I recently began the process to become a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert so I could better aid OSU Advancement in our mission to communicate the University’s ideals with our donors and alumni. We have a constant need to refocus our communications with these individuals and take advantage of the latest technology to communicate in the most cost-effective way. Helping create this behind-the-scenes server and network infrastructure to aid in this proses has been both fun and daunting, which is where continued training comes in.
As you can imagine, keeping up with technology is difficult, even for IT professionals. With the demands of family and work, trying to find the hours to keep up on the newest technologies (or even write a blog post) is almost impossible. Microsoft and their partners make this as easy as they can with online training classes and certifications. Unfortunately these experiences are not cheap, but that’s why ODEE offers the eLearning Professional Development grants!
The training classes that I took at New Horizons were highly interactive online courses that were led by knowledgeable instructors. They focused on new server technology and how to incorporate it into my department’s network. We could, through our web browsers, create virtual networks and servers and play with different roles and tasks to see how they all interacted; this was followed up with reading assignments and exams.
I absolutely recommend the eLearning Professional Development program to ANYONE looking to make a difference at The Ohio State University.