IU continues IT Training workshops at no cost to faculty and staff
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 12, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- University Information Technology Services (UITS) has announced that IU faculty and staff can continue taking advantage of information technology workshops at no cost. The decision comes on the heels of record-breaking enrollment for the program, which offers instructor-led sessions on topics such as Adobe and Microsoft applications, web development, and programming.
"Staff and faculty enrollment for spring 2012 is already more than six times greater than that for the entire spring 2011 semester," said Associate Vice President for Learning Technologies Stacy Morrone. "This high demand prompted UITS to look into funding an extension. Thanks to the efforts of the UITS Expenditure Review Committee, we were able to reallocate funds and continue empowering staff and faculty to update and expand their skills in the latest technologies."
UITS's Expenditure Review Committee is constantly evaluating IT services provided to the IU community, and identifying ways to deliver them more efficiently. This process also allows UITS to fund new initiatives that benefit students, faculty, and staff.
Deb Allmayer, human resources officer at Indiana University, said, "Professional development is vital to the growth of our educators and staff. However, many departments lack the funds to make this possible, so individuals have to pay for workshops out-of-pocket. The extension of UITS IT Training's workshop offering removes this barrier, and makes it easier for IU personnel to continue developing the skills they need to be productive and successful."
UITS IT Training has held 355 workshops this semester, compared to 211 in spring 2011. Team members have also taught workshops at two regional campuses, and hosted specially scheduled sessions for IU departments, classes, and groups.
Members of the IU community who cannot take advantage of in-person workshops due to scheduling conflicts can sign up for UITS IT Training's live online sessions. Topics include eTexts, ePortfolio, OneNote, HTML5, IUanyWARE, and digital magazine publishing. All sessions are recorded and available for later viewing.
This new service also plays a significant role in helping the university achieve Action 26 of Empowering People, IU's Strategic Plan for IT. The item calls for IU to develop innovative programs that consider user preferences and learning styles to advance the IT skills of faculty, staff, and students.
To view the summer 2012 workshop schedule, visit: ittraining.iu.edu.