type of workplace skills you can learn to make wiser decisions? Learning Advanced Excel contains these tools that can help you prepare your worksheets accurately, examine your data for authentication, and then find those answers to your most difficult questions. This course will help you learn these required business functions along with the tools required to analyze data efficiently within the workplace. Save time for yourself by protecting your valuable data and know with assurance that the entered data is accurate without any errors. By completing the course, discover how to attractively visualize your data into meaningful information with confidence. Prerequisite: Intermediate Excel - This class can be taken individually or as part of the Certificate in Mastering Excel - For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ Agenda Unit 1 Advanced Functions Used To Make Business Decisions Applying multiple criteria to functions Using And criteria Using Or criteria Using And and Or and Not criteria Advanced Logical functions Using If -Then control statements Implementing If functions with Aggregate functions Unit 2 Functions Used to Make Financial Decisions Learning basic financial functions Applying functions to perform loan calculations Computing loan payments Computing interest rate Computing number of payment periods Computing present value of a loan Working with additional functions Unit 3 Applying Different Scenarios Using Excel Data Tools Understanding Different What-If Analysis Tools Performing What-If Analysis to see how data changes outcomes in formulas Using Scenario Manager Using Data Tables Using Goal Seek Applying rules to manage cell data Implement validation rules to avoid invalid entries Entering validation rules Avoiding duplicate data entries Unit 4 Powerful Tools Used to Complete Data Implementation and Analysis Exporting and Importing Data into Workbook Protecting a workbook Making improved business decisions using pivot tables Creating an Excel Dashboard to visually display relevant data
  • Advanced Power BI (UGotClass)

    Expand your knowledge of Power BI Desktop to the highest level. This course focuses on the advanced capabilities of Power Query, Data Modeling and Reports. Check for data inconsistencies, design efficient queries, create proper relationships, and write DAX code to ensure reports update quickly and accurately. Add navigation and analytical features to your reports to enable consumers to analyze the results. Prerequisite: Intermediate Power BI - This class can be taken individually or as part of the Power BI Certificate - For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ Agenda Unit 1 Power Query Utilize Column profile, distribution, and quality Perform fuzzy match Duplicate versus Reference queries Debug errors Unit 2 Data Modeling What a Star Schema is Understand relationship types Manage relationships Unit 3 DAX Understand contexts CALCULATE function COALESCE function Compute visual totals accurately Unit 4 Reports Insert Objects Create Bookmarks
  • Advanced SQL (UGotClass)

    Take your SQL query skills to a new level by learning how to write more advanced SQL queries for enhanced decision making. In this course, you will learn how to write advanced subqueries, advanced join queries, and UNION queries that query more than one table. You will learn how to use transaction processing to ensure SQL statements execute completely or not at all and how to create stored procedures that enable you to store SQL statements for execution. Requirements: Windows 8 or later. Macs are not compatible. Necessary rights (local administrative rights) to install programs on the computer. Prerequisite: Intermediate SQL - This class can be taken individually or as part of the SQL Certificate - For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ Agenda Unit 1 Creating Advanced Subqueries Structured Query Language Review Using the IN keyword to link queries Using the EXISTS keyword to link queries Using the ANY keyword to link queries Using the ALL keyword to link queries Unit 2 Creating Advanced Joins Creating inner joins review Creating outer joins review Creating joins with aggregate functions Creating nested joins Unit 3 Creating Union Queries Creating UNION queries Creating UNION ALL queries Creating a WHERE clause and multiple UNION queries Unit 4 Transaction Processing, Stored Procedures, Triggers Implementing transaction processing Implementing stored procedures Implementing triggers
  • Advanced Web Design (UGotClass)

    Responsive Web design enables Web designers and developers to build and maintain a single website to serve all kinds of devices sizes: smartphones, tablets, laptops and more. Prerequisite: IntermediateWeb Design - This course may be taken individually or as part of the Certificate in Web Design - For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ Agenda Unit 1 Responsive Web Design Planning your layout Creating HTML containers, content, and links Unit 2 Responsive Web Design - Styling Creating and styling the layout with CSS Creating a menu system Styling headings, body text, and footers Unit 3 Responsive Web Design – Styling the Navigation & Making Adjustments Making layout adjustments for different screen sizes Swapping high-resolution graphics for Retina displays Making sure content is printable Where to go for more information Unit 4 Responsive Web Design / Additional Frameworks What is Bootstrap Creating a basic template Reviewing basic styles and typography Where to go for more information
  • CSS Fundamentals (UGotClass)

    In this introductory course, you will learn how to style web pages using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) coding language. Topics include using inline, internal, and external CSS, web typography, formatting text, working with web colors, using Google fonts, working with id and class selectors, working with elements, creating page layouts using elements, and CSS box model. Prerequisite: HTML Fundamentals - This class may be taken individually or as apart of the Coding Certificate - For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ Agenda Unit 1 Getting to Know CSS about CSS, CSS syntax, CSS types, working with internal CSS, styling text, styling links, styling lists, and styling tables. Unit 2 Using External CSS working with external CSS sheets, styling a multi-page website, Google fonts, and Web colors. Unit 3 div Elements id Selectors, introduction to elements, floating elements, Clearing Unwanted Floated Elements, web page layout using elements Unit 4 More about div Elements centering a web page, CSS box model, resetting margins and paddings, class selectors, inline CSS, tag
  • Evaluation Research (UGotClass)

    Road test evaluation research for your organization. You won’t be disappointed. Evaluation research can give you and your organization a systematic assessment of the value of resources and time you commit to a project, product, or specific goal. Evaluation research can determine whether or not a process has achieved a goal or yielded the desired results. Get introduced to the characteristics of evaluation research and how it can be directly applied to assess the impact or effectiveness of a program, policy, or procedure you want to road test in a professional setting. This class can be taken individually or as part of the Statistics for Decision Making Certificate - For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ Agenda Unit 1 Setting the Stage for Evaluations What is evaluation? Why do we do it? Needs assessment: first step in evaluation planning Share your scenario for something you might evaluate in your professional setting Unit 2 Practical Issues in Planning and Implementing Evaluations – Part 1 Individual readiness issues Organizational readiness issues Self-assessing your own readiness as an evaluator Identify key stakeholders: users of evaluation results Students share readiness issues (individual, organizational, and self) in related discussion forum Unit 3 Practical Issues in Planning and Implementing Evaluations – Part 2 What is a ‘situation analysis’ and how to conduct one Focusing your evaluation goals and how you will measure them Drafting your plan “Dress rehearsal” meeting with key stakeholders to set their expectations Students share drafts of their individual situation analysis Unit 4 Practical Issues in Planning and Implementing Evaluations – Part 3 Implementing the plan Managing time and cost factors Keeping lines of communication open with key stakeholders during evaluation How to prepare the final evaluation report Post-evaluation follow-ups with key stakeholders (what have they learned? Are they using the results?) Students share drafts of their individual evaluation plans
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    Excel: Pivot Tables (ed2go) - $115

    Create functional and eye-catching interactive dashboards using a combination of pivot tables, Pivot Charts, and Slicers. Prerequisite: previous Excel experience. Complete your registration online: ed2go.com/mplscommed. New class sessions begin monthly.
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    Google Drive & Google Apps (Washburn) ONLINE

    Explore Google's free apps: web-based word processing, spreadsheets and slideshow tools. Learn to convert standard Microsoft Office documents to Google documents and share with others who can view and edit. Requirements: You must have a Gmail account and know your Gmail username and password.
  • HTML Fundamentals (UGotClass)

    This course covers all the basics of HTML coding language. You will learn building simple web pages by hand coding, using HTML tags to create paragraphs, heading, lists, links, insert images and tables and more. We also cover creating a simple multi-page website with images, text and a navigation bar. Prerequisite: Introduction to Coding - This class may be taken individually or as apart of the Coding Certificate - For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ Agenda Unit 1 HTML Basic Tags naming convention, tags: h, p, b, i, u, hr,br, attributes Unit 2 More HTML Tags links, lists, tables Unit 3 Images, directory structure Unit 4 Creating a multipage website, domains, hosting, pointing, FTP
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    How to Start a Podcast (Ella Baker)

    Get in some ears: turn an idea into a DIY podcast. In this course, students will learn what it takes to launch an indie podcast. We’ll cover how to take an idea and coax it into an episode template, options for online hosting platforms, the basics of recording and editing, and how to promote a podcast to potential listeners.
  • Intermediate Data Analysis (UGotClass)

    Many of your business decisions involve comparing groups for differences. For example, would men and women prefer different product features? In addition, you may look at relationships between variables. Does product recognition relate to subsequent product purchase? This Intermediate Data Analysis course will introduce you to the statistics behind these group differences and relationships. In addition, you’ll learn how to work with ratings, graphs and user-friendly reports of statistical results. Prerequisite: Introduction to Data Analysis - This class can be taken individually or as part of the Certificate in Data Analysis - For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ Agenda Unit 1 Looking for Differences between Groups Two separate groups Two related groups Three or more groups Unit 2 Looking for Relationships Pairs of variables Clusters of variables Predicting one variable from one or more variables Unit 3 Looking at Ratings Tests of difference using ratings Tests of relationship using ratings Unit 4 Looking at How to Report the Results Visual displays How to draft the narrative How to engage your audience
  • Intermediate Excel (UGotClass)

    Have you ever wondered why Excel is one of the most powerful applications used today by many businesses? Excel is one of the most important applications that you can study now to take your skills to the next level! This course will help you increase your efficiency by learning how to organize, display and calculate your data into useful information. Find out how you can consolidate your data proficiently into readable rows and columns using different table designs and styles. Create a unique style for yourself to improve your spreadsheet appearance to make the content easier to understand for your target audience. Learn from the trainer on how beneficial it is to become more productive in generating different everyday business functions. Discover how easily pivot tables can be created to quickly summarize large amounts of data. Through this course, these tasks will make your work outstanding and unique in what you do. Prerequisite: Mastering Microsoft Excel - This class can be taken individually or as part of the Certificate in Mastering Excel - For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ Agenda Unit 1 Organizing Worksheet and Table Data Introduction to tables Formatting tables using table styles Using formulas in tables Sorting and Filtering table data Unit 2 Understanding Popular Excel Functions Understanding Named Ranges Applying business functions Creating functions that handle text Performing basic lookup functions Creating functions that work with dates and times Unit 3 Improving Worksheet Appearance Formatting cells in worksheets Correcting common function errors Creating and using templates Customizing Excel toolbar Unit 4 Analyzing Data Using Data Validation and Pivot Tables Understanding how to convert text to columns Understanding how to analyze spreadsheet data Understanding the basic pivot table layout and key terms Creating and formatting simple pivot tables
  • Intermediate Power BI (UGotClass)

    Delve further into Power Query to ETL (Extract, Transform and Load) your data. Build the Data Model using modeling features and relationships. Perform calculations using DAX (Data Analysis Expressions) functions. Utilize Time Intelligence functions to view YoY or YTD reports. Add user friendly features to enhance your reports. Prerequisite: Introduction to Power BI - This class can be taken individually or as part of the Power BI Certificate - For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ Agenda Unit 1 Power Query Review the ETL Process Insert columns using different methods Group, Summarize, Pivot, and UnPivot data Merge and Append queries Unit 2 Data Modeling What Data Modeling is Modeling Options Create and manage relationships Create Date table Unit 3 DAX Introduction to DAX Calculate columns and measures Time Intelligence functions Quick Measures Unit 4 Reports Filters versus Slicers Visual Hierarchies and Drill downs Drillthrough Define visual interactions Apply conditional formatting
  • Intermediate SQL (UGotClass)

    Discover how to write powerful SQL queries that enable you to retrieve data from one table or from multiple tables stored in the database simultaneously. In this course, you will learn how to retrieve more meaningful data from one or more tables stored in a database. You will learn how to merge data from multiple columns, how to create calculated fields, and how to order and group the results from a query. You will also learn how to create a single join query or subquery to obtain data from multiple tables simultaneously. Requirements: Windows 8 or later. Macs are not compatible. Necessary rights (local administrative rights) to install programs on the computer. Prerequisite: Introduction to SQL - This class can be taken individually or as part of the SQL Certificate - For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ Agenda Unit 1 The Relational Database and Structured Query Language The relational database structure Structured Query Language Table creation and data insertion Defining datatypes and constraints Creating Indexes Unit 2 Table Management Table management Adding columns to a table Deleting columns from a table Deleting a table Unit 3 Selecting and Retrieving Data Creating a SELECT statement to retrieve data Using DISTINCT to display unique values in a column Using the AS keyword to create an alternate name for a column Merging columns Unit 4 Filtering Data Creating a WHERE clause Using comparison, character, and logical operators to match conditions Using the IN operator to match a condition Using the BETWEEN operator to match a condition
  • Intermediate Video Game Design (UGotClass)

    Worldwide, video game sales including consoles, online, and mobile games are projected to reach $111 billion dollars this year. Mobile games are the fastest-growing segment of the market as more and more people play casual games. In this intermediate introductory course, you will learn the basics of video game design process, learn about the main video game genres, and use a game development application to begin your journey of making games. Prerequisite: Introduction to Game Design - This class can be taken individually or as part of the Certificate in Game Design - For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ Agenda Unit 1 A brief history of Video Game Development Arcades & Consoles From PCs to Multiplayer Play a Game -Game Analysis Game Maker Introduction Unit 2 Player Motivation Geographics, demographics, and psychographics Who Plays Why We Play Game Maker Making Art: About Sprites, Objects, Rooms Unit 3 Platforms, Genres and Story Elements Game Application: The Audience Platforms & Player Modes Story Elements: Premise, Backstory, Synopsis, Theme, & Setting Character Archetypes & Character Development Game Maker: Programming Events & Actions Unit 4 The Production Process Documentation: The Game Design Doc Creating the Team Production Phases Marketing Game Maker: Your First Game
  • Intermediate Web Design (UGotClass)

    Anyone wanting to find out how to create effective and dynamic websites/applications will want to take this course. You may be a webmaster or a graphic designer already creating static websites wishing to take your skills to the next level. You will acquire the fundamentals of the most popular Web 2.0 technologies. You will take away a functioning web application hosted on a web server that is both accessible and Search Engine Optimized. Prerequisite: Introduction to Web Design - This course may be taken individually or as part of the Certificate in Web Design - For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ Agenda Unit 1 Javascript Expressions and Control Flow Functions, Objects, and Arrays Form Validation and Error Handling Accessing CSS from JavaScript Unit 2 MySQL Install a local testing server Use phpMyAdmin to create MySQL databases and manage users Create MySQL database tables with common field types and options Gain a working knowledge of most common MySQL statements Unit 3 PHP Structure Expressions and functions Objects and arrays Practical use Unit 4 Accessibility and Search Engine Optimization Accessibility Guidelines Accessibility Conformance Search Engine Optimization
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    Introduction to InDesign CC (ed2go) - $115

    Adobe InDesign CC is the industry-standard desktop publishing software used for making dazzling brochures and newsletters. Use instructor-supplied files and elements to build documents and practice techniques that you can use for your own print and online products. Use this popular page layout software to design and create professional-quality letterhead, business cards, brochures, forms, interactive PDF files or an eBook. Complete your registration online: ed2go.com/mplscommed. New class sessions begin monthly.
  • Introduction to SQL (UGotClass)

    Learn how to write SQL code to create and populate database tables and how to write simple SQL queries that are capable of retrieving vast amounts of information from a database. In this course, you will discover the power of the relational database, how to create and manage database tables, and how to use SQL SELECT statements to precisely pinpoint and retrieve data from a database. Requirements: Windows 8 or later. Macs are not compatible. Necessary rights (local administrative rights) to install programs on the computer. This class can be taken individually or as part of the SQL Certificate - For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ Agenda Unit 1 The Relational Database and Structured Query Language The relational database structure Structured Query Language Table creation and data insertion Defining datatypes and constraints Creating Indexes Unit 2 Table Management Table management Adding columns to a table Deleting columns from a table Deleting a table Unit 3 Selecting and Retrieving Data Creating a SELECT statement to retrieve data Using DISTINCT to display unique values in a column Using the AS keyword to create an alternate name for a column Merging columns Unit 4 Filtering Data Creating a WHERE clause Using comparison, character, and logical operators to match conditions Using the IN operator to match a condition Using the BETWEEN operator to match a condition
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    Microsoft Excel 1 (Washburn) ONLINE

    Learn spreadsheet terminology; how to enter and edit data; modify and format a worksheet; use absolute references; copy and move data using functions and formulas; copying formulas and creating charts. Create, sort and filter a database as well.
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    Microsoft Excel 2 (Washburn) ONLINE

    Build on the skills you learned in Excel 1. Practice the PMT loan payment and lookup functions. Also learn how to set data validation rules to control errors, add subtotals to spreadsheets, import a database into Excel and “clean it up" and create and manipulate pivot tables and charts.