Posts by Cynthia Slater

 
 
 

Education & Training Team Rings in 2013 with New Membership

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The Education & Training team started the new year by welcoming four new members:  Jamie Carroll (HelpDesk/Service Requests), Jeff Lahaie (Central Systems & Network Services), Ian McBride (Web Development) and Cindy Peet (Enterprise Reporting).  Brenda Ellis (Research & Instruction), our valued link to student information literacy efforts and more, continues to bring her expertise to the group and Pij Slater (HelpDesk/Service Requests) carries on as leader of the merry band, along with sponsor, Mary Backus.

We offer a round of thanks to the following outgoing members for their efforts in the group since its inception in 2010:  Mack Roark, Andy Wentink and Kim Ehritt (College Advancement).

 

LIS Workshops & Professional Development Offerings

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There is still time to acquire new skills before the year is out!  Visit go/lisworkshops to view our workshop schedule and get signed up for topics of interest.  You’ll find a few more Drupal work sessions where you can get help with specific questions about how to revise and improve your departmental web site, as well as one more chance to attend an introduction covering basic web site maintenance skills.

We’re also offering another opportunity to get acquainted with  lynda.com — a fabulous online learning resource that uses short videos to help you acquire new business and technology skills.   Recent course additions include “InDesign Secrets,” “Managing Your Career” and “Word 2010 Power Shortcuts.”  Watch a single video or work through an entire course — either way it’s professional development that doesn’t cost you or your department a dime.

LIS Workshops – August

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Don’t miss out!  There is still time to fit in some learning before fall semester leaps out from behind the nearest patch of sunflowers…  Visit go/lisworkshops to view our schedule and get signed up for topics of interest. You’ll find Drupal sessions to help you get your departmental web site up to snuff before the next batch of students arrives on campus.  You’ll also find another opportunity to find out about lynda.com and how you can start using it to improve your skills.

lynda Learning Spotlight: Using Windows 7 Jump Lists

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more about lyndaIf you have a computer running Windows 7 you can use “jump lists” to access frequently-used documents, folders and web sites…  but do you know how?  In less than four minutes lynda can show you:

  1. Login at go/lynda first.  (New to lynda?  Click here for details.)
  2. Now, click here to learn about this quick and easy way to access your favorite files and web sites.

This is just a taste from one of over 1,100 courses lynda offers.  If you haven’t yet explored this new resource, try it today.

Drupal, Moodle & lynda… Oh, my! (Oct/Nov LIS Workshops)

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The updated list of LIS workshop offerings is now available.  Signing up is simple — just click a workshop title then fill in the form.  Did you know you can easily call up the current schedule and course descriptions by typing go/lisworkshops in your web browser’s address field?  Check back often.

Lynda in the Limelight

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If you are asking yourself, “Who is Lynda?” then you are missing out on a wealth of fabulous learning opportunities.  Lynda is not a “who” but rather a “what” – it is a video-based online instruction resource now available 24/7 to all faculty, staff and students, both here and at Monterey.  Lynda currently offers over 1100 courses composed of engaging, easy-to-view short videos that, like eating potato chips, make it hard to watch just one.

Don’t take our word for it; try it yourself.  In just 1.55 minutes learn how to navigate the Lynda site and find video segments and courses that interest you.  Here’s how:

      • Type go/lynda (or go.middlebury.edu/lynda from off-campus) in your browser’s address field, then press Enter or Return.
      • From Middlebury’s authentication page, log in with your regular Middlebury username and password.
      • The first time you log in you will be asked to provide basic information for your Lynda profile.  At minimum fill in your first and last name; the rest is optional.  (The profile stores your personal video viewing history, bookmarks, certificates of completion, etc.)
      • After logging in, click “Navigating the site” to watch the video.

Bet you can’t watch just one.

Learning is FUN with lynda

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We are delighted to announce a new way to learn about technology!  LIS recently finalized arrangements for access to video-based online instruction through Lynda.com.  You can learn new software skills to help at work or home by watching short, 2-3 minute movies or by working through an entire course. 

This fabulous learning resource is now available to all faculty, staff and students, both here and at Monterey, using your Middlebury username and password.  Don’t take our word for it when we claim it’s addictive  — take five minutes, log in for the first time and find out for yourself.  Here’s how:

  • Type go/lynda (or go.middlebury.edu/lynda from off-campus) in your browser’s address field, then press Enter or Return.
  • From Middlebury’s authentication page, log in with your regular Middlebury username and password. 
  • The first time you log in you will be asked to provide basic information for your Lynda profile.  At minimum fill in your first and last name; the rest is optional.  The profile is used to store your personal video viewing history, bookmarks, certificates of completion, etc.)
  • Click “Update” to save your profile information; you will be re-directed to the Lynda site where you can begin your learning adventure.
  • Use the drop-down menus located in the black bar at the top of the site or use the “search” feature to find movies or courses of interest.  Look for links to “Take a guided tour” and “How to use lynda.com” at the top right of all course sites.  You may also select “How to use lynda.com” from the “New” menu for help getting started.

The next time you bump into someone from LIS, thank them for this great new resource.  Many of our staff helped get this project off the Wish List and on to the Try-It-Today List!