Professional Development Opportunities for Faculty and Staff

Workshops in the below subjects are offered by the Office of Information Technology.  If you are interested in a workshop for your staff, department, or school, or would like one on one consultation, please email your request to cgu.learning@cgu.edu.

Watch CGU Tech Buzz, @CGUoit Twitter, and monthly professional development announcements for new 2012 initiatives! Topics will include additional cloud technologies, iPad utilization, and Google docs!

Click here to see our most current offering of workshops.

Diigo:  This session provides an overview of the functionality and features of Diigo, a web-based (cloud) bookmarking tool. Topics include setup, adding Diigo toolbars to browsers, private groups, personal settings, and recommendations for use. Diigo is available from all mobile devices.
** Now available: click here for the recording of this session; you must have the latest version of Java to play the recording; click here to check your version of Java
Dropbox:  This session focuses upon Dropbox, a web-based (cloud) tool that provides file backup and maintenance functionality . Topics include account setup, basic features, and best practices. Dropbox is available from all mobile devices.
** Now available: click here for the recording of this session; you must have the latest version of Java to play the recording; click here to check your version of Java
Evernote:  This session provides an overview for setting up and using this cloud productivity tool. Evernote can be used by faculty, staff and students for professional, educational, and personal organization, collaboration and management. Evernote can store and share all file types (i.e., text, pdf, images, audio, websites, etc.) to assist with research and group projects. Evernote is available from all mobile devices.
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** Now available: click here for the recording of this session; you must have the latest version of Java to play the recording; click here to check your version of Java
Home Computer Maintenance:  This session includes such topics as: System Checkups, Security Maintenance, Housekeeping, Backups and Disaster Preparedness, etc.  Both Windows and Mac computers are covered in this session. You are also welcome to bring your laptop to the session.  Participants will receive a CD with workshop materials for use at home.
Blogs & Wikis:  This session examines the use of blogs and wikis as collaboration, communication, and content creation and dissemination tools.  The session also compares the different features of blogs and wikis and explores best practices.
** Now available: click here for the recording of this session; you must have the latest version of Java to play the recording; click here to check your version of Java

Twitter & Google Reader:  This session examines how Twitter and Google Reader can contribute to your professional development by using the tools to read information posted by experts and colleagues who work in the same field as you. A quick overview of how to set up Twitter and Google Reader is also included.
** Now available: click here for the recording of this session; you must have the latest version of Java to play the recording; click here to check your version of Java
Tips and Tricks for the iPad:  Session topics include: establishing settings, navigation, creating folders, security, accessing email, calendar, using the App Store, etc. We also address cloud-based applications that can be used from the iPad as well as other mobile devices and your PC. Note: Participation in this session requires an iPad. iPads are available to use for the session.
** Now available: click here for the recording of this session; you must have the latest version of Java to play the recording; click here to check your version of Java
Collaborating in the Cloud:  This session provides a quick overview of what it means to collaborate in the cloud, and samples three cloud based tools: Diigo, Evernote, and DropBox. More detailed sessions that concentrate on each of these tools is available.
** Now available: click here for the recording of this session; you must have the latest version of Java to play the recording; click here to check your version of Java
Introduction to Windows 7 & Office 2010:  Windows 7 and Office 2010 may be coming to a computer near you! Take a quick tour of the new Windows 7 and Office 2010 and see how the interface has changed, and where to locate the different functions you often use.
Outlook Tips & Tricks:  Learn how to organize your mail box, archive your old emails, find available times to schedule a meeting, allow people to vote on a topic, etc.  Bring in your questions and we will explore for solutions together.
MS Word:  Basic through intermediate instruction, including footers, headers, tables, mail merge, and more
MS Excel: 
- Basic: basic introduction to Excel, including formatting and simple formula creation
- Intermediate: strategies for creating formulas, how to create graphs/charts, and how to mail merge
- Advanced:  how to recode data (using IF statements), how to summarize data by using pivot tables
MS PowerPoint:  Slide creation, inserting images, slide and object animation, and design guidelines
Sitebuilder: 
- Text Editing and Images: how to edit text, including lists, and how to insert images
- Links and Tables: how to link to other pages, documents, and anchors, and how to create tables

*** Please note that these classes are offered only to CGU staff who are responsible for editing CGU web pages.  The steps taught in these classes are specific to the web editing software used at CGU and probably will not apply to other web editing software used outside of CGU.
Sakai: 
- Intro and Content Delivery: This workshop introduces you to Sakai and show you how to use the tools to deliver content to your students, including the Resources tool. Strategies for best practices are also discussed.
- Communication and Collaboration: This workshop shows you how to use Sakai for communication and collaboration, including emails, forums, wikis and more. Strategies for best practices are also discussed.
PeopleSoft: 
- PeopleSoft Basics: This in an introductory workshop that covers basic tasks, including, but not limited to: logging into PeopleSoft, navigating, changing password, establishing favorites, viewing biographical/demographic information; viewing enrollment summary, etc.
- Department Training: This workshop covers tasks a department user may perform, including, but not limited to: enrollment request, waitlists, pre-requisites, batch transcripts, class search, grade rosters, etc.
- Faculty Training: This workshop covers tasks a faculty member may perform, including, but not limited to: grade roster, online grade submissions, class roster, manage advisees, etc.
- Query Basics: This workshop covers topics on using queries in PeopleSoft. Basic PeopleSoft knowledge is required. Knowledge of basic database principles is recommended. Topics include: generating queries, exporting results to a file, modifying existing queries, etc.
Collaborate:  Collaborate enables you to hold web conferences or bring an off campus guest speaker into your classroom.  This workshop will show you how to use the different functions and tools in Collaborate.

Online Training Options

If you do not have time to attend a workshop, you can view online tutorials at www.cgu.edu/techtutorials.  Subject areas include Sakai, Elluminate, Email, and Sitebuilder.

There are also free online training courses in over 400 subject areas through VTC (Virtual Training Center). Please contact sunny.chau@cgu.edu for an account on VTC.

Master almost any software application in days. No expensive classroom training, no books to read; just high quality video training that plays right on your own computer. The VTC Online University gives CGU Faculty and Staff unlimited access to more than 81,000 tutorials.

Subject areas include Microsoft Office products, Adobe products, Macromedia products, and many more.

VTC keeps track of the tutorials you have viewed and provides a list of unviewed tutorials for a specific subject. After viewing all tutorials for a specific subject, you may apply for a certificate of completion.

Claremont Center for Mathematical Sciences Software Lab

The CCMS Software Lab is a collaborative consortium-wide effort that provides timely and much needed software support to any member of the Claremont community who requests it. The Lab Mentors are undergraduate and graduate students of the seven institutions of the Claremont University Consortium who are trained to work with other students in projects involving the use of a variety of advanced mathematical, statistical or data analysis tools. They provide drop-in support on several packages including MATLAB, R, LaTeX, SPSS, STATA, Mathematica, Python, C++. You can find the special computer lab at the Honnold-Mudd Library! For more information, including the weekly schedule, please check out http://ccms.claremont.edu/CCMS-Software-Lab.

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