FW: [ssdi-ciss-network] Data Skills Online Toolbox
KKilbane at hrsa.gov
Thu Jan 4 13:07:04 PST 2001
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Subject: [ssdi-ciss-network] Data Skills Online Toolbox
The Department of Maternal and Child Health in the School of Public Health
at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is releasing
self-instructional, web-based analytic and technical tools. The tools have
been designed to train state and local public health professionals in skills
that can be applied on demand on the job. The Data Skills Online tools were
designed with the busy public health professional in mind. Tools take a
maximum of three hours to complete, and can be accessed from any Internet
Tools are entirely self-instructional. Learners assess their performance
through quizzes with hypertext links to appropriate answers and activities
for practicing the application of the theory presented in the lessons. The
tools also have hypertext links to definitions for new terms and online
references and resources.
The Data Skills Online Toolbox URL is: < http://www.sph.unc.edu/toolbox
<http://www.sph.unc.edu/toolbox> >/. To register for a tool, a user must go
to this web site and complete an electronic form that asks for contact and
demographic information. The form also asks about the computer capacity
that the user has for accessing the tool(s). The user will then select a
tool and create an account with a logon ID and password. Explicit
instructions for each step in the registration and logon processes are on
the web site.
Two categories of tools are offered: technology and analytic.
Two technology tools and two related tutorials are currently available:
1. "Subscribing to a List"
2. "Browser Basics and Searching"
3. "Adobe Acrobat"
4. "Real Player 7"
Other technology tools that will soon be available are:
"Web Design", and
Two analytic tools are currently available:
1. "Overview of Primary Data Collection Instruments"
2. "Designing Questionnaires"
Other analytic tools that will soon be available are:
"Developing an Analysis Plan for a Quantitative Study",
"Conducting a Health Services Needs Assessment for Children with Special
Health Care Needs", and
"Geographic Information Systems."
Additional tools will be developed and released on an ongoing basis.
Data Skills Online has been developed with a grant from the Maternal and
Child Health Bureau, HRSA. There is no charge for using the tools, and
certificates of completion are available from the UNC Chapel Hill Center for
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