Technology Classes

  • 3D Printing and Modeling Fundamentals

    3D printing is revolutionizing biomedical research by enabling scientists to engage in creative problem solving, build customized solutions, and develop faster prototypes of their ideas. Join us to learn about the NIH Library's free 3D Printing service and how you can utilize it by printing free online models or designing your own. Participants will understand how 3D printers work and how this technology is being applied at NIH, locate resources for 3D printing software and models, and manipulate shapes to create a basic design using TinkerCAD, a free online tool.

  • Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

    This session will build a foundation for using Adobe Illustrator, a vector art tool available for use in the NIH Library Technology Hub. This introductory class is geared for participants new to Illustrator or for those interested in a refresher. The instructor will demonstrate software fundamentals, including working with colors and graphs, drawing and editing figures, and using layers.

  • Introduction to Adobe Photoshop

    This introductory class is geared for participants new to Adobe Photoshop or for those who need a refresher. This session will build a foundation for using Photoshop and understanding its most popular tools. Participants will become familiar with the Photoshop interface and commonly used features of this powerful design program. The instructor will demonstrate advanced fundamentals including working with layers and changing backgrounds.

  • Introduction to Adobe Premiere Pro

    Adobe Premier Pro, which is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, is the leading video editing software for film, TV, and the web. In this introductory class, participants will learn how to use this powerful tool to edit videos during post-production of video projects. The class will provide an overview of basic concepts for working with videos, during which participants will gain skills on how to import and edit video and audio files.

  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are hot topics today, but are already part of our everyday lives. This class will introduce the basic principles of AI and ML and the current state of this field. The instructor will share examples of AI used in common applications and health research. AI limitations and ethical considerations will also be discussed. This course is designed for individuals new to the topic or for those who need a refresher.

  • Introduction to Camtasia

    Camtasia is an all-in-one screen recording and editing software suite used to create video tutorials and presentations. In this introductory class, participants will learn how to use this tool to record their screen, add narration, video effects, transitions, and more. The class also provides an overview of basic controls and features available in Camtasia, during which participants will gain skills to produce a video from beginning to end.

  • Tables, Charts, and Figures for Publication

    Tables, charts, and figures are often used to describe and share complex scientific information. However, it can be difficult to determine when it's appropriate to use these visual tools and how to design them effectively. During this session, participants will learn the best practices for creating tables, charts, and figures and how to customize them for specific journal requirements. An overview of design tools and resources will also be provided.

  • Video Recording and Presenting From Anywhere

    Video is increasingly being used to share scientific information, whether as part of an online conference, educational course, or promotional tool. This class will share tips and tricks for preparing media, capturing high quality images and sound, and ensuring an overall professional appearance. Specific guidance for remote presentations, video abstracts, and audiovisual software and equipment will also be provided.