IT trains students, faculty
faculty, staff and students with Microsoft Windows 2000 installation on
By Moses M. Raphael
UH is in the process of installing Microsoft's
Windows 2000 operating system in many computers on campus, and Information
Technology officials are trying to avoid a clash with existing network
software that will not be replaced.
IT department personnel are presently educating
students, staff and faculty in a two-session workshop on how best to use
the new software.
"We have to put a lot of planning into
how we put Windows 2000 servers on the network so that it doesn't mess
up the Windows environment for other people that are not using Windows
2000," said Mary Dickerson, project leader for the Windows 2000 project
At a workshop held Nov. 10, a Microsoft
representative gave two presentations on the differences between the Microsoft
software and the other operating systems used, including NT4 and Windows
He will do the same at another workshop
from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today in Room 160, Melcher Hall.
"Microsoft did a fundamental change with
Windows 2000. They totally redid their architecture," Dickerson said. "They
integrated a lot of the network services that previously were not integrated
in other Windows products."
She explained that Windows 2000 has fundamental
differences that could affect people.
"How we and the people in the colleges
deploy it will affect each other in ways it hasn't before in other Windows
products," she said.
The Windows 2000 workshop will be available
along with several other online courses and computer-based training available
for free from the IT department for students, staff and faculty.
There are also currently 100 different
course titles on computing subjects available through the Internet and
CD-ROM at the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library.
"You can access the courses and complete
them at whatever pace you wish -- in your office, home, dorm or anywhere
else," said Bill Ashley, manager of photography and IT training at UH.
"We've got courses that will allow people to use their own Web site, to
learn how to do extensive spreadsheets and databases. We also have the
basic courses in Microsoft Word and other word processing programs."
Many people are requesting the training,
and there are many reasons they need to be trained, he said.
"Professors are going more and more to
classroom instructions via the computer. Also, when you get out of college,
your employers will require that you know basic computing techniques,"
Ashley said. "You've got to know your way around the computer -- it makes
you more marketable."
Ashley said more students and staff than
faculty have taken advantage of the Windows 2000 training courses.
"At this point, we are only running about
10 percent faculty in our courses," he said. "Faculty prefer to have their
training done in their offices."
For more information on workshops and courses
available through IT's computer-based training program, call (713) 743-1379.