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Computer Training Update

The Department of Information Technology would like to thank the community for their support of the IT computer training program.

In the fall, we offered 3 levels of MS Excel 2010, MS Access 2010, MS Visio 2010, and MS Project 2010.  We also had an introductory technical session for MS Outlook 2010, preparing IT professionals for our email migration.  In total, nearly 100 staff members took part in training, and we filled 88% of the available seats.

We are currently working on a spring training schedule.  We will offer a significant amount of half day Microsoft Outlook 2010 quick start classes. They will be scheduled around departmental migrations to the new email platform.  As a result of community suggestions we also plan on offering Level 4 of Microsoft Excel, which includes training in Visual Basic to create custom macros.

If you have suggestions for courses please contact Deane Eastwood, Assistant IT Director at 432-3613, by January 20, 2011.

We also encourage the community to explore our new work stations in the Instructional Computing Facility.  These work stations provide full access to thousands of self-paced training videos on a variety of computer topics from Microsoft titles to social media websites such as LinkedIN, Twitter, Facebook, and many of Google’s offerings. online training library available in Kresge LL19

The Department of Information Technology is pleased to announce a new training option for the community.  The Instructional Computing Facility has added two stations to the computer laboratory in Kresge LL19. offers thousands of high-quality training courses on hundreds of software packages.  The training libraries are organized so users can take entire courses (e.g., Excel for Mac 2011 Essential Training) or can search by topic (e.g., pivot tables in Microsoft Excel).  Topics range from beginner to advanced in complexity.  They also range from common software titles to more technical topics.

There are more than 200 titles for the Mac, a growing area of training need at HSPH.

Headphones are available for check out from ICF staff members from 9 am to 5 pm.  We encourage people to bring their own headphones or ear buds.  The laboratory is open 24-7.

Additional Information

Example Courses

Business Productivity

  • Windows 7
  • Microsoft Office 2010 titles including dozens of titles on MS Excel
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Filemaker Pro
  • Google/Gmail


  • LionOS
  • Microsoft Office 2011 titles
  • IMovie
  • Keynote


  • CSS
  • AJAX
  • JQuery
  • HTML5
  • WordPress
  • Drupal
  • Adobe ColdFusion


  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Final Cut Pro
  • IMovie
  • Youtube

Social Media

  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Facebook

Space remains in Monday’s training courses

Space remains in Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2010 and Introduction to Microsoft Visio 2010.

These two courses begin on Monday, October 31, 2011 with half day sessions.  The sample class outline may be found on the training site.

Sign up today!

Thank you to the community for signing up for other fall computer courses.  The rest of the offerings are sold out.

Mac Training Offered by Harvard's Tech Products and Services Group

Harvard’s Technology Products and Services and its partner vendors collaborate to bring you free and informative workshops. Topics cover the latest hardware gadgets to productive software for Mac and Windows PC users.

Harvard students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

Pizza will be provided at the workshops. Seating is limited, please register by sending an email to Andree Mendes at

Workshop Location: Campus Computer Store located at the Science Center, Room B11


Wednesday, Oct. 26th, 12pm-1pm: iPad and Beyond
Go beyond the basics with your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch in this workshop. Learn about multitasking, push notifications, copy/paste, and how to pair Bluetooth devices. Discover some great apps for iOS like iBooks, GarageBand, iMovie, and iWork. And we’ll show you how easy it is to print from your device with AirPrint and stream media using AirPlay–wirelessly.

Tuesday, Nov. 8th, 12pm-1pm: OS X Lion
OS X Lion is an even more powerful and refined version of the world’s most advanced operating system which is faster, more reliable, and even easier to use. It offers hundreds of enhancements, out-of-the-box support for Microsoft Exchange, and new core technologies that take advantage of the powerful hardware in a Mac. In this workshop we’ll show you the new and refined features that make OS X Lion better than ever. Learn about LaunchPad and Mission Control and how to set these up on your Mac.

Thursday, Nov. 17th, 1pm-2pm: Welcome to Mac
A general introduction to Mac OS X Lion covering new and basic features such as navigating and organizing your files with Finder. Learn how to download new apps with the Mac App Store, and how to migrate files from another Mac or Windows PC and keep them backed up.

Tuesday, Nov. 22nd, 12pm-1pm: iPhoto-Managing and Distributing your own Digital Content
Find out how easy it is to organize, enhance, and share your entire digital photo collection using iPhoto. You¹ll learn new ways to make your photos look their best with professional-quality image adjustment tools. We’ll also show you how to create impressive prints, photo books, calendars, and cards – all with your own photos.

Wednesday, Dec. 7th, 12pm-1pm: iMovie
iMovie lets you make a great movie. We¹ll show you how to give your movie a professional look in seconds with Apple-designed themes. And you’ll learn how to use the new Precision Editor to refine every shot. iMovie offers new ways to organize and browse your videos.

Wednesday, Dec. 7th, 1pm-2pm: Apple for the Holidays
Confused on which Apple product to purchase this holiday? This presentation will provide an overview of Apple’s mobile and desktop products. Learn about the differences between content viewing and content creation. Products reviewed will include iPod nanos, iPod touch, iPhones, iPads, Apple Laptops, iMacs, Mac Mini and Apple TV!

Thursday, Dec. 15th, 1pm-2pm: Computer Safety and Security
How to prevent the worst from happening to your computer. This workshop will cover data recovery and loss prevention. Find out how secure are your passwords and a review of safe computing practices.

Thursday, Jan. 19th, 1pm-2pm: iPad and Me
Come and learn about the revolutionary iPad! Learn how to set-up the basic features of your iPad including syncing and backing up your data. Discover the App Store and see how easy it is to download iPad applications from the iTunes Store.

Seating is limited, please register by sending an email to Andree Mendes at

Additional Intermediate Excel 2010 Class Added

Due to heavy demand from the HSPH community, the Department of Information Technology is please to offer another helping of Microsoft Excel 2010 as part of the fall 2011 training program.

Intermediate Excel 2010 will be offered on Thursday, November 17 in Kresge LL10 from 9 am to 4 pm.

To sign up for courses and to view course descriptions, please visit:


Fall 2011 Computer Training Schedule

Brush up on your analytical and project management skills this fall!

The Department of Information Technology is pleased to offer our fall computer training series for faculty, staff, and researchers.

Fall 2011 courses include:

  • Introductory MS Excel 2010
  • Intermediate MS Excel 2010
  • Advanced MS Excel 2010
  • Introduction to MS Project 2010
  • Introduction to MS Access 2010 (2-day course)
  • Introduction to MS Visio 2010

The courses are offered free of charge and are conveniently located in the Kresge LL10 computer laboratory.  Courses are taught by New Horizons, HSPH’s training partner, and include an excellent workbook.

To sign up for courses and to view course descriptions, please visit:

Sign Up Early!  Classes have been consistently selling out.

Microsoft Software

Please be reminded that Microsoft Office 2010 is available to HSPH faculty, staff, and researchers free of charge for installation on Harvard-owned machines.  Please contact the HSPH Helpdesk, 432-HELP for further information.

Additional Computer Training Opportunities

The Harvard Center for Workplace Development offers courses in Cambridge on a variety of topics, including Adobe In-Design, Illustrator, and Photoshop; MS Access, FileMaker, and MS Office.  Please visit for additional information and registration.

Look for additional HSPH training announcements and opportunities later this fall on new products such as Confluence wiki and Qualtrics online survey software, as well as a new online training option in our Instructional Computing Facility.

If you have suggestions for future training courses, please contact Deane Eastwood, Assistant IT Director, 432-3613,

Thank you,
Department of Information Technology

Spring Computer Training Dates

We are pleased to offer a spring series of computer training courses this March, April, and May for HSPH faculty and staff.  The courses are offered free of charge and are conveniently located in Kresge Building computer laboratories.

We are offering a few new courses this spring based on feedback and interest from faculty and staff.  We have added Advanced Microsoft Excel 2007 to the spring training schedule due to the popularity of Intermediate Excel 2007.  There will also be two classes of Intermediate Excel offered.  Additionally, we have added Microsoft Visio 2007 training.  Visio is a program that allows you to draw diagrams, flow charts, and organizational charts.  It can be installed free of charge on Harvard-owned machines (and at a low cost on home computer) as part of the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement. Finally, we’ve added another 2-day course of Microsoft Access 2007 based on the popularity of the fall’s course, which was completely full.

Spring courses include:

  • New Features of Microsoft Office 2007 (multiple sessions)
  • Intermediate MS Excel 2007 (multiple sessions)
  • Advanced MS Excel 2007
  • Introduction MS Access 2007 (2-day course)
  • MS Visio 2007

Kresge LL10 training classroom
These courses are sponsored by the Information Technology Department and the Office of Human Resources. If you have further questions, please contact Deane Eastwood, Assistant IT Director, 432-3613.

Courseware/iSite Training Sessions

We will be holding two iSites trainings sessions for course administrators, faculty and teaching assistants.  The dates and times are:

  • Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Kresge 209
  • Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 10 am to 11 am, Kresge 209

The training session will cover:

  • how to login and administer the course site,
  • an introduction to topic box types and how to edit them (examples of topic box types include announcements, course documents, text areas and images), and
  • how to modify the layout of the course site through design view. 

Limited seating is available. 
Please RSVP to Michael DeMarco at to reserve a spot in a training session.