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Organize Your Life with Mobile Apps

Use the best apps to organize & access your information from anywhere. Lower stress: never lose track of anything again.
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Created by Nicole Hennig
Last updated 5/2016
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 4 Articles
  • 8 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What Will I Learn?
find your information from anywhere.
synchronize your information between desktop and mobile computers.
generate and use secure passwords.
automatically back up photos from your mobile devices.
create to-do lists that you can access on-the-go.
use the best apps for these purposes (iOS or Android).
use basic tips about security and privacy and know where to learn more.
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  • You'll need an Android or iOS (Apple) smartphone or tablet.
  • You'll need a desktop or laptop computer.
  • You'll need the following free apps: Dropbox, 1Password, Wunderlist, Evernote.
  • You should know how to use the basic functions of your mobile device and how to install new apps.

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This course will show you how to use four excellent apps for managing your information, guide you through setting them up, and provide tips and best practices for using them.

The apps are: Dropbox (cloud storage), 1Password (secure password management), Wunderlist (to-do lists), and Evernote (store and search all your notes).

When you have these apps set up, you'll be able to sync your information between computers and mobile devices, and quickly access all of your information from anywhere. This is a key advantage of today's mobile devices – always having your information at your fingertips.

The course includes video demos, step-by-step worksheets, and quizzes on:

  • Setting up cloud storage: Dropbox.
  • Setting up a secure password system: 1Password.
  • Setting up to-do lists: Wunderlist.
  • Organizing a place for all of your notes: Evernote.
  • Using these apps together as a system for organizing your life.
  • Security and privacy: tips, best practices, and where to learn more.

Who this course is for:

  • Those who have an iPhone or Android smartphone or tablet and haven't had time to set up cloud storage, password managers, to-do lists, and notes that synchronize with desktop computers.
  • People who would like a good system for storing information digitally and being able to easily find it again.
  • Busy students or professionals who want to free up time to focus on the creative work they enjoy -- because they are no longer losing track of important information, due to lost papers, notebooks left at home, or lost photos on a damaged phone.

With this course you will

  • Save time.
  • Be more productive.
  • Manage your information effectively.
  • Access your information from anywhere.
  • Get the most from your smartphone or tablet.
  • Have a foundation for using other apps that connect with these in useful ways.
  • Reduce stress and focus on what's important in your life (now that your info is organized).

Enroll Now Having these systems set up will make all of your creative projects easier -- because you can easily find all of your information from anywhere.

Who is the target audience?
  • You want to finally get a handle on password management, to-do lists, photo backup, and notes.
  • You have an iPhone or Android smartphone and want to get the most from your device.
  • You are busy and haven’t had time to explore apps beyond those that came pre-installed.
  • You want a way to store information digitally and easily find it again.
  • You want to avoid the stress of not being able to find important information.
  • This course is not for you if you are already comfortable using Dropbox, 1Password, Wunderlist, and Evernote (or similar apps).
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 48 Lectures Collapse All 48 Lectures 02:43:05
3 Lectures 04:54

A few pointers on how to best navigate the course.

Preview 03:55

Introducing your instructor, Nicole Hennig.

Preview 00:59

Here are a few things you need to know before getting started.

Tips for getting started
2 pages
Backup and Synchronize your Files with Dropbox
10 Lectures 24:45

Learn why using cloud storage to synchronize files between mobile and desktop computers is so useful.

Preview 01:02

Where to find Dropbox and how their pricing options work. How much storage you get with a free vs. pro accounts.

Installing Dropbox

How to copy files from desktop to mobile and vice-versa.

Moving files between devices

How to share files with others using Dropbox. Learn the difference between view-only and editing permissions.

Sharing files with others

Suggestions for the settings in Dropbox. (A silent video with visible instructions).

Dropbox settings

How to automatically backup your photos from your mobile device using background uploading.

Backing up photos automatically

How to share photos with others from Dropbox.

Photo sharing

In early 2016 Dropbox discontinued their separate app for organizing photos. If you were using it, here's how to switch back to Dropbox itself for photo backups.

Moving away from Carousel (for photo backups)

Worried about the security of cloud storage? You're not alone. There is no perfect security system, but there are some things you can do to protect your data. See the tips in this video.

Security tips

Use this worksheet to review everything discussed in the videos for this section. Includes resources for learning more.

Worksheet - Dropbox
3 pages

Test yourself to see what you remember about Dropbox.

Dropbox Quiz
4 questions
Manage Your Passwords with 1Password
8 Lectures 18:10

Why using a password manager is more secure than trying to remember lots of unique passwords, or re-using passwords on multiple sites.

Preview 01:51

How to find and install 1Password.

Installing 1Password

How to create new items for storing passwords or other information.

Preview 02:20

How to find and install browser extensions for auto-filling passwords.

1Password browser extensions

How to add mobile widgets for auto-filling passwords.

Mobile widgets

Are you worried about the security of using an app like 1Password? Learn what security experts and organizations like the Electronic Frontier Foundation have to say about this.

Security tips

Where to get help with using 1Password and how to learn more about it.

Getting help

Use this worksheet to review everything discussed in the videos for this section. Includes resources for learning more.

Worksheet - 1Password
4 pages

Test your knowledge to see what you remember about 1Password.

1Password Quiz
3 questions
Create To-Do Lists with Wunderlist
9 Lectures 14:14

Where to get Wunderlist. Why to use it.

Wunderlist: why use it & how to install it

How to create lists and items in your lists.

Creating list items

How to create sub-tasks for list items. How to view the items for "today" only.

Creating subtasks, viewing today’s tasks

How Wunderlist sysncs between desktop and mobile. Also, how to delete items.

Preview 01:05

How to share a list with a friend or family member.

Sharing lists

What are some optimal settings for Wunderlist?

Settings in Wunderlist

Tips for to-do lists in general.

Tips for Wunderlist

Where to get help with using Wunderlist. Other recommended list apps and why you might want to use more than one list app.

Getting help, using other list apps

Use this worksheet to review everything discussed in the videos for this section. Includes resources for learning more.

Worksheet - Wunderlist
3 pages

Test your knowledge to see what you remember about Wunderlist.

Wunderlist Quiz
3 questions
Organize Your Notes with Evernote
12 Lectures 33:26

Why Evernote is a great place to store your important information, and keep it backed up and synchronized between your computers and mobile devices.

Evernote: why use it & how to install it

How to create different types of notes: text notes, camera notes, and audio notes.

Creating notes (typing, camera, audio)

How to find your private Evernote email address so you can email information to your Evernote.

Emailing notes to Evernote

How to create notebooks and how to group notebooks into stacks.

Notebooks and stacks

How to use tags to add multiple topics to each note, making it easier to find them when searching.


How to search your notes, syncing options, and settings to know about.

Searching, syncing, settings

Using the web clipper and mobile widgets to easily save web pages into Evernote.

Preview 03:48

How to make shortcuts to frequently used notes. How to make different types of lists within a note, how to set reminders.

Shortcuts, lists, reminders

Ideas for ways to organize your notebooks in Evernote.

Organizing your notebooks

Using the geo-tags to find notes by the place they were created.

Location tagging

Where to get answers to questions about Evernote and some resources for learning more.

Getting help, learning more

Use this worksheet to review everything discussed in the videos for this section. Includes resources for learning more.

Worksheet - Evernote
5 pages

Test yourself to see what you remember about Evernote.

Evernote Quiz
3 questions
Organize your life - putting it all together
3 Lectures 05:46

Thoughts on what we've covered so far and the benefits of synchronizing your information between desktop and mobile.

Putting together what you've learned - the big picture

Links to documents mentioned in the previous video.

Putting it all together - readings
1 page

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Additional materials
3 Lectures 00:29

If you still have concerns about security, read this for learning more. Use this to think through your own best practices for protecting the different types of information that you have.

Additional security tips
3 pages

Learning more about mobile apps for education

View my slide deck if you're curious about why librarians are getting involved with using and recommending mobile apps .

Preview 40 pages
About the Instructor
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User Experience Professional
Helping librarians and educators effectively use mobile technologies

Nicole Hennig is an independent user experience professional, helping librarians and educators effectively use mobile technologies. She is the author of two books, Best Apps for Academics, and Apps for Librarians: Using the Best Mobile Technology to Educate, Create, and Engage.

She offers a variety of instructional resources that bring people from novice to expert, and helps spark ideas for creative uses of mobile technologies.


She worked for the MIT Libraries for 14 years as head of user experience and web manager. She has designed and conducted user experience research, usability tests, websites, web applications, and online instruction.


She has won several awards, including the MIT Libraries Infinite Mile Award for Innovation and Creativity, the MIT Excellence Award for Innovative Solutions, and the ASIS&T Chapter Member of the Year.

Nicole loves teaching, presenting, and inspiring people to use technology effectively.

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