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Short Courses

By Claudia Lynch, Benchmarks Online Editor

ACS Short Courses are being finalized for the spring semester. We anticipate classes starting the first or second week in February. Please consult the Short Courses page if you would like to find out more about the short courses that ACS typically offers.

Customized Short Courses

Faculty members can request customized short courses from ACS, geared to their class needs. Other groups can request special courses also. Contact ACS for more information (ISB 119, 565-4068,

Especially for Faculty and Staff Members

In addition to the ACS Short Courses, which are available to students, faculty and staff, staff and faculty members can take courses offered through the Human Resources Department, the Center for Distributed Learning, and the UNT Libraries' Multimedia Development Lab.

Center for Distributed Learning

The Center for Distributed Learning offers courses especially for Faculty Members. Topics include those listed in the box below. Additional instruction is available from the Multimedia Development Center on such topics as Web Course Management, Videoconferencing, Graphics Production, Audio Capture, Video Capture, Course Authoring Software, and various aspects of WWW Programming as HTML, JavaScript, Java, Shockwave, Quicktime VR, and Streaming Media.

The center also offers a "Brown Bag" series which meets for lunch the first Thursday of each month at Noon in ISB 204. The purpose of this group is to bring faculty members together to share their experiences with distributed learning. One demonstration will be made at each meeting by a faculty member with experience in distributed learning. Each meeting is followed, for those interested in using WebCT®, by a one hour orientation for beginners in ISB 203. More information on these activities can be found at the Center for Distributed Learning Web site.

The Center for Distributed Learning will be providing the following training sessions and workshops this semester:

WebCT Training:

  • Introduction to WebCT and FrontPage98 - February 2 or 3

  • Content Placement and Multimedia in WebCT - February 9 or 10

  • Student Management and Communications in WebCT - February 17 or 18

  • Quizzing and Testing in WebCT - February 24 or 25

Distributed Learning Strategic Planning Workshops:

  • Session 1 - January 31 (9:00 - 4:45) and February 11 (8:30 - 12:30)

  • Session 2 - March 20 (9:00 - 4:45) and March 31 (1:00 - 5:00)

  • Session 3 - March 28 (9:00 - 4:45) and April 6 (1:00 - 5:00)

Check out "Training and Events" at for more information or to register online.

UNT Libraries'

The UNT Libraries' Multimedia Development Lab has also offered free training to all University of North Texas faculty and staff in the basics of FrontPage 98 and information architecture in the past. For more information visit the Multimedia Development Lab's home page at .

Technical Training

Technical Training for campus network managers is available through the Campus-Wide Networks division of the Computing Center. Some of the seminars, such as one on disaster recovery/business continuity planning techniques, may be of interest to others on campus as well.

Alternate Forms of Training

The Training Web site has all sorts of information about alternate forms of training. Training tapes, Computer Based Training (CBT) and Web-based training are some of the alternatives offered.There are also handouts for computer training (Microsoft Office 97 and Windows 95) on the following topics:

  • GroupWise 5.2 -- Handout for Win95/NT
  • FAQ for GroupWise 5.2
  • Info on GroupWise for Win3.1
  • Computers - Back to the Basics
  • Introduction to Windows 95
  • Introduction to Word 97
  • Advanced Word 97 - MailMerge It Together
  • Introduction to Excel 97
  • Introduction to PowerPoint 97
  • Introduction to Remedy (THE Call-Tracking Program)
  • Using Netscape Communicator and the UNT Home Page

December's "List of the Month" offers links to free Microsoft Word and Excel information also.