Training courses

IT Services provides training courses that are open to University of Birmingham staff, students and researchers and are provided at no charge to members of the University.

Courses on Offer:

The areas below include links to dates, booking forms and further details of course content.

 

SharePoint Team Sites

Departments, research groups, project teams and committees from across the University can use Team Sites as their platform for collaboration, sharing documents, discussion and announcements, and for project planning.

To see a team site in action and also find out more information on what other functionality Team sites can offer go to https://collaborate.bham.ac.uk/it/training (requires UoB login)

Please be aware sessions are conducted on a bi monthly basis and we would advise that all staff attend at least the introductory course or visit the online training area prior to working with SharePoint. Go to the Training calendar for up to date Training sessions and to book onto a course (requires UoB login)

 

 End user - classroom based

This training session will be more suited to those that want to learn more about using Team Sites and the SharePoint interface.

  • Introduction to SharePoint: How it could be useful to your team, what other systems it integrates with, Site hierarchy navigation and layout.
  • Information Pages: Access all of your Team/Department information in one place.
  • Introduction to Document Libraries: Uploading and editing files easily with automatic version and permission controls and integrated Office features.
  • Using Discussion Boards and Newsfeeds: Making communicating with other team members simpler.
  • Using shared Calendars: View notable dates e.g. closed days and sync these to your outlook calendar.
  • Using Task lists and Announcements: See how these features will allow you to share information with visitors to your site on when the next meetings are scheduled who tasks are assigned to and much more.

Initial SharePoint Training can be followed on with Site Owner and Workshop Sessions

Go to the Training calendar for up to date Training sessions and to book onto a course (requires UoB login)

Site Owner classroom based

Following on from the End User training session

?This training session is suitable for those of you that already have a Team Site and want to customise the features as well as using the interface.

  • Create and customise pages: Learn how you can create and add content to your pages including text, images, videos, without the need for approval which can then be shared with others to read or to edit.
  • Managing Document Libraries: Create and use folders, sort and filter with columns, create custom views of items in the library, and restrict access to a library or document. Also learn how to allow multiple people can author a document simultaneously.
  • Setting Alerts and Permissions: Using SharePoint to automate processes reducing the need to send email updates and allowing restricting or limiting access to sites/pages/libraries/documents.
  • Using built in Apps: Use these features:
  • For easy transfer of data into a format that everyone can edit and view simultaneously.
  • Discuss and communicate ideas effectively without the need for Email.
  • Collaborate on projects and work together on content.

Go to the Training calendar for up to date Training sessions and to book onto a course (requires UoB login)

Managing a document library

These workshops are shorter sessions aimed at users that have attended End user and Site Owner training and would like to access more advanced properties within the document library such as:

  • Managing permissions to a document library
  • Managing permissions to a document
  • Managing views
  • Applying filters
  • Creating folders
  • Folders vs Tags

Go to the Training calendar for up to date Training sessions and to book onto a course (requires UoB login)

Managing permissions

These workshops are shorter sessions aimed at users that have attended End user and Site Owner training and would like to learn how to set more advanced permissions on their Team Site:

  • Inheriting permissions
  • Disinheriting permissions
  • Managing permissions to a document library
  • Managing permissions to a document
  • Managing permissions to a single page
  • Creating permission groups

Go to the Training calendar for up to date Training sessions and to book onto a course (requires UoB login)

OCS

Office Communicator OCS is a unified communications application that helps staff be more productive by enabling them to communicate and collaborate easily with others in different locations using a range of different communication options

OCS classroom based

How to make the most out of Office Communicator: A step-by-step hands-on workshop. Please note that this course is for staff only, as students cannot log into the software. It is recommended that you attend as a team or with several colleagues in order to get the most out of this training session.

By the end of this course participants should be able to:

  • Understand what the 'Status Indicator' does
  • Use instant messaging in OCS
  • Start a Video Conference
  • Share your desktop live
  • Share files live
  • Create Groups of contacts

Go to the Office Communicator courses for up to date Training sessions and to book onto a course

OCS Online Training

For online materials: Go to the Online training pages for printable guides and short training video courses

 High Performance Computing 

Specialist IT support is available for research related computation and associated activities at the University and is provided by a dedicated team of Postgraduate Researchers in each faculty together with teams in IT Services.

Training is offered in the following areas:

Please view individual pages to book or view up and coming courses through the Training Booking system

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

OpenFoam

Matlab

ABAQUS

Please see the BEAR pages for more information about the services, including research computing clubs and training.

 Web Editing

Contensis Content Management System (CMS)

Contensis is the name of the Content Management System (CMS) which is used to produce the external University web pages as well as the Intranet site. These are maintained by IT services application teams who provide training and guidance on using the CMS. For training requests, more information and FAQ’s please follow the links below.

http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/websupport/contensis-training-request-form.aspx

https://intranet.birmingham.ac.uk/it/services/web-services/training-support/index.aspx

 

More about IT Services training

We engage in consultations with staff, researchers and students across the University using IT Services such as SharePoint, OCS, Office 365 and Canvas to offer improvements, making Team working and communications easier. We also develop communication packages, user guides, e-learning programmes and classroom and online training courses to aid staff and students in making the transition towards new services.

 

 

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