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Spring 2014 Computer Classes

Our computer classes help UMass staff gain practical skills for work, home or in the community. Our small classes provide hands-on time to practice. You can learn new computer skills, even with little or no previous computer experience.

Computer classes meet in South College, Room 109. Classes are taught by Fran Fortino and staff assistants.

Introduction to Computers

Tuesdays, 9 to 10:45 a.m.
February 11 to March 11

Overcome your fear of computers. Start from scratch in this beginner class and you’ll learn the basic parts of a computer, how to buy one, improve keyboarding skills, and create simple documents.  We’ll also explore the wonders of the World Wide Web, and search it to find useful as well as fun information.

Digital Photography Basics

Tuesdays, 9 to 10:45 a.m.
March 25 to April 22

In this 5-week class, we will discuss camera choices, their basic use, controls, menus, and taking good digital photos for work or home. We’ll cover how to transfer your images to a computer; then crop, edit and resize them for email and websites. You’ll learn about online digital photo storage and print options as well.  Topics may be added based on participant needs. Prerequisite: participants should own or have access to a digital camera to bring to the first class.

Introduction to MS Office Pro

Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
February 11 to April 22 (No class March 18)

UMass staff can now install MS Office 2010 or 2013 Pro for Windows on their home computers (for $9.95) or free on work computers. This beginner class will get you up to speed with many new features in Office 2010/2013.  You’ll learn Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more.  We cover Word (Feb. 11–March 4) and Excel (March 11–April 8, no class March 18), then PowerPoint and MS SkyDrive web apps, as time allows (April 15 and April 22). Register for the whole class or just blocks. No previous MS Office experience is required.

Google Apps & More: UMass Cloud Computing Options

Wednesdays, 9 to 11 a.m.
February 12 to March 12

All UMass staff now have access to Apps at UMass Amherst, Google’s suite of productivity and collaboration tools customized for our campus. This app suite and others on the web make it easy to create, store, and share online calendars, documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, wherever you are.  In this 5-week how-to class, we explore the Google suite, UMass UDrive, and if time, MS Office Skydrive.  You’ll practice sharing documents and collaborating in real time, while saving time with these online options.

Adobe Acrobat Pro

Thursdays, 9 to 10:45 a.m.
February 20 to March 13

Acrobat Pro, part of the Adobe Creative Suite (available free for UMass staff) allows users to easily make PDFs, delete, extract, reorder or replace pages in a PDF, edit contents of PDFs, and more. In this 4-session class, you will learn how to use Acrobat Pro tools to create, combine, and split PDF files, to add, highlight and replace text, and insert bookmarks, comments, buttons and links. No previous Acrobat Pro experience is required.

Intermediate MS Excel

Thursdays, 9 to 10:45 a.m.
March 27 to April 24

Build on your knowledge of Excel and learn more functions and formatting tricks. This 5-week intermediate Excel class will cover more complex formulas and useful functions, cell and conditional formatting, charts, and pivot tables. You’ll learn how to format worksheets effectively, use Excel functions like IF, VLookup, and Match, analyze worksheets, and create pivot tables to make your data easier to understand. Prerequisite: basic knowledge of Excel.

Computer Courses for USA/MTA Members Only 

Two 5-week classes taught by Tingting Guo. Classes meet in 109 South College. For information, contact the USA office at 545-0165 or

Intermediate Excel

Wednesdays, 12 to 2 p.m.
February 12 to March 12

Introduction to InDesign

Wednesdays, 12 to 2 p.m.
March 26 to April 2