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E-mail/Voice Mail Communication Tips Proactively using e-mail and voice mail helps you make better use of your time and keeps you in contact with your students. This week we will focus on tips and strategies for communicating effectively using these tools.

Teaching Yourself New Software Learning new software is always a challenge. This week we will discuss strategies for teaching yourself application software programs (e.g., word processing, spreadsheet, or graphics programs) without depending on expensive training courses or laboriously reading every line of a manual.

Making Your Computer Work for You It pays to have a well-organized computer hard drive. This week we will discuss how to protect your electronic data files and keep them neat and tidy.

Coping with Technology Glitches in Software Handling software problems requires preparation, prevention, and a willingness to contact technical support. This week we will discuss various practices that can help you minimize and avoid software problems.

Computer Labs Computer labs are an invaluable hands-on resource. Labs help you expose your students to software, teach students how to use various tools, and teach students how to use the Internet. This week we will cover several instructor issues regarding computer labs.

Search Engines Learn to efficiently find information using search engines. Manage your time online and increase the accuracy of your searches. This week we will discuss various techniques for effectively using search engines. (See the search engine cheat sheet in the Download Depot.)

Tips for Creating Different File Types Learn techniques and processes to improve the quality of your documents and graphics. This week we will offer tips and suggestions for creating, editing, and importing text documents, graphics, graphs, and Web graphics.

Microsoft Word Tips & Tricks Learn to use MS Word to organize, format, and expedite the creation of your documents (see the style sheet example in the Download Depot). This week we will cover various tips and tricks for using MS Word. (These tips are written for Word 97, but they can be adapted for other versions of Word.)

E-mail Attachments Learn about the formats and methods suitable for sending files as e-mail attachments, as well as the pros and cons of accepting files from students. For a quick reference, check out the file attachment checklist in the Download Depot.

Creating Your Course Web Site Writing up a plan, defining your goals, and sketching out your design are all fundamental components of designing a Web site. This week we will discuss the process of creating a course Web site. (See the Web site planning template in the Download Depot. This plan assumes that your school will host your Web site.)

Videos in the Classroom Videos provide another way for your students to understand the course material. This week we will discuss how to evaluate, when to show, and where to find videos for your course. See the Download Depot for a video evaluation sheet.

Fun Tech Tips When using the Internet, have fun with your students and take advantage of online resources. This week we will cover some of the more lighthearted aspects of the Internet, as well as how to keep up with new teaching technologies. Please see the Download Depot for a student “Techy” quiz to give your students.


Free Downloads

Signature File
A sample signature file that can be automatically attached to every e-mail you send.

Online Learning Resources
A resource of online courses offering tutorials in word processing and graphics programs.

Directory Structure Example
How one instructor might set up file directories.

New Software Checklist
Checklist for using software to support a classroom lecture.

Student Computer Experience Survey
A survey you can give to students to evaluate their computer skills.

Search Engine Cheat Sheet
A listing of major search engines and their characteristics.

Graph Examples
Examples of clear, easy-to-read graphs.

Style Sheet Example
Example of a style sheet you might use for your MS Word documents.

E-mail Attachments
Checklist for sending and accepting file attachments via e-mail.

Web Site Planning Template
Planning worksheet for your own course Web site.

Video Evaluation Sheet
Tool you can use to evaluate whether a video is appropriate for class presentation.

Student Techy Quiz
Fun quiz to test students' knowledge of Internet practices and terms.


Feature Articles

Evaluating Software Programs for Your Course This article discusses how to evaluate and select software programs for use in a community college or university course. A detailed software evaluation worksheet is available in the Download Depot.

Using Online Information for Your Course Using online information to support instruction requires a lot of preparation, if you want to be successful. This article contains a wealth of suggestions for using online information to help your students achieve their learning goals.

Finding and Buying Software Programs for Your Course Finding and purchasing software programs for your classroom can be simple or complex tasks. You need to consider your budget, your department's purchasing process, your students’ computer experience, and the needs of your course. This article summarizes the steps of purchasing and finding software by an instructor for a community college or university course.







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