Category Archives: Professional Development

lyndaCampus Replacing Skillport Online Training

Effective January 2014 lyndaCampus will replace the existing Skillport online training system.

lyndaCampus is a product that will give all SUNY Oswego faculty, staff and students unlimited access to the lynda.com on-demand audio and video tutorials and exercise material for learning subjects including communication skills, multimedia production, business content, software essential training, programming, data analysis, marketing and additional topics. New courses are also added weekly.  It will be of value to all of our employees looking to further their professional development, to our faculty looking to provide supplemental or pre-requisite training material for their classes and to our students who might use it in class, their research or their own academic growth.

lyndaCampus has already been piloted on campus with some faculty and staff, who prefer lynda’s content and video formats over that of Skillport’s. Kelly Roe, Professor in the Art Department and Mark Springston, Associate Professor in the Department of Technology were leaders of the pilot project using it to help their students learn prerequisite information for their courses as well as using it to “flip the classroom” where students listen to content prior to class.

Roe remarked about the availability of learning “anywhere, anytime — 24/7, on a computer or mobile device/tablet.”  She is also impressed with the quantity and quality of the videos saying, ‘lynda’s vast online library has thousands of video-based courses taught by industry professionals ranging from business skills and Adobe products to developer languages and tools, 3D animation, office productivity software and more.”

Springston remarked on lynda’s impact on flipping the classroom: “In the last decade, there has been a movement towards greater access to online, self-paced learning systems, as well as requiring students to receive their first exposure to a topic prior to classroom introduction, which allows educators to utilize instructional time for concept formation, misconception identification, collaborative work, and skill development in the target discipline.”

On Tuesday, January 21, from 3-3:50pm, Springston and a panel of additional faculty, staff and students will be discussing how they have been using lynda for their professional development, flipping the classroom and support of student projects.  For more information and registration, please see the CELT Winter BreakOut schedule.  In the meantime, you can hear local reactions on the use of lynda so far from some student feedback videos and faculty feedback videos.

CTS is working with lynda.com to provision our site.  When we have information on its availability to the campus, we will post an announcement here as well as through OswegoDaily.

The Skillport contract will end on January 21st.  If you have any questions about finding Skillport-related courses in lyndaCampus, please contact the Help Desk.

For reference, here are some links to lyndaCampus and our existing Skillport site:

lyndaCampus: http://lynda.com

Skillport: http://www.oswego.edu/cts/training/skillport.html

Expand Your Knowledge and Become More Productive with our Technical Workshops

Technical workshops will start the week of September 9 and continue through the beginning of November.  Various hands-on workshops are available in the categories of CTS Projects and Services, General Computer Use and Maintenance, Web Conferencing with Blackboard Collaborate, Microsoft Office, LakerApps, and Multimedia.

Are you a new employee at SUNY Oswego?  If so, we highly recommend the “Overview of CTS Services” workshop on September 12 where you will learn about many of the technical services we offer.  In addition, you’ll learn about employee discounts available to you on personal purchases through Apple, Dell, Verizon, AT&T and Microsoft.

If you would like to hear about the projects CTS is working on that might affect you, your department or the campus, come join us for lunch on October 1 for our “CTS Projects” workshop. Complimentary lunch will be provided.

LakerApps week will be the weeks of September 16 and October 14.  Each of these weeks offers sessions on LakerApps Gmail, Calendar, Drive (for document collaboration and storage), Sites (for creating personal websites) and Forms (for creating online submissions forms).  These classes are a great way to get up to speed with LakerApps quickly!

Beginning and advanced workshops on MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint will be offered.  Advanced classes are offered at the same times as the beginning classes, but two weeks later.  It’s a great way to learn the basics, practice them for a couple of weeks and then come back to learn more advanced features.

For the classroom, we will offer sessions on using the synchronous online web-conferencing tool called Blackboard Collaborate.  This allows you to hold a class, office hours, meetings all online. We also will have a session on our lecture capture software for recording your class lectures.  Both of these systems are easy to use and integrate with our ANGEL learning management system.

These and more workshops are available for registration at our  CTS Workshops Registration page.  Workshops are freely available to all faculty, staff and students.

Did You Miss the Cyber Security Awareness Training?

During October and November 2012, CTS hired GreyCastle Security to provide Cyber Security Awareness trainings to all SUNY Oswego faculty, staff and students.

Tyler Wrightson from GreyCastle Security conducted all sessions in a very knowledgeable and engaging style.  He covered topics such as using strong passwords, social engineering practices used to obtain usernames and passwords, social media security (such as Facebook), mobile device security, shoulder surfing, physical security and spam and phishing scams.  All principles taught could be applied to both work and home situations.

Some anonymous feedback from attendees of the sessions had this to say about Tyler and the training:

“It was very interesting and I learned a little more about my internet security at work as well as at home.  I appreciate that I was able to ask questions related to my home use of the internet, not just my business use.”

“He was very interesting and gave excellent info without being too technical.”

“The Castle speaker was so knowledgeable so had great examples of the problems he presented.”

If you missed the training, there are still a couple of options available to you.

  • Tyler will be back on campus on January 16th offering two more sessions during Winter BreakOut.  They are:
  • GreyCastle allowed CTS to record a session and make it available to campus members only.  We have the recording available from the CTS Security page.  Note, you will need to sign in with your Laker NetID to access it.  You’ll be prompted to do so.

CTS will be following-up the Security Awareness Training with our own session on learning more about the differences between spam and phishing emails and how to accurately report them in Gmail.  This will also be offered during Winter BreakOut:

 

CTS Teaching Approximately 20 Sessions During Winter BreakOut

CTS will be teaching approximately 20 sessions on various topics during the 2013 CELT-sponsored Winter BreakOut being held from Jan. 16 – 25.

Michael Pisa, interim Chief Technology Officer had this to say in regards to the department’s participation,

“CTS is offering a rich menu of technical trainings during Winter BreakOut scheduled for January 16-25.  If you haven’t been to the Cyber Security Awareness training, don’t miss Tyler Wrightson from GreyCastle Security.  He teaches a very engaging training and certainly gets you thinking about cyber security at work and at home.  If you are looking for ways to become more productive in your use of LakerApps Gmail, Calendar and Drive, we have a number of short sessions geared towards specific features that can do just that.  If you’ve been thinking about lecture capture for recording your classes, make sure to attend the introductory session.  Elluminate web-conferencing continues to gain ground for those interested in synchronous online meetings.  Elluminate will be upgraded to Blackboard Collaborate in Summer 2013, so if you are already using Elluminate, be sure to attend the preview session.  Lastly, we always have a lot of projects we are working on in CTS.  Come to our ‘CTS Projects’ session to learn about those that may affect you, your department or the entire campus. Hope to see you there!”

Below are the sessions CTS will be offering.  Be sure to click on the session name to read the full description of the course.  If you’d like to attend a session, be sure to register, using the “Register” link!

Cyber Security
Tyler Wrightson from GreyCastle Security will be back on campus January 16th giving two additional Cyber Security Awareness trainings.  He was on campus in October and November giving a knowledgeable and engaging training for faculty, staff and students on many security topics ranging from passwords and social engineering to mobile device and physical security for both work and home.  See our article entitled: “Did You Miss the Cyber Security Awareness Training?”

Elluminate
Elluminate Web-Conferencing has been used on campus for conducting synchronous online meetings for a variety of purposes including courses, meetings, workshops and more.  Elluminate will be upgraded to Blackboard Collaborate during Summer of 2013.  If you are a current Elluminate user or will be for the Spring, please attend the preview session to learn more about it.

CTS Projects
Come to the CTS Projects session to learn about the projects CTS is currently working on and those being planned that may affect you, your department or the entire campus.

Lecture Capture
CTS officially released the Panopto lecture capture service in specific rooms during the Fall 2012 semester.  We have an introductory session for those that would like to learn more about the service, how it works and how it is being used.  We also have an advanced session for those that have already been using the service that will show more advanced features and uses of the system.

Captioning
If you are working on a multimedia project and need to caption it, be sure to attend the following:

ANGEL
Have an ANGEL Question you’d like answered? Want to see how to use a certain feature?  Maybe you’re just having a problem you can’t fix?  Our team of local experts can help you out.

LakerApps
We have a number of LakerApps sessions geared towards making your life a little more productive.  Learn about specific features that could make it easier to read and compose email, create meetings and get notified of them, work and collaborate on documents:

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Professional Development

CTS is working on scheduling summer workshops.  We plan on offering workshops on Windows 7, Elluminate Web-Conferencing Software, LakerApps and more.  Please check the workshop schedule as summer approaches for offerings.

In addition to instructor-led workshops, feel free to check out our self-paced, on-demand tutorials available from our iTunesU site.  Tutorials covering Microsoft Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010 and LakerApps Sites are currently available.

Other technical training opportunities:

  • ANGEL workshops are available from the ANGEL website.
  • Updating your department web site with Ingeniux workshops are available at the Ingeniux Training site.
  • The Skillport e-learning software is available to all students, faculty, and staff.  Skillport includes business and technology-related courses (including Office 2010) as well as courses and test preps needed to prepare you for many business and technical certifications.   Get started at the Skillport home page.