Acquire New Computer Skills from Home

Posted: December 12, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Kate Passin

George Mason faculty members, staff, and students can now learn various software packages and technology skills from the comfort of their own homes. The Division of Instructional Improvement and Instructional Technologies and University Computing and Information Systems recently joined forces with the company SmartForce to offer free online IT training to the entire Mason community.

By logging onto SmartForce, users have unlimited access to 250 courses ranging in topic from Microsoft Office 2000 to C++ programming. Additional course categories include Oracle, Unix, Microsoft SQL Server 7.0, and Novell Netware 5. There are also courses on basic Internet skills and web site administration.

“When students graduate from Mason, they are most likely going to have to use technology in their professions,” says Michael Raumer, Mason’s SmartForce course administrator. “The SmartForce courses provide users with a convenient way to learn new technology skills during their free time.”

SmartForce also provides faculty and staff members with additional benefits. For example, professors can use the SmartForce courses as a teaching tool in their classes, says Walter Sevon, director of classroom technologies.

For instructions on how to log on to SmartForce and access courses, visit Mason’s SmartForce web page. The web site also has links to SmartForce’s own web site and the SmartForce Student User’s Guide. For additional information, contact Raumer at

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