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 ever provide training for Mac Office users?
Answer: Unfortunately, we seldom offer classes for Mac users, primarily because we do not have Macs in our training room. We will consider offering some future demonstration sessions for Mac users, however. In the meantime, check out this Microsoft website for Mac Office 2008 resources http://www.microsoft.com/mac/products/Office2008/default.mspx . It is a great “secret.” We also have staff at our Helpdesk 559-7700 or email@example.com who have access to a Mac and are eager to help you.
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.
Question: I haven’t seen your Bits, Byte and Bells class schedule for January/February? Where can I find it?
Answer: The reason why our schedule isn’t available is because the Campus Training Center building is slated to be demolished in early 2009 and the training room has been moved to the 8th floor of the UNMC Library, room 8011, which was previously the Library Computing Cluster. The Cluster has moved to room 8012. While equipment is being relocated and set up, classes are on hold. However, training presentations in departments can be scheduled through Kim Laursen at 559-5674. The new schedule should be available in early to mid-January at http://info.unmc.edu/helpdesk/16.htm