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:
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!
On Tuesday May 31st we’re going to change the categories on this blog, so if by any chance you’re using a feed of a specific category, that’s going to break. We suggest subscribing to the whole blog for maximum enjoyment! If you’re not a LIS staff member & would like to filter out the more staff related posts, you can subscribe to the new “Middlebury Community Interest” category after May 31st. The other categories will be “LIS Staff Interest”, and “Post for MiddPoints” which will cause the post to be added to the MiddPoints blog too. All the old categories except “The Essentials” will be converted to tags for easy searching.
The LIS Web team developed this new scheme, following recommendations that came out of the open meeting about the future of the LIS Blog (including a call for simplified categories). The AD Team reviewed and approved these changes. We welcome your comments.
As part of the LIS Education & Training Team’s charge, we have developed an inventory of information and technology skills and knowledge needed by LIS staff, as well as College faculty, students and staff. On our inventory we also indicate why and to what extent the skills are needed and include some of the resources currently provided by LIS to support faculty, students, and staff. The team hopes to determine where educational and training resources are either inadequate or missing and to propose more effective ways of delivering essential education and training.
We reviewed a variety of sources including Helpdesk tickets, user logs, and the Middlebury website, and used our own experience with our constituents to come up with this list.
The team concluded that everyone at Middlebury should be expected to have at least an awareness and basic understanding of a large percentage of the computer skills and technologies identified, while some skills are needed by less than 5% of the community. We were surprised by the amount of educational and training resources already available to the College community. The problem is how to create awareness of and effective access to those resources.
The team is now working on the next part of our charge, which is to recommend how to build LIS staff development goals into the performance process; to work in cooperation with campus departments to identify specific information and technology training needs; and to make recommendations for training program development and delivery methods for faculty, staff and students. The recent Lynda.com trial is the first of a number of possible solutions we’re exploring that may be recommended to meet these needs.
The LIS education and training team has arranged for a College-wide trial of web-based instruction offered by Lynda.com. You can learn new software skills to help at work or home by watching 2-3 minute videos or by taking an entire course. Our Lynda trial is only available through March 30 so don’t miss the chance to try this exciting product, described by some as “addictive.”
Here’s how to get started:
1. Type go/trylynda in your web browser’s address field from any computer connected to the college’s network.
2. Create a personal profile as directed in the right-hand panel to set up a username and password to use during our free trial. (Important note: You cannot simply log in with your Middlebury credentials.) On future visits to the site enter the username and password you created in the left-hand panel to log in; your course history and bookmarking will be retained.
3. Using any of the four drop-down menus, the “search” feature, or the list of course titles, select a tutorial or course of interest.
4. Click on any video segment and the tutorial should start in a popup window.
5. Watch, learn and enjoy – and jot down your reactions to share with us.
In return for this learning opportunity we’d love to hear your thoughts. Did you find it easy to use Lynda’s web site? Could you find videos and courses of interest easily? Did you feel the material was useful and presented clearly? Would you use Lynda if it was available in the future? Please send your feedback or any questions to LIS Education and Training Team.
Cynthia “Pij” Slater, Education and Training Team Leader
I’ll be doing a couple of workshops on WordPress this month, showing some of the ways this platform has been used for blogging, courses, research, projects and initiatives. Will give an overview of what’s possible with WordPress and then open up for discussion and questions.
These workshops will give an overview of latest version of Translucence, the theme framework that powers many Midd blog themes and will showcase a variety of sites that have recently been created to highlight the many different ways that WordPress can be used.
Chances are good that you don’t know how LIS can help you learn about information technology. Why is that? Because we haven’t told you lately! Just to whet your appetite, here are few bite-size morsels to consider:
You can request an online learning account with Element K and study at your own pace. Choose from over a thousand courses covering programs such as Excel, InDesign and Acrobat Pro as well as topics such as security awareness. Review specific topics of interest or take an entire course. Not sure where your knowledge gaps are? Take a course assessment to help you find out.
You can ask LIS to pick up the tab for day-long, instructor-led courses offered by KnowledgeWave in South Burlington. It’s quite likely we’ll do it! Staff members taking advantage of this opportunity recently are enrolled in classes on advanced Excel, Access and new features of Office 2007/2010.
You can round up a group of friends/colleagues and ask LIS for a training session at a time that works for you. Resources permitting we are happy to arrange workshops for groups of ten or more.
Please contact the Technology Help and Support Desk (email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 443-2200) to obtain more information about any of the above offerings.