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April 3, 2020

IT Training is now being delivered remotely

Filed under: Elearning, IT Training — sgswaine @ 10:38 pm

We’re using virtual classrooms for IT Training

In response to COVID-19, all of our classroom training will now be delivered remotely to comply with social distancing and self-isolating recommendations.

Training for Staff

Box: an introduction to file storage 14 Apr, 15 Apr, 23 Apr, 6 May, 21 May, 9 Jun Book via HR Org
Outlook: managing a busy inbox 22 Apr, 7 May, 1 Jun Book via HR Org
Trello: for managing tasks 23 Apr, 6 May, 1 Jun Book via HR Org
Excel: conditional formatting 24 Apr, 14 May, 11 Jun Book via HR Org
Excel: further functions 28 Apr, 12 May, 18 Jun Book via HR Org
Excel: pivottables 30 Apr, 20 May, 12 Jun Book via HR Org

Training for Researchers

EndNote: for reference management 29 Apr, 22 May, 29 Aug, 30 Oct, 24 Nov, 11 Dec Book via Proficio
NVivo: for organising your research 27-28 Apr, 16-17 Jun, 14-15 Oct, 9-10 Dec Book via Proficio
Using Word to build your thesis 30 Apr, 19 May, 24 Jun, 16 Sep, 28 Oct, 27 Nov Book via Proficio
Excel: functions and shortcuts 1 May, 25 Jun, 15 Sep, 26 Oct, 25 Nov Book via Proficio

Training for Creatives

Photoshop for image manipulation 4-5 May, 2-3 Jun, 1-2 Sep, 30 Nov – 1 Dec Book via Proficio
InDesign for beautiful documents 20-21 Apr, 4-5 Jun, 3-4 Sep, 14-15 Dec Book via Proficio
Photshop, InDesign & Illustrator 8-10 Jun, 7-9 Sep, 2-4 Dec Book via Proficio

Preparing for a virtual classroom session

Please make sure you install Zoom prior to the training session. Visit the Zoom web page for instructions. It is a good idea to be somewhere quiet, where you won’t be disturbed and will have no interruptions.

For Zoom webinars a microphone and video camera is not essential but will improve your learning experience if you have them. All participants can also ask questions via chat or Q&A.

For Zoom meetings (for Adobe training) and GoToMeetings (for NVivo training), you will need to have a desktop or laptop with the Adobe or NVivo software installed to get the full benefit of the session. Instructions for accessing the software and for joining the session will be provided to participants.

If you have any technical issues setting up Zoom on your device, please email webinars@essex.ac.uk.

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March 19, 2020

IT Training is being delivered by webinar

Filed under: Audio Visual, Elearning, IT Training, Uncategorized — sgswaine @ 9:46 am

We’re moving to webinars for IT Training

In response to COVID-19, all classroom training will now be delivered remotely to comply with social distancing and self-isolating recommendations.

Webinar schedule

To register for a webinar simply click on the Register to join link in the schedule below.

11:00-13:00 Friday, 20 March Excel: conditional formatting Register to join
10:00-12:00 Tuesday, 24 March Excel: pivottables Register to join
13:30-14:30 Tuesday, 24 March Box: an introduction to file storage Register to join
09:30-12:30 Thursday, 26 March EndNote: for reference management Register to join
11:00-12:00 Friday, 27 March Box: an introduction to file storage Register to join
12:30-14:30 Friday, 27 March Excel: pivottables Register to join
10:00-12:00 Wednesday, 22 April Outlook: managing a busy inbox Register to join
11:00-12:00 Thursday, 23 April Box: an introduction to file storage Register to join
13:00-14:00 Thursday, 23 April Trello: for managing tasks Register to join
12:00-14:00 Friday, 24 April Excel: conditional formatting Register to join
12:30-14:30 Tuesday, 28 April Excel: further functions Register to join
09:30-12:30 Wednesday, 29 April EndNote: for reference management Register to join
12:30-14:30 Thursday, 30 April Excel: pivottables Register to join

Preparing for a webinar

Please make sure you install Zoom prior to the training session. Visit the Zoom web page for instructions. It is a good idea to be somewhere quiet, where you won’t be disturbed and will have no interruptions.

A microphone and video camera is not essential but can improve your learning experience if you have them. If you don’t have a microphone or video, you can still join the session and will be able to see and hear me, and you can type questions via chat or Q&A.

If you have any technical issues setting up Zoom on your device, please email webinars@essex.ac.uk.

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January 9, 2020

IT Training News: January to April 2020

Filed under: IT Training, LinkedIn Learning, Uncategorized — sgswaine @ 2:38 pm

Simply follow the links to arrive at the booking page. Courses marked with an asterix incur a small charge.

Training for staff

Outlook for managing a busy inbox        15 Jan, 12 Feb, 4 Mar, 22 Apr
Excel: further functions                           17 Jan, 25 Feb, 11 Mar, 28 Apr
Excel: pivot tables                                   24 Jan, 27 Feb, 27 Mar, 30 Apr
Trello for managing your tasks                31 Jan, 14 Feb, 5 Mar, 23 Apr
New! Box for file storage                        6 Mar, 27 Mar, 23 Apr
Coming soon! Outlook email merge using Word and Excel

Training for researchers

EndNote for reference management       28 Feb, 26 Mar, 29 Apr
NVivo for organising your research*        18 & 19 Mar
New! Using Word to build your thesis     30 Jan, 25 Mar
Newcomers research week events          6 Jan to 10 Jan

Training for creatives

Photoshop for beginners*                        2 & 3 Apr
InDesign for beginners*                           20 & 21 Apr
Creating digital content with Adobe*       30 Mar to 1 Apr

Activate LinkedIn Learning

As an Essex staff member, you have free, unlimited access to online video training through the new LinkedIn Learning site (formerly Lynda.com).

Activate your account today to unlock thousands of courses and upload your completion certificates to your LinkedIn profile to demonstrate the skills you’ve learned. Visit our LinkedIn Learning webpage for more information about getting started and using LinkedIn Learning in your teaching and learning.

Bespoke training sessions

If you would like to arrange a bespoke training session for your team at a time and date that suits you, please email it.training@essex.ac.uk to discuss your requirements.

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June 26, 2019

Lynda.com is changing to LinkedIn Learning

Filed under: Elearning, IT Training, Lynda — sgswaine @ 10:19 am

We’re upgrading your Lynda.com account to LinkedIn Learning on Wednesday 10 July.

The main points

  • It will take roughly 18 hours to complete and you won’t be able to access Lynda while the upgrade takes place.
  • You’ll receive emails from LinkedIn prior to the upgrade and after the upgrade with instructions for activating your new LinkedIn Learning account.
  • All your historical data, including certificates and playlists, will be transferred over as part of the upgrade.
  • There are some new features such as adding your own video content to collections (formerly playlists).
  • You have the option to bind your new LinkedIn Learning account to your LinkedIn account.
  • You have control over your data via the privacy settings inside of the LinkedIn platform.

Why are we upgrading?

Lynda.com was purchased by LinkedIn in 2015. They have now combined the two platforms to create a more personalised and interactive learning experience powered by the LinkedIn network. This offers the benefits of both a social media platform and a learning content website. As well as the same great Lynda.com content (over 11,000 courses), some of the new features and benefits include:

  • Personalised course recommendation based on trending skills in your field
  • Multiple quiz types added to courses so users can test their knowledge
  • Adding your own custom content to collections (formerly known as playlists)
  • Creating custom or using pre-built learning paths made easier

If you’d like more information, you can read this key features and benefits document; take a sneak peek at the new interface; or watch the Advance your skills with LinkedIn Learning video.

What will happen during the upgrade?

The process for upgrading is automatic and will carry over all the data from Lynda.com to LinkedIn Learning.

On the upgrade day, the service (Lynda.com) will be offline from around 13:00pm. During this time all of the users details on Lynda.com (including playlists and learning history) will be transferred over to LinkedIn Learning. The upgrade process should be completed by midnight that night. When the transition is complete, all users, who already have a profile on Lynda.com, will be contacted by Linkedin Learning to let them know their new account is ready to activate. Your login details will still be the same (authenticating through your university credentials), but you will need to use a different link to get to LinkedIn Learning.

For those who don’t already have a Lynda.com account, messages will be sent out once the upgrade is complete to explain how to access the new service.

Optional binding to LinkedIn

When you use LinkedIn Learning for the first time, you’ll be given the option to bind your LinkedIn Learning account with your personal LinkedIn account. If you don’t already have a personal LinkedIn account, you’ll be able to create one (don’t use your Essex email for this). Joining LinkedIn is completely optional and you can add or remove it at any time.

Binding your personal LinkedIn account with your LinkedIn Learning account will:

  • give you an enhanced user experience by using public elements of your profile to suggest relevant courses and insights into learning trends
  • allow you to add certificates and completed courses directly to your LinkedIn page to show your skill progression
  • let you share courses directly with other members of LinkedIn and LinkedIn Learning
  • mean that should you leave Essex, you’ll be able to print your certificates of completion and view your historical data

NB: If you choose not to bind accounts, you should print your certificates of completion before you leave Essex and lose access to your LinkedIn Learning account.

If you can transfer your LinkedIn Learning account to another institutional account within 1 year, you will regain full access to courses/videos, your certificates of completion and historical data. If you disconnect your account, your previous learning data will still be available on the platform, so you’ll need to make a request if you wish for this data to be removed.

Essex can only see your LinkedIn profile photo. We won’t have access to any other information from your LinkedIn profile. For more details see the Privacy Information for LinkedIn Learning Learners web page.

Data Use

Keeping your information safe is important to us and to LinkedIn. When you connect your LinkedIn account, only your learning activity will be shared with your employer. No other activity or data from your LinkedIn account will ever be accessible or shared with your employer. See the details of our Privacy Information here or watch the short video below to get an overview of the privacy policy from Linkedin.

Moodle integration

Staff who have Lynda.com content in their Moodle courses will receive a separate communication about this after the upgrade is complete.

More information

I’ve you have more questions about the upgrade, please visit the LinkedIn Learning FAQs web page or contact it.training@essex.ac.uk.

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January 24, 2019

The IT Training Room has moved!

Filed under: Audio Visual, Computers, IT Training, Uncategorized — sgswaine @ 11:31 am

New location and facelift for IT Training Room

Building work is complete on the new IT Training Room (6.327) and it’s officially open for business. The room is located in the old Maths corridor and is kitted out even better than before.

Room features

We’ve upped the capacity to 14, added two 79″ touch screen LCD panels, a visualiser and a break-out space for brainstorming and collaborative working. The full list of features is as follows:

  • 14 learner PCs with dual monitors
  • 1 lecturer PC with dual monitors and lectern for anyone with an Essex.ac.uk account (externals will need a temp account, requests can be made through the helpdesk@essex.ac.uk.
  • Laptop loom, for connecting any laptop by HDMI or VGA and an audio cable for sound
  • Visualizer for displaying any paper or notes on screen
  • Two 79” wall-mounted touch screen LCD panels
  • Break-out space with wall mounted whiteboards for brainstorming and collaborative working
  • Air-conditioning (centrally controlled) and black out blinds
  • Catering table

The easiest way to get to the room is via Square 2 (behind Zest), take the lift up to level 6 and the room is on your right as you exit the lift. You can also get to it by going through the Estates corridor. For alternative routes check out findyourway.

Can I book the IT Training Room?

You can check availability and book the room for staff related learning via Outlook using the instructions below:

  1. In Outlook, create a new Meeting (Ctrl + Shift + Q).
  2. Click on Rooms…, search for IT Training Room (6.327), click on Rooms > OK.
  3. Use Scheduling Assistant to select an available timeslot.
  4. Click Appointment, then in the Subject field write your name and what the room will be used for eg [Sally Swaine: Excel training]. You can also include the iTrent course code here if you have one, then press Send (Alt + S).
  5. You’ll receive an automatic message to say your booking is Tentative – this is NOT confirmation of your booking.
  6. IT Services will then respond to confirm or decline your request within 48 hours.

NB: All Learning Activities should be entered into iTrent so attendees can keep a record of their professional development. If you wish to advertise your learning event(s) via HR Organiser you will need to complete the iTrent Learning Request Form and submit to Learning and Development (ldev@essex.ac.uk). You’ll also need to attach 6.327 as a resource to your learning activity in iTrent after you’ve booked it through Outlook.

Upcoming IT training courses

Thu 7 Feb, 13:00-15:00 – Excel: further functions
Fri 8 Feb, 10:00-12:00 – Outlook: managing a busy inbox
Thu 14 Feb, 13:00-15:00 – Excel: conditional formatting
Fri 15 Feb, 10:00-12:00 – Excel: pivottables

If you have any questions or would like more information about the room, contact ittraining@essex.ac.uk.

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