Training Schedules

OIT Training Information

October Training Calendar

The OIT training calendar is the place to go to find and register for computer training.

Online Training Opportunities

OIT's Training & Development Group wants to make you aware of several self-service training options that may be useful, including:

Atomic Learning -- 


-- This site contains online software training video tutorials.  These tutorials are highly focused in topic and range between 1 and 3 minutes in length.

Lynda.com -- 


-- This site contains online software training video tutorials. Lynda.com's videos are longer and provide greater in depth information.

Skillsoft -- 


-- Skillsoft is a training portal provided for UA employees. It includes online professional development courses and additional resources, such as Books 24x7 and Knowledge Centers. Books 24x7 provides access to technical and professional books (making them available for online viewing) and Knowledge Centers provide topics focused on business, professional development, and leadership.

OIT's website


-- The OIT website contains up-to-the-minute information about outages, services and events, along with self-service technical support options.

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 p.m. for Google Apps-iTunesU-Podcasting  help, Blackboard (the current version or the scheduled new version)  from 2-4 p.m. in 319B Bunnell and TOAD-Roxen from 2-4 p.m. 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

November is Career Development Month

Information about this annual event may be found at the following National Career Development Association website:   http://associationdatabase.com/aws/NCDA/pt/sp/Home_Page  

The campuses regularly offer events and resources for students.   Some events and resources may also be open and available to UA staff and faculty.   Check with UAF Career Services (http://www.uaf.edu/career/) or UAA Career Services (http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/careerservices/) for more information.   The UAF Career Services and UAA Advising and Testing Center (http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/advising-testing/career/index.cfm) offer career assessments and preferences, such as the Strong Interest Inventory (SII) or Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) which are available to UA employees for a fee.  

For UA employees who are interested in strengthening knowledge in project management (Project Management Institute) or Six Sigma (American Society for Quality), don’t forget that you have access to Employee E-Learning resources through SkillSoft Corporation.   Access is available 24/7 wherever you have internet access.    Online demonstrations are posted at http://www.alaska.edu/hrtraining/e-learning/skillsoft/    Information about the certification preparation in these areas and a few others (HRCI, NASBA, IIBA, APIC and (ISC)2 may be found at:   http://www.alaska.edu/hrtraining/e-learning/re-certification-prep/

Note:   Although November has been designated as a Career Development month, starting or renewing your career development plan can occur anytime of the year that works best for you.

SkillSoft Update:

For UA employees who have used Element K for information technology resources, you’ll be interested in the following information.   A letter from SkillSoft Corp. will be posted on the Statewide Human Resources Training & Development website.


SkillSoft announces acquisition of Element K from NIIT

SSI Investments II Limited, a parent company of SkillSoft Limited, announced that its indirect subsidiaries, SkillSoft Corporation and SkillSoft Ireland Limited, have acquired the Element K business from NIIT Ventures, Inc., a subsidiary of NIIT Limited.

Click here to read the full press release.

HR Training Calendar

The Statewide Office of Human Resources announces the following webinars during November 2011 for University employees.  See http://www.alaska.edu/hrtraining/Calendar/ for the monthly calendar at a glance.


Webinars descriptions are posted on the HR website.  Upcoming webinars for November & December include:

“How to Receive Criticism and Make it Work for You” – Nov. 2 @ 11:00 am
Enrollment and Information Here.

“Financial Considerations for the Sandwich Generation” – Nov. 16 @ 11:00 am 
Enrollment and Information HERE.

“Dealing with Difficult People” – Dec. 7 @ 11:00 am 
Enrollment and Information HERE.

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 necessary audio portion of the webinar.  

To register* for webinars between November and December 2011, simply select the desired training event on the calendar and enter your name, email address, telephone number and click “submit.”  Registered participants will receive a reminder email and the webinar handouts 24-48 hours prior to the webinar.

To request a topic for a department meeting or an upcoming Wednesday Webinar, review 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.

*NOTE:  After Jan.1, 2012, the registration process for ComPsych webinars will allow UA employees to register with ComPsych, Corporation and to receive reminder emails from ComPsych directly.  

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

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