By Claudia LynchBenchmarks Online Editor

Instructor-led courses are offered only by special request. Please contact an RSS member or Claudia Lynch if you are interested in taking such a class or wish to have someone offer a class for your students. SPSS and SAS courses are now offered online only. RSS staff will be still be available for consultation on those topics, however. Another class available online is Introduction to R.  Make sure and check out the RSS Matters article Statistical Resources in the November 2011 issue of Benchmarks Online.

Special classes can always be arranged with the RSS staff. Also, you can always contact the RSS staff for one-on-one consultation. Please read the FAQ before requesting an appointment though.

Especially for Faculty and Staff Members

In addition to the online statistical courses, which are available to students, faculty and staff, staff and faculty members can take courses offered through the Human Resources Department (they have a new comprehensive training curriculum), and the Center for Learning Enhancement, Assessment, and Redesign (CLEAR). Additionally, the Center for Achievement and Lifelong Learning (CALL) offers a variety of courses, usually for a small fee.

EIS training is available and expanding. Please see the article EIS Training Available Online for New Faculty & Staff in the August, 2011 issue of Benchmarks Online for further information.

Microsoft E-Learning

Microsoft E-Learning courses are now available for faculty and staff via our UNT-Microsoft Campus Agreement. Please contact Claudia Lynch at for instructions on accessing this training. If you haven't accessed the training since last year you will need to get a new access code. UNT, UNTHSC and UNTSYSTEM e-mail addresses are now able to access Microsoft E-Learning.

Microsoft Outlook Tutorials and much more 

The Enterprise Messaging and Directory Services Group has all sorts of useful information on their website, including tutorials and FAQs. The home page displays a list of their newest tutorials with tutorial topic pages displaying the most accessed pages. You can search the site for whatever you're interested via a Search Box on the left-hand side of the page.    

Central Web Support 

Consult Central Web Support for assistance in acquiring “Internet services and support.” As described on their website

CWS provides Internet services and support to UNT faculty, staff and students. Services include allocating and assisting departments, campus organizations and faculty with web space and associated applications. Additionally, CWS assists web developers with databases and associated web applications, troubleshooting problems, support and service.

CLEAR Brown Bag Seminars


CLEAR offers courses especially for Faculty Members. A list of topics and further information can be found here.

Faculty meet for lunch once a month during the Fall and Spring sessions in Chilton 245 from Noon-1 p.m for "Brown Bag Seminars"The purpose of this group is to bring faculty members together to share their experiences with distributed learning. One demonstration will be made at each meeting by a faculty member with experience in distributed learning. More information on these activities can be found at the CLEAR Website.

Click on the box below and check out the Blackboard Learn Boot Camp starting May 25:

Blackboard Learn Bootcamp


Ed2go are courses that are offered, for a fee, to UNT faculty, staff and students as well as the general public. According to the CALL website:

CALL has partnered up to provide online learning on a variety of topics. From standardized test preparation to database programming to training for libraries and their staff, there’s a variety of areas from which to choose in online learning. 

The online minicourses, provided in conjunction with Ed2go, are standardized 12-lesson modules released over a six week period. (Courses are active for eight weeks to provide some flexibility). Each module features a quiz. Lessons are instructor-led and course participants and instructor communicate through a course discussion board. Lessons can be downloaded and saved. At the end of the course there is a final quiz. A passing grade opens a window that allows students to print out a course completion certificate.

All courses are $89, and UNT faculty, staff and students may receive a $10 discount. 

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Information Security Awareness

The UNT Information Security team offers Information Security Awareness courses to all UNT faculty and staff. Topics to be covered will include workstation security, sensitive data handling, copyright infringement issues, identity theft, email security, and more.

It is a policy requirement that ALL staff take an information security course at least once a year.

Please contact Allan Anderson in ITSS Information Security if you have any questions, or would like more information about the online training. Either attending a live class or going through the online training will count towards your training requirement. You can also request a customized course to be taught for your department.

Alternate Forms of Training

Many of the General Access Labs around campus have tutorials installed on their computers. See for a list of labs and their locations. The Willis Library, for example, has a list of Tutorials and Software Support. The Library Instructional Unit also offers workshops and training, including "tech skills" training. Visit their websites for more information:

The Training Website has all sorts of information about alternate forms of training. Computer Based Training (CBT) and Web-based training are some of the alternatives offered, although due to the rising costs of training, shrinking budgets and changing technology, computer-based training at UNT is in a state of transition. For up-to-date  information on CBT at UNT, see the CBT website.

Gartner Research Services

UNT has offered Gartner Core Research Services to all UNT faculty, students, and staff since 2006. All you need to do to access the subscription is to log into the UNT Gartner portal page at Once you have logged in, you can view upcoming webinars: and listen to Gartner podcasts here: For more information about Garther Research Services, see the article Gartner Core Research Services Available to the UNT Community in the August, 2011 issue of Benchmarks Online.

State of Texas Department of Information Resources

Another possible source of training for staff and, perhaps, faculty members is the Texas Department of Information Resources. A look at their Education and Training website reveals some interesting possibilities.

New Horizons Computer Learning Centers

New Horizins is a DIR vendor, which means that state agencies, like UNT, get special pricing for their services negotiated at the State level (click here for more information about DIR vendors).  New Horizons offers courses at their own facilities in Dallas and Fort Worth, but will arrange for onsite training as well. 


New Horizons

June 7, 2012 | 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Back by popular demand, New Horizons Computer Learning Center of Dallas is opening its doors for our 5th annual technology open house, SpecTECHular!

This free event will highlight the latest in IT Process Management, Adobe and Microsoft Technologies. 

You'll be able to choose your own learning path by attending educational breakout sessions that are relevant to your specific needs. Also enjoy a complimentary lunch and be eligible to win terrific prizes!

P.S. Sessions will fill up fast so be sure to register today!