Talk:Moving to Word 2007

Instructor feedback on your mini-course -- Jz833665 11:50, 27 April 2010 (EDT)

This mini-course is overall well designed. Nice work. A few comments:

  • prerequisite: Prior experience with MS Word 2003 -->Prior experience with MS Word 2003 (or its previous versions?)
  • unit 1, task 1, the following action is not needed as the file is opened in pdf reader, not in the browser " after viewing the images, click the left arrow on your navigation bar to return to this lesson. "
  • Unit 1, task 1 and 2 can be combined into one task: identifying the parts, and then check the pdf provided in your current task 1 for answers.
  • In your unit 2 (and the following units), you may suggest your participants to open their Word on screen and place it side by side with their browser window, to ease the reading in wiki + operating in Word.

Re: Instructor feedback on your mini-course -- Meredith Kelly 13:56, 27 April 2010 (EDT)

Professor Zhang,

Thank you for your comments and recommendations.

For Item 1 (prerequisite): I have made the change as you suggested.

For Item 2 (unit 1, task 1): I use MSN Explorer through Verizon to access the Internet. When I click on the link, the PDF opens within a browser window. To return to the Wiki site, I must click the left arrow. If I click the X, it closes my connection. For users like me, I believe the comment about clicking the left arrow is needed.

For Item 3 (unit 1, task 2): I have combined the activities into one task, as suggested, and labeled the parts 1 and 2.

For Item 4 (unit 2 and subsequent units): Initially, I had a Viewing Recommendations notice (with Tasks), which I have reposted. I thought it might be a bit wordy, since I have several computers (with the 3 different versions of windows) and different monitor sizes. I was trying to take all possibilities into consideration. When you have a chance, please let me know if this is what you had in mind. Also, do you think it should appear in each of the three units, or just No. 2?

Your guidance is much appreciated.

Meredith

Comments -- Jason Chwirut 11:29, 30 April 2010 (EDT)

Meredith,

Your choice of topic is fantastic. I am going to tell you that I may be referring back to your mini course in the future if that is ok with you. On a daily basis, I come across some of the same issues you mention in your introduction. Here is why. Our Microsoft users here at the university are very diverse. Some departments are still using office2003, some are using office2007, and some are now using 2008. The differences in interfaces as you have mentioned are very distinct and when individuals whom are accustomed to working in 2003 have to work on workstations using 2007 or 2008 you can imagine the confusion. Therefore, I foresee your course being very helpful for institutions that have a diverse degree of users like myself. So, thank you for choosing such a great topic.

As far as your design goes, I like it a lot. You can tell much time and effort went into your planning stages and your instruction is well organized. The tutorials you have chosen are informative and precise and seem to give the viewers a great understanding of what is being presented. I really like your Unit tasks. Your screen captures give learners a very nice reference to what is located where throughout the interface. You ask the learners to assess what they have learned by asking them to relocate each of the items, which I think is a great way to do so.

The only suggestion I want to offer is very minimal. You may or may not choose to make the change because what you already have works fine, but maybe just bold WHAT’S NEW, WHAT’S NOT NEW, and WATCH: throughout the units. This subtle change might catch the learner’s attention more easily, and inform them that you want them to do something. Feel free to turn that down if you want to, it is just something that popped in my head.

Other than that Meredith, I can’t think of anything else to add. Everything looks great. I will continue to look and review and if anything else comes to mind I will be sure to let you know.

Great work, Jason

Re: Comments -- Meredith Kelly 01:28, 1 May 2010 (EDT)

Jason,

Thank you for your very kind comments. Your suggestions about using boldface in those areas make a lot of sense, and I will definitely do that tomorrow.

I really appreciate your taking the time to go through my site, especially at this extremely busy part of our courses.

Meredith

Feedback on mini course -- Anne de la Chapelle 15:45, 30 April 2010 (EDT)

Meredith, I found your course to be extremely well laid out and thoughtfully designed. The units flow nicely and make sense to the users' continuing education. I liked the screen captures and the videos are well balanced with your own text. I especially like the page where all of the different tasks are located so that the user could return to the course for specific updates.

It is a great course topic that is in great demand. I just learned this week how to change the language function....there is so much to grasp. Very nice job!! Oh, and the graphic at the start is great! Anne

Re: Feedback on mini course -- Meredith Kelly 01:39, 1 May 2010 (EDT)

Anne,

I really appreciate your positive comments about my site. When I saw that graphic, I just knew it represented the frustration many Word 2007 users (including me) feel when they open the new interface and try to do their everyday work.

It is said that the best way to learn something is to teach it to someone else. How true! I am getting much better at using the program now that I have been taking the time to explain it to others.

Thank you so much.

Meredith