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Lynda.com access extended through Oct. 2012

Embracing technology as a tool in extending the reach of our programs and expanding the information we make available is one of the core principles of our Michigan State University Extension redesign process. Sometimes I know I get a bit nervous when called upon to learn something new. And I always assume there’s a lot more I could do with this software than I know how to use. In these cases, “embracing technology” is more like a weak handshake than a hardy hug. Fortunately, MSU Libraries, Computing and Technology offers some help to put you and technology on friendlier terms.

 In a previous Spotlight article, I mentioned lynda.com. MSU provides this online resource to MSU and MSU Extension staff members free of charge. You can access lynda.com with your MSU NetID.

 Software training on the site covers everything from Access to YouTube. Do you have trouble using track changes in Microsoft Word? There’s a video that explains that. Don’t know what it means when someone asks you to send a “high res JPEG”? View a video to help you with photography terminology. You’re bound to find an answer to at least some of your technology challenges with this extensive selection of instructional videos.

 The great news is that MSU has extended access for another year through Oct. 15, 2012. So click on train.msu.edu/lynda and learn something new!

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Online library proves to be a great resource

Michigan State University has provided MSU Extension staff members free access to lynda.com, an extensive online library containing more than 53,000 video tutorials on a wide range of software. Topics include Adobe applications, Microsoft Office, multimedia, Web design and much more. Click here for more information on how to log in with your MSUNet ID. You may need to download a free plug-in to be able to view the video tutorials.

 Information on system requirements and other technical details are available at lynda.com/support. More lynda.com information is available here. If you have additional questions, please contact the Academic Technology Services (ATS) Help Desk at 517-432-6200.

 Lela Vandenberg, senior Extension specialist, recommends the site. Said Lela, “I’ve started learning more about PowerPoint and Excel, and I appreciate the course outlines and the short lessons – a little a day goes a long way!”

 Take advantage of this great resource and beef up your technology skills.


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