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Computer Skills

Registration is required for all workshops.
Our Computer Skills: Foundations workshops are free for UB Students. You may register for any of our free workshops using UB's online calendar.

Computer Skills: Further Learning workshops are fee-based. These workshops are open to all, but seating may be limited. Please confirm space availability with the ALC prior to registration. Payment is required to reserve a seat: $10/UB students, $30/UB staff and alumni, $45/general public. Our registration form is available here.

For more information, call 410.837.5383 or stop by the Academic Center, Room 113.

Computer Skills: Foundations

These workshops review basic computer skills and applications with hands-on instruction. They are free for UB Students, but they fill up quickly. Reserve your seat for one of our upcoming workshops using UB's online calendar, or by clicking one of the links below.

Click the [+] alongside the titles to read the workshop descriptions and view upcoming dates.

    • PC Basics

      New to computers? Looking to update your basic skills? Get familiar with Windows, the operating system on which most UB and workplace computer software is based. Learn to create, edit, organize, and save basic documents to both UB-provided storage and flash drives.

      Call or stop by the ALC to make an appointment with Michelle Junot, computer skills coordinator

    • Sakai Basics

      UB's e-Learning platform is used in hundreds of regular classes, not just in online courses. Practice navigating in Sakai and learn how to track deadlines, submit assignments, manage files, take tests, message classmates, and participate in online discussions. You'll leave this hands-on workshop ready for class. 

      Wednesday, Jan. 29     10:30 a.m.-noon
      Thursday, Feb. 6     6-7:30 p.m.
      Tuesday, Feb. 11     12:30-2 p.m.

      required: basic knowledge of Windows environment. See PC Basics

    • Mac Basics

      Making the switch from PC to Mac? No problem. Learn the basics of everything from the Mac operating system to Apple's unique mouse and keyboard to the system's file and folder structure. 

      Friday, Jan. 24     4-6 p.m.
      Saturday, Feb. 1     10 a.m.-noon

      required: basic knowledge of Windows environment. See PC Basics

      • Adobe Creative Basics: Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop

        Explore Adobe's Creative Cloud using the basic tools, panels, and functions of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. Learn about setting up, saving, and packaging documents appropriately and explore the functions and usability of each program. This workshop is for UB Students. 

        Saturday, Feb. 8     10 a.m.-2 p.m.
        Friday, March 14     9 a.m.-1 p.m.

        required: basic knowledge of Windows environment. See PC Basics

      • Microsoft Office Basics

        Not familiar with Microsoft Office? Learn how to take full advantage of Microsoft Office's word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software, as these skills are invaluable in nearly any classroom or workplace environment. 

        required: basic knowledge of Windows environment. See PC Basics

        Excel Basics
        Create a simple spreadsheet to perform basic calculations and quickly organize information such as names and dates. Discover easy-to-use templates for expenses, calendars and reports. Format your data and text for clarity and polish and then print your results.

        Friday, Feb. 7              3:30-5 p.m.
        Tuesday, Feb. 18        1:30-3 p.m.
        Thursday, March 27    4:30-6 p.m.
        Monday, April 21         1:30-3 p.m.

        PowerPoint Basics
        Getting ready to make a presentation? Learn to create your own slideshows and build upon professional PowerPoint templates to effectively communicate your points and engage your audience with elements like bullets, images, audio and video.

        Thursday, Feb. 20       3:30-5 p.m.
        Tuesday, March 11     10-11:30 a.m.

        Word Basics
        Whether it’s for work or for class, producing professional-looking papers and reports is about more than just the writing; formatting and presentation are crucial. Create a new document and then get comfortable with tasks like adjusting margins, producing a table of contents, numbering pages, using headers and footers and inserting tables—plus save time with shortcuts and templates.

        Friday, Feb. 14     4:30-6 p.m.
        Friday, March 28     3:30-5 p.m.

        APA and MLA style formatting is not covered in this workshop, for more information please click here for useful documentation links.

Computer Skills: Further Learning

Our Further Learning workshops are a great tool to take your Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access skills to the next level. These workshops are hands-on and seating is limited to ensure small class size.

Due to their demand and in-depth focus, these workshops are fee-based. Please confirm space availability with the Achievement and Learning Center prior to registration. Payment is required to reserve a seat: $10/UB students, $30/UB staff and alumni, $45/general public. Our registration form is available here.

Click the [+] alongside the titles to read the workshop descriptions and view upcoming dates.

Back to All Workshops

  • Access 1

    Why create a database? What can Access do that a spreadsheet can't? Learn the difference between Access and Excel and build a simply database from scratch. Create and relate tables of information, make forms to easily enter data, and produce basic reports.

    Friday, Feb. 21         1:30-5:30 p.m.
    Friday, April 11         1:30-5:30 p.m.
    Saturday, July 12      9 a.m.-1 p.m.

    required: basic knowledge of Windows environment; see PC Basics

  • Access 2

    Import and manipulate data from a spreadsheet like Excel and produce visually appealing reports. Learn about sophisticated functions such as using advanced queries, updating information, finding what you need and deleting what you don't, and performing calculations. 

    Saturday, Feb. 22     9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Saturday, April 19     9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Saturday, July 12      1:30-5:30 p.m.

    required: skills covered in Access 1; see above for details

  • Access 3

    Now that you can manipulate data in Access, add advanced control features and visualize your data in charts. Learn how to minimize errors during data entry, save time by automating processes and protect your database.

    Saturday, April 19    1:30-5:30 p.m.

    required: skills covered in Access 1 and 2; see above for details

  • Excel 1

    Easily manipulate tables of information—contact lists, schedules, budgets, and more—for presentation and analysis. Learn to sort alphabetically, chronologically, large to small, etc.; use basic formulas to add, subtract, multiply, and divide; and format and print with headers, footers, and gridlines.

    Friday, Jan 31             9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Friday, March 7          1:30-5:30 p.m.
    Saturday, March 29     9 a.m.-1 p.m.

    required: basic knowledge of Windows environment; see PC Basics

  • Excel 2

    Perform more complex calculations in several tables. Create multi-step formulas and replicate patterns of numbers, dates, etc. without typing. Use pivot tables and functions to summarize your data (count, find average and locate maximum and minimum values) and display your results in charts and graphs.

    Saturday, Feb 1           9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Saturday, March 8       9 a.m.-1 p.m .
    Friday, April 4              1:30-5:30 p.m.
    Saturday, June 7         9 a.m.-1 p.m.

    required: skills covered in Excel 1; see above for details

  • Excel 3

    Perform sophisticated analyses on large tables of data using time-saving tools and more advanced graphics. Learn to automate repetitive processes with macros, perform "if...then" calculations, display only the data you need and change the look of cells based on their values. You'll also create advanced charts (dual axis, stacked, area, and trendlines). 

    Saturday, March 15      9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Saturday, April 5           9 a.m.-1 p.m .
    Saturday, June 7          1:30-5:30 p.m.

    required:  skills covered in  Excel 1  and some skills from  Excel 2;  see above for details