Learning Word 2013 on Lynda.com

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As part of the staff here at the Fountaindale Public Library who teach a variety of computer classes to our customers, I’ve taught classes to people in our community for more than a dozen years. There continues to be a demand for this type of service at our library.

The classes that we teach here include instruction on most of the Microsoft Office Suite of software programs.  They meet for one, two-hour session, and the customers who take the classes come away from them with enough knowledge to start using that particular program, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.

In addition to our onsite classes, our library also makes available to Fountaindale Public Library cardholders three excellent online resources to further enhance customers’ knowledge of Microsoft Office programs. They are Gale Courses, Lynda.com, and Universal Class. Here is the link to the page on the library’s website for these resources: http://www.fountaindale.org/resources

Whenever I teach one of our onsite classes, I let those people attending know about these resources and provide them with a list, as a handout sheet, so they can try them out. The list is similar to the one shown below.

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Earlier this month, I completed the Word 2013 Essential Training course on Lynda.com that I started back in August. I wanted to see what the overall content of the course was and what type of learning experience it provided.

The class consists of 5 hours and 9 minutes of video instruction. The instructor was David Rivers and it turned out to be a great way to learn the basics of creating, editing, and formatting documents in Word 2013.

The course covers more than we can offer in our two hours of onsite instruction. The Lynda.com course includes the flowing topics:

  • Creating new documents
  • Saving documents and document versions
  • Editing PDFs in Word
  • Cutting, copying, and pasting text
  • Finding and replacing text
  • Undoing mistakes
  • Adjusting paragraph and page formatting
  • Applying theme and styles to documents
  • Illustrating with pictures, shapes, and clip art
  • Creating and saving macros and Quick Parts
  • Checking spelling and grammar
  • Tracking changes and inserting comments

Unlike classroom instruction, one of the real benefits of the Lynda.com video courses is that you can go back and replay / review any sections that you might want to spend more time with. At the beginning of this post is a look at what the onscreen presentation looks like.

Even after teaching the Word 2013 class here at the library many times, I still  found a few things that I can bring to my in-house class that would be very useful to the students. So, taking the course was time well spent.

Lynda.com offers customers a very flexible learning platform to help you acquire a variety of Microsoft Office Skills such as Word 2013. It allows you to tailor your study time to fit your schedule. The content is well presented by knowledgeable and personable instructors. Plus, once you have completed the course, you are eligible for a Certificate of Completion,  which you can print. The one I received is similar to the one shown below. Yours will show your full name.

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Taking courses through Lynda.com is easy to do through our library’s website. You will need to have a Fountaindale Public Library card that is up-to-date and in good standing to access it remotely.

Overall, I think you’ll find it to be a winning package!

-Tom D

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