Training Schedules

OIT Training Information

June Training Calendar

The OIT web site has been updated, including a new training calendar which you can subscribe to!

Blackboard Training
Several Blackboard training courses are available throughout the month including basic Blackboard training, overviews of new features, setting up grade center in Blackboard, and Blackboard virtual support.

This class will introduce the user to GoogleGroups, including basic setup and ways that it might be used.

Classes in Roxen content and forms are held throughout the month as well as walk-in training for Roxen on Fridays.

TOAD Reader
TOAD for Application Developers is the replacement for Query builder. You will learn to:

  • Open and customize the Toad environment
  • Find and execute stored queries
  • Modify existing queries
  • Export your results

This class is required for advanced training from your functional area experts.

iTunes U

iTunes U is active and faculty who want to start using iTunes U must sign up for a course account and after they receive their course account access, we encourage you to sign up for and attend one of our "Configuring Your iTunes U Course Account" classes. - iTunes U course account signup is at http://www.uaf.edu/multimedia/podcasts/submit.html

With the advent of iTunes U you may be interested in creating podcast content that can be uploaded to your iTunes U account. We currently offer a podcast creation class that uses Apple's GarageBand so if you are interested, you can sign up for one of our podcast related classes on our calendar.

Atomic Learning

Don't forget, that for those quick I need to know how to questions, sometimes the answer is a web site away - Take a look at http://www.atomiclearning.com/highed/ for short FREE 2-3 minutes videos on a variety of software that you may be using.

Drop-in Training

Remember that you can drop by our office in 319B Bunnell if you need some one-on-one help or have a question; we also are willing to train a group from your office as well.  And of course there are our usual Friday drop-in hours of 1-2 pm for Google Apps-iTunesU-Podcasting  help, Blackboard (the current version or the scheduled new version)  from 2-4 pm in 319B Bunnell and TOAD-Roxen from 2-4 pm in Butrovich 104. At the very least if you're not sure what the best approach is or exactly what your training needs are, call the Support Center (x8300) and they can initiate a help desk request ticket. 

As always, you can give us a call or send us an email

Chris Beks - cgbeks@alaska.edu - x6796
Gary Bender - gabender@alaska.edu - x6573
Cara Brunk - cbrunk@alaska.edu - x8385
Martin Miller - msmiller@alaska.edu - x8304

HR Training Calendar

The Statewide Office of Human Resources is sponsoring a variety of classes in July and August 2011 for University employees.  See http://www.alaska.edu/hrtraining/Calendar/ for the monthly calendars at a glance.

“Equal Employment Opportunity and Sexual Harassment”
June 29, Wednesday @ 10:00 am; Bragaw Office Building 102

“The Hidden Costs of Workplace Bullying” 
June 29, Wednesday @ 2:30 pm; Bragaw Office Building 102

“The Benefits of Performance Management”
(For supervisors)
 July 12, Tuesday @ 8:30 am; Butro 109
 July 18, Monday @ 1:30 pm;  to be announced

“Managing Your Own Performance - What Your Supervisor Wants You to Know but May Never Tell You”
July 14, Thursday  @ 1:30 pm; Butro 109
July 20, Wednesday @ 8:30 am; Butro 109
“Ethics Laws and University Employment”
August 17, Wednesday @ 10:00 am;  Butro 204 – available as a video-conference 


Upgrade.  The upgrade to SkillPort 7.0, the learning management system, through SkillSoft, Corp. was implemented on June 8, 2011 and was seamless thanks to the preparation and work by UAS IT Director Michael Ciri and staff. 

Demonstrations.  Ongoing demonstrations on how to navigate the new SkillPort 7.0 site are scheduled for:
July 20 at 10:00 am
August 19 at 10:00 am

Registration is not required; however, individuals who register will receive a reminder email 1-2 days prior to the demonstration.   Instructions and credentials for joining the online demonstrations may be found on the calendar and are also listed below.

To enter the demonstration session, you’ll need a computer with an internet connection and a telephone line to call the toll-free number below. 

At the scheduled time click the link below or copy the URL into your browser:

To enter this session, please use the password: Alaska
Call in number:  1-866-955-4255
Code: *7360698*
To check your browser compatibility before you join the session, click the link below or copy the URL into your browser:

If you’re unable to attend a demonstration, you may still access video clips on how to navigate SkillPort 7.0 posted at http://www.alaska.edu/hrtraining/e-learning/skillsoft/   

Books 24x7.   Did you know that SkillSoft’s Book 24x7 collection allows users to download certain books to their MP3 audio player?  Users who choose to download content should ensure their devices have adequate storage space to store the files, and software to support the downloaded file formats.

If you have any questions about the information above, feel free to contact Anne Sakumoto at anne.sakumoto@alaska.edu or (907) 786-1432.


Project Management Institute - Changes to PMP Exam

SkillSoft Announcement: 
“As many of you and your customers have probably heard, the Project Management Institute will be modifying its PMP exam in August of this year. This will not affect the SkillSoft curriculum.

Based upon the information that PMI has provided regarding this update, we do not envision any need to modify our courses. The exam will still be based upon the PMBOK 4th Edition, as is our PMP curriculum. However, the format of the exam is expected to change somewhat, and consequently, we plan to release a new PMP TestPrep in July of this year so that it will be more representative of the updated exam.

In 2012, we expect PMI to release a new PMBOK which will result in more substantial changes to the exam. After the new PMBOK is available, we will plan to update our curriculum accordingly so that we continue to provide courseware that helps learners prepare for this popular certification exam.”

ComPsych Wednesday Webinars

The list of upcoming webinars, including descriptions and registration sites, can be found here

The webinar schedule is posted for July through December 2011.  The following webinars are scheduled to start at 11:00 am.  

“Where Are you Going? Goal Setting for Personal and Professional Success” - July 6  

“Developing Emotional Intelligence” - July 20 

“The Confident You: Taking Charge of Your Life” - August 3
“Becoming a Team Player” - August 17

The webinars are generally 45 minutes in length and are open to University of Alaska employees system-wide.  There are no fees to attend a ComPsych webinar.  If the webinar takes place during the employee’s work hours, as with any training event, supervisory approval should be obtained to ensure proper departmental coverage.  Employees may join these webinars from any computer and telephone.  A toll-free number is provided to join the audio portion of the webinar. 

To register, simply select the desired training event on the calendar and enter your name, email address, telephone number and click “submit.”  Registered participants receive a reminder email and the webinar handouts 24-48 hours prior to the webinar. 

To request a topic for a Wednesday webinar or for your department meeting, check the ComPsych Catalog posted at ComPsych webinar page.  When submitting a request, please email syhrtraining@email.alaska.edu and include “ComPsych Webinar Request” in your subject line.

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