BYTE Week Begins Aug. 18

Posted: August 11, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

George Mason employees are encouraged to visit the new Instructional Resource Center (IRC) lab in Innovation Hall that enables the center to offer a wider variety of workshops. For a hands-on preview of Innovation Hall, sign up for one of the 16 sessions held in the new IRC facilities there during BYTE (Build Your Technology and Teaching Expertise) Week, Aug. 18-22. The week offers an array of introductory workshops that allow faculty and staff to identify what tools they would like to learn in depth. All classes are free.

Programs that week offer an overview on developing and using online forms of Adobe Acrobat, the “Swiss army knife” of desktop tools. Those interested in improving office skills will find workshops are increasingly focused on everday tasks, including creating labels in Microsoft Word, and tips and tricks in Excel, and calendar training.

WebCT is another major focus of this BYTE week as IRC is supporting a move for the fall semester to version 3.8 Campus Edition. The new software has improved functionality in several areas and improved stability.

This semester, IRC is extending the digital imaging workshops to include the new Photoshop Elements package that the Teaching Across the Curriculum program is supporting as a broad-based image manipulation tool. Also, desktop publishing (DTP) training now includes InDesign I and II, which will introduce Adobe’s new DTP package–one of the fastest growing market segments for DTP. New technology demonstration stations will be set up where faculty and staff can review new software packages, watch a number of vendor demonstrations, and ask questions about emerging technologies.

The BYTE Week workshops offer multi-class tracks that give faculty and staff an opportunity to explore topics in-depth and earn optional Certified Educational Units.

For more information, or to sign up, visit the BYTE Week web site.

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