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A Productivity/Project Approach to Teaching Microsoft® Word 2013   Vicki Robertson and Susie VanHuss
Agenda•   Why Word 2013?•   Why a productivity/project approach?•   Benefits to students/instructors/employers•   Learning...
Why Word 2013?            • Most comprehensive word processor  Word      • State-of-the art            • De facto standard...
Why a Productivity/Project Approach?1. Addresses students’ lack of strong basic skills   (keyboarding & communication)2. S...
Student RealitiesHuge opportunity for instructors of first-year courses tomake a real difference in the lives of their stu...
Student Benefits from Productivity/Project Approach• Develop basic  keyboarding, communication, and word  processing skill...
Instructor Realities and Benefits                                      • Increasing student retention is easier           ...
Employer BenefitsEmployer expectations for entry level:                        Immediate productivity                     ...
Office Productivity        Keyboarding and communication skills (KPDO)               Essential word processing commands   ...
Illustrated Learning StrategiesSelect learning strategies based on student learning outcomes.
Integrate Communication Skills
Essential Word Processing CommandsConcept                         Step-by-step instructions   IllustrationImmediate, simpl...
Apply Commands, Formats, and Basic Skills
Start with Model Document and Callouts
Apply All Formats and Reduce Directions
Project Approach—Realistic Work SettingSame company setting isused at end of eachmodule (3-7) to reviewcommands and format...
Minimal InstructionsFocus is onwhat to do—not how to doit
Integrate Communication SkillsRequiressynthesizinginformation from aprevious report aswell as compositionand editing skills
Summary   Consistent                       • Works equally well with learning beginning and advancedsimple-to-complex     ...
Contact Information Susie H. VanHuss, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor Emeritus Moore School of Business University of South ...
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Course Tech 2013, Susie VanHuss & Vicki Robertson, A Productivity/Project Approach to Teaching Microsoft Word 2013 Part I

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and relevant experience required when they graduate. Discover a solution that is easy for students to access and use
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Course Tech 2013, Susie VanHuss & Vicki Robertson, A Productivity/Project Approach to Teaching Microsoft Word 2013 Part I

  1. 1. A Productivity/Project Approach to Teaching Microsoft® Word 2013 Vicki Robertson and Susie VanHuss
  2. 2. Agenda• Why Word 2013?• Why a productivity/project approach?• Benefits to students/instructors/employers• Learning strategies to prepare students for workplace success
  3. 3. Why Word 2013? • Most comprehensive word processor Word • State-of-the art • De facto standardMS Office • 90+% market share (Gartner, Forbes, WSJ) • 2-year graduates – Word 16 in BetaWorkplace • 4-year graduates – Word 16 in workplace 1-2 years (MS timeline)
  4. 4. Why a Productivity/Project Approach?1. Addresses students’ lack of strong basic skills (keyboarding & communication)2. Sound pedagogical approach – simple to complex with extensive reinforcement3. Easy to learn and easy to teach at all levels4. Learning-focused engagement5. Direct career link
  5. 5. Student RealitiesHuge opportunity for instructors of first-year courses tomake a real difference in the lives of their students!
  6. 6. Student Benefits from Productivity/Project Approach• Develop basic keyboarding, communication, and word processing skills needed for virtually all jobs in the first semester• Engaging approach clearly linking instruction to workplace success• Huge advantage in competing for better on- campus and community part-time jobs• Develop skills to gain relevant work experience while in school
  7. 7. Instructor Realities and Benefits • Increasing student retention is easier and cheaper than recruiting new students for your program • Students employed part-time in administrative offices on campus showcase your program • Students learn that your program is the best way to get relevant part-time work experience (Word of mouthEnhancing students’ opportunities recruiting!)for workplace success, makes areal difference in their lives!The real reward of teaching isknowing that you made adifference in your students’ lives!
  8. 8. Employer BenefitsEmployer expectations for entry level: Immediate productivity from new hires Relevant work experience Soft skills Essential technical skillsProductivity/project approach can prepare students tomeet these expectations!
  9. 9. Office Productivity Keyboarding and communication skills (KPDO) Essential word processing commands and formatting Productivity tools in Word (Building blocks—headers, footers, cover pages, table designs, templates, Quick Parts, styles, SmartArt, collaboration tools, etc.)
  10. 10. Illustrated Learning StrategiesSelect learning strategies based on student learning outcomes.
  11. 11. Integrate Communication Skills
  12. 12. Essential Word Processing CommandsConcept Step-by-step instructions IllustrationImmediate, simplepractice of one or twocommands
  13. 13. Apply Commands, Formats, and Basic Skills
  14. 14. Start with Model Document and Callouts
  15. 15. Apply All Formats and Reduce Directions
  16. 16. Project Approach—Realistic Work SettingSame company setting isused at end of eachmodule (3-7) to reviewcommands and formatstaught in that module. Uses SOPs to minimize directions Project 8 – Comprehensive project
  17. 17. Minimal InstructionsFocus is onwhat to do—not how to doit
  18. 18. Integrate Communication SkillsRequiressynthesizinginformation from aprevious report aswell as compositionand editing skills
  19. 19. Summary Consistent • Works equally well with learning beginning and advancedsimple-to-complex command and formats approach Integrates a wide • Keyboarding and communicationsrange of skills in a • Beginning and advanced Word realistic business • Simple and complex document formatting • Follows business-type standard operating procedures setting • Shows the relevance of instruction to workplace success Engaging and • Tool to retain students throughout first year and into career focused second year • Prepares students for entry-level workplace success
  20. 20. Contact Information Susie H. VanHuss, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor Emeritus Moore School of Business University of South Carolina susievanhuss@bellsouth.net 803.799.9459Note: Illustrations of learning strategies in this presentation are copyrighted by CengageLearning or Susie H. VanHuss 2013.

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