Online Video-Based Trainings

FREE to the Northeastern Community

As a Northeastern student, faculty or staff, you have access to over 4,000 FREE online video-based training courses at or from the link on the myNEU portal.


What Do You Need To Learn?

Topics range from programming languages to business skills to professional development skills. Popular topics include Excel 2013, Adobe Creative Cloud and Programming courses, as well as soft skills, such as Time Management and Negotiation Skills.

Check out these courses and more!


  • Happiness Tips
  • Getting Things Done
  • Time Management
  • Improving Your Memory
  • Overcoming Procrastination
  • Speed Reading Fundamentals
Critical Computer Skills

  • Excel 2013: Essential Training
  • Excel 2013: Pivot Tables in Depth
  • Excel 2013: Formulas & Functions
  • Excel 2013: Macros in Depth
  • PowerPoint 2016: Tips and Tricks
  • Access 2016: Essential Training

  • Marketing Tips
  • Project Management
  • Office 365: Essential Training
  • Building Business Relationships
  • Web Analytics Fundamentals
  • Customer Service Fundamentals
Creative and Design

  • Introduction to Graphic Design
  • InDesign Essential Training
  • Illustrator CC Essential Training
  • Photoshop CC Essential Training
  • The Art of Photoshop Compositing
  • Creativity Bootcamp
Study Skills and Test Prep

  • Test Prep: GRE
  • Test Prep: ACT
  • Writing Research Papers
  • Study Skills Fundamentals
  • Google Apps for Student Productivity
  • Monday Productivity Pointers
Technical and Programming

  • Foundations of Programming
  • HTML Essential Training
  • JavaScript Essential Training
  • SQL Essential Training
  • Responsive Design Fundamentals
  • JQuery Essential Training

Don’t miss out – check out today! Learn more here.


Complimentary MATLAB Training

Learn MATLAB® interactively, at your own pace, with MATLAB Academy™

Exclusive Training for Northeastern Faculty and Students
MATLAB Academy Training is now available to all Faculty and Students under the university’s MathWorks Campus-wide License Agreement. We offer exclusive access to MATLAB self-paced training. Learn MATLAB interactively, at your own pace with MATLAB Academy.

Online Courses
These online courses provide a comprehensive introduction to the MATLAB technical computing environment. Competency is developed in a natural way, with an emphasis on practical application. The pre-recorded, interactive format includes demonstrations, exercises, and quizzes that you complete at your own pace. Themes of data analysis, visualization, modeling, and programming are explored throughout four online courses.

Available courses include: MATLAB Onramp, MATLAB Fundamentals, MATLAB for Financial Applications, MATLAB Programming Techniques, MATLAB for Data Processing and Visualization, and Machine Learning with MATLAB.

Sign up today HERE!

New to MATLAB?
MATLAB is a high-level language and interactive environment that lets you focus on your course work and applications, rather than on programming details. It enables you to solve many numerical problems in a fraction of the time it takes to write a program in a lower-level language. You can also use MATLAB to analyze and visualize data using automation capabilities, thereby avoiding the manual repetition.

For MATLAB information, access and support at Northeastern, go to the ITS service page:


Teaching & Learning Updates – Fall 2016

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ATS, the academic support unit of Information Technology Services (ITS), is constantly upgrading and adding to Northeastern’s teaching and learning tools. ATS also offers teaching technology courses and on-campus events in support of faculty and staff.

Save The Date – TEXPO Technology in Teaching – April 25, 2017
All Northeastern University faculty and staff are invited to participate in TEXPO 2017 in the Spring. Our second annual Teaching & Technology Expo is an opportunity to hear how different departments are using technology and how Information Technology Services is supporting your efforts. Please join us to engage with your colleagues, share knowledge, and learn the latest technologies available to you.TEXPO-logo-300x94

Next Steps: RSVP here to stay informed and to select topics of interest for the event.

Blackboard Updates

Add a Northeastern Librarian to Your Blackboard Arsenal

It’s no secret –Blackboard and the Northeastern Librarian’s—are two of your greatest resources for course preparation. Good news; now you can have your cake and eat it too! Blackboard now offers the functionality to add a Librarian to your course. The Librarian can assist with the review or editing of course materials, as well as contribute research advice and content for students based on course topics.

Note: Librarians will not be able remove students/users from your course, and will not have access to view or edit student grades.

How to Add a Librarian in Blackboard
To facilitate the work of Librarians who would like to post content inside Blackboard courses, Academic Technology Services has added a new “Librarian” role. Instructions for how to add this role can be found here. You also may find more information about getting help with research for your course from Librarians on the Ask a Librarian page.

Presentations Worth Talking About – VoiceThread Partners with Blackboard

An update for VoiceThread to make it available through Blackboard is available for the Fall. This new integration allows both you and your students to access VoiceThread when you log in to Blackboard for a more interactive and engaging experience.

The integration enables learners and instructors to actively engage in discussions within their learning environment using video, voice or text commenting. The tools enhance the learning experience by facilitating dynamic conversations and fostering better communication.

We recommend that faculty who wish to take advantage of gradebook integration and the user management features of their VoiceThread Pro Accounts use the VoiceThread tool in Blackboard. Learn more about VoiceThread.

Note: The update is optional. You will need to complete a one-time verification process.

Test-Drive BlackBoard Collaborate Ultra

A new, java-free version of Blackboard Collaborate is available for faculty to test-drive. The new version, called Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, will be available for testing in all Northeastern Blackboard courses.

It runs directly from your web browser – no installation required!

New features include:

  • Browser-based conferencing
  • High-quality mobile supported video
  • Simple and fast file sharing
  • Recordings
  • Breakout groups
  • Polling
  • Attendance reporting

The legacy version of Blackboard Collaborate will remain available in all courses through Spring 2017. We encourage faculty to explore this new version and provide feedback to

Learn More
Visit the Academic Technology Services’ Blackboard Collaborate Ultra page.


What Technology Do You Want to Learn?

New ATS Training Courses

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   – Introduction to Qualtrics
   – Social Media Tools & Best Practices
   – Introduction to Storyline
   – Tools for Creating Content and Narrations

Check out the full course schedule:

Instructor-Led Workshops

ITS Training offers FREE instructor-led workshops on a variety of software applications and presentation-related skills for students, faculty and staff.

th (4)Popular upcoming workshops include:
   – Public Speaking
   – Adobe InDesign
   – How to Design Engaging Presentations
   – Photoshop
   – Adobe Illustrator

Don’t miss out! Check out the full schedule here. offers over 4,000 online video-based training courses on a wide range of topics – from Excel to Programming to Time Management. As a Northeastern student, faculty or staff member, you have free access. Go now!

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Improve your skills and advance your career with our free courses

Online video-based trainings

As a Northeastern student, faculty or staff, you have access to free online video-based training for over 3,000 courses by going to or from the link on the myNEU portal.

In 2015, there were an average of:

  • 850 courses viewed per month
  • Over 10,000 videos viewed per month
  • Over 1,400 hours of videos viewed per month

That’s a lot of videos watched and a lot of knowledge gained!

Top 10 Most Viewed courses during Fall 2015

The most popular topics watched ranged from Excel-related courses to various programming languages courses. And there are a lot more topics covering software applications, such as Adobe Creative Cloud, as well as soft skills, such as time management & negotiation skills.

Don’t miss out – check out today! Learn more here.

Instructor-led workshops on the Boston campus

If you can’t find what you are looking for on, there is a select set of instructor-led workshops on a variety of software applications and presentation-related skills for students, faculty and staff from ITS Training. Popular workshops have included Adobe Creative Cloud applications (such as InDesign, Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator), and information on building better presentations. No prior experience is necessary and you can register online. Learn more here.

Teaching & Learning Updates – Spring 2016

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ATS has new software features, planned vendor visits, and several pilot projects in process this spring. In addition, there are opportunities to be involved in innovative classroom projects and participate in panel discussions at TEXPO on March 15, 2016.

Digication: new password feature and program assessment options

Our current e-portfolio system, Digication, has added new features that allow students to password-protect pages, enabling them to share their work with potential employers in the job search process. Further, students can now join a Digication course via Blackboard, which makes Digication’s template and course and program assessment feature a good option for departments who would like to conduct assessments of learning against a rubric. Finally, faculty and students who use the assignment feature may notice a change in the assignment submission interface. This interface update streamlines assignment submission by limiting visible options to those that are currently open for submission. For e-portfolio information, visit

Software vendor visits

Academic Technology Services is scheduling a series of visits from vendors so that students and faculty can better leverage free and discounted software provided by the university. Upcoming events include sessions provided by TopHat, AutoDesk, Microsoft, Articulate, MathWorks, IBM and Adobe. Please check our Special Events page to stay up to date on these visits.


Pilots and projects in progress

We’re currently in the process of piloting several tools, including Zaption, an interactive video platform and Pragya, a smart repository and content management tool. To read more about these tools, join the pilot, or learn more about innovation in Academic Technology Services, please visit our Pilots and Projects page.

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TEXPO: Technology in Teaching Expo will be March 15, 2016 in the Curry Student Center. Panel topics will include pilot project outcomes, mobile photo and online editing, microlearning objects, storytelling, open learning resources, adaptive learning, and results of the Learning Management System (LMS) search recently undertaken by the university. If you’d like to present at TEXPO on any of the above topics or about other technology innovations in your classroom, please email


24/7 Blackboard help

Students and faculty may now reach a staffed help desk 24/7 for answers to Blackboard questions and issues. You will hear a new call routing menu when you call 617.373.4357 which will help you get assistance faster any time of night or day.  For specific information about Blackboard support in your college or department, visit the ITS Knowledge Base accessible from myNEU and search on blackboard support.


Discovery Lab

The Discovery lab, an exciting area located on the first floor of Snell Library near Argo Tea, is where you will find large presentation displays, whiteboards, and computers throughout the room, making it ideal for workshops, presentations, breakout sessions, and collaborative project discussions. Faculty, staff and students may reserve the room through the library’s website, Faculty who would like to use the space on a weekly basis for collaborative instruction/active learning events, directed study, ongoing classes, or special events may contact ATS by sending an email to The wall in the Discovery lab can be used to host curated content like posters or art, and the flat screen placed outside of the Discovery Lab facing Argo Tea can be used to publicize coming events in the Lab. To learn more about everything offered in the space, visit the Discovery Lab website.


ATS has created an accessibility resource page to provide tips and resources to make your course more accessible to students with disabilities. You can find out how to allow one student more time on a Blackboard assessment, request captions for a Tegrity video, create an accessible PDF, and other tasks. Our page also hosts several video resources to provide information on making courses accessible.

Training – Get The Most Out of Office 365

With the completion of the migration of all faculty and staff email to Office 365, ITS Training would like to point out some new web features that you should take full advantage of to make your work life easier.

For instance, in the Outlook Web App you can:

  • Set your Out of Office message if you didn’t remember to do so in your Outlook software
  • Forward your Northeastern email to any other address
  • Easily search your mailbox by keyword or person

To get all the tips and tricks on these features and more, register for the Outlook/Office 365 workshop through the ITS Training registration site.

Once you’re there, also check out the full calendar of many other training classes for everyone. If your area is looking for a training workshop just for your department (even something customized), or you have an idea for a class, ITS Training ( would love to hear from you.

ITS Training: goes mobile and more on the go
Thousands of faculty, staff and students have found using Northeastern’s access to online training a valuable skill building resource. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you can go to and log in with your myNEU credentials.

For both new and existing users, you can also take advantage of mobile access to From the front page, scroll down to the bottom of the page to “Products,” and go to Mobile Apps (or visit the site directly at You’ll find both iOS and Android options. Once installed and launched on your device, you will need to indicate your method of logging in is by Web Portal. Type in and, once the Northeastern authentication portal appears within the app, log in with your myNEU credentials. Once authenticated, the app will present you with your account. Your bookmarks, playlists, etc. will all be there. One added feature to mobile access is the ability to download a course for offline viewing. Download and watch where and when you want! mobile
Log into the mobile app using the url, then enter your myNEU username and password.

ITS Training updates
This fall, you can look forward to ITS-Training providing you instructor-led and online resources to get you up to speed on the new versions of Office we will have available on campus. In addition, you can look forward to our training support for Adobe Creative Cloud. We’re excited for the new technology and want to get you just as excited.

Academic Technologies Training Update

Academic Technology Services training courses are in full swing. Courses are offered on a variety of topics to help faculty learn about and use technology in their courses. In addition to the Introduction to Blackboard course, courses on other Blackboard features include the discussion board and the gradebook assessment.

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Other popular courses will introduce you to Tegrity lecture capture, Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing, and TurningPoint student response system (clickers).

As well, after success in a preliminary winter-summer pilot, we are increasing the frequency of the Articulate Storyline training series. Storyline provides a PowerPoint-compatible interface to help you create engaging and interactive online course materials that blend instruction, audio, video, and optional assessment – all in a visually interesting format. Whether you’re looking for an easy way to add engagement to voice-over-PowerPoint instruction that you already have, or you want to experiment with scenario-based learning activities (like this one), Storyline is a quick-and-easy solution.

Storyline Scenario (Click to interact)


Not sure what technology you’d like to integrate? Our Creating Digital Learning Objects course provides an overview of the most popular tools and offers lots of opportunity for you to talk with an instructional technologist about your specific needs. Click to see the full list of courses or contact us about private training options.