2010-2011 Gustavus Technology Training Classes

Posted on October 28th, 2010 by

Gustavus Technology Services is pleased to announce the return of free, hands-on, technology training sessions for faculty, staff and students! These training sessions will be in small groups held in the Olin Technology Classroom (Room 124B) beginning at 9:00 am and lasting about an hour. They are aimed at all different skill levels so all are welcome. Our goal is to make you feel more comfortable using technology, software and other online resources.

Topics and times for this upcoming semester include:

  • Mac OS X Getting Started – November 2, 2010
    Learn the basics of the Macintosh operating system. This class will focus on concepts from early version of OS X through the latest OS version, OS X Snow Leopard. Learn about System Preferences, Networking, Applications, Dock, Memory, Upgrades and how they all work together. Come see how easy it is to work and play on a Macintosh.
  • Windows 7 Getting Started – November 4, 2010
    Do you want to learn more about the Windows operating system? This class will focus on Control Panels, Networking, Applications, Start Menus, Task Bar and Memory, and how they all work together. Come see how easy it is to work and play on Microsoft’s latest operating system.
  • Learn Apple iWork – Pages – November 9, 2010
    Make beautiful publications using Pages. We will cover the basics of creating different types of documents including a professional looking resume, brochure, school report and invitation. We will take steps to manipulate text, pictures and much more to make your publications look their best!
  • Learn Apple iWork – Keynote  – November 11, 2010
    Do you want an alternative to PowerPoint? Tired of those same old slideshows? Learn how to make professional looking slide show presentations using your Mac with Keynote. We will cover how to add elements such as tables, charts, media, and shapes to your slides, as well as how to alter the graphics and animations. If you want a presentation with style, come and check out Apple’s Keynote.
  • Moodle Basics – November 16, 2010
    What is Moodle and what can I use it for? Learn how to use Moodle for distributing materials online, such as documents, movies, and audio files. Tired of keeping a class web page current? Moodle provides an easy way to keep materials up-to-date. See how committees use Moodle as an online meeting place where they can share resources and virtually discuss issues.
  • Moodle Activities – November 18, 2010
    Learn how to add activities to enhance the interactivity of your Moodle course. We will cover how to add assignments, forums, quizzes, wikis, and journals to your course.
  • Moodle Gradebook  – November 23, 2010
    Learn how to use Moodle’s built-in Gradebook feature to set up a basic gradebook to record and calculate your students’ grades automatically. This course will show you how to create graded items and categories. Students can have access to their grades by logging into Moodle anytime.
  • Google Docs – November 30, 2010
    This course will introduce you to Google Docs. We will show you how to upload files from your computer, how to access them online, and how to share them with students or colleagues for real-time collaboration. Great for group projects where multiple people are working from a single document.
  • Smartboard – December 7, 2010
    Learn how to use an interactive Smartboard to change the way you deliver instruction. We will show you how to create a simple lesson using the Smartboard’s Notebook software and the basics of operating a Smartboard. We’ll also show you how to find interactive lesson activities, content assessment material and teaching resources for the Smartboard.
  • Turning Point Clickers – December 14, 2010
    Learn how to make your classes more interactive with clickers. In this course we will show you how to create interactive presentations and question lists, and then how to use the clickers in your course to poll your audience from within PowerPoint or any application.
  • Microsoft Excel for Windows – January 11, 2011
    An introductory, hands on class for the newest version of Microsoft Excel for Windows. You’ll learn how to create spreadsheets, simplify data entry and manipulate existing data. We’ll also take a look at some simple mathematical formulas to put your data to work. This hands-on class will help the new to Excel and the new to Excel 2010 users.
  • Microsoft Excel for Mac – January 13, 2011
    An introductory, hands on class for the newest version of Microsoft Excel for Macintosh. You’ll learn how to create spreadsheets, simplify data entry and manipulate existing data. We’ll also take a look at some simple mathematical formulas to put your data to work. This hands-on class will help the new to Excel and the new to Excel 2008 users.
  • Podcasting at Gustavus – January 18, 2011
    Podcasting is a great way to share virtually any type of audio or video content online. Whether you are just curious about podcasting or interested in using them in your classroom for lectures or student projects, come and learn how easy it is to record and publish a podcast. See how your podcasts can be published locally or on the new Gustavus space on iTunesU.
  • Managing Photos with iPhoto – February 15, 2011
    An introductory class on managing photos using iPhoto. This class will teach users how to organize photos in a variety of ways and edit them so they look their best.
  • iPhoto Advanced Topics  – February 22, 2011
    This class will focus on putting your photos to use. Users will learn how to share photos online as well as in print. Come see how easy it is to make your own prints, photo books, calendars, cards and more!
  • Introduction to Aperture – Febrary 24, 2011
    Aperture is Apple program used for refining images, showcasing photography, and managing massive photo libraries on your Mac. If you are currently using iPhoto and feel you have “outgrown” it, this is the class for you. You will learn how to organize, edit and output your images.
  • Introduction to Adobe Photoshop – March 1, 2011
    An introductory course on Photoshop to teach some simple editing techniques that will help you crop, edit, adjust and improve your photos. Participants are encouraged to bring in their own photos, preferably in a digital format, to practice on.An introductory course on Photoshop to teach some simple editing techniques that will help you crop, edit, adjust and improve your photos. Participants are encouraged to bring in their own photos, preferably in a digital format, to practice on.
  • Introduction to Adobe Contribute  – March 8, 2011
    This course will focus on publishing and managing a website at Gustavus. Users will learn to setup Adobe Contribute CS5 on campus and do some basic editing.
  • Mastering Email on the Mac – March 15, 2011
    Do you wish you knew all the “tricks of the trade” in Apple Mail? Learn ways to organize and view your email and addresses. Need help attaching documents, setting up a signature, or filtering email? Come find out all there is to know about Apple Mail!
  • Mastering Email on Windows  – March 17, 2011
    This class will focus on using the Mozilla Thunderbird efficiently. Users will learn to make viewing and sending emails convenient by linking their email accounts to the mail client, attaching files, and editing signatures.
  • Backup with Windows Backup  – April 12, 2011
    We will mainly focus on how to backup your data using Windows Backup. Also, we will discuss the different goals of backups (there’s more than one!), how to determine the best backup method for your data, and how to back up your data. We will also cover some of the pitfalls you may run into along the way.
  • Backup with Apple Time Machine  – April 14, 2011
    We will mainly focus on how to back up your data using the Time Machine application from Apple. We will also discuss the different types of hardware that can be used for backup (external hard-drives, time capsule, etc), the different goals of backups (there’s more than one!), and how to determine the best backup method for your data. We will also cover some of the pitfalls you may run into along the way.
  • Making Movies with iMovie  – April 19, 2011
    iMovie 09 offers new ways to organize and browse your videos. Learn how to import video onto your computer, edit it like a professional and share it with friends and family in many ways!
  • iDVD: Burning Your Movies to DVD  – April 26, 2011
    This class will focus solely on the many features of iDVD. We will look at a variety of ways to make your finished DVD movie look professional.
  • Basic Word 2010 for Windows  – May 3, 2011
    An introductory, hands on class for the newest version of Microsoft Word. You’ll learn how to use the new ribbon, office button and the different views and contextual tabs, galleries and live previews. This hands-on class will help the new to Word and the new to Word 2010 users.
  • Basic Word 2011 for Mac  – May 10, 2011
    An introductory, hands on class for the newest Microsoft word processor for the Macintosh. You’ll learn how to use the new tool bar, elements gallery and pre-designed headers, footers and bibliographies. This class will help the new to Word and the new to Word 2011 users.

To sign up or view a full list of class offerings and descriptions, please visit gustavus.edu/gts. Then click the “Schedule an Appointment” link. Click the topic titles on the classes you are interested in or click “Book Now” to sign up for the class. You may also call the Technology Helpline (x6111) and we will be happy to schedule a session for you! Remember these are in small groups so attendance is limited.

We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to better understand and utilize the resources available to you. If you have any questions regarding the classes feel free to call Technology Services at 6111 or email us at helpline@gustavus.edu.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 


4 Comments

  1. Chris Duhaime says:

    Who are these classes available to?

    Students? Faculty? Staff? Alumni?

    • Steven Vogt says:

      These classes are currently offered to Faculty and Staff only, but please check back as we are looking into the possibility of expanding to the entire campus community!

    • Steven Vogt says:

      Originally these classes were offered to faculty and staff only. However, due to popular demand we are now opening them up to students as well! Spread the word!