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Technology workshops are sponsored by the Provost's Advisory Committee on Women's Issues (PACWI) and the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE). Each session is open to all USC faculty, staff and students. Workshops are limited to 25 participants and registration is free. For more information, contact Gloria Washington at



Date: February 23, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Thomas Cooper Library, Multimedia Classroom Level 3 (304)
Presenter: Joseph Fant

Microsoft Office Efficiency
Microsoft Office can be overwhelming at times!  In this workshop, you will learn some great time savers and tips on how to be more effective and efficient using Microsoft Office products.  Here’s a list of functions we will cover in the workshop:

  • Combine PowerPoint and Excel via PasteLink for automatic updates
  • Mail Merge
  • Excel Text to Columns
  • Excel Concatenate (Combine Cells)
  • Sniper sights!
  • Copy columns then paste vs paste values
  • Copy cell format styles
  • Find Unique vs Find Duplicate Values
  • Change date formats-Data Types MATTER!
  • Apply Filters
  • Freeze Panes
  • Sort by DATE on a filter
  • Pick from Drop Down list (right click) vs Data Validation
  • Excel Difference in days (days till due)
  • Outlook: Notes that move with you!
  • Quick and easy meeting setup! (Class favorite!)
  • Quick Parts: Send the same email over and over again? There’s a button for that!
  • Quick Steps: Email your team important info for discussion! Yup, there’s a button for that too!
  • Email options: close original email when forwarding or replying to someone
  • Email options: close all open emails (in the VIEW tab)
  • Bring back your calendar and tasks view in the main window with the TO DO button
  • Shared email options: Use color categories to either assign it to someone or verify everyone has read it!
  • Set your email to expire on a certain date
  • File Explorer: how to add that share drive folder you can never find!

 Joseph Fant, the Vice President of the Student Veterans Association here at the University of South Carolina, is currently working on his Integrated Information Technology degree. He recently retired after 20 years in the Air Force. For the past 5 years, he has been teaching this MS Office workshop to help people use their time more efficiently. He is a Microsoft Office Specialist certified for MS Word and MS Access 2013, and will eventually become a Microsoft Certified Trainer.

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Date: March 28, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: Thomas Cooper Library, Multimedia Classroom Level 3 (304)
Presenter: Mike Brown

Office Mix: Turn PowerPoint Presentations into Interactive Lessons
Don’t just have your students watch a video! Create digital video lessons in PowerPoint using Office Mix and add quizzes, polls, and even lessons from Khan Academy. Then, you students can do more than just watch the videos; they can interact with them and record their answers to your questions.

In addition to all the rich features available in PowerPoint, Office Mix lets you:

  • Record audio or video narration of your slide deck.
  • Insert content that users can interact with, like quizzes, polls, and simulations.
  • Record audio or video of other applications in action and insert them in your slide show.
  • Take a screenshot of another open window and insert it in your slide show.
  • Preview and publish your mix to the web or export it as a video.
  • Share your mix with whomever you choose and share it on social media.
  • Review data about who viewed your mix and how long they spent on each slide.

In this workshop, you will learn Office Mix basics, how to set up quizzes, and use Office Mix with Blackboard. 

Mike Brown is an educational technology specialist and Blackboard administrator at University Technology Services (UTS). He has more than 25 years of experience in development and training in instructional design and educational technologies. Within UTS, he currently provides support for Blackboard, Adobe Connect and Presenter, and other educational technology for the University of South Carolina.

A graduate of USC and Brick Computer Science Institute, he began his career working with IBM Education affiliates, implementing learning systems and educational software for K–12, higher education institutions and business training. At USC, Mike has provided Blackboard training, technology and Web support, instructional training and materials development, as well as seminar presentations. He was also a training and communications coordinator for the OneCarolina Project. He enjoys working collaboratively with faculty and staff to develop teaching and learning, both in traditional classrooms and through distributed learning.

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Date: April 25, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM –2:00 PM
Location: Thomas Cooper Library, Level 3 Multimedia Classroom 304
Presenter: Susan Quinn

Office 365 and OneDrive for Business for Faculty and Staff
Office 365 allows you to work in the latest versions of Office applications plus other productivity services that are enabled over the Internet (cloud services). OneDrive for Business is a file repository that allows you to store documents in the Microsoft Office 365 tenant in the cloud. Get started with Office 365 and OneDrive for Business.

Susan Quinn works in the Teaching & Technology division of University Technology Services (UTS). Prior to joining UTS, she was director of instructional support in the College of Education. Susan has an M.Ed. in special education technology, and was a special education teacher and research associate before coming to USC.

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