Mosaic Project Team Preparing Training Programs for New Computer Applications

Mosaic Project Team Preparing Training Programs for New Computer Applications

By Kay Stevens BeasockUniversity Information Technology Services
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As The University of Arizona prepares for the replacement of its outdated administrative computer systems through the Mosaic Project, training programs are emerging to help the campus community prepare for the transition.

The University Information Technology Services Workshop and Training Team is working to develop live and online training programs to introduce users to new administrative systems in Mosaic's four key areas: student administration, financials, human resources/payroll and research administration.

"The UITS Workshop and Training Team is committed to providing end users with ample options for learning how to use the new Mosaic applications. We'll have interactive online offerings, step-by-step guides available for download, and live classes, so people can choose to learn the material through whichever method or combination of methods works best for them," said Melanie Cooley, information technology training manager and member of the UITS Workshop and Training Team.

Enrollment is now open for a pilot introductory workshop for Oracle Business Intelligence, the University's new report writing tool. The two-part workshop will begin Feb 4. In two half-day sessions, participants will learn how to use OBI tools, learn about the integration between OBI and Microsoft Office products and more. Dates, times, locations and registration are available through the Mosaic and Office of Student Computing Resources Web sites.

Those interested in being notified when additional live and online training sessions become available can also join the MosaicAnnounce listserv on the Mosaic Web site.

Another way to learn more about the Mosaic Project is to schedule a presentation or demonstration for your group through the Mosaic Project Speakers Bureau by calling 626-1306 or sending an e-mail to

Additional educational opportunities are available through Business Community Open Forums, which are open to anyone interested in the UA's business policies and processes. At a December forum, attendees viewed and participated in demonstrations of the new business intelligence system and a new online training tool for Mosaic. Hank Childers, Mosaic Project director, also provided an overview and update on the project's progress.

Currently in the implementation stage, the Mosaic Project is moving ahead on schedule. Implementation will occur over three years, and the timelines for Mosaic initiatives already in progress can be viewed online.

The next Business Community Open Forum, "A Day in the Life of a Kuali Financial System User," is scheduled for Feb. 19 at 2:30 p.m. in the Student Union Memorial Center's Gallagher Theater. The presentation will provide a glimpse of how the Kuali Financial System can accomplish some of the most common daily financial transactions by walking attendees through several scenarios from start to finish.

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