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Look at these upcoming OET seminars! Faculty and staff in CEHD can register to attend.
Getting Started with WordPress, Tuesday, February 19, 9:00-10:00 a.m. or Wednesday, February 27, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
If your unit’s web site has recently moved to WordPress, then this workshop is for you! We will learn about various WordPress elements including posts and a pages (and the difference between them), widgets, plugins, and menus. In addition, we will look at how to manage users, how to incorporate text from a Microsoft Word document, and how to upload media files such as images and PDFs.
Advanced WordPress, Tuesday, February 26, 9-10 a.m. or Wednesday, March 6, 11-12 p.m.
Designed for the CEHD faculty or staff member who already edits a WordPress site, this seminar will address advanced WordPress topics and client-specific questions. We will look at how to add a site calendar, popular plugins, and menu customization among other topics. Bring your questions with you!
The New World of Windows 8, Tuesday, March 12, 10-11 a.m.
By now, you’ve probably heard of Windows 8, the latest incarnation of Microsoft’s operating system. But you may not be sure what it has to offer, or whether it’s right for your desktop or laptop. In this one hour seminar, we’ll take a look at the most prominent new features, layout changes, and flaws to help you make an informed decision when it’s time to choose whether to upgrade to Windows 8 now or wait.
What’s New with SMART Notebook 11, Wednesday, March 13, 10-11 a.m.
Designed for clients who create lessons for use with a SMART Board, this workshop will introduce you to the new features in SMART Notebook 11 software such as Lesson Activity Builder, Widgets, and Sound Recorder. We also will review how to download SMART Notebook and how to obtain a license key.
Image Editing for Your WordPress Web Site, Tuesday, March 19, 9-10 a.m. or Wednesday, April 10, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Web pages look best when they mix images and text. However, you do not want to just take the images directly from your camera and upload them to your website. This class will show you how to use free tools to make your images web-ready for the best possible online presentation.
Speed Up Your Computer, Wednesday, April 3, 2-3 p.m.
Find out how to get the most out of your computing budget. Whether you’re purchasing a new machine to start the semester, or trying to squeeze every bit of life out of a slightly older model, we’re sure you’ll find helpful information here to make sure that your desktop or laptop can do everything you need it to do. You’ll also learn about the most common pitfalls that slow your computer down and how to avoid them.
How to Manage Spam, Thursday, April 11, 10-11 a.m.
Have you ever questioned whether an e-mail message is legitimate, and if you should click on a link in an e-mail? Do you wonder why you receive spam and what you can do to prevent it? If so, register for OET’s How to Manage Spam seminar. We will look at where spam comes from, how to set spam filters and rules, and ways to determine if a message is credible.
Encryption: The Key (and Lock) To Safe Data, Thursday, April 18, 11-12 p.m.
Have you ever left a restaurant, a plane, or a taxi, and gotten that sinking feeling when you realize you’ve left your laptop behind? Or clicked a link or e-mail attachment, only to realize seconds later that you shouldn’t have? While both of these scenarios are anxiety-inducing, you can sleep a little easier if you’ve protected your important data by encrypting it. Encryption won’t return your computer to you or clean up a virus infection, but it will ensure that your documents will remain private, even if they end up in the wrong hands. This one-hour seminar will teach you the basics of encrypting your important documents, so that your data will be safe, even if your computer isn’t.
Creating Videos for the Web, Wednesday, April 24, 10-11 a.m.
This is an introductory course for anyone who is preparing to take a course online or to upload videos to a hosting service such as YouTube or Screencast. We will review various applications that allow you to create videos. In addition, we will take a look at associated peripherals such as microphones and cameras.
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