BYTE Week Offers Discussions, New Workshops

Posted: January 8, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

The new year offers novel opportunities to build your technology and teaching expertise during BYTE Week, January 12-16. Two forums and several new workshops top the list of free training opportunities offered by the Information Technology Unit (ITU) next week. All faculty and staff are invited to participate.

“BYTE Week is an exciting chance for faculty and staff to learn how to use interesting technologies, to improve their productivity, and to increase learning opportunities for their students,” says Star Muir, director of the Learning Support Services in ITU’s Division of Instructional Technology Support Services (DoIT).

New workshops introduce Adobe Acrobat as a teaching tool, WebCT for power users, educational uses of weblogs, Adobe Photoshop elements, and Windows XP computer security. Familiar favorites include web authoring, creating and manipulating graphics, interactive multimedia, desktop publishing, Microsoft Office XP applications, and more.

A forum on Classroom Technologies Reorganization Efforts is held Jan. 14 and 15 from 1 to 2 p.m. in Innovation Hall, Room 318, and one on Support Resources for Fostering Communities of Practice at Mason is held Jan. 15 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Johnson Center, Room 311. A “community of practice” is an interpersonal network that allows participants to collaborate with others to create and share knowledge around a common area of interest.

In addition, the ITU Training Council is offering two tracks that can lead to certificates of completion and Continuing Education Units–Planning and Creating a Website, and Teaching with Online Tools. For more information, see the web page or contact the IRC at (703) 993-3141.

BYTE Week is growing in popularity. Last August, participation reached an all-time high of 380 faculty and staff members attending the 49 workshops offered. Nearly a third participated in WebCT sessions.

“Most faculty and staff look forward to BYTE Week as a period to prepare for classes. They attend workshops and discussion forums to re-tool themselves with technology needs, to learn new techniques, and familiarize themselves with the enormous support resources at Mason,” says Eugene Lord, training coordinator at the IRC.

To register for workshops, click here. First time registrants need to obtain instructions for opening an account by clicking here.

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