The Fletcher School

Edwin Ginn Library & IT

Workshops and Other Learning Opportunities

Ginn Library/IT facilitates a variety of workshops for students, faculty, and staff to promote skill development and continuous learning. Workshop schedules are posted at the start of the semester. Please note that space is limited, so sign up today!

We will be adding more opportunities for learning, please visit us again to see the most current workshop schedule. For more information or to suggest a workshop topic, please contact

All workshops (unless noted) take place in the Mugar Computer Lab in Mugar Hall, outside of the Ginn Library. Sign up online now.

See all workshops in calendar view (pdf, 225K)

RefWorks: an Introduction

Our introductory workshop to RefWorks will cover:

Workshop seating is limited to 20, but we will add more workshops if there is interest. Contact Rhys Sevier with any questions.

Day Date Time Instructor Sign up online
Monday February 10 3:00pm - 4:00pm Rhys Sevier
Tuesday February 11 10:00am - 11:00am
Wednesday February 12 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Wednesday February 19 10:00am - 11:00am

Zotero: an Introduction

Bring your laptop and come learn how to use this free citation management tool.  Workshop will cover installing Zotero (please come at 12:30 if you haven’t installed it yet); capturing book, article, webpage citations; organizing and searching citations; creating bibliographies; and adding citations into your research papers.  Taught by Connie Reik and Rhys Sevier.

Day Date Time Instructor Sign up online
Friday February 28 1:00pm - 2:00pm Rhys Sevier and Connie Reik

STATA: an Introduction

STATA is a powerful statistical software program that allows users to manage and analyze complex datasets, as well as create high-quality graphics. This workshop is geared towards beginners, and will introduce students to STATA's many features and functions, including how to compute descriptive statistics and conduct linear regression analysis. This workshop will also go over the basic syntax for all types of STATA commands, including how to use mathematical and logical functions. Students will learn how to use STATA’s built-in help function and how to find help from online sources. By the end of this workshop students will be capable of conducting simple operations in STATA and know how to access help from a variety of sources.

Day Date Time Instructor Sign up online
Thursday January 23 3:00pm - 4:30pm Johanna Andrews Chavez
Friday January 24 10:00am - 11:30am
Monday January 27 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Friday February 7 10:00am - 11:30am
Monday March 3 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Friday March 28 10:00am - 11:30am

STATA: Data Management

This workshop will focus on data management techniques and more advanced topics. Because datasets can come in a variety of file formats, students will learn how to import data into STATA from Excel and other file formats. Additionally, students will learn how to: create new variables using existing data, merge multiple datasets into one file, and create summary statistics over multiple observations. Other topics covered include reshaping data, addressing missing values or errors in data, and data labels and dataset notes. By the end of this course students will have basic skills to manage and manipulate complex datasets. An Introduction to STATA is a prerequisite for this course.

Day Date Time Instructor Sign up online
Monday February 3 6:00pm - 7:30pm Johanna Andrews Chavez
Thursday February 13 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Friday February 14 10:00am - 11:30am
Friday March 7 10:00am - 11:30am
Thursday Apri 3 3:00pm - 4:30pm

STATA: Graphing

This hands-on workshop will teach students how to create high quality graphics like bar and line graphs, scatter plots, and histograms. Students will learn how to adjust formatting options for graphs by using the STATA command window and using STATA’s Graph Editor feature. By the end of this workshop, students will be capable of creating high-quality graphics that can be used in reports or publishable papers. An Introduction to STATA is a prerequisite for this course.

Day Date Time Instructor Sign up online
Monday Febrary 24 6:00pm - 7:30pm Johanna Andrews Chavez
Thursday March 13 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Monday April 7 6:00pm - 7:30pm

STATA: Open Lab

Need hands-on assistance with your datasets? Feel free to stop by an open lab session and talk to Johanna. No sign up is required.

Day Date Time Instructor Sign up online
Friday February 7 12:00pm - 2:00pm Johanna Andrews Chavez
Friday February 14 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Friday February 28 10:00am - 12:00pm
Friday March 7 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Friday March 28 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Friday April 4 10:00am - 12:00 pm
Friday April 11 10:00am - 12:00pm
Monday April 14 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Friday April 18 10:00am - 12:00pm
Friday April 25 10:00am - 12:00pm


WordPress is a state-of-the-art publishing platform that allows users to easily create attractive, customizable content for the web. WordPress is used for website and course site creation, content management, online collaboration, newsletters, portfolios, blogs and more. In this workshop, you will learn how to create a site, post and create content, use categories, and fine-tune your blog (by using themes and widgets).

Overview of Geospatial Information and Technologies

Mapping and geographic analysis have become fundamentally important for understanding cultural, political, economic, and environmental interactions, and opportunities and risks. Today, information is increasingly “geospatial” in that it is located in specific places with geographical attributes that matter for understanding issues (e.g., political conflict in a context of water scarcity). In this presentation we discuss the primary geospatial technologies available today and trends we see for the future; and we go over the many resources at Tufts available to students who would like to learn more about Geographic Information Systems (GIS), spatial data, remote sensing, geospatial web portals, and data mapping tools. Substantial time will be given to questions and discussion, so students should come prepared to talk about spatial problems and issues relevant to their fields of interest.

More Technology Training

Instructor-Led Training Classes

Multiple training opportunities are available to you from Tufts Employee Learning and Development (TELD). A variety of IT training classes are offered by Technology Support Services. Classes range from beginner to advanced, and cover a wide range of topics beyond the Microsoft Office Suite.

Online Self-Paced Training

Internet based training solutions deliver the learning right to your computer and offer self-paced modules that fit your schedule. Learn more and sign up for access.

IT Learning Manuals

Tufts Technology Services staff have prepared a wide range of study guides designed to guide you through various software packages including Microsoft Office products and others.