Free Webinar on Learning Management Systems

Brandon Hall regularly offers free webinars related to training, learning, development, and e-learning. In July they are offering two webinars that look like great sessions:

Managing Virtual Teams: an online roundtable and clinic(Free)
Wednesday, July 1 — 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S. & Canada) (GMT 5:00)

Learning Management Systems: Trends and Issues (Free)
Wednesday, July 8 — 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S. & Canada) (GMT 5:00)

You can view the schedule and register for these sessions here:

Free Webinar: Crisis of Trust

Crisis of Trust with Stephen M. R. Covey
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

High trust companies outperform low trust companies 3-to-1. In fact, distrust doubles the cost of doing business and triples the time it takes to get things done! Join us for a new webinar, Crisis of Trust: A Conversation with Stephen M. R. Covey, where Covey will discuss how to leverage trust as a powerful economic driver, performance multiplier, and key leadership competency of the new global economy.

Stephen M. R. Covey is a featured keynote speaker at Linkage’s 11th Annual Best of Organizational Development Summit and author of the New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything.

Webinar Registration

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Free Training from Microsoft

Ever wanted to learn about some of the new features of Office 2003? In addition to the free online tutorials from GCF, Microsoft has their own tutorials available at:

Check them out and let us know what you think!

ThinkFree Office Online

Here is another free, online office-like application that looks and feels like Office. A basic account is free. You just need to create a username and password–just like you would for a free email account.

Here are some details from the ThinkFree site:

With ThinkFree Office Online you can :

  • Create Microsoft Office-compatible documents from the Web.
  • Open and edit your Office documents anywhere and anytime.
  • Create powerful Web presentations using a familiar interface.
  • Add flickr photos to your documents.
  • Post ThinkFree documents directly to a blog.
  • Convert your existing documents to PDF format, simply use the Save As PDF
    function in the File menu when saving your document.
  • Save your documents in ThinkFree Office Online. You can create, read and revise your documents anytime and anywhere you want. If you save your documents in a secure Web storage account provided by ThinkFree Office Online, you can access and edit them at school, home, work or anywhere else you can think of.
  • 30 MB of free storage.

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Give ThinkFree a try, and post your comments below. We will be interested to see what staff think.

Look Out MS Office!

There’s a new breed of office productivity applications out there that not only don’t require software, they’re free!

Web-based office applications are gaining in popularity today much like what web-based email services (Hotmail, Yahoo,etc.) did in the 90s. With portability, easy access, and ease of use to their credit, these new tools may offer just the solution that patrons need.

As Frank Blair (IT) points out, here are some advantages to web-based office applications:

This has the potential of resolving several word processing issues for us that we experience in supporting patrons1) No media upon which to save a document and doesn’t want to buy a floppy disk

2) media where document was saved is corrupt (could have been saved on the web)

3) floppy drive or other device can’t read media that has document

4) no more lost or forgotten floppies left in hard drive

5) Compatible with both Word and Open Office

6) Allows a person to work on a document even when they don’t have their media present – anyplace where there is an open Internet connection

Web-based Office applications worth taking a look at:

Writely – Online word processing application that functions with both OpenOffice & MS Word formats.
GOffice – offers online apps for word processing (in PDF or HTML ouput) and desktop publishing. Online apps for presentations & spreadsheets are available as beta release. Free.

Take a look for yourself and let us know what you think…

Author Helene Blowers