Fall 2018 Computer Classes

Our small computer classes provide hands-on time to practice and help you gain practical skills for work, home or in the community.  Learn new computer skills or add to those you already have, even with little previous computer experience. 

Computer classes meet in Dickinson Hall, Room 210. Classes are taught by Alex Martines and Fran Fortino, unless noted otherwise.

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Upgrade Your Skills with MS Office 365

Thursdays, 9 to 11 a.m.
October 4 to December 6 (no class November 22)

UMass jobs require more technical skills than ever before. Update your computer skills by learning how to use Office 365. It is free for all UMass staff.  Office 365, including 1 TB of online storage, can be downloaded and installed on up to five devices. This beginner class will get you up to speed with many new features in Office 365.  We’ll cover Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more. No previous MS Office experience required.

Introduction to MS Excel

Tuesdays, 9 to 11 a.m.
October 2 to October 30

This 5-week class will cover basic functions and terminology of MS Excel. You will learn worksheet data entry, editing and formatting, saving and printing options, basic formulas and functions, mail merge and some chart options. Topics may be added based on participant needs.

Intermediate MS Excel

Tuesdays, 9 to 11 a.m.
November 6 to December 4

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

Google Apps at UMass: Working in the Cloud

Tuesdays, 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
November 6 to December 4

All UMass staff get free access to Apps at UMass, Google’s online suite of productivity and collaboration tools customized for our campus. These apps make it easy to create, work together on, and share online calendars, documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and forms. In this 5--week how-to class, you learn to save time and emails while collaborating in real time. Your work is then secured on Google Drive in the Cloud.

Introduction to InDesign

Wednesdays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
October 10 to November 7

This 5-week course will help you discover robust, easy-to-use design and layout tools to create incredible flyers, brochures, and reports. With InDesign you can create a variety of documents, from single-page advertisements, to complex multi-page color publications. In this course, you’ll learn everything you need to start creating high-quality InDesign documents, including designing text and graphic layouts and readying your pages for print, PDF, or the web. No previous experience with InDesign required.

Introduction to Photoshop

Wednesdays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
November 14 to December 12

Learn the graphic design skills you need to create professional-quality flyers, photos, and images. This beginner Adobe PhotoShop class will introduce you to the essential PhotoShop tools that you can use to edit and improve photos and create attention-grabbing flyers. Topics include an overview of common toolbar features, creating images using layers, adding text to images, cropping and editing pictures, retouching and healing, and basic color correction.

HTML & CSS

Wednesdays, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
October 10 to November 7

Are you interested in understanding how websites are built? Have you heard of HTML but aren't sure what it is? Have you always wished you knew how to change the look and style of a website? If you answered "Yes!" to any of these questions, then this course is for you! In this 5-week class, you'll learn about the underlying structure of the web - HTML. You'll learn how to use HTML to create websites, as well as to edit content in Drupal or WordPress. You'll also learn how to apply styling to a website through CSS to change fonts, colors, and more. After this class, you’ll be able to build a simple website from scratch and know how to take an existing website and make it beautiful.

Exploring Mobile for Diverse Users: iOS and Android Accessibility

Thursday, Nov. 8, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Most people have a cell phone readily available. However, not many people realize the capability of their mobile devices, particularly when it comes to accessibility. There's so much more built-in than you may realize! Mobile devices have robust supports for individuals with varying needs and abilities. In this workshop, we’ll provide hands-on demos of iOS and Android accessibility features! Please bring your iPhone/iPad or Android phone/tablet. Taught by UMass Assistive Technology Center staff.

Inclusive Communication: Creating Accessible Word, PDF & PowerPoint Documents

Thursday, Dec. 6, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
UMass staff often communicate with many different constituencies. Creating accessible documents and content for your communications can be a challenge sometimes. This can directly impact how our communications are understood, or not, particularly for individuals with disabilities. Join us in learning about ways to create accessible documents and content to provide inclusion and increased access for all. Taught by UMass Assistive Technology Center staff.

UMass Web Accessibility: Learn How to Enhance the User Experience

Thursday, Dec. 13, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The goal of UMass web designers and site administrators is to create a website that is both useful and engaging, as well as accessible to as many people as possible. It is critical for web admins and developers to consider accessibility at every stage of the development process to ensure quality design for all users, regardless of ability or disability. Designing for accessibility is not only best practice, but an integral part of UMass’ inclusive web design. This workshop will cover several important topics including: (1) Introduction to Web Accessibility, (2) Top 5 Web Accessibility Concerns, and (3) Assistive Technologies for Access. Each topic will be introduced with live demonstrations and an emphasis on user impact. Taught by UMass Assistive Technology Center staff.

Computer Security Best Practices

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 11:45 to 1 p.m.
Most people have experienced some kind of computer virus, malware, slowdown, or phishing attacks. In this workshop you will learn how to identify attempts to gain access to your computer or your personal information, and how to troubleshoot security problems. The information presented will help you to protect information on your computer, your phone, or other mobile devices. Co-taught with UMass IT Services.

How to Apply for UMass Jobs with PageUp

Thursday, Nov. 29, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Starting this fall, UMass has a new online job application program called PageUp. All job applicants will have to use PageUp to apply to any positions at UMass. In this workshop you will learn how to use PageUp to apply for your next UMass job. We’ll answer your questions and provide useful handouts. Co-taught with UMass IT Services.

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