Training Resources

Learning: Design, Theories, and Facilitation

UNF's Center for Instruction & Research Technology (CIRT)

CIRT is responsible for providing resources for faculty to assist them in facilitation of learning and research through consultation, training, media services, and equipment check-out. They also offer several resources for Blackboard instruction (the medium for distance learning at UNF) including tutorials, web links, and a blog.

UNF's Office of Faculty Enhancement (OFE): Resource Library

OFE maintains an open resource library in Bulding 10, Honor's Hall, Room 1104, housing literature supporting faculty development in the roles of teacher, learner, technology innovator, and successful scholar. We also maintain a library of example dossiers to help faculty prepare for promotion and tenure. The OFE Library Catalog is available for browsing online.

VARK: A Guide to Learning Styles

This site offers a questionnaire that will help you determine your learning preference. This assessment will help you not only to understand the most effective medium for you to learn and teach, but also how differences in learning styles affect the learning process. 

Microsoft Resources for Educators, Administrators and Students

This website serves as a resource for educators, administrators, and students. Learn how Microsoft's products can assist in maximization of the teaching and learning process.

Surfing the Internet, Safe Computing, & Technology

Microsoft Windows: Exploring the Internet

This Microsoft site is a basic overview for surfing beginners. Using easy to understand language and images, this site explains what the "Internet" actually is, what you can use it for, and how to navigate the web using Internet Explorer, a common web browser from Windows. 

Microsoft Windows: Understanding Security and Safe Computing

A quick and easy guide to the Windows Security Center, how to take precautions against security threats, and tips for using email and the web safely. 

United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT): Cyber Security Tips

A partner of the Department of Homeland Security, US-CERT provides cyber security services and information to federal government and public. This site offers general information and tips on computer security with topics such as identity theft, protective passwords, virus and spyware defense, email, internet hoaxes, and much more. 

Search Engine Comparisons (UC Berkeley)

This site offers a comparison of three of the largest internet search engines with brief explanation of how search engines work. 

Evaluating Information Found on the Internet (John Hopkins University)

Virtually anyone can put information on the web, so how do you know whether the information is trustworthy? 

UNF's University Technology Committee (UTC)

The University Technology committee is a group of representatives from the campus community (including students) that meet to determine the effectiveness and efficiency of UNF's information technology services. UTC provides advice and recommendations to the University's administration and to ITS concerning IT strategic directions, operating policies, and faculty and staff IT needs, as well as serving as a liaison to the campus community and other campus committees. 

MSNBC Tech and Science

This site provides the most up to date information and news on technology and new gadgets. 

Microsoft Windows and Office Programs

Microsoft Windows Demos

If you are a visual learner, check out these demos that can help you to organize, customize, create, and problem-solve in Windows Vista. 

Microsoft Office Training

Can you believe that Microsoft offers free, self-paced training online for every Microsoft Office application? You can get general Office training such as using the Ribbon in Office 2007, learning keyboard shortcuts, and securing your files. Browse training for the programs you use most often on the job, such as Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and more. You can even download training presentations to train others in your office, plus demos, webcasts, and podcasts. 

Professional Development and Work/Life Balance

SkillSoft e-Learning

The SkillSoft e-Learning program offers thousands of free non-credit professional development courses, books and reference materials available anytime through Internet connection for faculty, staff, and students of UNF. Use SkillSoft to learn business, presentation or computer skills; supplement academic instruction and provide online learning exercises and case studies; update knowledge, skills, and abilities in Microsoft Office; or prepare for a certificate program. 

UNF's Human Resources Webpage

On the University's HR site you can find helpful information on faculty and staff benefits, management resources, workers' compensation, and links to other HR related sites such as Equal Opportunity Programs. 

UNF's Employee Assistance Program (EAP): Corporate Care Works (CCW)

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a 24-hour helpline for faculty, staff and their families who may need assistance with life, family and financial challenges. Total confidentiality and anonymity is provided to those who call the EAP for consultation. 

UNF's Child Development Resource Center

The University of North Florida Child Development Research Center (CDRC) promotes an atmosphere of creativity, freedom of choice and positive interaction with our staff and children of the University and the community. The Child Development Research Center is available to children aged 2 1/2 (if fully toilet trained) through 10, of University of North Florida students, faculty, staff and the general public. 

UNF's Employee Excellence Awards

The University of North Florida's Excellence Awards Program is administered by the Office of Human Resources and the Recognition & Rewards Committee. This program provides the University the opportunity to recognize employee contributions and services. 

Professional Networking

UNF's Administrative and Professional Association Webpage

The Administrative & Professional Association was established to foster collegial relationships among Association members to promote professionalism, creativity and leadership. The Association also serves as a forum wherein individuals may voice their ideas and concerns concerning UNF and employment. 

UNF's University Support Personnel Association (USPA)

The University Support Personnel Association (USPA) is a formal vehicle through which the University support personnel may communicate and seek solutions to common problems, concerns, and goals by formulating recommendations to the President via the Vice President for Administration and Finance. 

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is an interconnected network of experienced professionals from around the world, representing 170 industries and 200 countries. You can find, be introduced to, and collaborate with qualified professionals that you need to work with to accomplish your goals. LinkedIn allows you to showcase your professional experience, education, and recommendations to advance your career. 

UNF Web Tools

Accessibility, Visual Presence, and Photography

Follow the sidebar links on this page to learn about UNF's policies on designing web pages based on the restrictions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, UNF's color palette, and resources for photographs. 

Other Tools

Blackboard Collaborate

Can't meet face to face, but don't want to be limited by a conference call? Elluminate is a service that allows users to share a whiteboard, chat, notes, audio, and video to conduct meetings online that can be as interactive and productive as in-person meetings. It's a great way to share ideas, discuss details, and complete work together - all online. Reduce travel costs, save time, and increase productivity with a web conferencing solution that's easy to access and simple to use. 

YouTube

Add interest to presentations with video. YouTube is the largest worldwide video-sharing community. 

Windows Sidebar and Gadgets

Gadgets are easy-to-use mini programs that give you information at a glance and provide easy access to frequently used tools. Windows Sidebar helps you to organize your gadgets. This provides information on the Sidebar and Gadgets and links to the free gadget gallery.