Word processing skills are an essential tool for any job. This course is for the person who ‘knows nothing’ about word processing, but would like to enter the job market as well as the Administrative Assistant currently on the job. The only prerequisites required are that you need prior knowledge of the conventions of Microsoft Windows. The video modules are interactive, you can work right along with the video. You cannot learn a hands-on product, unless you ‘use’ that product. I encourage you to work interactively with the videos for optimum learning. The course is broken down into nineteen sections, with sixty-two lectures. Supplemental materials are also available to further enhance your understanding. Skill building exercises are used to evaluate your knowledge. I am a hands-on professor who is willing to work with you and answer all of your questions. I feel student-to-instructor interaction is essential to learning. We will cover character, paragraph and document formatting. Also included will be tabs and tables, and much more. Upon completing this course, you will be proficient in Microsoft Word 2013. Other videos claim to make you ‘experts’. The level to which you learn is up to you. You will have all of the tools that will either improve your current position or it will get you that job. Other features covered are embedding and linking objects and even merging a Word document from an Access document. (that one is really fun!) Every section begins with an introduction as to what is covered in the section. Then each lecture is individualized to one specific task. And finally, there is a review of what we covered. The total class time for the entire course is six hours and 14 minutes. The course is asynchronous, you work at your own pace, on your own time.
This introduction will give an overview of all of the sections and their respective topics. Several sections are devoted to just one topic, for your better understanding of Word 2013 tasks. This lecture also comes with two files: The course objectives and a listing of all of the lectures with the corresponding connection to the course objectives.
The lecture starts from square one, showing you how to open Word, and basically an overview of the opening screen. You will also learn how to anchor the Word program to your taskbar for easy access.
It is important to understand the depth of the Word ribbon and the commands on the ribbon. This lecture breaks down the Contextual Tabs Commands and gives an overview of when you would use the commands and also 'how' to interact with the commands.
You have to realize that you can control the way Word operates with Options. This lecture gives an overview of Word Options. We use them throughout the course, this lecture gives a 'peak' as to when you would use them.
We started at the beginning, so to speak by opening Word, exploring the Word start screen, identifying parts of the Word main screen and defining the tabs and their respective commands. In the rest of the lectures, we will use these commands.
It is now time to get to work! This lecture has you entering text in a document. Non-printing characters are so important to see the background of your work, this lecture will discuss why you will want to have them on all the time. The most important part of this lecture is the explanation of how Word 2013 recognizes a paragraph. Why is that important? Watch and find out.
Have you ever heard of the three Autos? This lecture shows you how to use AutoComplete, AutoFormat and AutoCorrect. Don't miss this lecture because all of these features assist you in the creation of your document. There is even a 'Math' AutoCorrect.
This lecture is all about navigating around the screen. We will practice using the keyboard and the mouse to move the insertion point, and customize the Quick Access Toolbar so that commands you use most often are right at your fingertips.
There are many ways to select text. We cover all ways to select text, and discuss the reasons for selecting text. Namely; to use the copy/paste feature. Have you ever used the Office Clipboard? Nice feature. Once again, assisting you in the creation of an error-free document.
It is good to talk about 'what you did'. As a review, we recap all the tasks in this section.
There is more to fonts than just 'Times New Roman'. You will be surprised how much is involved in choosing the correct font for your document. Do you know the difference between a Proportional vs Monospaced font? Open this lecture and find out. There is also a supplemental file in this lecture for your further understanding of fonts.
When you think of formatting, you probably do not think much past bold, italic and underlining. Those are good, and are labeled character formats. However, I bet you have not heard of the Format Painter where we actually use a paint brush to format text. It is a great feature, open this lecture and try it! (supplemental files available)
This lecture covers three paragraph formats: Text Indents, setting indents and line spacing. You will receive hands-on practice of how Word 2013 formats these topics. (supplemental materials available)
You may have used bullets and numbering lists because quite often, Word will create them automatically. However, in this lecture you will not only create bullets, you will format them to better accommodate the subject of your document. Then you will use the Borders and Shading command to emphasize a paragraph of importance. (supplemental materials available)
This section covered the differences between character and paragraph formatting. You received hands-on experience creating both formatting options. Just remember that it is important to use these formats to emphasize important words and/or paragraphs in your document.
Not too many people use Tabs. I don't know why, it is so easy and a 'must' if you are using Proportional fonts (and we all do). Since proportional fonts are measured vertically (you knew that from lecture 11, right?) you cannot use spaces to align. There are five tab settings in Word. You will use everyone of them! Open this lecture and let's begin. (supplemental material available)
Tabs can be very useful when wanting to separate lists into columns. This lecture re-examines the five tab stops and how to set them. This will prepare you for the next skill builder exercise. Review this lecture and you are ready to work independently.
It is time for you to work on your own. You can do it! You have been watching and working very hard. This lecture has you creating a Word tabulation problem. Please send it to me, I am anxious to see how you are doing.
You know about line spacing, but have you ever heard of 'paragraph spacing'? This lecture is going to answer your question 'why is there a blank line between my lines of text when I set it to single space'? Stay tuned to this lecture for that answer. Also, we cover 'Widows and Orphans' (did not make that up) and also how easy it is to 'sort paragraphs'. Lots of good things in this lecture! (supplemental materials available)
This lecture finished the types of paragraph formatting features in Word 2013. They are the least known features I believe. Now you know them!
No one thinks too much of hyphenation in Word because of Word's Wordwrap feature. But did you ever look at the right side of your text when you are typing in left alignment mode? It is sometimes very uneven and very unattractive. Hyphenation evens up that right margin to make a more presentable finished document. This lecture begins the introduction of yet another formatting feature: Document Formatting. (supplemental materials available)
Word's margin feature is discussed and you are shown all of the margin types available and how to change them. Page orientation is also used; portrait or landscape.
Another Document Formatting feature is Columns. They are great when you have to send out a newsletter. You will be surprised how easy it is to create and format columns. Click into this lecture and let's try creating and formatting some columns.
Document Formatting was introduced in this chapter. We covered Hyphenation, Margins, Orientation and Columns. This lecture summarizes what you learned in Section 7.
Outline view is not very commonly used, but one of the most important features in Word. Outlining helps you organize your thoughts. This lecture has you using the Outline feature.
This is one of my favorite lectures, so much fun! In this lecture, we begin in Word, in Outline view. Then, at the click of the mouse, we end up in PowerPoint with all of our slides created! And if that wasn't enough, we begin in PowerPoint, and with another click of the mouse, we end up in Outline View in Word! You have to see this!
This section showed you the many facets of the Outline feature in Word 2013. We went from Word to PowerPoint and back and this lecture reviews just how we did that.
Tables are a bit more common than tabs. This lecture has you creating and formatting a table. What you probably did not know though was that Word can do formulas. Yes! Ok, so it isn't Excel, but it does formulas. Click into this lecture and see how. (supplemental materials available)
Your turn. There are two skill builder exercises in this lecture. One on Tables alone and one on Tabs and Tables. As I stated numerous times, 'Learning is not a Spectator Sport'! Let me see what you have absorbed from these lectures. Please send them to me and I will give you feedback. Good luck! (supplemental materials available)
This lecture goes over everything we completed in the Tables section. Review this and take notes because another skill builder is coming up, and there are two! Yikes!
Did you ever wonder how Word knew to go to the next page? It is all automatic, of course it is counting the lines. Word does not know how to read, however. It will split headings and text, tables, tabulation problems, etc. You must control where Word breaks to a new page. This lecture will show you how to do that. (supplemental materials available)
Lecture 31 was a long lecture, so this lecture will recap how to use page breaks and manual page breaks, and most importantly, why we need to control where a page ends and begins.
As a business educator since 1974, I bring teaching experience in high school, the business sector, community college and higher education. Holding a Bachelor and Master degree in Business Education assists in my expertise in teaching at all of the aforementioned venues. In the high school setting I taught everything from typing to shorthand (yes, I’m that old!), Business English, Business Math, Computer Applications, COBOL programming and much more. Since the early 1990’s I transitioned secretaries in the business sector from the computer into DOS, then from DOS into Windows. I created my own manuals and held workshops in WordPerfect, dBase III Plus, Lotus 1‑2‑3, Microsoft Works, Microsoft Access, Excel and Word. My Community College experience was in the secretarial field as well, teaching Office Machines. Currently I am teaching the Microsoft Office products and Computer Literacy in higher education. I have numerous published peer-reviewed publications in State, National and International Conferences. I began my interest in teaching at a distance in 2005, developing a course for my university called ‘Geeks Bearing Gifts’. It was a senior synthesis course and very popular. To prepare myself to teach online, I first took an online class, to get the student perspective. I then took a course at Penn State’s World Campus entitled ‘Introduction to Distance Education’. Following that I continued my professional development in the pedagogy (or shall I say ‘andragogy’) of teaching at a distance by taking a course at Clarion University of Pennsylvania titled ‘Media Strategies in Distance Communication’, and one at Millersville University of Pennsylvanian titled ‘The Dark Side of the Internet’. I continue my interest in teaching online by being a part of the Sloan Consortium (one of my papers was published at their 2011 annual conference). I am also a member of the Magna Publications group which has great articles and webinars for which I attend to further advance my teaching skills at a distance. I am a hands-on instructor. This is paramount in learning at a distance, as student-to-instructor interaction is essential to the learning of the student. Lastly, I feel that instructors should never do for students what they can do for themselves. It was legendary University of California, Los Angeles basketball coach John Wooden (1997) who wrote: “Why can’t we realize that it only weakens those we want to help when we do things for them that they could do for themselves?” (p. 15, as cited in Gabriel, 2008, p. 22). This does not mean we ‘present’ a lesson and let the student learn on their own; quite the contrary, we ‘teach’ the lesson, and let the student discover the material through discussions or projects. I believe in learner-centered teaching, active learning and formative assessment as these allow the student to practice what they are learning. That is why I explain several times in my lectures that it is best to interactively work with my lectures. Skill builder exercises are available for students to evaluate his/her comprehension of the material. The bottom line is I really enjoy teaching online and would like to be a part of the Udemy premium instructors.