In this issue we embrace our techy sides.
We can all improve our IT skills! The majority of us are self-taught, and while that’s absolutely fine, it often means that we’re not realising the full potential of all the fantastic software we have available to us.
Queen’s has recognised this and is piloting a three-year project that will allow staff and faculty to access literally thousands of step-by-step tutorial videos on hundreds of topics.
Lynda is a training website for anyone looking to improve their knowledge of common software packages, learn a new skill (for business, or just to be a little more creative) and stay informed of the latest technological changes. The site is usually only available through a subscription fee, but can be accessed 100% free of charge by anyone with a Queen’s Net ID.
If you do not currently have a Net ID and would like one, don’t panic! Please contact BiscIT@bisc.queensu.ac.uk and they will be more than happy to get you started. A Net ID is merely a username and a password, similar to your email account, and all staff and faculty are entitled to one.
Once you are logged in, Lynda will save the videos you have watched, suggest playlists based on the topics that interest you, and even allow you to create your own playlists so that you can design your own learning path. You can learn at your own pace, at work, at home, or even on the bus via Lynda’s mobile apps.
The left-hand column of this screengrab gives an idea of some of the areas of interest covered by Lynda:
Faculty members might be interested to note that there are a range of teaching tools and entire playlists dedicated to professional development for educators. Whatever your role at the Castle however, we recommend you click here for a comprehensive list of every subject covered.
Learn to be a better photographer, how to animate your drawings, or just how to get started with Microsoft Office. The Castle Drum simply cannot recommend this resource highly enough… and did we mention, it’s completely free? If you have a Net ID, click here to get started.
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