Media Center

Training Sessions

Free training sessions are offered at the Media Center each semester. All sessions will be held in the Media Center in the basement of the library. Seminary students, faculty, staff, and spouses are welcome to attend. To reserve a seat, call (214) 887-5285, email mbly@dts.edu, or stop in at the Media Center (basement of library). Seating is limited.

Upcoming Training Sessions

Creating Bible Charts in Excel for Beginners

Instructor: Coy Stark

This session is designed to take a student who has never used Excel from learning the most basic Excel functions to producing a chart that will fulfill the requirements of BE assignments here at DTS.

Session Dates Topics Covered

11:30am–12:45pm, Tuesday, September 2

1:00pm–2:15pm, Thursday, September 18

11:30am–12:45pm, Friday, September 26

  • How to begin the process of creating a chart, even before you get to Excel
  • How to create a new Excel document
  • Options for paper sizes and printing / PDF
  • How to layout and format your chart
  • Entering text
  • How to format and merge cells
  • How to add color and images
  • How to draw borders around your finished chart

Creating Bible Timelines in Prezi for Beginners

Instructor: David Or

In this session, you will learn how to use Prezi (a free online presentation tool) to help you create a Bible timeline for classes such as BE103 and BE104. No prior knowledge is required to attend this session. We highly recommend this session to BE students but everyone is more than welcome to join.

Session Dates Topics Covered

11:30am–12:45pm, Friday, September 5

11:30am–12:45am, Friday, September 19

  • Create an account in Prezi
  • Learn how to use Prezi
  • Create a sample timeline in Prezi
  • Drawing the timeline and date markers
  • Inserting dates and other information
  • Inserting pictures or clipart
  • Printing the timeline

Creating Newsletters in Publisher

Instructor: Simon Cherian

Learn how Microsoft Publisher can help you create great-looking newsletters for your prayer partners and supporters.

Session Dates Topics Covered

5:00pm–6:15pm, Thursday, September 18

11:30am–12:45pm, Tuesday, September 23

  • Identify the common parts of a newsletter
  • Create a Publisher newsletter template
  • Start with, a pre-designed Publisher newsletter and adapt it to create your own newsletter
  • Add text to your newsletter, revise and reposition the text, create columns, and continue a story on another page
  • Add a picture to a publication, change how the picture looks, and control how text wraps around it
  • Creating print-ready PDF files
  • Create Email Newsletters

Excel Basics

Instructor: Felix Garza

In this session, you will learn the basic functions of Microsoft Excel. Zero or little previous experience with, Excel is required for this class. During the course of our time together you will be taken through the steps needed to create a basic table with, basic formulas.

Session Dates Topics Covered

11:30am–12:45pm, Thursday, September 4

10:00am–11:15am, Wednesday, September 24

  • • What Excel templates you have available for different projects (calendars, budgeting, inventories, etc.)
  • How to start a blank workbook
  • How to add and rename sheets in a workbook
  • How to add and format content of cells (text, numbers)
  • How to use basic formulas (SUM, AVG, COUNTA, etc.)
  • How to display gridlines, set print area, and freeze panes
  • How to insert/delete/move columns and rows
  • How to sort data

Final Cut Pro Basics - Video Editing

Instructor: Nathan Chan

This session will provide students a foundational grasp of Final Cut Pro X for video editing and production. An overview of best practices and navigational layout will be provided, as well as a hands-on opportunity to produce a video. This session is geared towards students who have zero to little experience in video production and presents an alternative video editing platform to iMovie.

Session Dates Topics Covered

11:30am–12:45pm, Thursday, September 11

5:00pm–6:15pm, Monday, September 15

  • Importing raw footage, pictures, music
  • Editing footage
  • Adding Text
  • Using transitions and special effects
  • Navigating Shortcut keys
  • Exporting footage into final product

Final Cut Pro: Text & Photo Animation

Instructor: Tyler Short

This session will provide students who are familiar with Final Cut Pro X with exposure to some of the advanced features. Final Cut Pro X has a wide variety of tools to create professional looking video and this class will explore features specifically used to manipulate text and still images to add interest and professionalism to your video project.

Session Dates Topics Covered

11:30am–12:45pm, Tuesday, September 9

10:00am–11:15am, Friday, September 12

5:00pm–6:15pm, Tuesday, September 16

  • The Ken Burn’s effect
  • Adding motion to still photos (Key framing)
  • Adding and manipulating text
  • Applying and adjusting transitions
  • Other helpful menus and features in Final Cut Pro X

iMovie Basics - Video Editing

Instructor: Michelle Bly

This session is designed to take a student who has never used iMovie 10 from importing footage into the computer to a final edited project.

Session Dates Topics Covered

11:30am–12:45pm, Thursday, September 18

10:00am–11:15am, Friday, September 26

  • How to import videos, photos, and music
  • How to cut, trim, reduce, and increase the duration of clips
  • How to create special effects (slow motion, black & white, chipmunk voices, etc.)
  • How to add titles
  • How to add transitions between clips
  • How to add music and sound effects
  • How to export the final project to YouTube, to a DVD, or to a data file format

Introduction to Database Searching

Instructor: Debbie Hunn

This training session will introduce the DTS package of databases to students unfamiliar with, database searching. It will show the student who wants to find journal articles where to begin.

Session Dates Topics Covered

10:00am–11:15am, Wednesday, September 10

11:30am–12:45pm, Thursday, October 2

  • Practice searching databases
  • Learn basic search strategies
  • Learn to choose the right database

Making Your Own Website Using Wix

Instructor: David Or

This session will help students create their own website for personal use, freelance business, ministry portfolio, etc. No prior experience is needed. The class will use Wix (free online website designing tool) to create the website.

Session Dates Topics Covered

11:30am–12:45pm, Friday, September 12

11:30am–12:45pm, Friday, October 3

  • Create a free website for personal use, ministry, internship portfolio, etc.
  • Learn basic website design
  • Design etiquette
  • Using WIX free templates
  • Uploading picture/video/PDF files to website
  • Adding free applications to website (help chat, appointment reservations, payment, and email service)

Photoshop Basics

Instructor: Coy Stark

Do you want the photos you show to look their best? Do you want to be able to salvage a ‘less-than-perfect’ shot? Did you know there is a difference in the requirements for printing a photo versus posting it online or projecting it in a presentation? After this session you will be able to do all of these things and so much more!

Session Dates Topics Covered

10:00am–11:15am, Wednesday, September 17

11:30am–12:45pm, Thursday, September 25

  • Learn how Photoshop works with “layers”
  • Load your photos into Photoshop
  • Do basic color and exposure adjustments
  • Remove “Red-eye”
  • Use Photoshop’s “Filters” for artistic/funny/interesting effects
  • Turn a photo into a coloring book page
  • Use “Actions” to automate repetitive tasks
  • Enhance and resize photos for posting online

PowerPoint Basics

Instructor: Felix Garza

In this session, you will learn the most used functions in PowerPoint. Zero or little previous experience with, PowerPoint is required for this class. During the course of our time together you will be gradually taken through the steps needed to complete the map assignment for BE103 and create a short slide show.

Session Dates Topics Covered

11:30am–12:45pm, Wednesday, September 10

2:30pm–3:45pm, Tuesday, September 16

  • • How to start a presentation from preset templates.
  • • How to create slides from preset layouts.
  • • How to add and modify content (text, shapes, pictures).
  • • How to add and modify slide transitions and animations.
  • • How to change the order of slides and animations.
  • • How to label a map of Israel for the BE assignment
  • • Bonus: How to change aspect ratio (4:3 to 16:9)

Studio Basics: Photo & Video Lighting

Instructor: Tyler Short

The Media Center offers many resources that students can use for school or personal use. One of the best kept secrets in the Media Center is the video studio, which is free for students to use. This session does not require any prior knowledge of studio use and will introduce participants to the equipment available in the studio and as rental equipment. Because of limited space, this session will be limited to the first 8 students who sign up.

Session Dates Topics Covered

11:30am–12:45pm, Friday, September 19

1:00pm–2:15pm, Tuesday, September 23

  • Introduction to the studio equipment, including lights, video cameras, microphones and back drops
  • Setting up lights for an interview: introduction to 3 point lighting
  • Adjusting the manual settings on the studio cameras for best results
  • Introduction to rental items available to students to fit outside production needs

Turabian Style for DTS Papers

Instructor: Billy Todd & Michelle Bly

This session is designed for students who may have never written a paper in DTS Turabian style or for students who have written papers in DTS Turabian style and who desire to learn an easier way to set up their papers.

Session Dates Topics Covered

11:30am–12:45pm, Tuesday, September 16

11:30am–12:45pm, Wednesday, September 17

11:30am–12:45pm, Wednesday, September 24

11:30am–12:45pm, Tuesday, September 30

  • Tools available to help with Turabian formatting
  • The proper format for various types of Turabian footnote and bibliography citations
  • The proper layout for a paper written in DTS Turabian format
  • How to use DTS’s Microsoft Word Template to format papers in proper Turabian format.
  • Use of styles and headings in the Word template
  • How to number pages properly
  • When and how to insert block quotations and how to footnote them
  • Tips and tricks for Turabian formatting

Using Zotero to Format Footnotes & Bibliographies

Instructor: Debbie Hunn

Zotero is a free bibliographic management system that helps create and manage footnotes and bibliographies. This session is designed for students who anticipate writing papers with more footnotes than they wish to type directly. Please use the Macs in the lab during this session.

Session Dates Topics Covered

11:30am–12:45pm, Wednesday, September 3

1:00pm–2:15pm, Thursday, September 11

11:30am–12:45pm, Wednesday, October 1

  • Constructing Zotero records for books and articles
  • Importing records from databases
  • Creating footnotes from Zotero records
  • Editing footnotes
  • Changing footnote format
  • Creating bibliographies