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Camtasia Relay

[12-minutes, video] This course introduces University of Minnesota faculty, staff, and students to the Camtasia Relay (TechSmith Relay) service, a software-based screen capture solution that can be used for class capture, software demonstrations, and more.

Topics Include

  • how to get started
  • setting up for recording
  • making a recording
  • new features in version 4

Go to: CMR001 - Orientation to Camtasia Relay

Drupal

[3-hours, hands-on, online]  This course covers the basic skills needed to add content to a website created in Drupal Lite. Drupal Lite makes it easy for content contributors to add and edit content without requiring technical skill in web development.

This course provides an opportunity to practice skills in a training website.

Drupal Enterprise: For Drupal Enterprise websites, content contributors should check with their website administrator for training suggestions as this course may not be relevant to your customized website.

Topics Include

  • Adding new pages
  • Editing existing pages
  • Working with menus
  • Formatting text
  • Working with images
  • Adding links

Note: This is an online course that uses a Moodle course site to organize course activities. Students will work on activities using a Drupal Lite training site at their own pace and will have 5 days to complete the course. An instructor will be available to support participants and answer questions.

AHC employees: If you are in the Academic Health Center (AHC) web support system, please be sure to register for the AHC-specific Drupal contributor training.

Registration

Register for DRP102: Contributing Content to a Drupal Lite Website

[10.5-hours, hands-on] This course covers the skills needed to build and manage a Drupal Lite website using the advanced tools associated with the Administrator role. This course is intended for those who are already experienced creating basic web pages in Drupal Lite and want to have additional control and consistency across a larger or non-standard website.

The recommended prerequisites to this course are:

Drupal Enterprise: For Drupal Enterprise websites, see the Drupal Enterprise: Create And Manage Sites self-help guide.

Topics Include

  • Working with content settings and layouts
  • Setting initial configurations for a Drupal Lite site
  • Working with content types, fields, views, and panels
  • Managing users and permission roles
  • Creating taxonomies and vocabularies

Registration

Register for DRP202 - Administering a Website in Drupal Lite

[3-hours, lab] This working session allows participants to bring their own Enterprise Drupal or Drupal Lite projects into a lab setting. Not only will participants have dedicated work time, but they will have expert assistance available when they run into questions or roadblocks.

Registration

Register for DRP211 - Drupal Working Lab

[30 minutes, seminar] This seminar covers working with GitHub in the University’s Enterprise Drupal development environments. Participants will be introduced to how code is migrated between the environments and how the various Drupal caching layers affect their site. 

This seminar is immediately followed by a Drupal working lab with expert assistance available to help troubleshoot and configure GitHub, Acquia Dev Desktop, and other tools for local website development. Registration is required, go to DRP211 - Drupal Working Lab.

Note: If you want assistance in configuring GitHub and the development environment, you must bring your laptop to the lab.

Topics Include:

  • Understanding and using cache effectively
  • Understanding how cron impacts your site
  • Understanding how GitHub participates in the workflow for code development and management

Registration

Register for DRP262 - GitHub and Caching for Drupal Enterprise

Google Apps

[3-hours, hands-on] This course is an overview of Google Drive (the new Google Docs) with a focus on Documents and Presentations. Participants will learn how to create and edit documents and presentations, as well as share them for distribution, feedback, or collaboration. 

Topics Include

  • creating and sharing documents
  • managing files in the Google Drive web interface
  • working with shared files and folders
  • collaborating on a presentation

Registration

Register for GGL131 - Working with Google Drive, Documents and Presentations

[3-hours, hands-on] This course is an overview of Google Drive (the new Google Docs) with a focus on Spreadsheets and Forms. Participants will explore how spreadsheets are similar to yet different from Excel, how to share a spreadsheet, and how easy it is to collect information using a form.

A good working knowledge of Excel or knowledge equivalent to Excel 2013: Creating Basic Spreadsheets is recommended for this class.

Topics Include

  • spreadsheet functionality
  • sharing and collaborating on a spreadsheet
  • making a form to gather information
  • editing and revising a form
  • managing files in the Google Drive web interface
  • working with shared files and folders

Registration

Register for GGL141 - Working with Google Drive, Spreadsheets and Forms

[2.5-hours, hands-on] This course will show participants how to easily create a website for your work team or department using the new Google Sites, part of the Google Apps for Education available at the University of Minnesota.

A good working knowledge of Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Drive is recommended.

Topics Include

  • creating a Google Site
  • adding and editing web pages
  • embedding existing documents, including Google Drive files, in a site
  • using University branding standards

Registration

Register for GGL152 - Creating and Managing Internal Websites using Google Sites

ImageNow

[1.5-hours, video series] This course introduces ImageNow, a document storage and retrieval system available to University of Minnesota departments. ImageNow allows users to easily find, share, and store documents securely and reliably.

This course covers topics that are beneficial to all ImageNow users. For Enterprise Financial Systems (EFS) users, this course provides a strong foundation for using ImageNow. However, the integration of ImageNow and EFS is not covered in this course. Training specific to working with ImageNow and EFS is incorporated into relevant financial management courses (http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/trainingservices/financial/index.html) from Office of Human Resources - Training Services.

Topics Include

  • indexing documents 
  • retrieving indexed documents 
  • searching for documents
  • using simple and advanced queries 
  • viewing documents with PowerView 
  • adding annotations to documents 
  • routing and processing documents in workflow 
  • performing standard tasks in WebNow, the ImageNow web interface

Go to: IGN101 - Electronic Document Management with ImageNow

Moodle

[22-minutes, video series] This course introduces using Moodle at the University of Minnesota. It is intended for students taking courses from instructors who use Moodle for web-based learning activities and course materials. It provides a broad overview of Moodle for anyone interested in exploring its features.

Topics Include

  • accessing Moodle course sites
  • navigating course content
  • understanding common Moodle features and tools
  • getting additional information and support

Go to Moodle Student Orientation

[3.5-hours, hands-on, revised for Moodle 3.2]

This course is for faculty and course developers who would like to use Moodle to create course websites. Participants will learn how to build a basic site containing course content and an interactive activity. 

Topics Include

  • exploring a site as a student
  • uploading content files
  • creating content pages
  • adding links to external web sites
  • creating a discussion forum
  • organizing content and modifying site layout
  • enrolling participants

Registration

Register for MDL101 - Creating Basic Course Websites with Moodle

[3-hours, hands-on, revised for Moodle 3.2] This course is intended for instructors and course designers who would like to learn about Moodle's gradebook features. Participants will work with various aggregation methods, categorize and add gradable items, enter and update student grades, and examine extra credit and bonus options. This course is part of a series that starts with MDL101 - Creating Basic Course Websites with Moodle.

Topics Include

  • using categories for managing and calculating grade items
  • deciding on aggregation type and setting up weighted grading
  • entering and editing grades and feedback
  • incorporating extra credit, bonus points and the option of dropping lowest grades
  • hiding or releasing grades to students
  • creating custom scales for feedback
  • exporting and importing grades

Registration

Register for MDL211 - Managing a Gradebook with Moodle

[30-minutes, tutoring session] University of Minnesota faculty, instructors, and course designers may make an appointment for one-on-one or small group Moodle tutoring. Tutoring appointments are held at the OIT Technology Help location at Coffman Memorial Union 101 and are generally available:

  • Tuesday mornings, Coffman 101, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Friday mornings, Coffman 101, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Example Tutoring Topics

  • How do I set up and manage my grade book?
  • What types of discussion forums are available in Moodle?
  • How do I set up a group activity?

Select an appointment slot using Google Calendar - the Moodle appointment calendar will appear on top of your calendar so you can find an appointment that works with your schedule.

You may also want to consider taking formal Moodle training, such as MDL101 - Creating Basic Course Websites with Moodle.

August Clinics

Timed to compliment the Center for Educational Innovation's Teaching Enrichment Series.

  • August 30: 11:50am - 3:00pm
    • East Bank: Nicholson 15
    • St. Paul: Technology Help Walk-in Location (St. Paul Student Center 4)
  • August 31: 11:50am - 3:00pm
    • East Bank: Nicholson 15
    • St. Paul: Technology Help Walk-in Location (St. Paul Student Center 4)

There is no registration required, and this event is offered free of charge.

Sign up to get a reminder the week before the Moodle Clinic.

The Moodle Open Clinic is an opportunity for you to get hands-on support and consultation as you work on your Moodle course sites. Staff from Information Technology (IT), the University Libraries, and academic technologists from a variety of departments and colleges will be on hand to help you set up your Moodle course sites, activities and resources, help you plan how to teach with Moodle, and assist you in leveraging tools such as Lynda.com and course reserves. Bring your syllabus and course materials if you have specific questions, or just stop by to get the conversation started.

MS Excel

[1 hour 41 minutes, videos, Windows only] This lynda.com playlist covers the skills needed to create a basic spreadsheet using Microsoft Excel. Participants will create a spreadsheet from scratch including basic calculations. This playlist uses Excel 2013, but most of the skills can be used in both Excel 2007 and Excel 2010.

Topics Include

  • entering and editing data
  • applying basic formatting for legibility
  • writing and editing basic formulas to produce calculations
  • preparing a spreadsheet for printing

Watch Playlist

Excel 2013: Creating Basic Spreadsheets

[3-hours, hands-on, Windows only] In this course, participants will learn to efficiently prepare data for analysis using common functions, commands, and techniques to clean up datasets in Excel. We will work with a variety of HR, Financial and Student data spreadsheets extracted directly from the University of Minnesota Reporting Center. This course was developed from use-cases identified by the Analytics and Data Integration FCoP.

We strongly recommend you review the Lynda.com playlist Excel 2013: Creating Basic Spreadsheets, or have equivalent knowledge, before taking this class. Our three Excel classes are designed to complement one another but do not have to be completed as a series.

Topics Include

  • fixing date, time and number formatting issues
  • checking for and removing duplicate records
  • removing unwanted characters
  • adjusting row and column placement
  • combining data from different columns
  • splitting data into several columns

Registration

Register for XL220 - Cleaning up Enterprise Data in MS Excel 2016

[3.5-hours, hands-on, Windows only] In this course, participants will learn techniques for analyzing, tabulating, and manipulating data using Excel functions, formulas, and other data tools. This course will focus on practical examples using real-world scenarios so participants can easily translate skills to their own situation. We will work with a variety of HR, Financial and Student data spreadsheets extracted directly from the University of Minnesota Reporting Center. This course was developed from use-cases identified by the Analytics and Data Integration FCoP.

We strongly recommend you review the Lynda.com playlist Excel 2013: Creating Basic Spreadsheets, or have equivalent knowledge, before taking this class. Our three Excel classes are designed to complement one another but do not have to be completed as a series.

Topics Include

  • subsetting and grouping data
  • summarizing data
  • forecasting and trending
  • combining and merging data from different data sets  ​

Registration

Register for XL230 - Using Functions and Formulas for Enterprise Data Analysis in MS Excel 2016

[3.5-hours, hands-on, Windows only] In this course, participants will learn how to use pivot tables and pivot charts in Excel to quickly and easily summarize large sets of data for analysis, forecasting, and high-level reporting. We will work with a variety of HR, Financial and Student data spreadsheets extracted directly from the University of Minnesota Reporting Center. This course was developed from use-cases identified by the Analytics and Data Integration FCoP.

We strongly recommend you review the Lynda.com playlist Excel 2013: Creating Basic Spreadsheets, or have equivalent knowledge, before taking this class. Our three Excel classes are designed to complement one another but do not have to be completed as a series.

Topics Include

  • creating and modifying pivot tables to quickly summarize, group and filter data
  • using calculated fields formatting for legibility and ease of use
  • creating “dashboards” to give others a high-level view of data

Registration

Register for XL240 - Using Pivot Tables for Enterprise Data Analysis in MS Excel 2016

NetFiles

[30-minutes, video series] This course provides an introduction to NetFiles, an online file storage tool used at the University of Minnesota.

Topics Include

  • uploading and downloading content
  • organizing and searching content
  • sharing content
  • creating groups for easy sharing or to make sharing easier
  • setting up a website through Netfiles
  • viewing file versions

Go to: NTF001 - Overview to Online File Storage with Netfiles

SAS

[online courses] SAS Institute online courses provide a way for you to learn at your own pace and on your own schedule. These self-paced tutorials cover a wide range of topics related to SAS software.

Free access to SAS Institute's online training is provided through the University of Minnesota's license with SAS Institute, and is restricted to current University of Minnesota students, staff, and faculty. Course descriptions are available at sas.com.

SAS software is available through the University of Minnesota Software License Program.

Online Courses Include

  • SAS Programming 1: Essentials
  • SAS Programming 2: Data Manipulation Techniques
  • SAS Programming 3: Advanced Techniques and Efficiencies
  • SAS Programming Introduction: Basic Concepts
  • SAS SQL 1: Essentials
  • Querying, Reporting, and Analyzing Data Using SAS Enterprise Guide
  • SAS Enterprise Guide 1: Querying and Reporting (EG4.2)
  • SAS Enterprise Guide 1: Querying and Reporting (EG4.3)
  • SAS Macro Language 1: Essentials
  • JMP Software: Data Exploration

Get access to the SAS Institute Online Courses for SAS and JMP course site.

UM Analytics

[3-hours, hands-on] This course will focus on analyzing data from University sources (such as the University data warehouse) using UM Analytics, the Oracle Business Intelligence tool.

Topics Include

  • creating, formatting, and manipulating different types of analyses (tables, pivot tables, graphs, etc.)
  • customizing analyses using filters, prompts, conditional formats, and calculations
  • creating basic dashboards

Registration

Register for UMA103 - Creating Basic Analyses and Dashboards with Financial Data

[3-hours, lab] This lab session complements the UMA103 - Creating Basic Analyses and Dashboards in UM Analytics with Financial Data course, giving participants an opportunity to work on their own projects with support staff present to answer questions. Members of the finance reporting team will be available for one-on-one questions related to building content in UM Analytics using the finance subject areas. Feel free to arrive and leave as your calendar allows.

Registration

Register for UMA113 - UM Analytics Financial Data Lab

University Information Security

This 20 minute online course provides information security awareness training for all staff, faculty, and others who must take this course to meet information security compliance at the University.

Topics Include

Safe computing practices for

  • Mobile devices

  • Email and messaging

  • Passwords

  • What to do if you are hacked

  • Browsing

  • Privacy

Registration

All newly hired University staff and faculty members and those in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance areas are automatically assigned this course in ULearn (authentication required). Others can request this course by emailing infosecurity@umn.edu.

How to Complete the Training

Check out the Resource page for this course.

VoiceThread

[48-minutes, video series] This seminar will cover the basics of how to use VoiceThread, a tool for having online conversations around media. VoiceThread allows you to upload a variety of media, such as video, slides, and images; share this thread with others, and asynchronously comment via text, video, or audio on various parts of the media. VoiceThread can be used directly from the VoiceThread website, or through a Moodle course site.

Topics include:

  • navigating the VoiceThread interface
  • creating a VoiceThread based on a PowerPoint presentation
  • commenting on a VoiceThread through text, audio, and video
  • sharing VoiceThreads with your students or others
  • accessing and administering your VoiceThreads through a Moodle course site

View the VoiceThread Orientation videos

Note: Online VoiceThread workshops are also available throughout the year directly from VoiceThread. 

Web Development

[1-hour, lab] This working session complements the UMN Search: Set up and Configure University Branded Search self-help guide. Staff from University Relations and Information Technology will be available to provide assistance and answer questions as you work on configuring University branded search on your website.

Prerequisite: A Google Search Appliance account for your website.

Note: Please bring a laptop to this session, as it is not held in a computer lab.

Registration

Register for WSC111 - Configuring UMN Search on a Website

WebEx

[3-hours, hands-on] This course introduces fundamental practices and features of WebEx Meeting Center for small group web conferencing.  It covers the process of planning, running, and troubleshooting a online meeting.

Topics Include

  • planning and scheduling online group meetings
  • inviting participants
  • sharing files and applications
  • broadcasting audio and video
  • recording and archiving meetings

Registration

Register for WBX101 - Conducting Online Meetings with WebEx

WorkflowGen

[6-hours, hands-on, Windows only] This course introduces WorkflowGen, a tool that enables users to design and manage workflows and forms. Participants will also be introduced to Grouper, a system for creating and maintaining LDAP groups, which is used with WorkflowGen.

Participants should have basic HTML and business process mapping skills.

Topics Include

  • understanding roles in a WorkflowGen process
  • creating a workflow for a business process
  • understanding process data
  • creating forms to collect information at each process step
  • managing notifications

Registration

Register for WFG101 - Creating Workflows and Forms with WorkflowGen