Who Are You Going to Call?
A good place to start to look for help is the CyberSemester web site, http://socrates.berkeley. edu/~cybersem/. On the opening page are links to help faculty create instructional web sites.
Another good place to go, especially when you aren't quiet sure what you are exactly after, is the campus's computing resources web page: http://www-resources.berkeley.edu/nhpcomputing/.
Try a Free Saturday Walk-in Class
Information Systems and Technology offers three series of computer training classes this spring to Berkeley students, faculty and staff
Free walk-in courses offer training on specific Macintosh and PC software. They are taught on Saturdays by IS&T staff. There is no registration. Classes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Since there is room for only about 20 students per class, it pays to arrive early.
For example, on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. you can learn beginning Microsoft Excel 5.0 for the Macintosh. Or, how about an overview of the "Information Superhighway" on Saturday, March 8 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. for those using Windows on their PC.
For all classes, you must show proof of campus affiliation and bring a blank 3.5-inch double-density disk.
For a complete listing of courses and the dates and times offered, see http://wss-www.berkeley.edu/facility/classes.html.
CAL PACT Classes Benefit Staff
Berkeley staff members can also get free computer training from the CAL PACT (CAL People and Computer Training) program. It was developed to raise the basic computer skills level for all users in conjunction with the new Berkeley Administrative Initiatives being implemented across campus.
It offers classes on computer core competencies, such as computer basics, the Berkeley computing environment and Internet resources.
It also provides classes in computer skills such as Windows 95, Excel, Word and Eudora.
Most classes run about two hours and are held on campus. For example, classes on Excel, the spreadsheet program often used on campus, are broken into segments so you can start at your skill level.
Departmental system administrators or training coordinators who want to schedule CAL PACT classes exclusively for their staff (10 or more employees) can email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Marissa Peck Comins at 642-0559 to set up an appointment. These sessions are also free.
Charting the Library Across Cyberspace
The Library is offering a two-hour course on March 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. in 350 C Moffitt Library to help faculty and staff learn about digital library resources.
World Wide Web classes and library research workshops are scheduled through the spring semester, with a class of one kind or the other offered almost every day.
Also this semester, the Library will roll out its CyberLib, the web version of the GLADIS online library catalog, and in March you can check out the new Digital Music Network.
For the latest on the "cyberlibrary," including class schedules, visit the Library's CyberSemester web page at http://library.berkeley.edu/CyberSemester/.
Almost everyone glued to their computers wonders after a while what's a healthy practice and what's not. The campus offers a variety of health information about video display terminal use.
An overview of computer ergonomics, including a detailed diagram and check list, is available from the University Health Services web at http://www.uhs.berkeley.edu/FacStaff/Ergonomics/erguser.html.
Health*Matters, 643-4646, also offers VDT workstation evaluations in a four-hour training class for staff responsible for departmental VDT workstations.
For advice or consultation on workstation evaluations, contact the Occupational Health Program, 642-1553.
For VDT workstation modifications and ergonomic workstation furniture and accessories, contact Campus Supply, 642-1073.
Pregnant workers can get assistance on how to modify their VDT work practices from the Occupational Health Clinic, 642-9046. Medical and vision care is also available from the clinic, 642-6891.