Skype for Business for staff and students

skypeforbusinessimageSkype for Business incorporates voice calls, video calls, IM, meetings (up to 250 participants), and screen sharing in one solution.

HWU staff (see bottom of post for criteria) and students can access Skype for Business on the HWU desktop or a personal device.

On your HWU managed desktop

  1. Click the Windows start button at the bottom left of your screen
  2. Select All Programs > Microsoft Office 2013 > Skype for Business 2015

On a personal device

  • Download a free copy of Office from Office 365 onto your home PC or laptop (Settings>Office 365 Settings>Software). The Office download includes Skype for Business. See Installing Office 365 ProPlus for Mac or PC on the IS User Guide and Handouts page for more information.

Or

Key features

  • Instant messaging (IM), voice call or video call options
  • Integration with Microsoft Outlook People makes it easy to contact HWU colleagues
  • Quickly check contact availability – presence indicator shows if they are available, in a meeting or away from their desk
  • Schedule online meetings for up to 250 participants —even if they don’t have Skype for Business (Skype limits are a up to 25 in a group audio call and up to 10 in a video call)
  • Transfer and share files with simple drag and drop
  • Hold impromptu video meetings started with the click of a button
  • Present and share your screen i.e. PowerPoint presentation, whiteboard or your entire desktop during an online meeting
  • Platforms: Skype for Business can be used on PCs, tablets, smartphones and Macs (Lync)

For detailed instructions on how to use Skype for Business see the Skype for Business User Guide on the IS User Guide and Handouts page

If you have any queries please contact ithelp@hw.ac.uk

Staff please note: –

  • You will have access to Skype for Business on your HWU managed desktop/laptop if you have Office 2013 and have been migrated to Office 365 (migrations should be complete this month)
  • If you do not have Office 2013, and would like to upgrade see Microsoft Office 2013 upgrade 

Network Security, Performance and Resilience Enhancement Project

Information Services will be carrying out improvements to the network at the Edinburgh Campus Data Centre on Thursday 11th February.

The improvements are part of a series of upgrades we are carrying out to increase our network speed and capacity, enhancing our ability to work globally between our campuses and partner institutions.

Date and time

  • Date: Thursday 11th February, 2016
  • Time: 1900 – 2000 GMT

While this beneficial work is going on there will be disruption to Internet services, including Vision, Office365 and online library resources for users at all HWU campuses, for which we apologise.

We recommend that you save your work frequently during this period.

See System Status page for updates

If you have any queries please contact ithelp@hw.ac.uk

Power Hours Workshops week commencing 15th February

The following workshops will be held week commencing 15 February in the Edinburgh Campus Library (Top Floor):

Google Guru
Mon 15 Feb 12:15-13:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

Teamworking
Mon 15 Feb 14:15-15:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

How to Manage Stress
Tues 16 Feb  12:15-13:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

Box of Broadcasts
Wed 17 Feb 12:15-13:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

Evaluation of Online Sources
Wed 17 Feb 14:15-15:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

Excel: Go Further
Thurs 18 Feb 12:15-13:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

Study Support Software
Thurs 18 Feb 12:15-13:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

Understanding Turnitin
Fri 19 Feb 12:15-13:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

Literature Searching
Fri 19 Feb 14:15-15:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

 

 

The workshops are held in the Anderson Room or the Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library (top floor). Signs in the Library will direct you to the appropriate room.

More information on these sessions and other sessions in the Power Hours Workshops programme is available online. Learning materials used in the workshops are also available in Vision / Organisations / Power Hours Workshops

See our website for further skills development opportunities.

Extra Power Hour: Excel-Make it Work

The following extra Power Hour has been scheduled in addition to the advertised programme:-

Excel: Make it Work
Going beyond the basics with:-

 

• Functions
• Date
• Logical
• Text
• Named ranges
• Comments
• Conditional formatting

Date: Wed 17 February
Time: 12:15-13:15
Venue: Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library (top floor)

Booking required.  Please book a place online.

More information on the full Power Hours workshop programme here.

 

EndNote “Cite While You Write” for Mac Word 2016

The EndNote “Cite While You Write” tool is now available for Macs with Office 2016.

If you have your own MacBook with Office 2016 you can download Cite While You Write from EndNote Online.  Go to Options – Download Installers to get the installation file.  (EndNote desktop users: the latest version of Cite While You Write will be installed when you next update EndNote X7.)

Users of older versions of Mac Word or Windows do not need to update their toolbar – this update is only required by users of Mac Word 2016 who were previously unable to install Cite While You Write.

EndNote is a tool that will help you keep track of your reading and simplifies citing and referencing.  More information is available in the EndNote Online workbook [pdf] and Information Services offer Power Hours on using EndNote Online and EndNote Desktop.

 

 

National Libraries Day – 6th February 2016

PrintCome and visit the Cameron Smail Library on the Edinburgh Campus.

On Saturday the 6th February we’ll be opening our doors to anyone that would like to visit the library and take a look around.  You can collect a self-guided tour sheet from the service desk on the first floor, take a walk around the building and look at our collections and facilities, ask our staff about the library and enjoy the views of the garden.

  • What: Self-guided tour (collect your information sheet from the Service Desk)
  • Where: Cameron Smail Library, Edinburgh Campus
  • When: Saturday 6th February, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Cost: Free

If it’s a nice day you could enjoy a walk through the campus grounds too.

For more information on what’s on visit the National Libraries Day website.

Give your CV a boost with ECDL certification

ECDLStill working on your fjp for 2016?  Need to give your CV a boost?

Do you enjoy the challenge of working towards certification, or would like to benchmark your IT skills to help improve your job prospects? Then why not add an ECDL or ECDL Advanced certificate to your list of achievements.

Over 2 million people have taken ECDL in the UK since 1997.

Heriot-Watt University is a test centre for both ECDL and ECDL Advanced – see ECDL for full details including cost, test dates and the registration form.

See the British Computer Society website for more information on ECDL/ECDL Advanced.

Power Hour Workshops (Edinburgh Campus) Week Commencing 8th February

The following workshops will be held week commencing 8th February in the Edinburgh Campus Library (Top Floor):

Endnote Online
Mon 8 Feb 12:15-13:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

Critical Reading of a Journal Paper
Tues 9 Feb  12:15-13:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

MindMap with MindGenius
Tues 9 Feb 12:15-13:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

Word: Page Layouts and Numbering
Wed 10 Feb 12:15-13:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

Understanding Open Access
Wed 10 Feb 14:15-15:15
Staff Only
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

Literature Searching
Thurs 11 Feb 12:15-13:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

Endnote Desktop
Fri 12 Feb 10:15-12:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

 

 

The workshops are held in the Anderson Room or the Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library (top floor). Signs in the Library will direct you to the appropriate room.

More information on these sessions and other sessions in the Power Hours Workshops programme is available online. Learning materials used in the workshops are also available in Vision / Organisations / Power Hours Workshops

See our website for further skills development opportunities.

Early bird Power Hour workshops

PH

New for Semester 2 2015-16 are a set of early bird Power Hour workshops. The following sessions will be run at 08:00-09:00 in the morning so you can get to them before the rest of the day starts!

Word: Heading, styles, numbering and TOCs: Thurs 3 March
Word: Page layouts and numbering: Thurs 10 March
Word: Links, footnotes and captions: Thurs 17 March

All will be held in the Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus (top floor).

Booking is required. Please book a place here.

More information on these sessions and other sessions in the Power Hours Workshops programme is available online. Learning materials used in the workshops are also available in Vision / Organisations / Power Hours Workshops

See our website for further skills development opportunities.

Power Hours Workshops week commencing 1st February

The following workshops will be held week commencing 1st February in the Edinburgh Campus Library (Top Floor):

Mindmapping Fundamentals
Mon 1 Feb 12:15-13:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

Endnote Online
Tues 2 Feb 12:15-13:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

Critical Reading : Hints & Tips for Undergraduate Students
Tues 2 Feb 13:15-14:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

Study Support Software
Wed 3 Feb 12:15-13:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

Citing & Referencing in Academic Writing plus EndNote
Wed 3 Feb 15:15-17:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

Citing & Referencing Harvard
Wed 3 Feb 17:15-18:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

Essay Writing: Plan For Success
Thurs 4 Feb 14:15-15:45
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

Excel: Make It Work
Thurs 4 Feb 12:15-13:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

How To Stop Putting Thing Off
Fri 5 Feb 12:15-13:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

Endnote Online
Fri 5 Feb 13:15-14:15
All workshop are now bookable at http://hw.ac.libcal.com/powerhours

 

The workshops are held in the Anderson Room or the Library Teaching Room, Edinburgh Campus Library (top floor). Signs in the Library will direct you to the appropriate room.

More information on these sessions and other sessions in the Power Hours Workshops programme is available online. Learning materials used in the workshops are also available in Vision / Organisations / Power Hours Workshops

See our website for further skills development opportunities.

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