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University of Missouri-Columbia   Extension Technology and Computer Services—ETCS

February 1999
 Vol. 16, No. 2

A Technology Newsletter for Extension Specialists



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New Computer Training Opportunities
by Bill McFarland and Kristie Sapp

Extension Technology and Computer Services is introducing several options available for learning about your computer applications. Since we know we don’t all learn in the same way, or have the same opportunities to attend instructor led training, we are introducing some new ways for Extension users to learn about their computers. These new opportunities include training manuals in your offices, Interactive TV training classes at your regional TCRC, CD-ROM based training materials, and Web based training courses. We will still be offering hands-on classroom training here at ETCS, and your RITS may be offering training in your region. ETCS class schedules will be advertised, as always, in each Inner Circuits newsletter.

Web based Courses

We want all of you who want to learn about our standard computer applications to have more opportunities to fit in some computer training. To combat the problems associated with leaving the office to go to training, we are bringing a series of training opportunities to your office. Using Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer, go to, and follow the directions on the Web page. When prompted for a username and password, you must use the username and password you use to logon to the Extension domain (when you turn on your computer in the morning). Since all the counties are now networked, each of our Extension users should have a username and password that will work here.

This is a new method of learning called Web Based Training. We are offering courses that the University has purchased for all campuses for Office 97 on this website. These courses are from a company called CBT and can be accessed at any time from your desktop workstation, or any computer on the Internet. Now you can take computer courses right at your desk without having to be away from the office. These courses are designed so that the user can take part of the course for 10 minutes and then come back in an hour or days later and take a little more. These courses are self-paced.

Build your Lego collection as you learn. Each time you complete a CBT course and score at least 70 or better on the test you will receive your very own Lego block with a label indicating the the title of the course. Proudly display your collection as your knowledge of these applications grow. When someone walks into your office and sees the Legos they will know you've been improving your computer skills.

CD-ROM Courses

If Web training is not for you, then maybe a CD with the same courses on it will work better. These CD's will be made available to each county office and will contain 25 CBT titles. There will be an instruction booklet included with these CD's. The instruction booklet will tell you how to install the courses and receive credit for these courses as well. You will be able to get the Lego Certificates for these courses. We are giving you the tools to build better computer skills and we will also be giving you the blocks to build a tower representative of your learning.

Training Manuals from InfoSource

Another option being made available to individuals unable to attend instructor led classes is the actual classroom training manuals. The University has purchased the licenses from InfoSource for Office 97 training materials to be used for training faculty and staff. Extension has printed copies of 5 titles: Introduction to Word, Introduction to Excel, Introduction to PowerPoint, Intermediate Word, and Advanced Word. These manuals will be distributed to each county office. These courses will be able to be taken right at your own desk, complete with the course training files. These course training files are available for download from the ETCS share directory S:/MUCampus/ETCS/TrainingMaterials/InfoSource. You may then take the course, using the material that was presented in the classroom, at any time that is convenient. Lego Certificates will also be given to those who chose to take courses in this way. There are follow-up exercises in these books and selected files can be e-mailed to ETCS for Lego credit.

In addition to this variety of training opportunities we plan to offer sections of training courses via the TCRCs and eventually via the desktop conferencing application, Netmeeting. These opportunities will be outlined in the next Inner Circuits.

You may try the web based training immediately. Go to The CD-ROMs and training manuals are available from your RITS. Watch for tips in using these resources and more training options in future Inner Circuits.



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