Your OfficeGetting Started with Web 2.0
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For introductory computer courses on Microsoft Office 2010 or courses in computer concepts with a lab component for Microsoft Office 2010 applications.
Your Office is the Office Applications textbook written for instructors who want more than a ‘skill & drill’ book that enables students to learn discreet tasks but fails to illustrate the big picture of how these skills work together. Your Office bridges the gap between skill and application, and empowers students to master Office 2010 as a tool to solve problems and make decisions.
The cases progress students from learning the skills in each Office Application to using the applications as tools to make business decisions.
The unique modular structure provides a strong foundation for students through practice in each workshop and then synthesizes the objectives covered over two workshops, challenging students to really retain what they learned as opposed to learning and then forgetting soon after.
The series scenario introduces a large global business (the resort and spa) made up of smaller businesses (golf pro shop, spa, restaurants, event planning, etc) featured in the cases that run throughout all four applications. This approach gives students a solid understanding of how an organization works by exposing them to how individuals in all facets of a business interact with tools like Microsoft Office and use information to make decisions.
For a behind-the-scenes look at Your Office, visit http://www.youtube.com/user/YourOffice2010**This is a one-chapter supplement.**
Your Office – Getting Started with Web 2.0
Table of Contents
Workshop 1: Using Web 2.0 and Facebook
Painted Paradise Resort and Spa Facebook Page
Understanding Web 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 Technologies and Internet Connection Speeds
The Past: Web 1.0
The Present: Web 2.0
The Future: Web 3.0
Staying Connected with Social Networks
Social Networks and Virtual Communities
History of Social Networks
Future of Social Networks
Using Facebook’s Site and Speaking the Facebook Language
Use Facebook Terminology
Exploring Facebook Pages: How Businesses Use Facebook
Commercial Applications of Facebook - Soliciting Like’s and Creating a Facebook Page
Beyond Promotion: Vancouver Riot Pics
Use Facebook Apps
Facebook and the Employee
A Different Type of Geolocation
Geotagging an Image
Workshop 2: Using Web 2.0: Beyond Facebook
Painted Paradise Resort and Spa Blog
Web 2.0 and You
Blogging and Microblogging
Creating a Blog, Adding Posts, and Changing Options
Monetizing a Blog
How Companies Use Twitter
Social Media in Sports
Using Blogs to Generate Business
Using Other Social Media to Generate Business
How RSS Works
The Pros and Cons of Wikis
Using Cloud Computing
Using SkyDrive to Store and Share Files
Using Word Web App to Create and Share a Document
Publishing on the Web with Podcasts
Web 2.0 Module 1 Capstone
Problem Solve 1
Perform 1: Perform in Your Life
For introductory computer courses on Microsoft Office 2010 or courses in computer concepts with a lab component for Microsoft Office 2010 Applications.
Your Office is the Office Applications textbook for instructors who want more than a ‘skill & drill’ book that enables students to learn discreet tasks but fails to illustrate the big picture of how these skills work together. This book bridges the gap between skill and application, and empowers students to master Office 2010 as a tool to solve problems and make decisions.
Unique Structure Providing for Customizability for Each Course: Instructors can choose to teach with Modules to have students achieve a higher level understanding of the skills, or go more basic and traditional with the Workshops alone.
- Workshops: An organizational element of the text that, similar to a chapter, introduces concepts through explanatory text and hands-on projects through Active Text, but in an integrated manner so students are working along with the Workshop Prepare Case the entire time.
- Modules: An organizational structure that provides for the synthesis of skills and concepts introduced over two grouped Workshops. Requires students to successfully retain and use skills they’ve learned over multiple Workshops in new contexts.
- Module Capstone: An organizational section of the text that appears once per Module. The Module Capstone is comprised of Practice, Problem Solve, and Perform Cases that require students to use learned skills over two Workshops to complete projects.
Unique Case Progression: Throughout the Module we use 4 different kinds of cases, which are characterized by the level of instruction or hand-holding that students receive. The goal of the progression of these cases is to take students from a potentially very introductory level all the way to mastery, so students can learn to make Office their own.
- Prepare Cases: Cases students are walked-through via the Workshop. Students work along with the instruction and receive a lot of hand-holding or cueing. The learning emphasis is on Knowledge & Comprehension of new skills.
- Practice Cases: Cases students complete on their own at the end of a Workshop and beginning of a Module Capstone. Often maintain same or similar scenario or theme as Prepare Case. The learning emphasis is on Applying previously learned skills.
- Problem Solve Cases: Cases students complete on their own at the end of a Module in the Module Capstone. These Cases cover skills learned over the two previous Workshops. The learning emphasis is on Analyzing and Synthesizing of previously learned skills.
- Perform Cases: Cases students complete entirely on their own at the end of a Module in a Module Capstone. Most of these cases require students to work completely from scratch to solve business problems in a variety of scenarios: typical student lives, future careers, and by evaluating how others have performed. The learning emphasis is on Synthesizing, Creating with, and Evaluating projects using previously learned skills.
Unique Scenario Structure: Provides for deeper student understanding of business concepts and applications of the skills they are learning.
- Global Scenario: Introduces an “umbrella” scenario, under which many of the business Cases in the series fall. The global scenario is a Golf Resort & Spa, which provides for recurring businesses and themes that allow students to connect the dots between what they learn in each application.
- Sub-Scenarios: The Global Scenario also allows for many various sub-scenarios related to the different functional areas of the resort. These different areas keep students and instructors engaged with interesting new cases in a variety of restaurant, event planning, hotel reservation, gift shop, coffee shop, spa, golf course, pro shop, etc. applications.
- Unrelated Scenario Cases: Recognizing that even more variety is helpful to gain and hold the interest of students and instructors, the series also has several Cases that use scenarios outside of the Golf Resort & Spa theme and introduce different businesses.
Features of Your Officeinclude:
- Starting & Ending Data Files: Clearly list the file names of starting data files and naming conventions for the ending data files prior to each Case.
- Workshop Objectives List: Identifies the learning objectives to be achieved as students work through the Workshop. Page numbers are included for students for easy reference.
- Active Text: Appears throughout the workshop and is easily distinguishable from explanatory text by the shaded background. Helps students easily identify what steps they need to follow to complete the Workshop Prepare Case.
- Quick Reference Box: A boxed feature that appears throughout the Workshop where applicable, summarizing generic or alternative instructions for how to accomplish a task. The goal is to give students a quick place to find important skills.
- Real World Advice Box: A boxed feature that appears throughout the Workshop where applicable, offering advice and best practices for general use of important Office skills. The goal is to instruct students as a manager might in a future career.
- Side Note: A very brief tip or piece of information that is aligned with a step in the Workshop. This gives a quick piece of help or advice for students completing that particular step.
- Consider This: In-text questions or topics for discussion set apart from the main explanatory text that allow students to step back from the project and think about the skills and the applications of what they're learning and how they might be used in the future.
- Troubleshooting: A note related to a step in the Active Text that helps students work around common pitfalls or errors that might occur.
- Concepts Check: A section at the end of each Workshop that is made up of approximately 5 concepts-related questions that are short answer or open-ended for students to quickly review.
- Visual Summary: A visual representation of the important skills learned in the Workshop. Call-outs and brief explanation illustrate important buttons or skills shown in a screenshot of the solution for the Workshop Prepare Case. Intended as a quick visual review of the objectives learned in the Workshop, and is mapped to the Objectives using page numbers so students can easily find the section of text to refer to for a refresher.
- For a behind-the-scenes look at Your Office, visit http://www.youtube.com/user/YourOffice2010
Amy S. Kinser, Esq., Series Editor
Amy holds a B.A. degree in Chemistry with a Business minor and a J.D. from the Maurer School of Law both at Indiana University. After working as an environmental chemist, starting her own technology consulting company, and practicing intellectual property law, she has spent the past eleven years teaching technology at the Kelley School of Business in Bloomington, Indiana. Currently, she serves as the Director of Computer Skills and Senior Lecturer at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She also loves spending time with her two sons, Aidan and J. Matthew, and her husband J. Eric.
Expert ReviewsInstructor Reviews of the Your Office Series
“…(Your Office is what) we have been waiting for. One that takes the students to the level of business, the way it is in the real world. Now the students can make a smooth transition from the classroom to that career.” - Carla Jones, Middle Tennessee State University
“teaches students the skills they need in the workplace by having students create realistic documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and databases for "real world" scenarios. Students learn by practicing skills over multiple chapters and are given an opportunity to do critical thinking while working on assignments.” - Rich Cacace, Pensacola State College
“Has students thinking, problem solving and invites them to look past the book ... adds value by leading them to understand where they could apply these skills in their "day to day" life.” - Karen Allen, Community College of RI
“takes students through the entire process from learning the necessary features to actually being able to create documents without much direction--just like they will need to do at work!” - Susan Holland, Southeast Community College
“It is a case-based Office application text that does a great job of covering just what we need. The organization of the text is fantastic and the end-of-chapter assessments are the best I have seen in a long time.” - Gina Jerry, Santa Monica College
“Is a system that allows the student a heap of hands on work, with easy to follow instructions and simply explained figures. The hands-on experience is then translated to real world situations.” - Linda Fried, University of CO-Denver
“Allows the students to learn application concepts (the Why!) and not just the pointing and clicking.” - Susan Fry, Boise State Univ.
“...pulls it all together. It starts with basic examples, provides practice, integrates their acquired knowledge and permits the student to perform well.” - David Largent, Ball State Univ.
“touches on all levels of Bloom's taxonomy. As an educator, this is the greatest development of the 21st century!” - Jennifer Nightingale, Duquesne Univ.
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