As the leaves have begun to show color, change has also occurred within the CIT Computer Training Program. As some may have noticed, the web site for the program has been redesigned to include a sleek, new look and improved functionality.
To obtain a complete listing of all courses, register for an upcoming session and review your transcript or current course status, visit http://training.cit.nih.gov. The redesigned site also offers RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds as well as the option to join a listserv (distributed monthly) so you receive notification as courses are added to the schedule. You can even see how many seats remain available in any given session and keep a transcript of the courses you have already attended.
CIT Training has also implemented a revolving term that will correspond with the fiscal year so you won’t have to wait for a new term to start before registering for courses. Once a course has been scheduled, it will be listed on the web site and sent out to members of the NIH community who have subscribed to either the RSS feeds and/or the CIT Training listserv. Most courses are free to NIH staff.
As the training program evolves, new opportunities are offered. As many know, Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, make available new opportunities for people with disabilities and encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals. To help with this initiative, CIT is currently offering sessions in creating compliant PowerPoint presentations and Word documents. Stay tuned for sessions in JAWS.
New courses being offered include: Pathogen Analysis using BEAST; Molecular Graphics: Illustrations with PyMOL, Chimera and VMD (I and II); Biomedical Illustration and Animation with Blender; and GIMP: Free Alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
Popular courses returning include: MATLAB for Scientists; Better Graphics with R; Statistical Analysis of Microarray Data; Excel 2007 Formulas and PivotTables; Office 2007 – What’s New?; QVR – Introduction, Intermediate and Advanced; ECB – Council Information Management, Advanced Project Data Administration, and Early Concurrence Data Administration; Wiki Tutorial; and Adobe Photoshop Hands On.
If you have any questions about the CIT training program, call (301) 594-6248 or email CITTraining@mail.nih.gov.