Excel 101

 Introduction to using spreadsheets for beginners or a refresher for the sometime user. Covers basic features and options of Microsoft Excel, including how to organize and navigate tabular data, creating and using simple formulas, formatting worksheets and other helpful tips.

Introduction to Tableau 

Tableau is a fast rising and award-winning visualization software tool in Business Intelligence (BI) and Analytics Platforms.  It helps people see and understand data. In this short course, we will cover the following topics:

• What is Tableau?

• What can Tableau do?

• Why is Tableau so successful in BI in recent years?

The hands-on part will cover how to use Tableau Public, the free version of the software. Specifically, we will use a small set of DMC equipment circulation data as an example. We will cover:

Getting Started with GitHub

Would you like to better manage software versions and collaborate with other researchers? GitHub is a widely-adopted code repository that supports collaboratively developing software and other text-based projects. This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to the basics of GitHub, such as setting up GitHub, creating a branch, and committing changes. We will also look at a few examples of how researchers are using GitHub. Please bring your laptop!

How to Manage Your Data

Please see for the latest update, 8/23/2017.  

Drowning in data? Not sure how to organize and back it up? This hands-on, interactive workshop will share tips for effectively organizing, documenting and storing research data. Participants will walk away with ideas for completing a data inventory and data storage/ backup plan for their own data, as well as tips for writing data management plans (as required by many grant agencies).

Introduction to Text Analysis

Note: This short course is not offered this semester. If you are interested in taking it, email

By using text analysis tools, we can explore patterns and anomalies across thousands of texts--or in a single document. This hands-on workshop will provide a basic grounding in text analysis, focusing on: