Microsoft Tutorial Classes Available for Faculty, Staff

Duke Learning & Organization Development offers help with Word, Excel and Access

As Duke transitions software from Office 2010 to Office 2013, Learning & Organization Development is encouraging Duke faculty and staff to get ahead of the curve as the university migrates computer programs to the new software.

From September through the rest of 2015, employees can enhance skills in a variety of courses covering professional development, leadership and management development, and computer software and systems. Now is an ideal time to sign up, as Office 2010 programs will soon be discontinued for use due to security enhancements in the newest version of software. 

Srini Iyengar, senior technology partner with Duke Learning & Organization Development, said the classes are ideal for employees looking to learn the most up-to-date technology. So far, about 40 percent of university employees have switched to Office 2013.

Several technology-focused classes are now being offered with a focus on improving basic computer skills with the following Microsoft Office 2013 programs:

  • Word – Learn to create and save documents, edit and format text, set page appearance and more.
  • Excel – Create line, bar and column graphs, pie and bubble charts and learn to add data labels.
  • Access - Learn how to create queries and how to set criteria to filter records. 
  • PowerPoint -  Use new PowerPoint templates, designs and animations to create powerful presentations.

Additional classes focus on learning the Windows operating system and file management. 

“Over the years, new features have been added, so this is a useful opportunity to pick up on new features and new knowledge,” Iyengar said. “It adds to efficiency, saving time and saving steps and when you display those characteristics, many people may not just feel better about themselves, but they’ll impress their boss, too.” 

A full list of workshops and dates can be found on the Learning & Organization Development website. For more information about classes, employees can call the Learning & Organization Development office at (919) 613-7613.