Student-led minicourse
sessions free of charge.

CSIL is committed to help you take full advantage of our computing facilities. We invite the university community to our free-of-charge minicourse sessions presented each quarter. Learn about operating systems, programming, and media software in a relaxed environment with plenty of instructor attention. Reservation is not required and paper documentation is provided. Learn more about the minicourse offerings this quarter below.

Minicourse Lessons


Git is a version-control system for tracking changes in computer files and coordinating work on those files among multiple people. It is primarily used for source-code management in software development, but it can be used to keep track of changes in any files.


LaTeX is a high-quality typesetting system; it includes features designed for the production of technical and scientific documentation. LaTeX is the de facto standard for the communication and publication of scientific documents.


The Linux open source operating system, or Linux OS, is a freely distributable, cross-platform operating system based on Unix that can be installed on PCs, laptops, netbooks, mobile and tablet devices, video game consoles, servers, supercomputers and more.


Matlab is a high-performance language for technical computing. It integrates computation, visualization, and programming in an easy-to-use environment where problems and solutions are expressed in familiar mathematical notation.


Photoshop is a graphics editing program that is usable on a variety of operating systems and is available in a variety of languages. This program can be used to create images from scratch, alter existing images, create art, design material, etc.


R is a programming language and free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. The R language is widely used among statisticians and data miners for developing statistical software and data analysis.

Get in touch

For CSIL-related questions, please contact our Staff instead of Cosmos. You can find their areas of expertise and contact info on the staff page.
(773) 702-1082
5730 S Ellis Ave,
Chicago, IL 60637
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