Improve your IT Skills while you are a Sussex member

With the end of Term fast approaching and thoughts turning to the summer, and perhaps working, I’d like to recommend you invest some time in your IT skills. Feeling more in control will relieve stress and frustration and hopefully make you more confident to face that Excel data analysis task you have or help designing that poster.

There are a range of Free training resources available to staff and students

  • LinkedIn Learning – Up your skill level in areas such as Excel, Adobe Photoshop, Interview Technique using the thousands on quality online videos. Completed courses show on your LinkedIn profile if you choose to. Courses can even be downloaded to watch offline so no need to gobble that data allowance.
  • Free short Webinars delivered by the IT Services Training Team give a fast track to essential skills and raise awareness of product features with an opportunity to ask an expert. Sign up for a live session or watch on demand on our Canvas page
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DateTime FromCourse
Fri 07 May12.00Word – Using Automatic Table of contents & Footnotes for your Thesis and Dissertation – webinar
Mon 10 May12.00Excel for Beginners – webinar
Mon 10 May16.00PowerPoint Running a slick presentation – webinar
Tue 11 May12.00Microsoft Teams – Meeting Top Tips – webinar (staff and PG students only)
Tue 11 May15.00Excel Pivot Tables – webinar
Wed 12 May12.00Box – Getting to grips with Box file storage – webinar (staff only)
Fri 14 May11.00Word – Complex page numbering for your Thesis and Dissertation – webinar
Fri 14 May14.00Microsoft Teams Essentials Workshop – webinar (staff and PG students only)
Fri 21 May11.00Excel Working with data lists – webinar
Tue 25 May11.00Word – Using Automatic Table of contents & Footnotes for your Thesis and Dissertation – webinar
Tue 25 May15.00Excel Introduction to Functions – webinar
Wed 26 May14.00Work smarter and faster with Microsoft Teams – webinar demo (staff and PG students only)
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The six morning habits of high performers

Hundreds of people at Sussex log in to LinkedIn Learning every week, and lately one of the most popular courses has been The Six Morning Habits of High Performers:

How you begin the day can have a huge impact on how you feel and what you get done. Check out this course for some great advice!

Never logged into LinkedIn Learning? Set up your free account here.

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Quick tip! My top dozen Favourite Keystrokes

There are so many times when you are working on a PC and moving your hand to the mouse slows you down. That’s when I employ my keystrokes instead.

Here are my top dozen keystrokes for use on a PC – bakers dozen that is …

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Quick tip! Duplicate your browser tab

Ever been on a webpage when you need to go back to check something on a previous page but don’t want to lose this page?  Well you can! Right click on the Tab at the top and select Duplicate from the menu. You now have two identical tabs. Use the back button to return to the previous page.

Duplicate your browser tab by right clicking on the tab and selecting Duplicate
Duplicate you browser tab. Right click the tab and select Duplicate
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Microsoft free Events

Microsoft offer a extensive range of free events aimed at IT and business professionals, educators to enable them to extend their expertise. View the Events Catalogue or Browse by Category Join the Events Live or, for a limited time, watch many of the pre-recorded sessions.

Microsoft Global Events page with titles of Game Stack Live, Accenture and Microsoft Business Applications Summit
Microsoft Free Online Events

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New Webinar Dates Released

The IT Services Training Team have released the dates for their free webinars. Join us for Word, Excel and the two newly added PowerPoint sessions PowerPoint Quick Start and PowerPoint – Running a slick presentation.

With the end of the year approaching and interviews on the horizon make sure your PowerPoint skills keep you confident when delivering your presentations. If you can’t make the date then most webinars are recorded – see our Canvas site for information

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LinkedIn Learning – Download and listen on the go

If you are travelling over Easter then why not take a LinkedIn Learning course with you? Install the LinkedIn Learning app on your mobile device, login and find yourself a course to download. It could be that a relaxation technique course (Relax your Brain or Wrist Massage) or a podcast on How to rock an interview would make an interesting change. Or there is photography or song writing. LinkedIn Learning is free to Sussex Students and Staff.

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Download a LinkedIn Learning course and read anywhere
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For sign in information see the IT Services LinkedIn Learning page

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Chrome now instantly captions audio and video on the web

The live subtitles feature has now been extended to the Chrome browser. What a great accessibility tool and really useful to anyone with hearing loss or who prefer not to wear headphones. With Accessibility by Design now featuring prominently with many software manufacturers these features are becoming so much more widespread. Thanks to Phil Vincent sharing from his Twitter site and thanks Google.

“Google is expanding its real-time caption feature, Live Captions, from Pixel phones to anyone using a Chrome browser, as first spotted by XDA Developers. Live Captions uses machine learning to spontaneously create captions for videos or audio where none existed before, and making the web that much more accessible for anyone who’s deaf or hard of hearing.” The Verge

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PowerPoint live subtitles – it can even translate!

PowerPoint in Microsoft 365 has live subtitles built in. Use when you are sharing a presentation so everyone can enjoy it. Brilliant for when your audience are struggling to hear, have no headphones or have noisy neighbours!

Choose where they appear on the screen. You can even set the subtitles to appear in a different language than you are speaking! Voila!

You will find the Always Use Subtitles option on the Slide Show ribbon.

Information available from Microsoft or watch a course on LinkedIn Learning.

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Speedily turn your phone into a scanner using Microsoft Lens

Have you joined the people who have discovered Microsoft Lens? Now it’s improved! Snap the whiteboard, page of a book or magazine, text on a screen, document or even handwritten notes with your phone camera, choose what file type you want and voila. It’s just like having a scanner built into your phone. Why retype when you can simply take the photo. Save it to your Office Lens folder on OneDrive and you can access from anywhere. Give it a go, download the app today.

More information: Lens for Android / Lens for iPhone

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