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    Question How much training have you recieved in your current job on using Office?

    I am not touting for business here, but am very interested in school staff's opinions on this:

    How much MS Office (any version) training have you recieved in your current job, particularly those who may have recently upgraded to 2007 or 2010?

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    Training? In Office? Err, none.

    I'll be honest, as I don't really use it for my day-to-day duties, there are probably plenty of teaching staff who know more about where to find things than I do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by abullett View Post
    Training? In Office? Err, none.

    I'll be honest, as I don't really use it for my day-to-day duties, there are probably plenty of teaching staff who know more about where to find things than I do!
    My next question might be how much training have they had? Or is it all self learnt?

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    None and generally I dont dish out training on it, I consider it a specific tool the same as an accounting package or graphics package. The fact I can usually figure out how to do basic things in it is irrelevant!. I send any staff that dont know how to use it either to our ict co-ordinator or to there line manager to arrange an evening course.

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    ZERO - WE'RE SUPPOSED TO ACQUIRE THE KNOWLEDGE AS IF BY MAGIC

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    I knew how to use 2003, a hour of working in 2007 and I was pretty much sorted, the different command structure is not a big deal if you look at it in the way that it was intended, as a context based interface. The same rules still apply, I tell staff to make a sentence out of what they want to to, say the want to "Add a bit of clipart to the page". A synonym for add is insert which is right there on the ribbon, then clipart is visible, click it and your golden.

    We teach staff the basics, "make a sentence" and "right-click" is your friend - additional provided if required or requested. Almost all of our staff found 2007 to be massivly easier for them to use after their initial half hour of worry, the ones that had issues were those who had learned by wrote (usually through prior training) how in a precise set of steps to do an exact task. Most barely noticed the switch to 2010 other than the squarer interface and the fact that they found a whole bunch of new cool features one day. Same thing with Vista to 7, we changed over one of the ICT suites and half the teachers only realized it was different when they were asked how the new system was going.
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    Good feedback so far thanks peeps.

    Interesting that Office is seen as a specialist tool and training is allocated as such. With more and more work being done online I would have throught training on the tools of Office (I don't mean the 'how to construct a letter' or 'type a sentenence, but rather how to use mail merge, styles, etc, tools that make using the software quicker and easier).

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    We google it and then train as required. My school pays half of course fees for OU courses I am doing tho'.

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    Erm, I think you have rally grasped the wrong end of the stick about our knowlege here. Whilst some teachers ahve some very advanced knowlege of Office and it's various capabilities (after all, they have to teach this to the children), most here are what can be lablled as 'advanced' almost all of us know the basic, and if, and when we need to do something more advanced we will teach ourselves, as it is quicker and easier than getting 'training'. The training most here require is often beyond the ken of mortal man and can only be obtained from very, very knowlegable people, or zen monks!!

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    A fair point Dos_Box, I cannot say I agree that school staff all fall into that category from my experience with both my previous life and current and with the schools I currently work with.

    However I take you point that I may have misunderstood the clientele inherent to EduGeek in the main.

    And yes, the question was not aimed correctly, for which I accept!
    It should be aimed at the general population of school staff.

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    Never had any training in anything as a tech other than the correct way to lift a heavy weight (about 6 months after I got rid of the last CRT!)

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    As a tech I'm expected to obtain software knowledge by osmosis - it must work as when the school ran MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) I took, and passed in Word, Excel, Outlook and Access, with no prior training. I was only entered to make up numbers.

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    It much confirms my experience I have to say, both inbeing an IT techy and through recent clients.

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    Back before the summer, when we were planning the migration from office 2003 to 2010 and Win7, I spoke to our SLT and asked about office training for all staff.

    Given our staff never seam to listen to me or the other techs, we arranged to get in an external trainer via our adult ed program.

    So over the last few weeks we have arranged training sessions on: Windows 7, Word 2010, Excel 2010, Outlook 2010, PowerPoint 2010. Each one covering the basics, lasting about an hour. Each session has been repeated several times with a maximum of 28 places available per session. The sessions started an hour after the end of school, to allow for meetings etc.

    In total 18 training sessions, with 504 available places.

    How many places were booked do you think?


    97


    And a few of those never showed, probably less than 90.

    An average of about 5 per session, we have 250+ members of staff. That's about 8% uptake.

    Staff, in general, don't want to go out of their way to improve their skills - especially if it means so sacrifice on their part. Its just too easy to pick up the phone.

    At least now when we get a call about office, we ask - have you done the training?

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    training := zero

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