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 University of Alaska will be renewing a three (3) year contract with SkillSoft for employee e-learning following approval by the Business Council on April 6, 2011.  The contract, supported by all of the Major Administrative Units (MAUs), will be extended until January 30, 2015. 

An upgrade of the SkillPort learning management system is planned for June 8, 2011 and will provide enhanced features and a cleaner look for end users.  The log-in process will not change.  Employees will still log-in through UAOnline or through an internet option using their UA credentials (UA Username and Password). 

Demonstrations on navigating the new SkillPort version 7.0 were held during the campus development day and staff appreciation events at UAA, UAS and UAF.  Current users commented that the changes are user-friendly and provide a cleaner, streamlined look. 

Additional demonstrations are being scheduled for June, July and August and will be posted on the Training & Development calendar. 

The Statewide Office of Human Resources Training and Development calendar is posted at http://www.alaska.edu/hrtraining/Calendar/?submit=Previous&showDate=2011-06-21

SkillSoft Tips:
One of the most frequently asked questions in the past few months involve Books24x7 and how to access it from a handheld device.  Information about “Books24x7® On the Go™”  is available for DOWNLOAD.  Users may also attend one of the demonstrations to hear more about this option.  A flyer will be posted on the Training and Development webpage with more information and a QuickStart on how to use SkillPort Version 7.0 


June 23, 2011; 9:30 am – 11:30 am  Butrovich 204    
Join Earlina Bowden, UAF’s OEO Director as she hosts an audio-conference on this topic.  The one hour CD playback is followed by Q&A and discussion at the end of the session.   Register here. Questions may be directed to Earlina Bowden at 474-7599 or eebowden@alaska.edu

This session may be scheduled at the Bragaw Office Building in June or July 2011.  The Training calendar will be updated and an email sent to BOB occupants with the information as those details are finalized.

ComPsych Wednesday Webinars

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

June 1, 2011 @ 11:00am “Resiliency:  Bouncing Back After a Setback"

*June 15, 2011 @ 12:00pm – “Stepfamilies:  Challenges and Solutions”

July 7 @ 11:00 am – “Where Are you Going? Goal Setting for Personal and Professional Success” 

July 20 @ 11:00 am – “Developing Emotional Intelligence” 

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, supervisory approval is needed.  This approval also ensures 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.  

*Note:  The webinar on June 15 is scheduled at 12:00 pm.    

The ComPsych webinar schedule for July, 2011 through December, 2011 is currently posted on the website. If you have a special request for a Wednesday Webinar or would like to request a presentation for your own departmental meeting, please email syhrtraining@email.alaska.edu and include “ComPsych Webinar Request” in your subject line.

A list of available topics can be found at the website. If you have any questions, please contact Anne Sakumoto at (907) 786-1432 or anne.sakumoto@alaska.edu

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