Getting a Grip on Your Computer – Live Session

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Description

Basic Windows Navigation Tips and Tricks: Attend this session to learn about included PC tools that are often overlooked, but are incredibly helpful. Discover ways to improve your productivity at both work and home. Additionally, learn about free software that will allow you to increase your efficiency and comfort with completing essential computer tasks.

Attend if you are a basic computer users who have a hard time with anything more than email, documents, and spreadsheets.


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Developing Your IT Career: Progression, transition, or supervision? – Live Session

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Are you trying to figure out what’s next in your career? Then join Amanda Thornton (UW IT Professional) and April McHugh (UW Career Counselor) for a discussion around options for managing, transitioning, and/or advancing your career.

Attendees will learn how to manage their careers and options for career development.


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A Framework for Stakeholder Alignment – Live Session

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Providing a framework for how to build stakeholder alignment into large-scale strategic projects, why projects fall out of alignment, and how to get back on track for long-term success.

Attendees will learn:
Tools for establishing project alignment from the start
How to recognize misalignment
Understanding the root cause of misalignment
Tools for getting the team and project back on track


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CommunITea Presents Campus IT Organizations Drop-In Session

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This weekly event, put on by IT Connects, brings together IT professionals across campus for relaxed socializing and spontaneous discussion. Previous spontaneous discussion topics have included home wifi setups, audio equipment, home brewing, mixology, travel recommendations, color vision variations, jupyter notebooks, remote working, hanging out at the South Pole, and, of course, pets!

This special CommunITea event brings together various campus IT organizations for attendees of the IT Professionals Conference to learn more about how to get involved in the IT community. This session will consist of breakout rooms for each organization. Attendees can jump between rooms and will be prompted by organizers to move around during the event.

In the spirit of community building – bring a friend, encourage others to attend, and forward this open invitation to those you feel might benefit from attending and contributing. These virtual events usually take place each Thursday afternoon (3:30pm), and are held using Zoom so we can utilize the breakout rooms for specific or open discussion topics. If you have any ideas for collaborations, breakout rooms, or other feedback please send them on.

CommunITea events are a relaxed atmosphere, and it’s not necessary to RSVP, connect to the session and join in the conversation. Also, a camera is not necessary to participate and listen in – these are introvert-friendly groups.

If you are interested in helping make these events happen for the future or have discussion ideas or other feedback, please email communitea-facilitators@g-groups.wisc.edu


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Keep your Class Presentation Updated Painlessly with RMarkdown – Live Session

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In this session, I will walk you through how to create your class presentation slides using RMarkdown, pushed them to Google drive and display them on your Canvas course with the push of one button. You’ll learn a way to create your class presentation, upload them to the cloud, and display them in your Canvas course with one button.

Attendees should be familiar with R and RMarkdown.


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Effective Presentation of Technical Material – Live Session

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There is an unfortunate stereotype of the high-tech individual being a poor instructor. During this session will draw upon 25 years of experience as a trainer to explore several aspects of preparing and delivering effective technical instruction: preparing yourself and your content, preparing the training space, engaging attendees, anticipating and neutralizing common mistakes and distractions, and pondering several of the less-technical aspects of technical training.

When delivering technical instruction… I would like to address the overlooked realities of technical training, common techniques used to improve the effectiveness of your presentation, common pitfalls to avoid, and proven techniques for handling difficult situations and people.


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Resources for (New and Existing) UW-Madison IT Professionals – Live Session

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UW-Madison’s IT landscape is a jumbled and confusing space. Our team would like to present on opportunities to by creating a curated set of resource links and best practices that would help new (and existing) UW-Madison IT professionals orient themselves to the campus IT environment. We would like both to raise awareness about this resource as well as engage participants to provide feedback to make it better.


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Keynote – Using our voice to create inclusive and accessible technology designs and services

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We will be live streaming this session via YouTube. The link will be added no later than June 1st


Keynote Description

We, as IT professionals, play a critical role in designing, developing, and supporting the digital campus. We have created and evolved the digital campus over the last forty years, and in 2020 it became the primary mode of interaction for our communities. What can we learn from the rapid pivot to online, and more importantly, how can we evolve our thinking and approaches?

Let’s discuss how we can use our expertise and our voice to create digital spaces where people can thrive. Using ideas from fields such as critical design practices, conflict management, and polarities, we will explore the most effective approaches for providing spaces where multiple voices are empowered, and diverse communities can thrive.

The session will be interactive.

Opening Remarks for the conference will take place from 8:45-9:15am


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