Training News

The following is a list of training courses to be held in the coming months on to use various software and services. Most courses are open to HKU staff and students free of charge. Some courses are provided by an external trainer; and a fee is chargeable for these courses. Click on the course title to see the description of each course.

Registration Users can apply on-line for attending these courses by visiting HKU Portal (https://hkuportal.hku.hk) => My Page tab => Campus Information Services => Central IT Services => Workshops and Courses

Course Schedule

Note:  RR = Run Run Shaw Building    OLB = Old Library Building    MW = Meng Wah Complex Lecture Theatre     CPD = Central Podium levels (Centennial Campus)

Introductory Course on Information Technology Services

 

14 September 2012 (Fri)

3:00pm - 4:00pm

MW T6

19 September 2012 (Wed)

3:00pm - 4:00pm

MW T6

21 September 2012 (Fri)

3:00pm - 4:00pm

MW T6

22 September 2012 (Sat)

11:00am - 12:00noon

MW T6

Training on the Use of AV/IT Equipment in Centennial Campus Classrooms (for staff only)

 

3 - 7 September 2012 (Mon - Fri)

6 sessions per day:
9.30am, 10.30am, 11.30am 
2.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm
(45 minutes per session)

CPD-LG.17

10-14 September 2012 (Mon - Fri)

6 sessions per day:
9.30am, 10.30am, 11.30am 
2.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm
(45 minutes per session)

CPD-LG.17

 

Training on the Use of AV/IT Equipment in Main Campus Classrooms (for staff only)

 

September 11, 2012 (Tuesday)

2:00pm-3:00pm

MW T5

September 13, 2012 (Thursday)

2:00pm-3:00pm

MW T5

September 18, 2012 (Tuesday)

1:00pm-2:00pm

MW T6

September 20, 2012 (Thursday)

1:00pm-2:00pm

MW T6

Training courses on using the Moodle Learning Management System (for staff only)

 
MOD-006 Moodle Hands – on Training Course on How to Re-use a Course and Its Materials 31 August, 2012 3:00pm–4:00pm RRS-201
MOD-004 Moodle Hands-on Training Course on Collaboration Tools 31 August, 2012 4:30am–5:30pm RRS-201
MOD-001 Moodle Hands-on Training Course on Setting up Moodle Course Website 3 Sep, 2012 3:00pm–4:00pm OLB-135
MOD-002 Moodle Hands-on Training Course on Assignments, Choices and Quizzes 3 Sep, 2012 4:30pm–5:30pm OLB-135
MOD-005 Moodle Hands-on Training Course on Turnitin 11 Sep, 2012 10:00am–11:00am OLB-135
MOD-006 Moodle Hands – on Training Course on How to Re-use a Course and Its Materials 11 Sep, 2012 11:30am–12:30pm OLB-135
MOD-001 Moodle Hands-on Training Course on Setting up Moodle Course Website 20 Sep, 2012 3:00pm–4:00pm OLB-135
MOD-002 Moodle Hands-on Training Course on Assignments, Choices and Quizzes 20 Sep, 2012 4:30pm–5:30pm OLB-135
MOD-001 Moodle Hands-on Training Course on Setting up Moodle Course Website 27 Sep, 2012 10:00am–11:00am OLB-135
[MOD-007] Using Panopto Lecture Video Capturing Solution with Moodle 27 Sep, 2012 11:30am–12:30pm OLB-135

Courses on Scientific Computation & Visualization

 
Parallel Programming Workshop 06 Sep, 2012 9:30 am - 12:30 pm OLB-136
Parallel Programming Workshop 06 Dec, 2012 9:30 am - 12:30 pm OLB-136
Introduction to PV-Wave 07 Nov, 2012 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm RRS-201

 Courses on Unix System and Applications

 
Introduction to MATLAB 28 Nov, 2012 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm RRS-201

Software Asset Management training for general user and departmental coordinator

 
Software Asset Management training for general user and departmental coordinator 12 Oct, 2012 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm OLB-136
registration Users can apply on-line for attending these courses through the web by visiting HKU Portal (https://hkuportal.hku.hk)  => My Page tab => Campus Information Services  => Central IT Services => Workshops and Courses
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Course Description

Information Technology Services Orientation

Introductory Course on Information Technology Services

This introductory course will give an introduction on the comprehensive range of central IT and network services. After attending this course, you will understand more about our service scope which can facilitate your study and work at the University.


Training on the Use of AV/IT Equipment in Centennial Campus Classrooms (for staff only)

This new classroom AV equipment training course is intended for teachers/tutors to learn to use the audio/visual (AV) equipment and the control panel in the new classrooms in Centennial Campus. 

The new classrooms are equipped with new AV equipment (a Visualizer and a computer whiteboard capture device called "Mimio"). A teacher can make use of a control panel on the wall to control the lighting, screen, projector and what to project on the projection screen.

In the training session, we will talk about:

  • How to use the new Classroom Control Panel
  • How to use the resident Laptop Computer in the classroom
  • How to use the Visualizer
  • How to use the computer whiteboard capture device, Mimio, which will record the pen strokes and output them onto the projection screen or a PDF document.

Training on the Use of AV/IT Equipment in Main Campus Classrooms (for staff only)

For teachers and instructors who are new to HKU, they are also invited to attend one of the following training sessions on the use of the AV/IT equipment in the Main Campus classrooms and lecture theatres.

In the training session, we will talk about:

  • How to use the resident computer in the classroom
  • How to use the control panel
  • How to use the projector and other audio-video equipment

Training courses on using the Moodle Learning Management System (for staff only)

[MOD-000] Moodle Hands-on Training Course on Re-building a Moodle Course from the WebCT Migrated Course (1 hour)

This one-hour training course is for faculty members, instructors, course developers and eLearning support staff who have had Moodle courses migrated from WebCT and would like to learn how to re-organize the contents inside Moodle as well as to re-build the learning activities in Moodle.

Topics include:

  • Terminology difference between WebCT and Moodle
  • Layout difference between WebCT and Moodle
  • Re-organizing course materials
  • Re-building learning activities
  • Using Folders and Sub-folders
  • Re-discovering learning modules in Moodle

Prerequisites:
Teachers who have Moodle courses being migrated from WebCT


[MOD-001] Moodle Training Course on Setting up a Moodle Course Website (1 hour)

This one-hour training course is designed for faculty members, teacher, course instructor and eLearning technical support staff who would like to learn how to use Moodle to create course web sites. Participants will learn how to build a basic site containing course content and collaborative activities.

Topics include:

  • introduction to eLearning environment in HKU
  • understanding the process of enabling your Moodle courses
  • understanding methods of enrolling students, teachers and guess for your course
  • choosing the format and initial settings for a new site
  • uploading basic content files
  • adding web links to external sites
  • creating content within Moodle using the built-in HTML editor
  • linking a YouTube embedded video
  • examining and creating various types of discussion forums
  • organizing content and adjusting site layout

Prerequisites:
Familiarity with using a web browser


[MOD-002] Moodle Training Course on Assignments, Choice and Quizzes (1 hour)

This one-hour training course is intended for faculty members, teacher, course instructor and eLearning technical support staff who would like to use Moodle for assignment submission and quizzes in their course web sites. Participants will learn how to create and modify quizzes; work with different question types; review, reset, and reply to submission attempts; and grade the different types of quiz questions. Participants will also learn how to create different types of assignments.

Topics include:

  • creating and releasing assignments
  • returning submitted work for revision
  • reviewing submissions
  • entering grades and comments for assignments
  • creating and editing questions
  • incorporating customized question feedback
  • creating and releasing quizzes
  • using the Choice tool to create simple polls
  • working with random question sets
  • altering quiz content and updating scores
  • viewing submissions and giving feedback to students
  • overriding quiz grades and resetting attempts
  • reviewing item analysis to analyze the efficacy of individual questions

Prerequisites:
Moodle Training Course on Setting up a Moodle Course Website


[MOD-003] Moodle Training Course on Grades (1 hour)

This one-hour training course is intended for faculty members, course designers and eLearning technical support staff who would like to learn about Moodle's grading features. Participants will learn how to set up and manage grades, enter and change grades for various activities, and use scales for providing non-numeric qualitative feedback.

Topics include:

  • entering and editing grades and feedback
  • adding new columns to the gradebook
  • using categories for managing and calculating grade items
  • deciding on aggregation type and setting up weighted grading
  • creating custom scales for feedback
  • releasing or hiding grades from students
  • exporting and importing grades

Prerequisites:
Moodle Training Course on Setting up a Moodle Course Website


[MOD-004] Moodle Training Course on Collaboration Tools (1 hour)

This one-hour training course is for faculty members, instructors, course developers and eLearning technical support staff who would like to explore collaborative uses of Moodle beyond forums and glossaries. Participants will review, create, and manage group activities, polls, public collections of users' entries, and collaboratively authored web pages (i.e., wikis, blogs).

This one-hour training course is for faculty members, instructors, course developers and eLearning technical support staff who would like to explore collaborative uses of Moodle beyond forums and glossaries. Participants will review, create, and manage group activities, polls, public collections of users' entries, and collaboratively authored web pages (i.e., wikis, blogs).

Topics include:

  • creating groups and working with group activities
  • using the Database tool to build publicly searchable collections of user entries
  • utilizing peer comment and review within the Database tool
  • using wikis for collaborative authoring of web pages
  • using Wikis and Blogs
  • using Moodle messages

Prerequisites:
Moodle Training Course on Setting up a Moodle Course Website


[MOD-005] Moodle Hands – on Training Course on Turnitin (1 hour)

This one-hour hands-on training course is for teachers and eLearning support staff who would like to explore the anti-plagiarism tool Turnitin on Moodle. Participants will have hands-on experience on creating a Turnitin Assignment with different options, generating and viewing originality reports, grading and adding feedback on Turnitin Assignments.

Topics include:

  • Creating a Turnitin assignment
  • Advanced checking and storing settings for Turnitin Assignment
  • Viewing the Originality Report
  • Setting the submission dates of Turnitin Assignment
  • Viewing the Turnitin submission inbox
  • Grading and adding feedback on Turnitin Assignment
  • Other settings for Turnitin Assignment

Prerequisites:
Moodle Hands-on Training Course on Setting up a Moodle Course Website


[MOD-006] Moodle Hands – on Training Course on How to Re-use a Course and Its Materials (1 hour)

This one-hour hands-on training course is for teachers and eLearning support staff who would like to explores how to copy or reuse a course or parts of a course. Participants will have hands-on experience on creating a course backup and restore it to an existing course or a new course. The difference between backup & restore and import & export will be explained.

 Topics include:

  • Saving activities, resources and course data
  • Saving and backing up a course
  • Resetting a course
  • Restoring a course to an existing Moodle course or a sub-class course
  • Importing and exporting activities, resources

Prerequisites:
Moodle Hands-on Training Course on Setting up a Moodle Course Website 


[MOD-007] Using Panopto Lecture Video Capturing Solution with Moodle

This one-hour training course is for teachers and eLearning support staff who would like to learn how to record lecture video using the software Panopto, edit video recordings and share the video recordings to students via Moodle.  Panopto allows synchronized playback of Microsoft Powerpoint presentation and captured audio-video of the presenter using a webcam attached to a PC.

 Topics include:

  • Introduction of lecture video capture software Panopto in HKU
  • How to set up a lecture video recording PC
  • How to capture a lecture video, especially with Powerpoint presentation
  • How to edit the captured video recording
  • Sharing the captured/edited recording to students through your Moodle course

Prerequisites:
Moodle Hands-on Training Course on Setting up a Moodle Course Website  


 

Courses on Scientific Computation & Visualization

Parallel Programming workshop

This course is suitable for researchers and their assistants who need to run programs with very long execution time. By parallelizing and executing the program in a computer cluster environment, the execution time may be reduced significantly, for example, from 2 days to 2 hours.

This course provides an overview of parallel programming and how to use our HKU High Performance Computing(HPC) environment. It covers concepts of parallel programming and Message Passing Interface (MPI) programming. Participants must have programming experience in some advanced language such as C, C++ or Fortran. The workshop provides demo and hand-on experience for the participants on HPCPOWER system, a Linux PC-cluster of 356 CPUs (178 nodes of dual CPU architecture). For technical details on HKU HPC service, please refer to: http://www.its.hku.hk/services/research/hpc


Introduction to PV-WAVE

PV-WAVE is a software that provides an integrated comprehensive visual data analysis environment to analyze/present scientific data in various graphical formats. The software is currently available on the Linux and Microsoft Windows platform, and is supplied by Visual Numerics, the company that also supplies the well-known scientific library IMSL (International Mathematical and Statistical Libraries)

In this course, the capability and fundamental concept of the software will be highlighted. File input and output, simple 2-D and 3-D visualization, together with other topics including animated picture show and programming within PV-WAVE will also be discussed.


Courses on Unix System and Applications

Introduction to MATLAB

Matlab is an integrated computing environment for numeric computation and visualization. This 3-hour seminar will give an introduction on using Matlab in numerical analysis, matrix computation and graphics etc.


Software Asset Management training for general user and departmental coordinator

Software Asset Management training for general user and departmental coordinator

The Information Technology Services is setting up a system for software asset tracking as a campus-wide aid for departmental software license management. The system could maintain a database inventory for individual departmental software licenses and provide a tool which can identify software installed in individual PCs and keep accurate records.

  • Part one: For general user: Introduction to SAM system, How to scan computer

  • Part two: For departmental information security coordinator: How to classify various software licenses, add software license and update departmental software licenses inventory database.

Notes for Registration:

  1. Users can apply on-line for attending these courses through the web by login HKU Portal (https://hkuportal.hku.hk)  => My Page tab => Campus Information Services  => Central IT Services => Workshops and Courses|
     
  2. Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail or telephone at least one week before the commencement of the course.
     
  3. Some courses are organised in conjunction with a course vendor.  There is a fee charged on these courses. For courses requiring a fee, please send payment to the Information Technology Services as soon as you have registered on the web, otherwise your registration is considered invalid.
    Payment can be made by either:
    • cheque (payable to "The University of Hong Kong"), or
    • through departmental requisition (for applicants supported by departments) as either of the following:

    Once accepted, the fee is not refundable. However, substitution of participant is possible by written notification to the Centre.

    The Information Technology Services reserves the right to cancel the courses if there is insufficient enrollment. Applicants will be notified by email or telephone of the course cancellation and all course fees collected will be refunded in full.
     

  4. The maximum number of participants for a course:
    - 26 in Room 135 & 136, Old Library Building
    - 22 in Room 201, Run Run Shaw Building
    - 18 in Room 101, Run Run Shaw Building

 

 The Information Technology Services runs courses in the following areas throughout the year to assist staff and students in using our facilities:

 
  • Email and Network Services
  • HKU Portal Services 
  • Web-based Learning System
  • Scientific Computation
  • Statistical Analysis Software
  • Office Applications
  • Webpage Design and Authoring 
  • Video Production