The objective of the New Hire IT Orientation program is to provide new employees at the University of Illinois formal training on software applications and IT practices that have been identified as critical to success within the campus environment. Each session will be delivered by technical trainers, with training material (including leaning aids) for each attendee.
Attendees may sign up for all sessions or choose only those sessions that they need.
These sessions are offered at no cost to faculty/staff of the University of Illinois.
Introduction to Campus Computing
This one-hour workshop helps a beginning computer user learn the basics. Topics will include starting and logging onto a computer, navigating in Windows, and using a keyboard, mouse or touch screen for input. File management basics will be discussed for efficient file storage and retrieval, including an overview of cloud computing. We will wrap up the session by exploring the internet, looking at different browsers and taking a tour of some helpful University web sites. Optional skill assessment for Microsoft Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word and Windows will be available at the conclusion of the session.
Length: 1 hour
Email / Calendaring
In this two-hour workshop for beginners, we will explore the Microsoft Outlook 2010 interface, including the extensive use of the Ribbon. We will learn how to compose, send, and receive email messages; how to save a draft message; print; and how to reply to and forward a message. Signatures, Out of Office Assistant, and Outlook Web App will also be covered in the email portion of the workshop. Calendar topics will include scheduling and editing an appointment; scheduling a one-time and a recurring meeting; and how to respond to meeting invitations in email.
Length: 2 hours
Online Learning with Lynda.com
This brief 15-minute overview will explore the Lynda.com Online Learning program offered at no cost to all faculty/staff/students on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus. Topics will include how to access Lynda.com from a browser; how to log in; and how to search for training. We will learn how to work with practice files that are provided and also how to manage your playlists. Finally we will learn how to save your place to finish later.
Length: 15 minutes
Campus Communication using Microsoft Lync
Microsoft Lync provides a single interface on your computer that unites voice communications, instant messaging, and audio/video/web conferencing all at once. In this two-hour workshop, attendees will learn how to start and sign on to Lync, how to navigate the Lync program window, learn about presence (availability status); add contacts to a contact list, and find help resources. Next attendees will practice using the voice and video features of Lync, including how to adjust audio settings, make and receive a phone call, a conference call, and a video call. Practice will also include putting calls on hold, transferring and forwarding calls and checking for missed calls and voicemail. Another form of communication in Lync is Instant Messaging. We will learn how to send an instant message, how to reply, and how to format text in the message. Finally, the integration between Microsoft Outlook and Lync will be explored, including how easy it is to communicate with others from within an email message or calendar event.
Length: 2 hours
This one-hour workshop provides an overview on computer security basics. Topics will include setting and the use of passwords; virus protection; VPN; identity theft; malware; and campus security policies. Working with sensitive data and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) policies will conclude the session.
Length: 1 hour
Data Storage (Box.com)
Box.com is the University of Illinois' cloud service storage solution which provides 60 gigabytes of secure file storage (including FERPA data). Box.com also supports secure file sharing within or outside of the U of I network, as well as mobile file access. In this one-hour overview, attendees will learn how to set up their box account; how to log in using Windows, OS X, or mobile devices; and how to upload, download, and view files. We will also look at how to use the Email-to-Folder tool which allows you to email files as attachments directly to the Box folder of your choice from any email application. We will also see how easy it is to create (and edit/delete) content stored in a Box account.
Length: 1 hour