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Training Schedule for the Week of November 26th

Posted in Did you Know? on November 25, 2007 by

Excel – Advanced Course, Arts 110A
November 26, 2007 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm and
November 28, 2007 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Dreamweaver Website Design Tools – Intermediate Course, Arts 110A
November 27, 2007 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm and
November 29, 2007 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
EMAP – Enhancing Audio Production, Ag Computer Lab 3D85
November 27, 2007 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
UniFi – Purchase Requisition Training 281 John Mitchell
November 28, 2007 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
EMAP – Integrating Media into WebCT and Blackboard, Ag Computer Lab 3D85
November 28, 2007 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
EMAP – Podcasting – Beyond the Basics, Ag Computer Lab 3D85
November 29, 2007 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Windows Vista: What’s New! Seminar, 4E28, Agriculture
November 29, 2007 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Word – Styles, Outlining & TOC’s Workshop, John Mitchell Rm 281
November 29, 2007 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Blackboard Learning System Course Design Basic – Intro Course, Arts 110A
November 30, 2007 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Blackboard Learning System Quizzes & Surveys Workshop (formerly WebCT), Arts 110A
November 30, 2007 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Discussion Forums and BlackBoard

Posted in Did you Know? on November 25, 2007 by

In the new BlackBoard, it IS possible for course designers to set up discussion forums so that the students can come back and edit their posts AFTER they have posted them… This is different than the old days, when “Posting was Forever” so you had to be especially careful! There are definitely pros and cons for having discussion forums set up in that way. The advantage of this is it saves the instructor some workload if a student wants to alter a post. One disadvantage, of course, is that students can come along after the fact and alter things that the instructor might not want them to alter (particularly if there are marks riding on the discussion posts).To set a discussion forum up this way, do the following:
1. Within the Build tab, select the Discussions tool from Course Tools list
2. Click the Action Link to the right of the discussion forum you want to change, and select Edit Properties.
3. Within the Edit Properties window, edit the Topic Behaviour Options.
4. Place a check in the checkbox beside “Students can edit their messages after posting them”.
5. Save the changes for that forum.
Students will now be able to come back to posts they’ve made, edit the text and change the files they might have attached.

Training Schedule for the Week of November 19th

Posted in Uncategorized on November 19, 2007 by

SiRIUS Class Maintenance Advanced, JM 281
November 19, 2007 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
UniFi – Extended FAST Queries, 281 John Mitchell
November 20, 2007 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Updating & Maintaining an Existing Website, AGRIC 3D85 (iMac Lab )
November 20, 2007 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
EMAP – Camtasia and the Creation of SCORM compliant Resources Ag Computer Lab 3D85
November 21, 2007 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
UniFi – Journal Voucher Training, 281 John Mitchell
November 21, 2007 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
InDesign CS2 Introduction Course, Arts 110A
November 22, 2007 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
PAWS Course Tools Course, Arts 110A
November 23, 2007 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Aligning Pictures in a Mac Version of MS Word

Posted in Uncategorized on November 19, 2007 by

There’s at least two ways to line two pictures up exactly to each other on a page in an MS Word document on Mac:
The Quick, Easy, Less Snazzy way:
1. Set up a table with 2 columns in it.
a. Choose Insert -> Table, or drag a two column table using the Insert Table button on the toolbar
2. Make the table borders invisible.
a. Select the entire table and choose Format -> Borders & Shading
b. Choose “None” for your borders options
3. Insert each picture into one column of the table using Insert -> Picture -> From File.
This method ensures that your pictures will be lined up exactly with each other, and can be used for things like having pictures in one column and text instructions in the other column
The More Complicated but snazzier way:
1. Ensure you are using Word in Page Layout view (View -> Page Layout)
2. Insert each picture into one column of the table using Insert -> Picture -> From File.
3. Double-click on each picture to bring up the Format Picture dialogue for it.
4. Select the Layout tab
5. Choose the Text Wrapping option for each picture to be either Square or Tight
6. Set one picture to Left Horizontal Alignment and one to Right Horizontal Alignment
7. Exit the Format Picture Dialogue
8. Drag the pictures around until they line up the way you want.
This method allows text to be wrapped between the pictures, but is harder to get laid out accurately. Moving pictures around can REALLY mess it up very quickly.

What can you do, if a student needs an extension for an assignment within your BlackBoard course?

Posted in General IT Training on November 19, 2007 by

If the assignment availability and cutoff dates have already passed, but you have or more students that need an extension you can do the
following:
1) Change the availability dates within the assignment
a. Select the Action Link and choose Edit Properties
b. Within the Assignment Properties, edit the Dates section to reflect the new due date and cutoff dates for the extension
c. save the changes
2) Set the Release Criteria for the assignment to add a “Member Criteria” and set the Member Criteria to be the NSID of the student who needs the extension
a. again, use the Action Link, choose Set Release Criteria
b. choose the Add Member Criteria option
c. Select the User ID of student(s) needing an extension using the checkbox
d. Save the changes

Training Schedule for the Week of November 12th

Posted in Uncategorized on November 12, 2007 by

PowerPoint – Introduction Course, Arts 110A
November 13, 2007 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm and
November 15, 2007 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
EMAP – Audio Production using Garage Band, Ag Computer Lab 3D85
November 13, 2007 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Microsoft Excel – Introduction Course, Arts 110A
November 13, 2007 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and
November 15, 2007 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Special Offering – Introduction to SPSS Arts 31
November 13, 2007 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Special Offering – Introduction to SPSS, Arts 31
November 14, 2007 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Podcasting – Use, Production and Distribution, AGRIC 3D85 (iMac Lab )
November 14, 2007 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Microsoft Project – Introduction Course – Microsoft Office 2003, 63.1, Physics
November 14, 2007 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and
November 16, 2007 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Access – Introduction Course, Arts 110A
November 14, 2007 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Use Excel sheet tabs to manage worksheets in a workbook

Posted in Did you Know? on November 12, 2007 by

In Excel, you can move, copy, rename, and colour various worksheets within a workbook. To move a worksheet, simply drag the sheet tab in the bottom to its new position. If you wish to copy an entire sheet, hold Ctrl while dragging the sheet tab, and a second identical copy of your worksheet will result in the new location. To rename a sheet, simply double-click the sheet tab and type a new name. To change the tab colour, right-click the sheet tab, choose Tab colour…, and select a new colour for the tab.
If you wish to make the identical change in all sheets, right-click a sheet and choose Select All Sheets. Go to the cell in the active sheet, make a change to a cell or range, and the same change will be translated onto all selected sheets. This applies to formatting as well as data changes to specific cells.
If you wish to select some sheets, but not all, Ctrl click on the sheet tab will select multiple sheets, and holding Shift while clicking on a sheet tab will select all sheets between the active sheet and the sheet that is clicked.

Training Schedule for the Week of November 5th

Posted in Uncategorized on November 4, 2007 by

SiRIUS (v7) General Student, John Mitchell 281
November 6, 2007 9:00 am – 11:30 am
SiRIUS (v7) General Person, John Mitchell 281
November 6, 2007 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Mac OS X – Introduction Seminar, iMac Lab Agriculture 3D85
November 6, 2007 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
UniFi – Demo (v7) ARTS 241 Neatby-Timlin Theatre
November 6, 2007 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
PAWS Developer’s Seminar – Tech Week Nov/2007, Faculty Club, Club Room
November 7, 2007 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Playing with iLife – Tech Week at the U of S – Nov, 2007, AGRIC 3D85 (iMac Lab )
November 7, 2007 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
EMAP – Integrating Media into Blackboard Quizzes, Ag Computer Lab 3D85
November 7, 2007 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
PowerPoint Instructor Workshop – Working With Multimedia, Arts 110A
November 7, 2007 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
UniFi – Demo (v7), ARTS 241 Neatby-Timlin Theatre
November 8, 2007 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Playing with iLife ’08 – Tech Week – Nov 7 9 – noon

Posted in General IT Training on November 4, 2007 by

iLife ’08 for the Mac includes major upgrades from previous versions. The iLife suite built for MacOSX includes iPhoto, iMovie, iWeb, GarageBand, iTunes and iDVD. This integrated digital lifestyle suite makes it easy to create your own tunes, play them back, add them to your own newly created movies, create a photo-book or build a DVD.
Come to the workshop in Agriculture 3D85 and play with Garage Band, iPhoto and iMovie. You will get a chance to build your own song, edit images and build your own iMovie. In the second part of the workshop, you will build a DVD from your movie, complete with themes, chapters and titles.
So, sign up at and come out and play with iLife ’08.
Visit http://www.usask.ca/technologyweek/ for information on technology week and to sign up for this workshop. At the end of the week, come for cake at the Birthday Bash, Friday, November 9th. See you there!

What is FileMaker Pro?

Posted in Did you Know? on November 4, 2007 by

FileMaker Pro is an easy-to-learn Mac and PC-compatible relational database solution that can be used for a multitude of small, medium or large-scale databases.
The FileMaker Pro client software can share databases on a limited basis (5 users or less) with other FileMaker users on the internet, or can provide limited-access web-accessible databases for non-FileMaker users. Filemaker Pro can import directly from Excel spreadsheets, and can provide you with more comprehensive ways of storing information about any object or record than is possible in a spreadsheet. Common uses for databases are: inventory systems, booking/appointment systems, call-tracking and contact management systems, and group-management systems.