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Sharpen IT Skills for Free

Brown-bag sessions with offer tips on productivity, online tools

Want to get your electronic life in order, learn more about video production or build better online surveys?

This spring you can do all that and more free with the Learn IT @ Lunch series sponsored by Duke's Office of Information Technology (OIT).

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The spring series begins Jan. 22 with a session on Microsoft OneNote, an electronic notebook that can help boost efficiency and productivity at work, home and in the classroom.

"What I like the most about this series is that it gets professionals throughout Duke out of their office and talking about projects, ideas and trends in IT," said Christine Vucinich, OIT's technical education and outreach coordinator. "Participants like the laid-back feel and the opportunity to ask questions and get to know others at Duke."

Other sessions include technical video production, Qualtrics survey software, design for non-designers, and information gathering using SharePoint and Infopath. See the complete schedule online.

Jeremy Honzik, an IT analyst with Duke Health Technology Solutions (DHTS) who provides on-site desktop support for the Department of Pediatrics, has especially enjoyed sessions on topics like information security.

"These classes are great because what you take away is so practical and can readily be applied in our everyday use of technology," Honzik said. "Being in IT support, learning opportunities such as these naturally enhance my ability to educate and support my users."

Each Learn IT@Lunch session includes a presentation followed by Q & A. No pre-registration is required, but seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. (Lunch is not provided. Feel free to bring a brown-bag lunch.)

To learn more about other OIT-sponsored technology training, visit