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Canvas

[3.5-hours, hands-on] In this course, participants explore principles and practices for creating a student-centered and sustainable course site with Canvas.

Participants will have the opportunity to work with their own course material or with sample course sites during activities in this hands-on workshop.

Topics Include:

  • Content delivery: Delivering robust instructional material in a way that supports students’ ability to find, use, and make meaning of information.
  • Assessment: Designing opportunities to practice, refine and assess skills and knowledge that culminate in an overall determination that the learning goals have been reached.
  • Community building: Creating a learning community that engages students with their instructor and peers around course content in order to construct deeper meaning and understanding.

Registration

Register for CNV032 - Teaching with Canvas Workshop

Drupal

[2-hours, hands-on, online]  This course covers the skills needed to create and manage a website in Drupal Lite using the default tools. Drupal Lite makes it easy for users to add, edit, and customize content without requiring technical skills in web development.

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

Intended audience: Those who are contributing content to any Drupal Lite website and those who are creating small websites (10-15 pages) in Drupal Lite.

Drupal Enterprise

  • Drupal Enterprise content contributors should check with their website administrator for training suggestions as this course may not be relevant to your customized website.
  • Drupal Enterprise website developers, see the Drupal Enterprise: Create And Manage Sites self-help guide.

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.

Topics Include

  • Adding new pages
  • Editing existing pages
  • Adding custom content to pages
  • Changing the layout of 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.

Registration

Register for DRP102: Creating a Drupal Lite Website

[3.5-hours, hands-on] This course covers the basics of customizing a new website in Drupal Lite using the default tools. You will also be introduced to the features that enable you to efficiently build and maintain medium to larger sized websites in Drupal Lite.

Intended audience: Those who will be creating medium to larger sized websites.

This course is considered foundational for DRP131 Creating Custom Content Types in Drupal Lite and DRP132 Organizing and Displaying Content in Drupal Lite.

Topics Include

  • Configuring the header and footer
  • Configuring the home page
  • Understanding the navigation menu
  • Adding new users to a site
  • Publishing and unpublishing content
  • Best practices for medium to larger sized websites

Registration

Register for DRP130 - Customizing a Drupal Lite Website

[3.5-hours, hands-on] This course covers the basics of creating custom content types in Drupal Lite. You will learn how to create a content type and set up panel choice on content types to add more flexibility to a page’s layout.

Content types gives your site organization. Drupal Lite has a few default content types, but they may not fit your site’s structure.

Topics Include:

  • Understanding fields and field types
  • Adding fields to a content type, including address, text, and reference fields
  • Setting default values and allowing for multiple values in fields
  • Defining the page layout of the content type
  • Configuring panel choice

This is an advanced course designed for people with a good understanding of Drupal Lite. It is highly suggested that you complete one of the prerequisites.

The recommended prerequisites to this course are:

Registration

Register for DRP131 - Creating Custom Content Types in Drupal Lite

[3.5-hours, hands-on] This course covers the basics of creating views and vocabularies in Drupal Lite.

Views is a tool in Drupal Lite to create automated lists for presenting information -- for example, a list of recently published news articles, or a list of biographies. Vocabularies are a means of organizing the site’s content.

Topics Include:

  • Understanding views and vocabularies
  • Adding a view to a content type
  • Controlling the display of views using visibility rules
  • Exposing filters to visitors to allow more interaction

The recommended prerequisites to this course are:

Registration

Register for DRP132 - Organizing and Displaying Content 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

[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

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

Start of the Semester January 2018 Clinics

Come to the LMS Clinic to get your Moodle or Canvas course site ready for the semester.

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

  • January 10: 12:00noon - 2:00pm
    • East Bank: Bruininks 330
    • St. Paul: Technology Help Walk-in Location (St. Paul Student Center 4)
  • January 11: 12:00noon - 2:00pm
    • East Bank: Bruininks 330
    • St. Paul: Technology Help Walk-in Location (St. Paul Student Center 4)

The LMS Open Clinic is an opportunity for faculty and instructors to get hands-on support and consultation as they work on Moodle or Canvas course sites. Staff from Information Technology (IT), academic technologists from across campus, and TeachingSupport@UMN will be on hand to help with back-to-school good practice tasks and planning assistance for fall semester. Topics include setting up course sites, activities and resources, how to teach with online course sites, and leveraging tools such as Lynda.com and course reserves. In addition, there will be staff available to answer questions you have about the Canvas transition.

No registration is required and the clinic is free of charge. Stop in anytime during the clinic hours to get help.

Sign up to get a reminder the week before each clinic.

[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

[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.

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

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Excel 2016: 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

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 (eLearning) is provided through the University of Minnesota's license with SAS Institute, and is restricted to current University of Minnesota students, staff, and faculty.  

Obtain activation codes and access instructions for SAS Institute eLearning (Online Courses) for SAS and JMP

    Online Courses Include

  • JMP® Software: Data Exploration (JMP 12)
  • SAS Programming 1: Essentials
  • SAS Programming 2: Data Manipulation Techniques
  • SAS Programming 3: Advanced Techniques and Efficiencies
  • SAS Introduction to Statistical Concepts
  • SAS Statistics 1: Introduction to ANOVA, Regression, and Logistic Regression
  • Predictive Modeling Using Logistic Regression
  • SAS SQL 1: Essentials
  • SAS Macro Language 1: Essentials
  • SAS Macro Language 2: Advanced Techniques
  • Querying, Reporting, and Analyzing Data Using SAS Enterprise Guide
  • Creating Reports and Graphs with SAS Enterprise Guide®
  • SAS Enterprise Guide 1: Querying and Reporting
  • SAS Enterprise Guide 2: Advanced Tasks and Querying
  • SAS Enterprise Guide: ANOVA, Regression, and Logistic Regression
  • Applied Analytics Using SAS® Enterprise Miner
  • Rapid Predictive Modeling for Business Analysts (EM 6.2)

Course descriptions are available at SAS Institute's web site.

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

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

Prerequisite

Because this course uses private-restricted student data, all participants must have completed the FERPA Tutorial before class.

Content Note

This course uses student data for activities. If you regularly work with financial data, we suggest you register for UMA103 - Creating Basic Analyses and Dashboards with Financial Data instead.

Registration

Register for UMA102 - Creating Basic Analyses and Dashboards with Student Data

[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

Content Note

This course uses financial data for activities. If you regularly work with student data, we suggest you register for UMA102 - Creating Basic Analyses and Dashboards with Student Data instead.

Registration

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

[3-hours, lab] This lab session complements the in-person UM Analytics training, giving participants an opportunity to work on their own projects with support staff present to answer questions. Members of the finance reporting team and the student reporting team will be available for one-on-one questions related to building content in UM Analytics. Feel free to arrive and leave as your calendar allows.

Registration

Register for UMA113 - UM Analytics Open Lab

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