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Short Courses

By Claudia Lynch, Benchmarks Online Editor

The summer Short Courses are progressing. Please consult the Short Courses page to see the schedule. There are still classes available on S-Plus, Dreamweaver, and more. Please note also the other training opportunities listed below.

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.

GroupWise Training

If would like to have a Basic GroupWise seminar for your area, please contact Jason Gutierrez, Campus Wide Networks, .

GroupWise 6 classes have already been scheduled for the fall semester. Here is the lineup:

Sept 17-19 - Introduction to GroupWise 6
Oct 22-24 - Basic GroupWise 6
Nov 19-21 - Intermediate GroupWise 6

All classes are from 10 am to 11:50 am in the Eagle student Services Center (ESSC), Room 152. For signup information, go to or E-mail Bhavna Vaswani at

ProDirections Instructor-led Training

UNT has formed a partnership with ProDirections to offer instructor-led computer training on Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. Classes are $99+$42 for the book. Classes in a series (3 classes in the same series) are $99 for each class and the book is free. The Excel Series includes Basic Excel, Advanced Excel-part 1, and Advanced Excel-part 2. The Access Series includes Basic Access, Intermediate
Access, and Advanced Access.

Upcoming workshops:

Basic Excel
July 23rd from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (lunch provided)
August 27th from noon-5 p.m. (lunch provided)

Advanced Excel-part 1
July 24th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (lunch provided)
August 28th from 1-5 p.m.

Advanced Excel-part 2
July 25th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (lunch provided)
August 29th from 1-5 p.m.

Basic Access
August 13th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (lunch provided)

Intermediate Access
August 14th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (lunch provided)

Advanced Access
August 15th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (lunch provided)

To register, send E-mail to Bhavna Vaswani at or call Human Resources at x4246. Payments can be made by either a check request or with a Purchasing Card and should go directly to ProDirections. Cancellations must be done 2 days prior to the workshop date to receive a refund.

For a description of each class please go to and click on "Corporate Workshops"

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 Website.

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.