Start the New Year with BYTE Week IT Training

Posted: December 16, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

BYTE Week, the opportunity for faculty and staff to Build Your Technology and Teaching Expertise, offers new workshops and repeated favorites from Jan. 18 to 21, 2005. Dozens of short courses packed into the four days before the spring semester begins provide a chance to improve existing skills and learn new ones. Most workshops will be held in Innovation Hall or the Johnson Center, with topics ranging from weblogs to web design and Banner training. The four-day schedule can be viewed here.

Two of the new workshops are Teaching with Townhall for Experienced Users and Push-button Publishing: The Educational Uses of Weblogs. The Townhall workshop, offered Jan. 20, teaches how to use the communication and collaboration tools at a more advanced level and explores some alternative strategies for using these tools to stimulate student engagement. In order to take this class, you must have participated in a Getting Started with Townhall workshop or spent a semester as a Townhall course host.

The goals of the weblog workshop are to orient faculty and staff to the broad range of instructional uses as well as the various weblog tools and technologies and to teach how to set up a basic weblog. This class is offered Jan. 21 and has no prerequisite.

Another new workshop, Creating Labels Using Mail Merge, is offered three times during BYTE Week. The hands-on workshop teaches how to set up a mail merge in Word using an Excel file and then print mailing labels. The prerequisite is Word Fundamentals, Part 1-3, or the equivalent experience.

Creating Online Forms and Surveys Using MS FrontPage and the Gunston Server, presented Jan. 19, will teach step-by-step procedures for developing a simple web-based, fill-in form or survey. To create a survey using FrontPage after you leave the workshop, however, faculty and staff participants must have a Gunston server account and have to ask to have a database folder included in the request. To request an account, click here.

New workshops also include Beginning FrontPage 2003 and Beginning Dreamweaver MX.

While BYTE Week only comes three times a year during semester breaks, workshops and online training programs are offered continuously. For more training opportunities, click here.

BYTE Week is presented by the Training Council of the Information Technology Unit. More information about the workshops is available at the web site or by calling 703-993-3141. All workshops require registration, which can be accomplished at the web site. First-time users can also set up an account at that site.

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