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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.

Workshop Offering: Setting SMART Goals, May 16

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go/learning is a workshop series focused on improving skills and effectiveness for all employees. Many of the topics offered will be adapted from the Manager Training completed between January and March 2012, such as our first offering:

“Setting SMART Goals”

May 16, 9-10:30 a.m.

Location: Axinn 100

You will learn:

  • What makes up a SMART goal
  • The advantages of SMART goals
  • How to write SMART Goals
  • How to apply them to:
    • Work results
    • Personal development

Ways to register:

  1. click this link: go/learning
  2. Or click this link: Middlebury College for the college website and type in go/learning in the top bar
  3. Although registration on the go/learning Web page is preferred, you may also register by calling Human Resources at 443-5465.  Please leave a message with a way to contact you

About the workshops: The workshops are open to all employees.  The same topic will offered two times over two months*

For your planning purposes, the workshops will typically be held on:

  • 2nd Wednesday from 2-3:30 p.m., or
  • 3rd Wednesday from 9-10:30 a.m.

* For May we will offer a repeat of the same session in the same month.

Please note: Managers are encouraged to support staff attendance. Staff members are encouraged to seek managerial support in advance so work distribution can be adjusted and planned.

New Queue feature in Lynda.com (technology training tutorials)

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Want to keep track of video tutorials you want to view later? Add them to your queue. View ‘Creating and managing your queue’ from the “How to use lynda.com” course, by Garrick Chow.  Tutorial link: http://www.lynda.com/home/TutorialLanding.aspx?lpk4=97408

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.