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Short Courses

By Claudia Lynch, Benchmarks Online Editor

ACS Short Courses are are just about to get underway for the fall semester. Please consult the Short Courses page to view the schedule. We have some new classes offered this semester as well as our old standbys like FrontPage, SAS, SPSS etc. The new classes are "Beginning SQL," Introduction to Macromedia ColdFusion," and "Getting Started with Dreamweaver 4."

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. Additionally, the Center for Continuing Education and Conference Management has a new program for interdepartmental training in business computer literacy. These classes are offered for a fee but discounts are given to those associated with UNT, and Inter-departmental Orders are accepted.

Center for Distributed Learning

The Center for Distributed Learning offers courses especially for Faculty Members. A list of topics and further information can be found at 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. More information on these activities can be found at the Center for Distributed Learning Web site.

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 and information architecture in the past. For more information see

Technical Training

Technical Training for campus network managers is available, from time to time, through the Campus-Wide Networks division of the Computing Center. Check the CWN site to see if and when they are offering any training.

UNT Mini-Courses

These are a variety of courses offered, for a fee, to UNT faculty, staff and students as well as the general public. For additional information surf over to .

Alternate Forms of Training

Many of the General Access Labs around campus have tutorials installed on their computers. For example, the College of Education recently acquired some Macromedia Tutorials for Dreamweaver 4.0, Flash 5.0 and Fireworks 4.0.

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. Of particular interest are courses available via SmartForce (formerly CBT Systems). See for more information.

There are also handouts for computer training on the following topics:

  • GroupWise 5.2 Handout for Win95/NT
  • FAQ for GroupWise 5.2
  • Computers - Back to the Basics
  • Introduction to Windows 95 /98/NT
  • Introduction to Word 97
  • Advanced Word 97 - MailMerge It Together
  • Introduction to PowerPoint 97 (Creating a Slide Show)
  • Introduction to Remedy (THE Call-Tracking Program)
  • AND, the award winning Introduction to Excel 97

Adobe Acrobat Reader Format only for the following:

  • Introduction to Microsoft Word 2000
  • Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2000
  • Creating a Slide Show with PowerPoint 2000
  • Using Netscape Communicator & the UNT Home Page

Use the Internet to search for answers to Microsoft Office problems. See December 1999's "List of the Month" offers links to free Microsoft Word and Excel information also.