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Transitioning from Office 2003 to 2007

In the Middle of the Curve

This week, I finally upgraded from Office 2003 (which has used essentially the same interface as most prior versions of Office) to Office 2007. I wonder if software designers underestimate the difficulty a user has when changing a user interface so that it is more "intuitive." For example - File, Edit, View. know that if I click File, I can save and print. Now I'm faced with this.

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Writing & Grammar: Can I Change the Appearance of Balloons in Word 2007?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

About the Author:  Jennie Ruby is a veteran IconLogic trainer and author with titles such as "Editing with Word 2003 and Acrobat 7" and "Editing with MS Word 2007 " to her credit. by Jennie Ruby. Short answer: yes. The shading of the comments margin is called the Markup Area Highlight, and is controlled by the Show Markup drop-down list.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: David Byrne and PowerPoint

Learning Visions

Friday, April 06, 2007 David Byrne and PowerPoint Remember back in 2003, when David Byrne published a book (described by AP Technology Writer Rachel Konrad as a " coffee table book for nerds ") called E.E.E.I. Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Envisioning Emotional Epistemological Information ? Oh that David Byrne, hes so creative and alternative co-opting PowerPoint like that. The noted Edward Tufte blames PowerPoint. Here, here. And the same holds true of rapid e-Learning tools and any in-house training effort.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Humble Learning Moment

Learning Visions

Saturday, May 05, 2007 Humble Learning Moment File this one under the challenging of outdated theories and assumptions. Ive been reading e-Learning and the Science of Instruction (2003) by Ruth Clark and Richard Mayer. Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Id say this is a must-read for learning/experience/ instructional designers, or whatever you may call yourself. For a great summary of the book, head over to Clives blog. The realization that Ive been working off some really outdated theories.as recently as this week.

Infographic: How Google has changed what it means to do research

eFront

2003: Myspace launched. 2003: Yahoo acquires Overture (for paid placement) and Inktomi (search). 2007: iPhone launched. Google dominates the battle for the search engine with 66.7 % of all searches that occur being via Google – and of students surveyed, 94% used Google or another search engine as an online reserach tool. 1962: J.C.R. any site. 1997: Google released.

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Clive's Columns

Clive on Learning

So, I decided to put together a compendium of 33 of the e-learning columns that I wrote for Learning & Development and IT Training magazines between 2003 and 2007. Judging by the responses to Jane Hart's Top Ten Tools , I'm swimming against the tide with my love of huge, complex, expensive desktop tools.

Arming Kids with Laptops.works

Kapp Notes

In an effort to eliminate the "digital divide" between wealthy and poor students, Maine public schools in 2002 and 2003 distributed 36,000 laptops to seventh- and eighth-graders across the state. Many critics wondered if this was just technology in search of a problem or if the kids would actually benefit from the use of technology.

Reflect on Your Life’s Journey

CLO Magazine

This is a sea change from 2003 when I wrote “Authentic Leadership.” For my 2007 book, “True North,” we conducted the largest in-depth study of leaders ever conducted, based on first-person interviews. In the past 10 years, authenticity has become the gold standard for leadership. Back then, many people asked what it meant to be authentic. What makes leaders’ stories different?

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Reith Lectures (A Learning Experience Beyond the Textbook)

ZaidLearn

2005: The Triumph of Technology 2004: Climate of Fear 2003: The Emerging Mind 2002: A Question of Trust 2001: The End of Age 2000: Respect for the Earth 1999: Runaway World BBC is certainly a benchmark when it comes to quality content ! Link to Reith Lectures Reith Lectures explores interesting things about life. Great stuff! OER/FREE

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Reith Lectures (A Learning Experience Beyond the Textbook)

ZaidLearn

2005: The Triumph of Technology 2004: Climate of Fear 2003: The Emerging Mind 2002: A Question of Trust 2001: The End of Age 2000: Respect for the Earth 1999: Runaway World BBC is certainly a benchmark when it comes to quality content ! Link to Reith Lectures Reith Lectures explores interesting things about life. Great stuff!

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Live Training vs. eLearning: Which is Better?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

taught a class a few years ago on upgrading to Windows Vista and Office 2007. About the Author: Jennie Ruby is a veteran IconLogic trainer and author with titles such as "Editing with Word 2003 and Acrobat 7" and " Editing with MS Word 2007 " to her credit. by Jennie Ruby. felt like a video star the other day. Well, at least in a tiny little way. It was for a fairly large organization. The section of the class I taught had an attendance of about 40 people, and they had several more sessions scheduled. But I didn't teach them--at least not in person.

Open Educational Resources Declaration and info

Ignatia Webs

It is a really huge initiative that has been growing since 2003. Mark Surman got me focussed on Open Educational Resources (OER) again with his great post on the Cape Town Declaration. The English paper on their research mention the great lessons learned. They also have a blog that keeps everyone updated on coming courses. like this approach a lot!

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Harold Jarche » SmartDraw 2007

Learning and Working on the Web

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Would vs. Will

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

  About the Author:   Jennie Ruby is a veteran IconLogic trainer and author with titles such as "Editing with Word 2003 and Acrobat 7" and " Editing with MS Word 2007 " to her credit. by Jennie Ruby. In training documents and manuals, we often have to tell the reader what will (or would) happen if they do (or did) a certain action. For example, suppose you want to tell the reader the consequences of pressing cancel. Would you use sentence a or sentence b below?   Both sentences are grammatically correct. Writing & Grammar

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Editing Images with PowerPoint

Integrated Learnings

Perhaps this is because older versions of PowerPoint (2003 or below) didn’t have as many graphic editing options as never versions (2007 or higher). By Joseph Suarez. Sometimes an eLearning course needs to be enhanced with an image , but finding the right one can be a chore in itself. It’s frustrating to locate an image only to find it just isn’t quite right. Resize. Rotate. Recolor.

Clive's 33 Columns (Dummies Guide to e-Learning!)

ZaidLearn

This excellent free resource is " A compendium of 33 of Clive Shepherd’s columns on e-learning and blended learning, originally published between 2003 and 2007 in IT Training and Learning & Development magazines." Clive's Columns (pdf): [link] Clive's Blog: [link] WHAT? COPYRIGHT? This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works License.

Clive's 33 Columns (Dummies Guide to e-Learning!)

ZaidLearn

This excellent free resource is " A compendium of 33 of Clive Shepherd’s columns on e-learning and blended learning, originally published between 2003 and 2007 in IT Training and Learning & Development magazines." Clive's Columns (pdf): [link] Clive's Blog: [link] WHAT? COPYRIGHT? This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works License.

Universal principles of design

Clive on Learning

Universal principles of design , by William Lidwell, Kritina Holden and Jill Butler (Rockport, 2003) is a gloriously-presented compendium of 100 design ideas that, if not universal, can certainly be applied in a wide variety of settings. What I like most about the book is that it looks so good, reinforcing the importance of aesthetics in establishing first impressions and developing pride of ownership (an issue I discussed a few weeks ago in Getting in Touch With Your Feelings ). How can I enhance the usability of a design (includes signal-to-noise ratio, readability, accessibility)?

Editing with Acrobat: Get the Comment Pane's Numbers to Match Acrobat's Page Numbers

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

     About the Author:   Jennie Ruby is a veteran IconLogic trainer and author with titles such as "Editing with Word 2003 and Acrobat 7" and " Editing with MS Word 2007 " to her credit. by Jennie Ruby. This week a past student of my Editing with Acrobat class contacted me with this problem: The page numbers used in the Comments pane at the bottom of her screen did not match the page numbers displayed in the page number field at the top of the screen. or page 21? It is called the "logical" page number. Acrobat

Writing & Grammar: Comparisons and Pronouns. The Results

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

About the Author: Jennie Ruby is a veteran IconLogic trainer and author with titles such as "Editing with Word 2003 and Acrobat 7" and " Editing with MS Word 2007 " to her credit. by Jennie Ruby. Results are in for last week's question about the meaning of this sentence: My boyfriend loves soccer more than me. The choices were A and B: My boyfriend loves soccer more than I do. My boyfriend loves soccer more than he loves me. By a large margin, you readers said it means B. Literally, in print, that is the official meaning. Writing & Grammar

Writing & Grammar: Checklists, Part III

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

  About the Author: Jennie Ruby is a veteran IconLogic trainer and author with titles such as "Editing with Word 2003 and Acrobat 7" and " Editing with MS Word 2007 " to her credit. by Jennie Ruby. This week I am featuring two different kinds of checklists from readers. One kind is a planning checklist with slots for recording the date each task is done.

LMS Conversation with Tracy Continues

Tony Karrer

And, your description of the process to get the LMS starting in 2003 will resonate with MANY (if not most) people in our field This is a somewhat different experience for me. Tracy Hamilton and I are having a weird kind of slow, public conversation using our blogs. But it also feels like a reasonable way to do it - which makes it somehow even more weird. With that caveat - You can find the beginning of the conversation and my list of Learning Management Systems (LMS) Gotchas. In response Tracy just posted - LMS - I don't want to be Little Miss Should've. What exactly is that?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Profiles of a Twentysomething and a Fiftysomething Learner

Learning Visions

Friday, June 22, 2007 Profiles of a Twentysomething and a Fiftysomething Learner In the fact-gathering phase for an e-Learning strategy project I am working on, I have the fun task of interviewing a whole bunch of potential end-users. Yesterday I conducted my first two interviews: the first was with a woman who had graduated from college in 1979; the second was with a 2003 college graduate. Susie" graduated from college in 2003. Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Its not work, its fun! Interesting, isnt it?

Training: The Value of Assessments

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

About the Author: Jennie Ruby is a veteran IconLogic trainer and author with titles such as "Editing with Word 2003 and Acrobat 7" and " Editing with MS Word 2007 " to her credit. by Jennie Ruby. Very few readers commented on my recent question about course assessments. Although I do know of at least one training company that offers assessments and feedback after the class, I am deducing that conducting assessments is not the norm. Training on Trial , by Jim D. Kirkpatrick and Wendy Kayser Kirkpatrick, published in 2010, makes this case. The result was xxx.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: The Auditory Advantage

Learning Visions

Monday, March 19, 2007 The Auditory Advantage Patrick Dunn, in his latest rant, Games are not an alternative vision has this to say: The huge array of tools, techniques and approaches that games producers have developed with the benefit of their consumer-sized budgets are largely available to medium and low-end e-learning producers, if they would just apply their imagination. On Learning Circuits site I found an article called The Auditory Advantage written by Lenn Millbower from January 2003. Have a look at Lozanov’s research on this. Ill stop there. Music? Dont think so.

Even learning is miscellaneous

Clive on Learning

second example relates to a series of courses I developed between 2003 and 2005 with a colleague of mine called David Kori. In my 20s I spent a couple of years working in management accounting for a large multinational. Now I know you think that must have been incredibly boring, but for me it was anything but. In the days when spreadsheets really were sheets of paper, I became an expert at correcting errors using Snopake (maximum two layers before you were writing on top of a gooey white mountain) or with a razor blade (maximum two corrections before you wore a hole in the paper).

The Quality and Extent of Online Education in the United States

ZaidLearn

million students were studying online in the fall of 2003. the expected average growth rate for online students for 2004 is 24.8%, up from 19.8% in 2003. Link to site & full report (PDF, 27 pages, 695K) "The online enrollment projections have been realized, and there is no evidence that enrollments have reached a plateau. Online enrollments continue to grow at rates faster than for the overall student body, and schools expect the rate of growth to further increase: Over 1.9 Schools expect the number of online students to grow to over 2.6 million by the fall of 2004. disagree.

The Quality and Extent of Online Education in the United States

ZaidLearn

million students were studying online in the fall of 2003. the expected average growth rate for online students for 2004 is 24.8%, up from 19.8% in 2003. Link to site & full report (PDF, 27 pages, 695K) "The online enrollment projections have been realized, and there is no evidence that enrollments have reached a plateau. Online enrollments continue to grow at rates faster than for the overall student body, and schools expect the rate of growth to further increase: Over 1.9 Schools expect the number of online students to grow to over 2.6 million by the fall of 2004. disagree.

Converting from Excel XP to 2007 (or Word. or Powerpoint)

eContent

Recently I was in a SharePoint class and at the end of the day, the instructor showed a very cool tool which Microsoft has which allows you to check out user interface command differences between their Office XP (2003) and Office 2007 products (Excel, Powerpoint and Word). The system them morphs to Excel 2007 and shows how to perform the identical command in the new release.

Writing & Grammar: Acronyms--Are they Both Efficient and Clear?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

  About the Author:   Jennie Ruby is a veteran IconLogic trainer and author with titles such as "Editing with Word 2003 and Acrobat 7" and " Editing with MS Word 2007 " to her credit. by Jennie Ruby I have been told, and have taught, that you define an acronym on first use if it is used at least once more in the document. But during a recent class one of my students opened my eyes to thinking further about acronym use. That policy struck me at once as being so sensible that I immediately adopted it for my own use. Just spell it out the second time.

Writing & Grammar: Name That Error

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

     About the Author:   Jennie Ruby is a veteran IconLogic trainer and author with titles such as "Editing with Word 2003 and Acrobat 7" and " Editing with MS Word 2007 " to her credit. by Jennie Ruby. "Why did you change my sentence? liked it the way it was." " If you edit other people's writing, you will face this question at some point. To be prepared to answer it, you need to know the names of common grammar errors that a writer can make. And, of course, it helps to know how to fix them. Writing & Grammar

Concerned about Retention? The Potential for a Resume Tsunami

Learning on the Leading Edge

Sure enough, voluntary turnover started to increase in July of 2003 and continued to rise until July of 2005 (see the blue line in the chart below). Voluntary turnover didn’t drop significantly again until the Great Recession began in late 2007, with a huge decrease from mid-2008 through mid-2009. Voluntary Turnover (Quits) vs. Unemployment Rate 2001-2016. ” [3].

Encouraging Interaction in Online Classes

ZaidLearn

Garrison and Anderson (2003) recommend establishing the following online presence: a feeling of trust and being welcomed a sense of belonging to a critical community a sense of control; a sense of accomplishment a willingness to engage in discourse a conversational tone; and a questioning attitude.". Link to article (By Brent Muirhead) ".Instructional Papers teaching and learning

Encouraging Interaction in Online Classes

ZaidLearn

Garrison and Anderson (2003) recommend establishing the following online presence: a feeling of trust and being welcomed a sense of belonging to a critical community a sense of control; a sense of accomplishment a willingness to engage in discourse a conversational tone; and a questioning attitude.". Link to article (By Brent Muirhead) ".Instructional