IT Academy recommended training and events - October 2020

October 1, 2020

Hosted by the IT Staff Development team, Yale’s IT Academy consists of a robust speaker series, recommended online training offerings, and learning events to support the professional growth and staff development of Yale’s IT community.

Call for speakers and ideas for upcoming events

IT Staff Development is currently planning the IT Academy Speaker Series schedule for the remainder of FY21 and requests ideas for Tech Talks, InfoSec Chats, and Café IT. To suggest a topic, volunteer as a speaker, or suggest another member of your team as a possible presenter, please email

Speaker series content available for review

If you missed a past Tech Talk, InfoSec Chat, or Café IT event, most were recorded and are available either through the IT Academy Speaker Videos Microsoft Stream Channel or via the IT Staff Development (Public) Box folder.

Upcoming Sessions in October 2020

IT Partners and ITS Information Exchange - Fall Update

Wednesday, October 7
1:30—2:30 p.m.
via Zoom

This is an IT informational meeting intended for ITS and IT partner staff. The meeting will be recorded and shared on Yale’s IT Knowledge Exchange Microsoft Teams site. Registration through Yale’s Training Management System (TMS) is not required. Connection to Yale’s Virtual Private Network (VPN) is not required.


  • Live Captioning for Virtual Meetings/Webinars: Michael Vaughn
  • Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Wendy Battles
  • Collaboration Services Updates: Michael Macary
  • Zoom Cloud Recording Retention Policy Update: Jack Rebimbas
  • Workday Time Keeping Project: Ron Lipkins, Beth McKinley
  • NextGen - Securing the Yale Data Network: Jan Eveleth

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Developer Lunch and Learn: Accessiblity

On Tuesday, October 13, from noon—1:15 p.m., join the Digital Accessibility team for a session on “Testing for Accessibility”.

We will cover how to run an accessibility test on your site/application using automated accessibility checkers and manual reviews. We will also demonstrate a few automated accessibility tools to test your site - what to use and how to use them. However, automated accessibility checkers only uncover about a third of all accessibility issues. Manual testing is essential in the accessibility testing process. Using bookmarklets, browsers, and other tools, learn our tips and tricks for checking these not-as-easy-to-find issues.

Pre-register for the October 13 Lunch and Learn training in TMS. Login to Yale’s VPN may be required. The Zoom link will be emailed to individuals registered for the training session.

Rob Lancefield and Eric James

Tech Talk: The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF)

Wednesday, October 14
3:00—4:00 p.m.
via Zoom

Please join Rob Lancefield; Head of IT at the Yale Center for British Art, and Eric James; Software Engineer at the Yale Center for British Art, for a presentation on the International Image Interoperability Framework, or IIIF (pronounced triple-eye eff). IIIF consists of a set of Application Programming Interface (API) specifications for the interoperable delivery and use of images on the Web.

A growing number of museums, libraries, archives, and other institutions are using IIIF to support interoperable access to their online images, including such features as comparative viewing of zoomable images from different sources.
This Tech Talk will comprise a general introduction to IIIF (, a quick deep dive into its technical implementation at the Yale Center for British Art, and a high-level preview of collaborative work in progress toward its wider use in serving online images from across cultural heritage collections at Yale.

Pre-register for the October 14 Tech Talk in TMS. Login to Yale’s VPN may be required.

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Paul Rivers and Kay Ratanasaka

InfoSec Chat: Integrating MSS into your ServiceSpinup: A Case Study

Thursday, October 15
3:30—4:30 p.m.
via Zoom

Please join Paul Rivers, Chief Information Security Office for Yale University, for his continued discussions on Cybersecurity topics. This fall we will be focusing on approaches to implement the Minimum Security Standards (MSS).

In this session, Kay Ratanasaka, Associate Director of Cloud Technologies, will lead a discussion around the Cloud Technologies strategy that was implemented for the Spinup service. The presentation will address how this service was implemented and the pain points to getting Spinup to be approved for high-risk data.

Pre-register for the October 15 Tech Talk in TMS. Login to Yale’s VPN may be required.

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Ted Hanss and Erika FleckCafé IT: Giving and Receiving Feedback

Thursday, October 22
3:30—4:30 p.m.
via Zoom

Please join Ted Hanss; Associate CIO, Medicine & Health Divisions, and Erika Fleck; Director of Education and Information Technology at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, Washington State University, who will lead us in a discussion and training on best practices for giving and receiving feedback. 

Learning objectives

  • Describe the qualities of positive and negative feedback experiences
  • Translate negative experiences into positive
  • Demonstrate strategies for difficult conversations
  • Understand the advantages of a culture that promotes feedback

Pre-register for the October 22 Cafe IT event in TMS. Login to Yale’s VPN may be required.

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Michael DunlapTech Talk: SysAdmin—Shell Scripting (Hands on, 2 hours)

Wednesday, October 28
3:00—5:00 p.m.
via Zoom

Please join Michael Dunlap; Service Delivery Manager, System Administration Platform Services and Support, for a two-hour ‘Hands on’ presentation on SysAdmin—Shell Scripting. Michael continues his Linus System Administration series instructing us how to create reusable shell scripts to make SysAdmin work easier.

IT Staff Development recommends attendees participate from a laptop or desktop computer (rather than viewing from a mobile phone) for the best experience (participants will have an opportunity to practice coding).

Online Staff Development training

Visit LinkedIn Learning

A myriad of training courses and opportunities are available on Yale’s LinkedIn Learning website.

IT Academy Online Learning

Check out the ‘new’ training opportunities recently posted on the IT Academy: Recommended Online Training web page including: Dynatrace, Microsoft Teams, Project Management, IT Gating, ServiceNow Quick Tips, and Cybersecurity Working From Home Tips.

This resource includes recommended online courses, to enable staff to continue their training and development remotely. IT staff are encouraged to work with their manager to create a personalized development plan.

Check the IT calendar of events and TMS IT Staff Development pages (login through Yale’s VPN may be required) for additional details on future Tech Talks, InfoSec Chats, Café IT, and other IT events and training.