Course Descriptions

The following courses are taught throughout the year. Please check the schedule for upcoming courses.
  • Mac 101: The Basics
  • Note: Mac 101 is only offered on the Belknap campus.
    This basic course is designed for those that are new to the world of Macs. We’ll take a grand tour of the Mac Mountain Lion interface, as we explore how to use the Finder, desktop, menu bar, the Dock, Spotlight, files and folders, and more. We’ll also examine how to open and close applications, set your Mac preferences, and perform software updates. We’ll go in-depth with Safari, to enhance your web experience, by examining features that make your Internet activity more efficient. Along with ‘how-to’ documentation (provided electronically), you’ll be given a full list of Mac keyboard shortcuts, and a reference chart of how to accomplish certain tasks that you may be used to doing on a Windows PC.

 

  • Outlook 2010 Overview
    (Limited to employees only) (A formal class may not be taught.  To inquire about Outlook training, please e-mail IT Training
    This course is designed for those that use the PC version of the Microsoft Outlook client software. It is geared toward participants who are familiar with the very basics of Outlook, or other email applications. We’ll review some of the most commonly used features, as well as explore functions, you may not be utilizing, that help you stay organized and practice time management. Topics include using categories, the Scheduling Assistant, creating new contact folders and groups, using conversation mode, flagging messages, performing searches, and more. Be prepared, as inquiries of what you would like to learn or issues you would like addressed, are welcomed!

 

  • Photoshop CS4 Introduction
  • (A formal class may not be taught.  To inquire about Introductory Photoshop assistance, please e-mail IT Training) This course is an introduction to Adobe Photoshop CS4. It is designed for someone that has either never used the software, or is new to the Photoshop environment. The end user will become familiar with the basic concepts of creating and editing an image through the use of various tools, including those that let you re-size, crop, add text, select, paint, draw, and clone images. Besides the toolbar, various palettes will be utilized. Special effects and filters will be explored, as well as using and creating layers. This course is taught on Mac computers, with essential functions that are easily transferable to the PC.

 

  • Plone 4 Basics: Creating Events & News Items
    This course covers the basic tasks needed by contributors if they wish to create an Event or a News Item for their UofL site, via the Plone 4 Content Management System. The materials and step-by-step instructions are aimed at a non-technical user. Participants will learn how to create and edit content for Events and News. We’ll practice these skills using Plone’s TinyMCE visual editor. Next, we’ll go one step further and learn how to add an image to the event & news story, by exploring folder creation and uploading photos that are ADA compliant. As with the other ‘Basic’ Plone courses we’ll cover saving, previewing, and publishing your work… all new processes when using Plone 4. Come join us as we play in the Plone 4 sandbox!

 

  • Plone 4 Basics: Pages, Links, & Images
    This course covers many of the basic tasks needed by contributors to add and modify pages for their UofL site via the Plone 4 Content Management System. The materials and step-by-step instructions are aimed at a non-technical user. Participants will learn how to create new and edit existing pages and folders. We’ll utilize the TinyMCE visual editor to explore text formatting styles and lists. You’ll learn the differences in internal and external e-mail and web page links as you practice these skills. Next, we’ll learn how to jazz up your site by uploading and adding photos that are ADA compliant, as well as cover the processes and instructions for adding videos. Most importantly we’ll cover saving, previewing, and publishing your work… all new processes when using Plone 4. Come join us as we play in the Plone 4 sandbox!

 

  • Plone 3 to 4 Conversion – Step #1
    The June 30, 2014 deadline for Plone 4 conversion is quickly approaching! Departments have until this date to rebuild their current Plone 3 site in the Plone 4 environment. This course is designed for those that are/will be in charge of their UofL site and is Step #1 for the planning phase of this project. (Plone users that will not manage their site should choose from “Plone 4 Basics” training courses.) We’ll start at the beginning and examine how to request a new staging site, check out the new templates in-depth to help you choose a theme, discover how Responsive Web Design works, and cover how you can register for Site Administrator training. Next, you’ll have hands-on computer training on the NEW features with this version, including how to use the TinyMCE visual editor. You’ll practice skills that differ from the Plone 3 version including using the Green Toolbar, adding internal and external email and hyperlinks, using the university-wide credit card function, and utilizing the QuickEdit feature for EASE in creating forms. Also new with Plone 4 is the Flash Video functionality. You’ll learn how to request an account on the Flash Server, steps for mapping a drive to setup the WebDAV connection, and adding the video. You’ll be provided with instructions on how to make videos ADA compliant, as well as practice adding images that are ADA accessible. As with all Plone courses we’ll cover saving, previewing, and publishing your work, plus show you how Site Admins can create a working copy when editing… all new processes when using Plone 4. Come join us as we play in the Plone 4 sandbox!

 

  • Sharepoint 2010: The Document Library
    This course is designed for employees who would like to use SharePoint to store and share files. We’ll explore the Document Library, a location on your department’s SharePoint site where you can create, collect, update, and manage files with other team members. The course content is aimed at a non-technical user who will view, edit, and contribute content to the site. You’ll become familiar with how to use the SharePoint 2010 command interface and will practice utilizing the Ribbon for the most commonly used tools and controls. Participants will learn the basics of how to add, delete, and organize files and folders in the library. We’ll also discover how to create a subsite, set privacy and sharing permissions for specific files, enable notification alerts, and briefly explain versioning.