Learn at Work 2014 Courses

Learn at work graphic19th – 25th May is Learning at Work Week!

“Learning at Work Week” is a national annual awareness campaign to promote and support workplace learning. All University staff are invited to sample our many ways to learn from a range of face to face sessions, downloadable podcasts and on-line learning material.

Training providers across the University are coming together to offer a range of classes, covering topics ranging from IT to health and safety. 30 classes are on offer, most classes are free to attend; some carry a small charge (please check each full course description for details).

Monday 19 May

Excel: Fundamentals

Mon 19 May, 09:15-12:15, IT Services, 13 Banbury Rd
In this introductory course you will learn how spreadsheets can be used for storing, organizing and manipulating data. With the skills you’ll learn on this course you’ll quickly be able to perform basic mathematical operations, sort data, create basic charts and use named cell ranges.
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TMSA

Digital media: Podcasting at Oxford FAQs

Mon 19 May, 09:15-10:45, IT Services, 13 Banbury Rd
Come and find out about podcasting at Oxford. We’ll provide an introduction to podcasting, latest news and information and there will be time to answer questions.
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TIMV

EndNote: An introduction

Mon 19 May, 09:15-12:15, IT Services, 13 Banbury Rd
A first look at EndNote – a tool for storing and managing references and creating bibliographies. When you write your own papers and texts using Microsoft Word, you can cite items from your library of references. EndNote automatically manages the layout and appearance of your citations and bibliography.
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TDBI

Effective communication using assertiveness

Mon 19 May, 10:00-11:30, IT Services, 13 Banbury Rd
Do you find yourself overloaded because you have trouble saying ‘no’? Is there some new work you’d like to take on but are not sure how to bring it up with your manager/supervisor? Or is there a difficult conversation you need to have with someone in your team? This short workshop will provide you with an opportunity to learn and practice assertiveness techniques in a safe environment with other colleagues. It will be based on the long-standing assertiveness workshop run by Hannah Boschen at the Oxford Learning Institute.
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TLW15

Digital media: Audacity – editing spoken word

Mon 19 May, 10:45-11:45, IT Services, 13 Banbury Rd
Audacity is a free, cross-platform, audio-editing application. It can be used to create digital audio material suitable for a course, a podcast or on a website. In this one hour session you will learn how to use Audacity to record, manipulate and save a sound file.
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TILG

Thinking about caring for elderly parents

Mon 19 May, 12:30-13:30, IT Services, 13 Banbury Rd
Are your parents getting elderly? Are you worried they might have (or develop) dementia? Are you caring from a distance? Marianne Talbot, the author of Keeping Mum: Caring for Someone with Dementia will talk about how best to manage and about the most important things to get in place.
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TLW19

Plagiarism: How to avoid it (for students)

Mon 19 May, 14:00-16:00, IT Services, 13 Banbury Rd
Academic integrity requires authors to accurately record and acknowledge the source of words, ideas, diagrams, images, research results (all forms of output from others) that they use or refer to in their own work. This course supports students in learning how to avoid unintentional plagiarism.
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TTEQ

Nexus: Organising and sharing calendars and contacts with Outlook 2010

Mon 19 May, 14:00-17:00, IT Services, 13 Banbury Rd
One of the benefits of Outlook is the ability to share your Outlook 2010 online information with your colleagues within the University. This information can be in the form of contact/distribution lists, calendar(s), and even your mailbox, so others can act on your behalf to accept/create meetings/appointments and reply to your messages. This three-hour session explains it all.
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TNEXB

Safety mythbusters

Mon 19 May, 14:00-14:40, IT Services, 13 Banbury Rd
“Health and Safety” is often incorrectly used as a convenient excuse to stop sensible activities from going ahead. It is actually about managing real, significant risks properly, not being risk averse or preventing progress. Although we are also familiar with the term ‘risk assessment’ it is often widely misunderstood and used as a reason to introduce ridiculous rules. This session will consider a few of the more silly “health and safety myths” and then go on to provide participants with a useful framework for undertaking sensible, proportionate risk assessments.
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TLW4

Computers – are they a pain in the neck?

Mon 19 May, 15:00-15:40, IT Services, 13 Banbury Rd
Almost every member of staff has access to a work computer and for the majority computer use is now a significant part of their work. As the number of users has risen, so too have the number of referrals to Occupational Health for individuals who experience some sort of computer-related problem. This session will consider the potential impact on a user’s health if their computer equipment is not set up and used appropriately. It will look at both good and bad practice and then go on to demonstrate the key elements for setting up a workstation correctly. Participants are invited to join in the practical session and by the end they should appreciate the importance of good ergonomics, and understand how to adapt a computer workstation to meet their individual needs.
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TLW5

Tuesday 20 May

Word: Building long documents

Tue 20 May, 09:15-12:15, IT Services, 13 Banbury Rd
Covering techniques for working with complex documents such as reports and theses, and for assembling multiple chapters into a book.
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TRWK

Make: Facilities – Sharing facilities via the Instruct hub

Tue 20 May, 12:30-13:30, IT Services, 13 Banbury Rd
Access to cutting edge research facilities is at a premium throughout Europe. The Instruct hub is a European initiative to make available technology, expertise and training to the structural biology community and beyond. Claudia Alen Amaro will describe the background to the initiative, the challenges it solves and the technology that sits behind it.
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TM12Y

WebLearn Bytes: Assignments

Tue 20 May, 12:30-13:30, IT Services, 13 Banbury Rd
Writing essays and receiving feedback on submitted work is an important part of the Oxford student experience. Did you know that the WebLearn Assignments tool allows a tutor or lecturer to set up an assignment (essay), with instructions, attachments, a specified due date and marking options? Students submit their essay in WebLearn, which keeps track of all submissions. Tutors have found that using this tool enables them to provide more extensive and meaningful feedback to students.
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TOVL

Human factors and their role in projects

Tue 20 May, 12:30-13:30, IT Services, 13 Banbury Rd
Lauren Morgan will illustrate the role of humans and other factors around our work which make us more (or less!) effective. We will discuss how to mitigate these risks, and in the case of an incident – how can we look back and identify them and reduce the likelihood of them causing problems in the future.
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TLW20

Online Presence: Developing your presence

Tue 20 May, 14:00-17:00, IT Services, 13 Banbury Rd
Your online presence should be current and fresh and you should be reaching out to a targeted audience to introduce your work to your peers. This course follows on from the Online Presence: Introductory workshop to further develop the strategies needed to maintain and increase your online presence.
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TWOD

Wednesday 21 May

Excel: 3D formulae, charts and sharing data

Wed 21 May, 09:15-12:15, IT Services, 13 Banbury Rd
Analysing your data across multiple worksheets and workbooks? It couldn’t be easier using 3-D referencing. Perhaps you want to collaborate with others? Find out how to protect your workbooks or even lock some areas, to keep the data secure and prevent accidental edits. Want to learn some advanced charting features and how to create histograms? Come along and learn how to do all this and more.
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TMSU

Programming: PHP

Wed 21 May, 09:15-17:15, IT Services, 13 Banbury Rd
PHP is a widely used general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for web development and can be embedded into HTML. This one-day course gives an overview of PHP. You will analyse PHP written examples, explore object-oriented programming, and write some PHP code yourself to complete set objectives. You will also learn how to write PHP codes to create contact forms and manipulate data from a database.
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TPLN

Things to do with data: Securing documents and data in the cloud

Wed 21 May, 12:30-13:30, IT Services, 13 Banbury Rd
Using DropBox to synch your work? Storing data online? Sharing documents via Google Drive or other services outside of the University? If so, you’re using ‘the Cloud’. But how secure is your data whilst it’s there, and how secure is secure enough?
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/THAG

Learning the Ukulele with jUKEbox

Wed 21 May, 13:15-13:45, Lecture Theatre, Richard Doll Building, Richard Doll Building, Old Road Campus, Oxford, OX3 7LF
Small, portable and, above all, fun, the ukulele has become increasingly popular in recent years. jUKEbox is an informal group that meets on Wednesday lunchtimes to play together and has played at a number of local events. Come along for a mini-concert, a demonstration of a few playing techniques and, optionally, even a chance to try out a uke yourself.
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TLW17

Digital images: ARTstor, Bridgeman Education and VADS for teaching and learning

Wed 21 May, 14:00-16:00, IT Services, 13 Banbury Rd
The course examines two major digital image collections subscribed to by the University – ARTstor and Bridgeman Education – and a third resource, free for educational use, VADS. All of these are geared to research and teaching in the humanities, history of science and medicine, and social sciences. Viewing, presenting and managing images are also covered.
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TIMS

Thursday 22 May

WebLearn: Fundamentals

Thu 22 May, 09:15-12:15, IT Services, 13 Banbury Rd
WebLearn is a web-based Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which provides tools to support teaching and learning, assessment, collaboration, communication and sharing of resources. This course is at a basic level, aimed at users with little or no experience of the system
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TOVB

Access: Creating queries, forms and reports

Thu 22 May, 09:15-12:15, IT Services, 13 Banbury Rd
Starting with a set of related tables (previously built), you use wizards to create the tools that make the database usable and interesting: queries to interrogate the data and set criteria, forms where human users can work safely on the data and reports to help you draw conclusions from it.
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TDAC

Security and privacy online: You are the target!

Thu 22 May, 12:00-12:50, Lower Ground Floor, Old Road Campus – Research Building, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7LF
This is a brief overview of information security showing you some tips to protect yourself, your family and the University. Why is your personal information valuable? What are common ways that it might get into the wrong hands and the practical things you can do to reduce the risk of data theft. In this course we’ll discuss security considerations in email, web and social networking, consider how to secure your computer and will look briefly at some common scams including phishing.
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TWEH

Grammar and style

Thu 22 May, 12.15-1.15pm, Room 3, University Offices, Wellington Square
Are you responsible for writing copy for newsletters, brochures or websites? And do you sometimes struggle with the finer points of grammar and style, such as the use of hyphens in adjectival phrases or capitals in Oxford-specific terminology? In this workshop, run by the Public Affairs Directorate and led by experienced proof-reader Linda Loder, you will have the opportunity to discuss particular points of grammar and style, including tips and practical measures you can take to achieve the best results and communicate effectively. This session will introduce the latest update of the University’s Style Guide, a hard copy of which will be given to each attendee.
More details and booking at: http://www.ox.ac.uk/public_affairs/pad_workshops_1.html

Make: Music – Improve your digital music collection

Thu 22 May, 12:30-13:30, IT Services, 13 Banbury Rd
Digital music now soundtracks our lives and 2014 was recently hailed as the year of “High Resolution” music. Thaddeus Lipinski has been researching digital music formats and building a digital music library for several years. He will show how to improve the sound quality of your music and how to digitise those old record collections.
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TM12X

It’s all geek to me: Heuristics to hack your life better

Thu 22 May, 12:30-13:30, IT Services, 13 Banbury Rd
Once regarded as a despised subclass, geeks have been inheriting the earth in recent years. With the application of some careful thought, they can find ways to make “easy things easy and hard things possible” and not just limited to the field of computing. Self-confessed geek Wulf Forrester-Barker will present a splurge of ideas to get your brain cells firing whatever you want to do.
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TLW18

Security and privacy online: How secure is your mobile?

Thu 22 May, 13:00-13:50, Lower Ground Floor, Old Road Campus – Research Building, Old Road Campus, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7LF
Mobile devices and bring your own device (BYOD) are hot topics in security right now. We now use our mobiles (iPads, phones, tablets, Blackberry, etc.) for anything from checking emails to online banking and shopping so the risks are potentially large. On a mobile device the lines between personal and work use are increasingly blurred. So how secure is your mobile device? This course attempts to explain the actual risks and leave you with some handy tips as to how to ensure your device is configured securely. This is part of a series of one-hour sessions about staying safe and secure online.
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TSBH

Friday 23 May

Breakfast at IT Services

Fri 23 May, 08:30-09:30, IT Services, 13 Banbury Rd
New members of Oxford University staff are warmly invited to join us for breakfast at IT Services, Banbury Road. Over croissants and coffee, we will introduce you to the many important services that are available to you for your work or research. There will also be a chance to chat to IT staff and other newcomers.
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TBAA

Security and privacy online: You are the target!

Fri 23 May, 09:45-11:15, IT Services, 13 Banbury Rd
This is a brief overview of information security showing you some tips to protect yourself, your family and the University. Why is your personal information valuable? What are common ways that it might get into the wrong hands and the practical things you can do to reduce the risk of data theft. In this course we’ll discuss security considerations in email, web and social networking, consider how to secure your computer and will look briefly at some common scams including phishing.
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TWEH

Make: Art – Eastern Art online at the Ashmolean

Fri 23 May, 12:30-13:30, IT Services, 13 Banbury Rd
Aruna Bhaugeerutty will discuss the development of an interactive online collections resource for the museum’s Eastern Art department. Aruna will cover various aspects of the project from site design and functionality to digitisation of the collections and creation of online contextual content.
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TM13V

Twitter for academia

Can anything of academic value ever be said in just 140 characters? This session explores the relevance of Twitter to university teaching, research and engagement activities. Come along to find out how to get started, grow your following, and hone your tweeting style to maximise your impact.
Fri 23 May, 12:30-13:30, IT Services, 13 Banbury Rd
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TWEI

Managing Change

Fri 23 May, 13:00-14:30, IT Services, 13 Banbury Rd
In a world where probably the only constant is change, why do so many change initiatives fail or miss the mark? As change leaders, what can we do to give ourselves and our teams the best chance of success? This session will look at the change leadership activities that make a positive difference to change programmes and the consequences of paying too little attention to them.
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TLW16

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One Response to “Learn at Work 2014 Courses”

  1. Santosh Rath says:

    Interested to attend the EXCEL course on 19th may
    Thanks

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