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By Dr. Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner, Student Computing Services Manager

Several new courses for Oracle9i and Linux have been added to the SmartForce/SkillSoft server. Unfortunately these courses are not available on CD-ROM as of yet; I am still waiting for the company to send me the software application I need to make the new CDs. I hope to have the CD option available in the next few weeks.

These new courses appear in the Table of Contents menu which loads up after a successful login to the server. SkillSoft appears to be upholding the fine SmartForce tradition of giving their courses names which in no way give one a clue as to what the courses are actually about! These courses appear in alphabetical order and the following list gives the new titles in the Linux and Oracle9i curriculum. (and yes, one still must use a machine running Microsoft Windows in order to do the Linux training…apparently the SkillSoft folks also believe in irony just like the SmartForce folks did!).

*New Linux Administration Course Titles:

  • Editing and Printing
  • Hardware
  • Installation and Package Management
  • Networking Fundamentals
  • Networking Services
  • Security
  • Shell Scripting
  • Updating the Kernel

*New Oracle9i Course Titles:

  • Backup and Recovery Overview and Configuration
  • Data Integrity
  • Data Storage
  • Globalization and Auditing
  • Networking Overview
  • Oracle Network Configuration
  • Privileges and Roles
  • Recovery Manager Maintenance
  • Tables and Indexes
  • Transporting and Loading Data
  • User-Managed and RMAN Backup and Recovery
  • Users and Profiles

On another note: several of you have asked about how to view the Table of Contents within one of the new-style “e-learning courses” - it is not as obvious as it was in the older courses. At the bottom of the screen in the new courses there is a small icon

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that can be clicked upon to view the entire outline. A user can then click on any portion of the course he or she wishes to explore and will link immediately to that section. If you have any questions about the new curriculum or about how to navigate the newer "e-learning" courses, please feel free to email