BYTE Week Offers New Workshops, Old Favorites

Posted: August 11, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

In the week before classes begin, faculty and staff will have an opportunity to update their technology skills and add new ones. BYTE Week (Build your Technology and Teaching Expertise), which runs from August 23 to 27, offers more than a dozen new workshops and many old favorites. The training is free, and registration takes only a few minutes.

The workshops are designed to be short—most require only an hour or two—and immediately helpful. “I recently attended a workshop on Photoshop Elements,” says Ida M. Barbour, database manager and programmer in Community Relations and Electronic Outreach. “Since I maintain web sites for Community Relations, I am looking to create more presentable and professional web pages. This workshop helped a lot!”

Byte Week

The range of workshop topics includes web authoring, creating and manipulating graphics, interactive multimedia, desktop publishing, Adobe Acrobat for creating pdf files and online forms, and web accessibility. Some of the new workshops this term cover how to use Mason’s new logo, EndNote software for research, navigation of the Banner system, Microsoft Office 2003, educational uses of weblogs, tips for connecting your course via the Internet, PowerPoint software application strategies for teaching, Photoshop Elements, and using Norton AntiVirus for desktop security.

In addition to individual sessions, four workshop tracks—or areas of concentration—are offered in which faculty and staff can earn certificates of completion and Continuing Education Units (CEUs). These tracks, each of which requires several classes, are Planning and Creating a Web Site; Teaching with Online Tools; Microsoft Office Fundamentals; and Graphic Creation, Manipulation, and Animation. For more information, visit the web site or contact the Instructional Resource Center at 703-993-3141.

“I took the classes for Web Certificate Training,” says Charlotte L. Jerdak, office manager for the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department. “There were a lot of training classes to take, but it was great to get this done. I would highly recommend it to others. Everyone should know the basics of web developing, since we are in the computer age.”

The Training Council of the Information Technology Unit sponsors BYTE Week, but a number of other units also offer workshops, including the Division of Instructional and Technology Support Services’ (DoIT) Instructional Resource Center, TOPS (Training in Office and Productivity Skills), Human Resources, Continuing and Professional Education, Fiscal Services, and the University Libraries.

The complete workshop catalog and registration information is here. Those who have not previously registered online can obtain instructions for opening an account by visiting this site.

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