OIT's Express Lane for Training

Author: Anne Kolaczyk

When the demands of work start to build, how do you find time to keep up-to-date with new technology? Head to the express lane to get your training fast.

OIT is debuting a new program to provide training quickly and in small chunks: Time-Out for Tech. It’s a series of short (30 minutes or less), narrowly focused sessions brought to you via Zoom.

The goal is to show you new features and special tricks, or pass along timely information.  It’s the perfect way to keep your skills current when you don’t have time for a full training class. Registration is not through Endeavor, but by joining a Google Group. (Details are below.)

Here is the full schedule for the Fall 2020 Time-Out for Tech sessions:

New Features in Google Calendar
Thursday, Sept. 10, 10:30–11 a.m.
Learn the new features in the quick-add option  to make you more efficient when creating events.

Zoom Waiting Rooms
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2-2:30 p.m.
Learn to use this feature to increase the security of your meetings.

MS Excel vs Google Sheets
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 10-10:30 a.m.
Compare the features available in both as well as example use cases for when to use one over the other. 

Safely Host Public Zoom Meetings
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2:30-3 p.m.
Learn ways to manage the security of Zoom meetings that are open to the public.

Create Progress Bars in Google Sheets
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 10:30-11 a.m.
Learn about the sparkline function in Sheets to create progress bars in dashboards and reports.

COVID–19 Scams
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2-2:30 p.m.
Learn about the various COVID-19 scams and how to avoid them.

Holiday Text in InDesign
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 10-10:30 a.m.
Learn to make text that looks like candy canes to add a touch of fun to holiday communications.

To register for the Time-Out for Tech series, go to go.nd.edu/timeoutfortech and follow the prompts to join the Google Group.  Once you join the group, all fall sessions will appear on your calendar. (The Zoom link will be added to the calendar event the day before the session.)

You can choose which sessions to attend and which to skip; you don’t need to notify anyone of your choices. And if work gets in the way at the last minute? All sessions will be recorded and the links will be sent out to everyone registered for the series, whether they attended the session or not.

If you have questions , contact training@nd.edu or 574-631-7227.