New Workshops Offered during BYTE Week

Posted: January 11, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Dave Andrews

As Build Your Technology and Teaching Expertise (BYTE) Week is set to begin Tuesday, Jan. 16, organizers are hopeful that participating faculty and staff will take full advantage of the new workshops as well as recurring workshops.

BYTE Week is presented three times a year to faculty, staff, graduate research assistants and graduate teaching assistants to help boost their technology skills to support the classroom and the university. The free workshops range from teaching specific software applications to incorporating various technologies into the syllabus and other aspects of work life.

This BYTE Week will be highlighted with new opportunities for expanded audio learning. On Tuesday and Wednesday, a workshop on recording and converting audio files using Audacity will be held.

“Given the long commute times of many of our staff and faculty, and ever-changing technology, learning how to record and convert audio files has become increasingly popular,” says Star Muir, IT Training Council chair. “Now that many have already had the introduction to podcasting, we’re offering even more options.”

As in the past, BYTE Week will offer courses such as Photoshop, Flash, Microsoft applications and even beginner and advanced courses on effectively navigating Google. Muir points out that many of the workshops are offered throughout the year and not just during BYTE Week.

Muir also recommends participation in the tracks program that covers various fundamental areas: Planning and Creating a Web Site; Teaching with Online Tools; Graphic Creation, Manipulation and Animation; and Microsoft Office Fundamentals. Once a track is completed, the participant receives a certificate of completion and Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

“Every semester we’ve seen an increase in participation,” says Muir. “People have started to anticipate BYTE Week as a time of self improvement, as far as technology know-how goes.”

All of the workshops require online registration. To learn more about BYTE Week, obtain a complete listing of workshops or set up a workshop account, visit the IT training web site.

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