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For New Faculty, Staff and Students

Faculty and staff new to Wellesley should call the Computing Help Desk at x3333 for a New User Orientation to have a staff member come to your office for a brief overview of Library & Technology resources and your computer.

Also see the Getting Started guides for everyone online (under Help, to the left)

Student Workshops

Current semester workshops - http://www.wellesley.edu/lts/techsupport/workshops


Course-related Multimedia Instruction

Contact a member of the instructional technology staff  to request a session for your class. Sessions can be either in or outside class time.

Library Research Instruction

Request a session for your class or contact the subject specialist librarian directly.

Online Learning

vBooks (includes MS Office 2007/2010 - New Features and MS Windows 7 )

vBooks are organized like books, but the chapters you select online will typically be a short portion of a technical training class, complete with the instructor and the computer screen projection. Watch the trainer explain how to use the software (Microsoft Excel pivot tables, for example); not sure you understood? Watch it again.
You may submit your request for a vBooks account online by

  • logging into MyWellesley
  • clicking on HelpDesk on the Home tab
  • requesting a Library & Technology Services Online Training Account Request

Once your request has been processed, you will receive an email with instructions for accessing the training (2015: new link!).

lynda.com (includes MS Word/Excel/etc. 2010 and 2011 , Windows 7 , and Adobe CS5 )

lynda.com is a well-established online training site with a vast library of video tutorials on a wide range of topics. You can browse many offerings without an account, to get an idea of what the training is like.

As of July 2, 2012, our account with Lynda switched to LyndaPro licenses -- these licenses are available to all students, faculty, and staff. You can start with what you can access for free, and request the use of one of our licenses for complete access to all those resources at any time.

Using an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad?  There's an app for that!  The lynda app is a free download from the Apple App Store.

Software Training On-Campus 

  • Classes are open to faculty and staff, open to students as well if space is available shortly before class is scheduled.
  • Classes are typically taught by CompuWorks and are co-sponsored by Human Resources.
  • Please note: there is no fee to attend, but if you are unable to attend the session and do not cancel within 24 hours, your department will be charged a session fee .
  • (When classes are available, a link will be posted here.)
  • Faculty and staff, if you're interested in a class that's not listed, email kstewart at wellesley.edu and indicate the desired topic.
  • Teaching in Sakai training -- no need to register
  • See our Banner web site for training information for Banner budget users and other useful tips.

Software Training Off-Campus

  • Wellesley College faculty, staff and students receive discount pricing through the Boston Consortium at Massachusetts CompuWorks training centers, located in Boston and Wakefield.
  • If you register through the CompuWorks website, indicating "Wellesley College" as the company name or additional field will result in discount pricing. You can also email Pam Conway ( pconway@compuworks.com ) with the name, date and location of the course you would like to register for. A Procard or other credit card number is required to register.
  • Wellesley College faculty, staff and students receive discount pricing through The Boston Consortium at New Horizons training centers located in Boston, Waltham and Westborough.
  • Note: Do not use the links from the New Horizons web site to register for classes. You will not receive the discounted rates. Use the site only to see what courses are offered.
  • To register for a course: email Dan Johnson (DJohnson@nhboston.com) with the name, date and location of the course you want. Dan will require a Procard or other credit card number to register you for the course.


  • Wellesley College is a Northeast Computing Program (NERCOMP) member. NERCOMP offers a schedule of special interest group meetings (SIGs) with a wide range of topics and an annual conference. Upcoming events registration and directions can be found on the NERCOMP web site .
  • Wellesley College is an EDUCAUSE member. EDUCAUSE offers publications, programming and an annual conference. Upcoming events information can be found on the EDUCAUSE web site .

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