Sketchpad colouring book workshop

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Want to learn a new skill? And possibly contribute to the We Have Great Stuff Colouring Book?

In this workshop we will be creating beautiful digital illustrations ready for colouring inspired by University of Edinburgh (UoE) buildings and the amazing treasures held in the Centre for Research Collections (CRC).

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Learning together with Noteable

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During this one-hour workshop we will introduce both Jupyter notebooks as a medium and the Noteable service as a platform to enable learners to be actively engaged in and learn alongside instructors in both distance and in-person environments.

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More power! Scaling up your research computing, how, when, and why

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From geology to literature, genomics to law, academic research is increasingly utilising larger and larger digitised datasets, and with these comes the potential need to use more powerful computers. But how do you decide when to scale up from working solely on your own laptop, and what should you consider in the process?

This short session will cover the key questions to ask yourself, consider what impact increased computing power could have on your day-to-day research workflow, discuss access to shared high-performance computing clusters here at the University of Edinburgh, and provide pointers to where you can go for more help.

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User Experience design: What it is and how it can help you?

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User experience (or UX) design is an innovative discipline that embraces common design problems and focuses on ways to solve them. It encourages thoughtful digital creation and helps make things easier and better for everyone to use. This session will cover the fundamentals of UX design, show you how to apply them, and illustrate the benefits of working in a user-centred way.

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Introduction to Tinkercad

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Tinkercad is a free, cloud-saving, browser-based software that is a perfect introduction to 3D modelling for complete beginners. This workshop will run through basic controls and operation, followed by some more advanced tips and tricks – it will also touch on modelling for 3D printing. The session will end with some Q&A time for questions or discussion about your own projects.

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Introduction to Inkscape

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Inkscape is a free, professional-quality vector graphic design software that is great for creating artwork such as logos, app icons, cartoons, and even more. It can also be used to prepare images for cutting and engraving on the laser cutter.

This introductory workshop will cover what vector graphics are, navigating the interface, using basic tools and creating your own artwork! The session will end with some Q&A time or project discussion.

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Introduction to Fusion 360

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In this workshop, the basics of 3D modelling using Fusion 360, parametric design, assembly modelling and freeform modelling will be covered at a beginner level. The session will end with some Q&A time for questions or discussion about your own projects.

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Introduction to Blender

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Blender is a free and open-source software. It is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux. Blender has a wide range of tools that allow you to model, animate, render and video edit, and because it’s easy to switch between these workflows, it’s a great tool to get started with. It is a good alternative to 3ds Max, MAYA, and Cinema 4D.

In this workshop, you will be familiarised with the interface, shortcuts, and basic operations. By the end of the workshop, you will be able to create basic 3D models of physical objects and render them.

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Introduction to Photogrammetry

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3DF Zephyr Free is software that is compatible with Windows. 3DF Zephyr Free is the free version of photogrammetry software for everyone. In this workshop, you will be familiarised with the interface, shortcuts, and basic operations.

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Introduction to Electronics

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Looking to learn some new skills? Join us for this small group interactive online workshop where you will learn about basic concepts in electronics, how to build simple electronic circuits, and how to use an Arduino to control electronic circuits!

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Create your own digital Escape Room

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Escape rooms are games in which an individual or a group of players cooperatively discover clues, solve puzzles, and accomplish tasks in one or more rooms in order to progress and accomplish a specific goal in a limited amount of time.

This workshop will explore how these activities can be designed, created and offered in different online spaces. You do not need to have any prior experience as there will be an opportunity to explore existing resources before starting to build your own digital escape activities.

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Subtitling for media creators

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This webinar will introduce you to automated and manual methods you can use to add subtitles (closed captions) to video or audio files you have uploaded to Media Hopper Create, helping to make them accessible. We’ll also give advice on how to optimise your recordings to ensure the highest quality audio, and therefore the best possible automatic subtitles. 

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Adobe Spark: Create social graphics and webpages in minutes

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Adobe Spark is an integrated suite of media creation applications for mobile and web developed by Adobe. The suite comprises of three individual applications – Post, Page and Video, each of which are available on desktop and mobile devices.

During this 1.5 hour webinar open to all staff and students, you’ll be shown how to use Spark Post to effortlessly create stunning graphics ready to be posted to the web or social media channels such as Instagram, Twitter, YouTube or Facebook. You’ll also learn how to produce your very own scrollable text-based story, perfect for newsletters or portfolios using Spark Page.

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Introduction to Audacity: Audio recording and editing

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Audacity is an easy to use, free, open-source audio editor you can use to produce high quality, consistent, voiceovers for videos and presentations, create podcasts and much more.

In this webinar, you’ll learn learn the basics of using Audacity to capture and edit voiceovers.

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Code Dojo

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This three-hour information Code Dojo event is designed to get people together to work on a problem in teams, then talk about possible solutions. It’s suitable for beginners and more advanced programmers. 

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Introduction to Displaying 3D Content Online

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Online, interactive 3D can be a great way to showcase your 3D designs, CAD models, digital sculpts and 3D scans. This online workshop will guide you through the steps required to move from a static 3D model to a fully interactive 3D viewer.

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DIY Film School

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The session will include an introduction to film making basics such as framing a shot, lighting and audio. Additionally, we will look at how to get the best out of your smart device.

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