Question: I just changed departments and will be working on a Mac. It’s brand new and is supposed to be set up this Tuesday. I haven’t used one regularly for a very long time. Do you have any training available for the basics and/or advanced Mac info?
Answer: We don’t offer hands-on training on Macs since we don’t have Macs in our training room, however there are several self-study resources available:
Question: I don’t have time during the semester to attend 3 hr classes. Do you ever offer short sessions at the end of the semester?
Answer: We certainly do! In fact this May we are offering a marathon of 30-minute mini-sessions on a variety of topics. They will be 30 minute sessions followed with Questions and Answers. You can bring in questions unrelated to the topic too, if time allows. We are offering these sessions so that faculty and students, in particular, can enhance their basic PC skills. See the schedule and register online at this link. In addition, we’ll show how to access additional resources for those who want more in depth training and assistance.
Many of these sessions are scheduled throughout the year, but we’re trying this min-marathon this semester and depending on how it goes, will offer at the end of the fall semester.
Question: I need to create a scientific poster for an upcoming conference. Can you tell me how to get started?
Answer: There are a number of resources available.
UNMC Branding Resources
Printing Services Poster Center and William Wassom’s recorded session on scientific posters and PowerPoint handout
Hands on classes – Complete schedule and on-line registration available here
- A variety of hands-on classes are available in March and April to help you prepare your poster (room 8011 Wittson Hall):
- Microsoft Charts/Graphs – 3/3 from 10-noon
- Scientific Posters using PowerPoint – 3/9 from 10-11:30 a.m. OR 4/13 from 2-3:30 p.m.
- PowerPoint Basics – 3/23 from 1-4:30 p.m.
- Adobe Illustrator – 4/14 from 10-11:30 a.m.
Don’t forget to search Google and YouTube for a number of other Poster resources too!
Question: Do you offer classes to help update computing skills? I am self-taught and would like to improve my computing skills but prefer not to attend long classes since I already have some knowledge.
Answer: Besides our regular course offerings, ITS has several other options to help you enhance your technology skills. Some are are listed below. In addition, be sure to check out the ITS Classes/Training link here .
Shape up your skills watching these tutorial sessions on the “big screen”
- Overview of self-study options on 1/5 from 10-11:30. Learn where to find ITS training videos and how to sign up for and access other free online tutorials.
- Personal Computing Fundamentals on 1/6 from 2-4 p.m.
- Network and Internet Basics on 1/13 from 12-1 p.m.
- Mac Operating System X Snow Leopard – 1/25 from 2-4 p.m. Feel free to bring your Mac laptop.
- Publisher 2010 Basics – 2/3 from 2-4 p.m.
- OneNote 2010 – 2/22 from 2-4 p.m. Keep tabs on your life by taking notes, make plans and get organized using OneNote.
Email Crash Diet - - In this hands-on session learn how to trim your email storage and manage your inbox with rules and other productivity tools on 2/10 from 10-11:30 a.m.
Drop in Makeover Sessions - Stop by the ITS training room (8011 Wittson) during the times listed below and get one-on-one help with your projects and give your files a facelift!
- Access Drop-in Makeovers – 1/6 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon
- PowerPoint Drop-in Makeovers – 1/20 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon
- Word Drop-in Makeovers – 1/26 from 1-3 p.m.
- Excel Drop-in Makeovers – 2/3 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon
Question: Do you have classes that are geared toward researchers? We have very specific needs for grant submission and data collection, etc and would like to get more assistance on this.
Answer: Even though we teach several classes which can assist researchers in their computer needs, none have really been targeted to researchers, so we are establishing a new “IT for Researchers User Group” which will address researcher’s needs. Apparently there is great interest in this, as our first meeting is scheduled for 3/24/09 from 2-3:30 in Eppley Science Auditorium room 3010, and we have had an overwhelming response. (We even had to find a larger room). The first few minutes of the meeting will discuss the goals of the group and then spend the remainder of the time discussing converting documents to PDFs for grant submission. Several research support staff will share their “tricks of the trade” and how they are able to successfully submit grants. We anticipate that the Group will have two tiers of members – students/researchers and research administrative support staff. Other topics to be addressed will be illustrations and graphics, data collection, scientific posters, presentations, etc.