IT Training Tips Crosspost: Image Trace in Illustrator


For those of you who didn’t already know, I also write blog posts over on the IT Training Tips blog – and I recently wrote up a post about working with Image Trace in Illustrator.  Image Trace is one of the features of Illustrator that I really enjoy playing with, and I thought that I’d point everyone in the direction of IT Training Tips so you can see what I put together for an intro to Image Trace!

You can see the post here!


Busy, busy bee.

Lots of things have happened since I last had the chance to post in here!  It’s been a busy summer at IT Training, that’s for sure.

First things first, my co-worker Peter and I finished up the Creating Research Posters video series – it’s available on IU’s Kaltura Mediaspace.  You can view the first video in the series here!

Speaking of research posters, I assembled one on some research that my co-workers Jessica, Kim, and I did on the effectiveness of collaborative learning in technology workshops.  It’s a tiny tidbit of promising information that’s helping motivate me in the collaborative workshop realm!


I’ve also been doing a lot of materials editing, as the materials coordinator.  With all our Microsoft Office workshops coming up for revision, things have been incredibly busy!  Someone’s got to make sure our materials match our style guide after all, and the person to tackle that is me. 🙂

I’ve started work on another video project, and there are more editing projects in my future, especially focusing on desktop publishing workshops.  I don’t see things winding down anytime soon, and I’m perfectly happy with that!

A fun video I’d like to share!

I almost forgot this existed!  Last year, just before the Statewide IT conference, UITS Communications (I think) helped pull staff together to make this awesome video about the past twenty years in technology – and I’m in it!  (Wearing my well-loved Star Trek sweatshirt, of course.)

Five years at IT Training!


Taken just after everyone moved into the CIB in August of 2011!

Today’s a special day for me – it’s been five years since I started at IT Training!  And oh, what a wonderful five years it’s been.  In the past five years here, I’ve…

  • been involved in some way, shape, or form in 340 workshops (either as an observer, assistant, or instructor)
  • worked as the administrative coordinator for two years, which was an interesting experience that allowed me to get a deeper understanding of what went on at IT Training than just assisting and instructing would do
  • written two workshops, five webinars, and edited so many workshops I can’t remember them all
  • held a number of job titles, including Administrative Coordinator, Workshop Instructor/Assistant, Senior Development Coordinator, Collaborative Learning Coordinator, Video Development Coordinator, Materials Coordinator, and my most favorite title: Senior IT Education Specialist.  And at any given point, I’ve held at least three of those titles. (Right now, I’ve got four job titles, technically!)
  • moved desks four times (hey, I had to find the place I’m the most productive in!)
  • learned to ride a scooter specifically to get to and from work with ease
  • transitioned from being an hourly staff member to a full-time professional staff member, something I’ve worked hard for!

After five years, I still love my job – I’m still excited to come in to work every day, to see what sorts new things I can learn, what I can teach others, and what other sorts of challenges await me.  Here’s to many, many more years at IT Training!


A happy five years in a very decorated cubicle!

Dragonfly Shawlette


Closeup of the dragonflies.


The whole shawlette.

This little shawlette came together quickly – I started it after work on Friday, and finished it yesterday evening!  I love how the dragonfly pattern looks, and it’s pretty simple to do.  I also love the colors of the yarn I worked this up in. I’m very happy with how this one came out!