Pump Up Your Digital Skills This Month with CALS Virtual Classes

The month of May offers an exciting set of classes with live, online instruction from one of our digital skills experts, Nathan Smith.

Whether you want to edit videos, build a website with WordPress, or design marketing materials with Canva, Nathan has lots of experience teaching these skill sets. He will work with you through the Zoom platform, where you will be able to use text chat and Q&A to interact and ask questions. You can even attend a Virtual Open Lab to get help with digital literacy and software questions for your own projects!

Nathan is well-known to our staff and library users for his positive, patient and helpful teaching style.

“It gives me great joy to pass along skills that make people’s jobs better, their lives easier, and their prospects brighter,” Nathan said. “In this difficult time, lots of people are looking for work, and others are trying to work in completely different circumstances. Having a diverse set of technology skills is essential when you’re trying to work remotely and avoid in-person contact. Knowing how to use these tools can allow us to keep up with work and unlock new creativity.”

Video for the Web

Tuesday, May 12, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Learn basic techniques to get good raw materials (video and audio) to work with, and general principles of editing using free software.  Being able to make great video content is more important than ever now that many people are staying at home and unlikely to visit in person or attend live events. With basic equipment and a little knowledge, you can make video content that really works for your audience. Sign up through the course link above.

Virtual Open Lab

Wednesday, May 13 and Tuesday, May 26, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Virtual Open Lab – Open Lab is a program where you can get help with your technology. This virtual version of Open Lab will take place via Zoom, so you will be able to get advice, and in some cases, even direct remote assistance. Sign up for your own time by clicking through to the course page.

Build Your Website with WordPress

Tuesday, May 19 through Thursday, May 21

This three-day course is geared towards small business owners who want to build an online presence for their business beyond social media. Online presence is critical now, when word-of-mouth and walk-ins aren’t reliable forms of marketing. The course will be presented as a webinar in conjunction with Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center. Click the course title above for more information and to sign up.

Digital Marketing with Canva

Thursday, May 28, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Digital Marketing can get your message in front of people, even when they’re quarantined at home. This class shows how easy it is to use Canva to make professional-looking marketing materials, even if you’re not a graphic designer yourself.

To learn more and sign up for these classes, click the link in the class title or visit our digital literacy virtual classes page.

For any further questions, please contact digital@cals.org