Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Makerspace workshops in full swing

This semester we are continuing with the Makerspace tradition with workshops at Lane Library.  "Makerspace" can be defined as learning experiences outside of the box at the library, where people gather to learn something together, anything from specialized technology to digital art.  We have already held workshops on Zotero, Prezi, Audacity, Gimp, and Animoto.  Students, faculty and staff have already learned some of the free open source software available to help with their studies, and they have been introduced to other tools to create videos, presentations and podcasts. 

The workshops are free and with no advance registration required, and we try and do two sessions of each workshop. The content covered in each of the two sessions is the same, so you only need to attend the one that fits into your schedule.  The workshops last about 30 minutes, and are held in the Waitkus Computer Lab in Lane Library.

We still have a few more workshops to hold in the coming months, and below is our remaining schedule.

Twitter:  update your social media skills       
Monday, October 28 @4pm / Tuesday, October 29 @noon
Ready to take the plunge into Twitter?  Or maybe you are looking for a refresher course on Twitter’s available tools and how to make it work for you?  This is your chance. 
More information available at

iPhone/iPad photo apps:  enhancing your photos   
Monday, November 4 @4pm
Do you take a lot of photos with your phone, but those photos are simply sitting there?  Find out the best apps for making the most out of your photos, and get pointers from Ripon’s very own Professor David Graham, who will be leading this workshop.

Advanced Google:  new search strategies 
Tuesday, November 12 @4pm / Wednesday, November 13 @noon
Want to find out how to do a better, faster search with Google?  All searching is not equal; learn how to take advantage of the Advanced Google search to find what you are looking for the first time.
More information available at

If you have any questions, comments, or any suggestions for future Makerspace workshops, please let us know! 

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