The Digital Union does a lot of teaching.
Joni Tornwall coordinates 100+ workshops a year, with over 4000 attendees expected in 2012*. Engaged, knowledgeable presenters and amazing learning spaces make these an exceptional resource available to any OSU faculty, staff, or student. I have attended several and learned a ton. (Awkward self-plug: I’ll be presenting Outlook Basics on October 3.)
If the workshops don’t work with your schedule, you can request access to one of the Lynda.com accounts that the OCIO makes available. While an excellent resource, there are only a handful of these accounts available, so there is usually at least a 3-week waitlist, and access lasts only one week at a time. You can view Lynda.com tutorials at any time in the Digital Union, but this depends on availability of stations there and requires that you remain in the room.
What to do if you cannot attend a workshop or make use of a Lynda.com account?
The OSU Libraries maintains an excellent, but not widely known set of online resources, ranging from tutorials similar to Lynda.com to online and paper books. I will focus here on resources for learning Microsoft Office, because those are most extensive, but the catalog includes materials on a wide range of technical subjects.
One of the most useful resources for basic software is LearningExpress. While the range of subjects covered is limited, this site includes very useful video tutorials for all the basic Microsoft Office programs. Follow the link from the OSU Catalog, create a free user account on the site, and you will have immediate access to solid introductions like the following:
- Outlook (2010, 2007 also available): 1, 2, 3
- Excel (2010, 2007 also available): 1, 2, 3, 4
- Powerpoint (2007): 1, 2
- Word (2010, 2007 also available): 1, 2, 3
- Windows 7: 1, 2, 3
In addition to these video-tutorial resources, the OSUL catalog includes a wide range of technology-related e-books, including a subscription to the extensive resource of Safari Tech Books Online. Three other works that appeal to different learning styles and needs:
- Picture Yourself Learning Microsoft Office 2010
- Easy Microsoft Office 2010
- Microsoft Office Professional 2010 Step by Step
And finally, I would be remiss if I did not at least include a link to perhaps my favorite resource for technological self-education, my secret resource… the magic Gazoogle!
* Post updated to correct workshop information: the Digital Union coordinates 100+ workshops per year, not term, and 2853 people attended in 2011. Current attendance rates suggest that 4000 people will have attended by the end of 2012.