Custom Technology Workshops

Are you an instructor who wants to incorporate Excel training into your curriculum so that your students are prepared with specific tips for an upcoming project? Are you a student organization who wants to help members add Illustrator to their resume? Are you a student lab group needing to learn Prezi for an upcoming presentation?

If so, our Custom Technology Workshops can help by tailoring our open-enrollment workshops to your specific needs so that you can focus on the big ideas, not the technology. Our most popular topics include Audacity, Excel, iMovie, PowerPoint, Prezi, and WordPress. We can also create a completely new class, depending on available trainer expertise.

In addition to designing a custom training, we can teach custom workshops at nearly any time of day on weekdays and Sundays, and we’ll even reserve a computer lab for you, if needed. The only requirement is that at least 8 students attend each session

Request a Workshop

To get started, please fill out our Custom Workshop Request Form or email us with the following information:

  • Course Department and Number, Student Organization Name, Lab Group Name, etc.
  • Workshop Topic
  • Number of Students
  • Desired Dates and Times (at least 2 weeks of lead time is preferred)
  • Workshop Location (Please note whether you need STS to reserve a DoIT computer lab or if you have or will reserve your own location — see Workshop FAQs below for more info)

We’ll respond to your request within 1-2 days to clarify any details (please allow extra time on weekends and holidays). We’ll then make a lab reservation (if needed), schedule student trainers and send an email confirming your workshop date, time and location. About a week before your workshop, the student trainer leading your session will email you to finalize content and any other pertinent details.

Request a Custom Technology Workshop

Workshop FAQ’s

When can Software Training for Students teach custom workshops?

STS can deliver instruction any time of day Mon-Fri (including regularly scheduled class meeting times) and on Sundays. Trainers are typically available 9am-9pm on weekdays and 12-9pm on Sundays. Other times may be possible, subject to trainers’ personal schedules.

How much lead-time is needed to set up a custom workshop?

To ensure that we have adequate time to schedule and prepare for your workshop, please submit your request at least two weeks before your desired workshop date. We’ll do our best to accommodate shorter timelines, but computer lab spaces and student trainer schedules fill up quickly, so we can’t guarantee lab and trainer availability.

I need help planning my workshop — can I meet with someone at Software Training for Students?

Absolutely! If your workshop request is complex or you’re not sure which technology to choose, we’re happy to meet with you. Please email sts@doit.wisc.edu to set up a meeting with a member of our management staff.

Where do custom workshops take place?

Depending on the size of your group, the topic of your workshop, and your departmental affiliation, several options are available:

  1. Computer Labs without Departmental Affiliation Requirements: Software Training for Students can reserve these spaces on your behalf at no cost (subject to availability). These labs are equipped with a wide range of software, including the Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office.
  2. Departmental Classroom Labs Subject to Affiliation: Many departments on campus maintain computer classrooms for use by classes and/or student organizations affiliated with those departments. Software Training for Students can assist you in locating a departmental lab; depending on the lab, you may be required to request the actual reservation. Software in these labs varies widely, and is not managed by DoIT — contact individual labs for complete information. Examples include:
  3. Your Regular Classroom/Meeting Room: We can teach workshops in your regular meeting space if:
    • All (or most) students have laptop computers with access to needed software
    • The classroom/meeting space is equipped with a projector