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FAST

Address:
Peoples Building Room 40
690 S. Church Street
West Chester, PA 19382



Email: FAST@wcupa.edu

Course Offerings

FAST offers classes on a variety of programs and topics, shaped to fit your personal needs. Beginner Classes Beginner Class introduce the topic, build a strong foundation, and provide users with a better understanding of the overall functionality of the program. Once familiar with the basics of each topic, FAST provides Advanced Classes Advanced Class for those who wish to expand their knowledge.

Explore the tabs below to learn more about each course. Once you have found a course you may be interested in, please view the training schedule to see when the next available class is offered. You can register right from the calendar by clicking on the "Register for this session" link in the course description.

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  • Beginner ClassBasic SAP Navigation

    Training Materials | Finance and Budget Reports Website

    This Basic SAP Navigation online training session is a prerequisite for obtaining a SAP user ID which allows access to the SAP Financial system. Only employees who, as part of their official duties and responsibilities, are required to access budget, financial, and procurement information or to process purchasing requisitions should complete this online session. Click here to access SAP Basic Navigation online training in SharePoint.

  • Beginner ClassBuilding Classes in PeopleSoft

    Course Outline | Course Outline

    This course building work shop will teach academic department class builders how to build courses, provide tips for building, and update them on any changes that may have taken place with PeopleSoft.

  • Beginner ClassIntroduction to PeopleSoft: Faculty

    Course Outline | Course Outline | Course Handout

    During this session you will learn how to view faculty workloads, class rosters, student records, student advisement information, on-line grading and much more. Participation in this class is a requirement for account and security privileges.

  • Beginner ClassIntroduction to PeopleSoft: Staff

    Course Outline | Course Outline | Course Handout

    You will learn how to navigate the Student Services Center, obtain information on Work/Study students within your department, class information -- including faculty work schedules and rosters, and how to run departmental reports. Participation in this class is a requirement for account and security privileges.

  • Beginner ClassSAP BI Financial / Budget Reports

    Course Outline | Course Outline

    Training Materials | Finance and Budget Reports Website

    Our Business Intelligence (BI) reporting system allows users to access detailed information about all accounting and budget transactions … actual expenses, requisitions, purchase orders, budget transactions, vendor payment information, etc. that impact their SAP fund centers. Reporting information is available for Fiscal Year 2007 through the current fiscal year.

    Only a fund center manager or an official designee should register for this session. BI accounts will only be issued to those individuals completing a training session.

  • Advanced ClassPeopleSoft: Department Chair / Academic Secretary Training

    Course Outline | Course Outline | Course Handout

    The Department Chair / Academic Secretary session offers advanced training for newly appointed Chairs and Academic Secretaries. You will learn how to Add/Drop/Swap and Override courses; assign students to/or change an Advisor; and run departmental reports including graduation applicants for a department and degree progress reports.

  • Advanced ClassBI Reporting To 

    Training Materials | Finance and Budget Reports Website

    Do you have some specific questions about using the SAP BI reports? Don't want to sit through an entire class again? Then this is the place for you. Just "drop in" for a few minutes to cover your specific questions and then "drop out" when you are comfortable with the answers. Questions will be answered on a "first come ~ first served" basis.

    Note: For existing BI users only. New users must take the full intro class.

  • Advanced ClassSAP Requisition Training

    Course Outline | Course Outline

    Training Materials | Finance and Budget Reports Website

    A requisition is a document requesting the purchase of goods or services. Electronic requisitioning empowers employees to create and manage their own requisitions while making the procurement process both faster and more responsive. Requisitions are electronically routed to Purchasing and Contract Services for the issuance of purchase orders. This electronic purchase requisitioning class covers how to create and manage purchase requisitions. Only employees who, as part of their official duties and responsibilities, are required to purchase goods or services should take this session (pre-approval of appropriate cost center manager is required).

    PREREQUISITE: SAP Basic Navigation (available online)

  • Beginner ClassCreating Forms in Adobe Acrobat X

    Course Outline | Course Outline | Course Handout

    Learn how to create simple fillable forms that users can save, print or submit back to you via email.

  • Beginner ClassIntroduction to Contribute

    Course Outline | Course Outline | Course Handout

    Contribute is a simple word editor that allows you to add tables, images, links, modify fonts, colors, etc. to web pages without ever viewing the code!

  • Beginner ClassIntroduction to Dreamweaver

    Course Outline | Course Outline | Course Handout

    Expand your web design knowledge. Experience how simple it is to create and manage a professional web site using Adobe Dreamweaver. You will gain a basic understanding of this web development application.

  • Beginner ClassIntroduction to Illustrator

    Course Outline | Course Outline | Course Handout

    Learn how to start creating your own logos, icons, charts and more with Adobe Illustrator. This powerful program is used by both artists and graphic designers to create beautiful vector images. After the class, you will have the basic tools and knowledge to start creating art on your own.

  • Beginner ClassIntroduction to Photoshop

    Course Outline | Course Outline | Course Handout

    Get your feet wet with the industry standard tool for manipulating digital images. Learn the basics of Photoshop and discover the potential of this award winning application.

  • Advanced ClassPhotoshop for Photography

    Course Outline | Course Outline | Course Handout

    Take the next step in making your photos pop! This course will give you the tools you need in order to edit your photographs with the industry standard tool for editing, Adobe Photoshop. Learn how to correct color, light, and contrast and learn the tools needed to clean up a photo.

    PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Photoshop

  • Beginner ClassAssess Student Learning in D2L

    D2L Resource Page

    Faculty, did you know that you have access to helpful course statistics within D2L? Learn how to see if students are accessing course content, view class/individual student progress and view detailed statistics for dropbox, quizzes, discussions and grades.

  • Beginner ClassD2L Collaborate Online Rooms

    D2L Resource Page

    In this session, we will explore the Collaborate Online Room tool for use in D2L. Attendees will learn the advantages of using Collaborate for virtual class time, electronic real-time breakout rooms for group work, and even online office hours. Desktop computers are provided however you are welcome to bring a laptop with you for use during the session.

  • Beginner ClassD2L Assignments/Turnitin/Assignment Grader App

    D2L Resource Page

    This workshop will show faculty how to create online assignments that are electronically submitted and then graded, all in D2L. This course also provides instructors the ability to check papers for plagiarism using the TurnItIn Learning Tool. TurnItIn assignments are securely and seamlessly submitted on D2L and are checked for plagiarism using TurnItIn's databases.

    If you have an iPad, bring it with you! We will also review the D2L Assignment Grader app for iPad which allow faculty to annotate submissions offline.

  • Beginner ClassD2L Fundamentals

    D2L Resource Page

    This session will provide an overview of the D2L interface, loading content, and communicating with students. Participants will also receive a demonstration of key features that D2L offers.

  • Beginner ClassD2L Gradebook

    D2L Resource Page

    In this training session, instructors will learn how to set up gradebook items and categories, enter grades, weight grades, develop grading schemes, and adjust gradebook settings.

  • Beginner ClassD2L My Media (Kaltura)

    D2L Resource Page

    In this session, we will explore My Media (Kaltura), our media streaming repository. Attendees will learn how to upload, manage and share media content in D2L.

  • Beginner ClassD2L Quizzes and Exams

    D2L Resource Page

    This workshop will show faculty how to create online Quizzes and Exams. Features of D2L Quizzes and Exams include: automatic grading, setting time limits and date restrictions, and report generation.

  • Beginner ClassD2L & Respondus

    D2L Resource Page

    In this session we will explore how Respondus, a windows-based software program, allows you to create quizzes and exams in Word and then quickly and easily, import them your D2L Course site. Attendees will receive a demonstration of key features that Respondus offers.

  • Advanced ClassD2L Creating and Applying Rubrics

    D2L Resource Page

    Do you use the Assignment Submission Folder in D2L? Did you know that you can create a Rubric to grade specific criteria within the assignment? In this workshop, you will learn how to create a Rubric, and how they can be applied to Assignment Submission Folders. You will also learn how Rubrics can be used to obtain course or program level data across individual or multiple sections of course sections.

  • Advanced ClassD2L Creating and Using Groups

    D2L Resource Page

    You can create groups to allow students to work and collaborate on projects and assignments, create journals in discussion boards, or to create work areas for students with different learning needs. In this workshop you will learn how to create groups, enroll students in groups and apply group restrictions to dropboxes, discussion boards and online rooms.

  • Advanced ClassD2L Discover ePortfolio

    D2L Resource Page

    This session will focus on the D2L tool ePortfolio. It will explain the benefits to students and faculty and how it can be used in a classroom setting.

  • Advanced ClassD2L Discussion Boards

    D2L Resource Page

    This workshop will cover how to set up Discussion Boards and Groups in your course. Topics to be covered are: Discussion Board settings: restrictions, locking and unlocking forums and topics, grading and linking the discussion boards to your content, as well as the Groups tools: dividing students into Groups on D2L, setting up Group Discussion Boards, Group Lockers and Group Assignment Submission Folders.

  • Advanced ClassD2L Homepage and Navigation Design

    D2L Resource Page

    In this session you will learn what a widget is, and how to use them to customize the "Course Home" area of your course. Attendees will learn how to embed tools, links to content, and even videos to be available to students as soon as they access the course.

  • Advanced ClassHow to Create Audio/Videos for Use in D2L

    D2L Resource Page

    In this workshop you will learn how to use the recommended tools to create audio and video files for use in D2L. We will discuss:

    How to add narration to a Powerpoint presentation, Camtasia Studio, Mediasite, Kaltura, How to record a Collaborate online room

  • Advanced ClassHow to Import Quiz Questions into D2L

    D2L Resource Page

    Did you know that you do not have to create your quiz questions within D2L? In this workshop you will learn different methods to import quiz questions into a D2L course. We will discuss:

    Respondus authoring tool to create and manage exams for easy upload into D2L, How to import a test package from a Publisher into D2L, How to copy a quiz or question library from another course

  • Advanced ClassEnhance Your D2L Course Using Audio/Video

    D2L Resource Page

    In this workshop you will learn different ways that faculty and students can use existing audio/video files to enhance student learning in D2L. You know that faculty can upload videos in content for students to view but did you know:

    Faculty can upload audio/video files for students to view in dropbox, quizzes, and discussion boards, Faculty can create audio/video responses to student submissions, Students can upload audio/video files to dropbox, quizzes, and discussion boards

  •  Beginner ClassLyndaCampus Overview

    Course Outline

    LyndaCampus provides access to a library of high-quality training videos and tutorials dedicated to specific skills, subject areas and software. Join us for a demonstration of how to navigate LyndaCampus. Regardless of your proficiency level or background of interest, you can learn software, design principles, and business skills with LyndaCampus.

    Watch and see how easy it is to browse and find an online video tutorials just right for you. You’ll gain an understanding of how the video tutorials are broken down into segments, including a welcome and overview of the course and what to expect. You’ll see how you can create your own playlist or share with others. In addition, you’ll be able to understand how easy it is to obtain a certificate of completion. After the demonstration, spend some time searching and viewing LyndaCampus video tutorials.  A trainer will be available to assist you and answer any questions you may have.

 

  • Beginner ClassIntroduction to MediaSite

    Course Outline | Course Outline

    This training session focuses on the audio and video lecture capture device, Mediasite. We will give you an introduction to the product as well as discuss the benefits of using the device.

  • Beginner ClassMediaSite Demo

    Course Outline | Course Outline

    This is a 30 minute demonstration of MediaSite and how it is utilized in the classroom. This is also an opportunity to experience how MediaSite works and to plan for future training opportunities.

  • Beginner ClassEssentials of Word 2013

    Course Outline | Course Outline | Course Handout

    The Word Essentials course provides instruction for all of the basic functions of Microsoft Word. The course navigates through each tab on the Microsoft Word Ribbon, and explores the various functions and actions that are possible within these tabs. It does not cover every single button on the toolbar, but it provides an excellent foundation for basic proficiency in Microsoft Word.

  • Beginner ClassIntroduction to Excel 2013

    Course Outline | Course Outline | Course Handout

    This course provides instruction for creating a basic spreadsheet in Excel 2013, as well as how to apply various functions and features within your spreadsheet.

  • Beginner ClassIntroduction to Outlook 2013

    Course Outline | Course Outline | Course Handout

    This course provides detailed instruction for utilizing the organizational features in Outlook 2013. It highlights changes and improvements put in place since the 2010 version.

  • Beginner ClassIntroduction to PowerPoint 2013

    Course Outline | Course Outline | Course Handout

    This introductory course gives instruction on creating a basic PowerPoint presentation, as well as explains various features and design methods that can be applied when creating new slides.

  • Advanced ClassAdvanced Email Management

    Course Handout

    This session we will review some of the advanced tools in Windows Outlook 2013/2016 such as Rules, Flags, Categories, Quick Steps and Search Folders. We will also show you how to use some of these tools to help you manage a high email volume mailbox. Some of the methods are inspired by the Getting Things Done® methodology by David Allen. (Some of the tools are also available on Outlook 2015 for MAC, but we will not focus specifically on those options.)

  • Advanced ClassAdvanced Word 2013

    Course Outline | Course Outline | Course Handout

    Learn how to use the various page layout, review and reference features in Word 2013.

  • Advanced ClassCharts and Graphs in Excel 2013

    Course Outline | Course Outline | Course Handout

    In this session you will learn the basics of chart design in Excel 2013.

  • Advanced ClassMail Merge for Word 2013

    Course Outline | Course Outline | Course Handout

    Learn how to create and customize various document types for mass mailing with this time-saving tool. Utilize Word 2013 functionalities to produce professional form letters or mailing labels.

  • Advanced ClassOU Snippets

    Course Outline

    This class will further the knowledge of faculty/staff on the use of snippets in OU Campus. Participants will refresh their skills and build upon them, as we delve further into the world of OU Snippets and create better webpage designs.

    Refresher on Snippet implementation
    Utilizing Snippets to create a more aesthetically pleasing/user friendly page
    The advantage of using Snippets
    Prerequisites:
    Initial Omni (OU Campus) training with the web team and access to Omni Update.

 

  • Beginner ClassSafe Surfing at WCU

    Course Outline

    How do you keep your computer safe while surfing the internet? In a world where security is constantly changing it can be hard to protect your computer. In this class you will acquire knowledge and some best practices you can use to surf safely.

  • Beginner ClassIntroduction to SharePoint 2013

    Course Outline | Course Outline | Course Handout

    This class is open to current individuals who have been assigned rights to a WCU SharePoint site. This class concentrates on the non-technical user who will view, edit and contribute content to a Site.

  • Advanced ClassCreating a Teamsite in Sharepoint 2013

    Course Outline | Course Outline | Course Handout

    This class is open to current individuals who have been ASSIGNED OWNER RIGHTS to a WCU SharePoint site. This class concentrates on the technical user who is responsible for editing their SharePoint homepage, creating libraries, lists and editing permissions for the users of the site.

    PREREQUISITE: MUST BE A WCU SHAREPOINT SITE OWNER

  • Advanced ClassUsing Metadata to Better Organize Libraries and Lists: SharePoint 2013

    Course Outline | Course Outline | Course Handout

    Using Metadata to Better Organize Libraries and Lists SharePoint 2013: This class is open to current individuals who have been assigned owner rights to a WCU SharePoint site. This class concentrates on the technical user who will learn how to create, customize and incorporate Metadata into their libraries and lists.

  • Beginner ClassSMART Board Basics

    Course Outline | Course Outline | Course Handout

    Have you been to a classroom and wondered how to use the new Smartboard? This session will review the basics of Smart technology and how to incorporate it into your classroom.

  • Beginner ClassSMART Podium Basics

    Course Outline | Course Outline | Course Handout

    Have you been to a classroom that has a Smart Podium and wondered how to use it? This session will review the basics of Smart technology and how to incorporate the Smart Podium into your classroom presentations. Participants are encouraged to bring a presentation of their own to try with the Smart Podium.

  • Beginner Class25 Live User Training

    Learn the basics of navigating 25Live to reserve and document the use of space on campus for all events, whether academic, athletic, cultural or community oriented.

  • Beginner ClassComputer Club
    This class is specially designed for individuals to practice typing skills, check e-mail, and perform other basic computer tasks with the assistance of a software trainer.
  • Beginner ClassFAST Tip Fridays
    Rather than sitting through an entire training session, you can attend a short, 30-minute session on a specific software topic or function. Scheduled on Fridays, FAST Tip sessions are held in an open forum, Q & A type setting. FAST Tip topics have included: Formatting and Page Layout, Sorting and Subtotaling, Excel Graphs/Charts, and Insert Functions. New sessions are frequently added so check the FAST schedule to see what's being offered this Friday!
  • Beginner ClassiDashboards

    Course Outline

    The Office of Institutional Research has created an institutional interface and some preliminary dashboards (350+). This point and click tool will allow you to sign into myWCU and access historic and live data from PeopleSoft that you previously had to dig up from PDF reports on the OIR website or request directly from their office. The tool will be accessible to all faculty and staff through the myWCU (PeopleSoft) portal.

  • Beginner ClassIntroduction to Camtasia

    Course Outline | Course Outline | Course Handout

    This workshop will guide you through the steps of creating an online instructional video. Using Camtasia, you can create a web page demonstration, course site tour, learning guide, exam review, a slide presentation, and more. You will learn how to record your presentation, add audio to the recording, and do basic editing of the content. The options for sharing the video on D2L will also be provided. A discussion of best practices of the use of Camtasia will be included.

  • Beginner ClassIntroduction to iPads
    Take an iPad out for a spin! This class will be driven by you! This workshop is targeted to those who are new to the iPad and curious about its operation and uses. Topics such as navigating the home screen, touch screen tips and shortcuts, general settings, useful apps, and other basics are included. We ask you to bring your own iPad to this workshop.
  • Beginner ClassIntroduction to LanSchool

    Course Handout

    This workshop will show you how to use LanSchool to reduce student distractions, assess student understanding of what you are teaching, help individual students right from the instructor podium, replicate your monitor to all student desktops and take control of a student’s computer while instructing in a computer lab. LanSchool software is installed in all the academic PC labs around campus.

  • Beginner ClassIntroduction to Presentation Room Classrooms

    Come to this session to learn firsthand how to operate the controls in the presentation classrooms.

    A Presentation classroom is designed to meet all of the basic multimedia needs. This facility provides the Instructor with a projector, a supporting audio system and a wall plate with appropriate connections for a Laptop/PC, and in some locations, a connection for a VCR/DVD. Instructors will be responsible for bringing the needed equipment to connect to the presentation system.

  • Beginner ClassIntroduction to RamCloud "Virtual Desktop"
    Want to learn how to use various campus software remotely from off-campus? RamCloud virtual technology has arrived at WCU! RamCloud allows us to securely deliver software applications for faculty and students to be able to learn and work from anywhere (even off campus) using any device (computers, tablets, smartphones). The applications available as part of this solution as ArcGIS, SPSS, SAS, eViews, MatLab, Mathematica, Maple, MiniTab, Office Suite, Visual Basic, Visual C Sharp, Visual C++ and more.. Come see how this exciting new web-based, virtual technology can benefit both you and your students!
  • Beginner ClassCreating Online Surveys with Qualtrics

    Course Outline | Course Outline | Course Handout

    Online surveys have become a popular easy to use tool for conducting research and performing assessments. Qualtrics is an online tool for developing and launching online surveys as well as reporting results. In this class we will discuss the various and flexible uses for surveys. How to get started creating, and distributing surveys as well as collecting and organizing the results will also be covered.

  • Advanced Class Image OU Campus

    Course Outline

    This class will further the knowledge of faculty/staff on the use of snippets in OU Campus. Participants will refresh their skills and build upon them, as we delve further into the world of OU Snippets and create better webpage designs.

    • Refresher on Snippet implementation
    • Utilizing Snippets to create a more aesthetically pleasing/user friendly page
    • The advantage of using Snippets

    Prerequisites:
    Initial Omni (OU Campus) training with the web team and access to Omni Update.

  • Beginner ClassPIVOT Training: Search for External Funding Opportunities

    Course Outline | Course Outline

    During this training you will have hands on experience using PIVOT, a subscription database that contains funding opportunities from over 11,500 sponsors. PIVOT provides the ability for WCU researchers to identify and connect to the most comprehensive source of Federal, State and private sector funding opportunities.

    Prerequisite: Before attending the training, please create your PIVOT account.

  • Beginner ClassScantron Test Scoring

    Course Outline | Course Outline

    The Scantron is the machine used to scan and grade grid/bubble test answer sheets. In this class, participants will be able to bring some completed grid type tests and learn how to use the scanning machine to grade them. This session is an "open lab" type class where participants may come in at any point during the scheduled times and learn how to use the machine.

  • Beginner ClassSnagit Image Capture Basics

    Course Outline | Course Outline | Course Handout

    Screen capture is a snapshot of anything on your computer screen—the desktop, a window, a region, a hidden window, or an entire webpage. With Snagit, you can capture anything on your screen, edit and enhance captures, and send captures. In this class, we will work on “capturing”, simple editing and sharing images. We will also discuss the various uses for your “captured” images.

  • Beginner Workshop LogoTools You Can Use

    Take a look at some of the current technology tools available to you.

    Course Handout

  • Beginner ClassTwitter 101
    Hashtags, mentions, replies and retweets – Over 330 million users do it in 140 characters or less. So how can you join the tweeting? Learn the basics of Twitter, how to tweet effectively and build a following. Plus, tricks and tips to help you manage twitter. Tweet tweet!
  • Beginner ClassWeb Content Writing

    Course Outline | Course Outline | Course Handout

    This class will help you organize your content for your responsive web site and give you some insight on how to write for the web. Some topics that will be covered are:

    Organizing your content, Tuning up your sentences, Cutting out the fluff, Writing meaningful headlines

  • Beginner ClassAnywhere Polling Demo

    Course Outline | Course Outline

    This is a 30 minute demonstration of Anywhere Polling and how it is utilized in the classroom. This is also an opportunity to experience how Student Response Systems work and to plan for future training opportunities.

  • Beginner ClassInteractive Polling in the Classroom: Turning Point Cloud Basics

    Course Outline | Course Outline | Course Handout

    Turning Point Cloud offers clickers and mobile options for interactive polling in the classroom. Using both clickers and mobile devices, students can answer a variety of questions and participate in various activities in class. Questions can be created in a variety of formats with various options for presentation, including self-paced polling. Results can be collected, shared and used for assessment and planning. This class will present an overview of the options for polling and also get the user started in using the application for a variety of interactive activities.

  • Beginner ClassMaking Learning Click: Using Clickers for Student Engagement and Assessment

    Course Outline | Course Outline

    Learn how you can use Student Response Systems, or clickers, to receive periodic updates from all students throughout your class, track performance, initiate engaging discussions, and assess student understanding as you deliver your lecture. Class will include an interactive demonstration of how the polling works. Also learn how the software is used to create and execute polling activities and to manage data. Information about how to obtain clickers for class will also be shared.

  • Beginner ClassResponseWare Demo

    Course Outline | Course Outline

    This is a 30 minute demonstration of ResponseWare and how it is utilized in the classroom. This is also an opportunity to experience how Student Response Systems work and to plan for future training opportunities.

  • Beginner ClassIntroduction to Windows 10

    Course Handout

    In this class we will be exploring what is new with Windows 10. How to navigate the operating system, including how to customize the workspace. We will also discuss the File Explorer and how to manage files within the new operating system.

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