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    Action Research

    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. Courses are online and asynchronous, meaning students may login to the classroom anytime during the course session, day or night, 24/7. For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ Class details: 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 Illustrator Essentials

    Adobe Illustrator is the industry standard computer illustration software. Use Illustrator to draw shapes and design logos, flyers, posters, banners, business cards or any other vector graphics for print or web. In this course, you will learn Adobe Illustrator fundamentals to set up a print document and use various tools to draw, type and color all kinds of shapes and illustrations. Learn how to efficiently manage layers and artboards, and create print-ready PDF documents. Software Requirements: Access to Adobe Illustrator 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. Courses are online and asynchronous, meaning students may login to the classroom anytime during the course session, day or night, 24/7. For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ Class details: Unit 1: Getting to Know the Interface and Drawing Tools Interface menus, tools and panels. Working with various drawing and transformation tools Drawing anything from simple to complex shapes and illustrations. Unit 2: Working with Color and Text Working with color panels in the software Creating, managing and applying color and color groups Learning how to type and format text using various text formatting and styling tools and panels. Unit 3: Working with Layers and Pen tool Layers and layer management. Working with the Pen tool. Modifying a drawing using Pen tool options. Unit 4: Working with Artboards Creating and managing multiple Artboards Learning how to layout and design corporate package Business cards, letterhead and envelopes Creating print-ready PDF files
  • Adobe InDesign Essentials

    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. Courses are online and asynchronous, meaning students may login to the classroom anytime during the course session, day or night, 24/7. For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ Class details: 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

    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. Courses are online and asynchronous, meaning students may login to the classroom anytime during the course session, day or night, 24/7. For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ Class details: 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

    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. Courses are online and asynchronous, meaning students may login to the classroom anytime during the course session, day or night, 24/7. For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ Class details: 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 (online)

    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. Courses are online and asynchronous, meaning students may login to the classroom anytime during the course session, day or night, 24/7. For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ Class details: 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

    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. Courses are online and asynchronous, meaning students may login to the classroom anytime during the course session, day or night, 24/7. For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ Class details: 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

    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. Courses are online and asynchronous, meaning students may login to the classroom anytime during the course session, day or night, 24/7. For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ Class details: 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

    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: Intermediate Web Design - This course may be taken individually or as part of the Certificate in Web Design Courses are online and asynchronous, meaning students may login to the classroom anytime during the course session, day or night, 24/7. For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ Class details: 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

    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 Courses are online and asynchronous, meaning students may login to the classroom anytime during the course session, day or night, 24/7. For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ Class details: Unit 1: Getting to Know CSS about CSS CSS syntax CSS types working with internal CSS styling text styling links styling lists styling tables Unit 2: Using External CSS working with external CSS sheets styling a multi-page website Google fonts 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
  • Certificate in Basic Game Design

    Games are increasingly recognized as a tool that can serve many business purposes beyond entertainment. This Certificate provides you with a general introduction to what goes into the design and development of both video and analog games, with a particular focus on the use of games outside of consumer entertainment. In the first course, you will discover resources for developing game design, identify the mechanics and verbs used in different games. You will come away with knowing the different activities that are part of game design, being able to flesh out a game idea in order to increase the chances to having a successful game design experience, and have a basic understanding of how to work with game developers. In the second course, you will 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. By successfully completing this Certificate in Basic Game Design, you will have taken the first steps into understanding game design, and being able to create your own games. Courses must be taken in order: Introduction to Game Design Intermediate Video Game Design Courses are online and asynchronous, meaning students may login to the classroom anytime during the course session, day or night, 24/7. For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ
  • Certificate in Data Analysis

    Data Analysis is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after skills in the workplace. Companies have vast amounts of data, but it is rare to have someone with the ability to analyze that data to see trends and make predictions. Add a whole new skill set to your portfolio, and make a big difference in the success of your organization by acquiring data analysis skills. Begin with getting a basic understanding of how to analyze data in a business setting. Then learn how many of your business decisions involve comparing groups for differences. You will know the statistics behind these group differences and relationships. Finally you will find out how 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. Whether your business is home based or a large company, this certificate will take you to the next level where important decision-making is concerned. Students need to have an understanding of Microsoft Excel to complete this certificate. This Certificate must be taken in the following order: Introduction Intermediate Advanced Courses are online and asynchronous, meaning students may login to the classroom anytime during the course session, day or night, 24/7. For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ
  • Certificate in Mastering Excel (online)

    A must-have skill to succeed in business, whether an entrepreneur or a valued employee, is the ability to create, edit and manage spreadsheets. Microsoft Excel is the most used spreadsheet tool in the world.Begin with learning how an Excel worksheet is constructed, populated with content, and edited for delivery. Discover how various menu items, commands, settings and processes affects the look of your Excel worksheets and workbooks. Then, increase your efficiency by learning how to organize, display and calculate your data into useful information. Identify different types of data and how data can be best visually represented or formatted, by using different data tool techniques. Finally, you’ll learn a variety of Excel’s most powerful features to analyze data quickly and easily. This Certificate will help you discover how to attractively visualize your data into meaningful information with confidence. Students must have Microsoft Excel installed to complete this certificate. Courses must be taken in order: Mastering Microsoft Excel Intermediate Excel Advanced Excel Courses are online and asynchronous, meaning students may login to the classroom anytime during the course session, day or night, 24/7. For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ
  • Certificate in Quickbooks Online

    Save time, track money, and get important insights with Quickbooks Online. Quickbooks Online is the leading online accounting platform. It is the preferred choice for small business managers, owners, bookkeepers and accounting professionals. There area patches and regular automatic upgrades to the software. Get a comprehensive understanding of QuickBooks Online. Then learn how to work with more advanced Quickbooks Online topics. Courses must be taken in order: Level 1 Level 2 Courses are online and asynchronous, meaning students may login to the classroom anytime during the course session, day or night, 24/7. For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ
  • Certificate in Web Design

    Online users say a website’s design is the number one criteria for deciding whether a company is credible or not, according to recent research. Understanding what it takes to produce effective web design is essential in today’s market of highly saturated digital competition. First discover the basics of web design using HTML and CSS. No prior knowledge of HTML or web design is required. After the first course you will have the info you need to plan and design effective web pages. Then find out how to create effective and dynamic websites/applications. Take away a functioning web application hosted on a web server that is both accessible and Search Engine Optimized. Finally, learn about responsive design process, advanced layout and design features. Plus explore industry standard technologies and frameworks. This Certificate must be taken in the following order: Introduction Intermediate Advanced Courses are online and asynchronous, meaning students may login to the classroom anytime during the course session, day or night, 24/7. For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ
  • Coding Certificate

    Coding is becoming one of the most in-demand skills in the workplace today. As a result, coding has become a core skill that bolsters one’s chances of becoming a higher value to organizations. The highest demand is for programming languages with broad applicability. Begin by getting introduced to the basics of computer programming and various programming languages. Then go to the next level and acquire all the basics of HTML and CSS. You will learn the relationship between these two industry-standard web page coding languages and the step by step process of hand coding and building web pages. Finally, discover the advanced features of CSS and learn how to use this very powerful language. Students must take the Coding Certificate classes in the below order: Introduction to Coding HTML Fundamentals CSS Fundamentals Courses are online and asynchronous, meaning students may login to the classroom anytime during the course session, day or night, 24/7. For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ
  • Evaluation Research

    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. Courses are online and asynchronous, meaning students may login to the classroom anytime during the course session, day or night, 24/7. For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ Class details: 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.
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    Google Sheets Beyond the Basics (Washburn) ONLINE

    Take your Google Sheets skills up a notch. Learn how to manage multi-sheet files, how to use functions like VLookup, HLookup, XLookup, and If, how to create charts and control data entry errors with Data Validation, and learn the basics of pivot tables.
  • Graphic Design Software Essentials Certificate

    The Adobe software tools are the leading software for graphic design. Adobe Illustrator is the industry standard computer illustration software. Use Illustrator to draw shapes and design logos, flyers, posters, banners, business cards or any other vector graphics for print or web. 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. Use Adobe 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. Access to the Adobe software tools required. Courses: Adobe Illustrator Essentials Adobe Photoshop Essentials Adobe InDesign Essentials Software Requirements: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign. More information on Adobe Creative Cloud software can be found at adobe.com Courses are online and asynchronous, meaning students may login to the classroom anytime during the course session, day or night, 24/7. For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ
  • HTML Fundamentals

    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. Courses are online and asynchronous, meaning students may login to the classroom anytime during the course session, day or night, 24/7. For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ Class details: 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

    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. Courses are online and asynchronous, meaning students may login to the classroom anytime during the course session, day or night, 24/7. For more information, go to our Online Professional Development Certificates & Courses FAQ Class details: 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 variable 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