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Short Courses

By Claudia Lynch, Benchmarks Online Editor

There are a few ACS Short Courses available this semester. There is still time to register for and attend courses in New Technologies for Survey Research and S-Plus. Please consult the Short Courses page if you would like to find out more about these courses. We will offer a similar schedule of courses this summer.

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 has one workshop left this semester:

Distributed Learning Strategic Planning Workshops:

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

Distributed Learning Training - May & August 2000 Schedule

Attend this four day workshop to become familiar with many aspects of distributed learning, including how to plan for it, course conversion, presentation skills, videoconferencing, and WebCT web course management software. The workshops will be offered between long semesters and summer.

Workshop 1: May 16 - 19

Workshop 2: August 14 - 17

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.

UNT Mini-Courses

These are a variety of courses offered, for a fee, to UNT faculty, staff and students. It was recently announced that all faculty, staff and students are being offered a five dollar discount on any UNT minicourse. According to the announcement:

UNT Minicourses are informal, test-free courses for adults interested in learning new skills, enriching leisure time, managing personal finances, creating healthy and active lifestyles, and developing marketable professional skills.
The Spring 2000 line-up offers a total of 80 courses in 16 different categories, including 14 all new courses for 2000. In Spring 2000 you'll find new ideas and fresh approaches in classes about building wealth, home computing, recreation, wellness, career building as well as the region's largest selection of special interest courses in art, language, history, music and dance.
Celebrate the new millennium and prepare for the opportunities ahead by learning something new through a UNT Minicourse.
For a free brochure or additional information, call (940) 565-3482 or surf over to for a complete on-line brochure.

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 1999's "List of the Month" offers links to free Microsoft Word and Excel information also.