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Technological Adaptability: Developing Basic Technical Skills

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15 Lessons (1h 2m)
    • 1. 1-1-1 Intro and Background

    • 2. 1-1-2 Skill and Attitude

    • 3. 1-1-3 Understanding Technological Adaptability

    • 4. 1-1-4 The Exercises

    • 5. 1-1-5 First Encounter

    • 6. 1-1-6 Intro to Microsoft and Exercise 1

    • 7. 1-2-1 Getting Help

    • 8. 1-2-2 Intro to Text Boxes and Exercise 2

    • 9. 1-3-1 Terminology

    • 10. 1-3-2 Intro to PowerPoint and Exercise 3

    • 11. 1-4-1 Troubleshooting

    • 12. 1-4-2 Consistency and Intro to Exercise 4

    • 13. 1-5-1 Siloed Learning

    • 14. 1-5-2 Intro to Publisher and Exercise 5

    • 15. 1-1-6 Continuing to Grow and Exercise 6

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This class will help you become comfortable learning new technologies quickly. Given how much a part technology plays in both work and life in general, we must be comfortable with the technology of today. But knowing the technology of today is not enough. As technological changes continue to advance at an ever increasing pace, we must be able to adapt to new technologies quickly. That ability to adapt is a skill all on its own. Though it is intertwined with technological know-how, it is a skill that can be learned with practice. This course will lay out the basics of that skill of technological adaptability while providing exercises that will help the student start building the skill.

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Melonie McMichael

Expert in Technological Adaptability


Hello, I'm Melonie (Lonie) McMichael. I graduated from Texas Tech University in 2010 with a PhD in Technical Communication and has taught technical communication since 2005. With a decade’s experience as a technical writer in high tech and another decade teaching technical writing, I bring both scholarship and industry knowledge to the classroom. I have been teaching technological adaptability since 2012.

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1. 1-1-1 Intro and Background: Hello, I'm Dr Melanie McMichael. I am an instructor at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, the proprietor of the consulting firm Tekken Adaptability LLC and author of the book Technological Adaptability. Learning Technology. Quickly in this course, I explore the concept of technological adaptability. In this particular video, I will explain what it means, what part it will play in your technology skills and why you should take the course. What is technological adaptability? In the long version, I have defined it as the ability to learn technology quickly or deal with technological issues efficiently and with confidence. It is a skill in and of itself that enhances other technology skills. Technological adaptability is much like any other skill, such as writing. Some will take to it easily. Some will get there with hard work, and some will work hard just to reach functional Technological adaptability happens on a spectrum from technologically challenged to a technological expert. To actually become an expert will take years of practice. A single course will not take someone from being technologically challenged to being an expert, but wherever you are, this course will move you down the spectrum a bit towards true adaptability. and more importantly, it will give you the basis skills you need to continue becoming adaptable. Adaptability requires active learning. It is much like learning an instrument. I can give you the parameters and an exercise that when you master, it will teach you specific thing. But you must be actively engaged in this process. I can show you those practices, attitudes and behaviors that will help. But to truly become adaptable, you must practice and practice and practice some more. If you really wanted to, you could learn adaptability on your own by learning many new programs. So why take this course? This course will provide a general untrue to a number of software programs. We will be focusing on Microsoft for this course. You can place this training on your resume or C B showing your attempts a group. Those are the obvious benefits to the course. There are a number of less obvious benefits. It will take quite a bit of focus and determination to complete this class. Some of you will struggle to complete this course with the guidance provided few people have the discipline to become adaptable on their own. These exercises are designed to teach you adaptability while teach you a little about the program we're learning on your own would be much more random, the most important areas where I can help starts with strategies and sub skills. These sub skills will be taught in short lectures that will help your adaptability skills quite a bit if you will practice them. Finally, this series of courses will force you to face and overcome any fears you might have of technology having to deal with a new program each week tends to make students comfortable with facing new technologies. Please note this course will not replace an in depth study of the software or a technology . The only way to acquire such knowledge beyond using the software daily for a long time is to take a course or read a book with an expert who knows the software inside and out, something you might want to do. If you are targeting a job requiring a specific software, learning on your own always leaves holes in our knowledge, and we often do not know the easiest way to do things. However, this course will help you learn more quickly and easily when you take other courses. It will help you when you do not have the time to learn from the experts. It will help you with troubleshooting and problem solving that are not in the help files or in the training programs. It will help you in your entire approach to technology. You will also get a little knowledge of a few programs along the way knowledge that you can claim on your resume. I can promise you one thing about the technology of the future. It will change. We need to focus on technological adaptability as a skill in and of itself so that we can meet those changes. Welcome to technological adaptability. Welcome to your future. 2. 1-1-2 Skill and Attitude: In this short lecture, I will talk about how adaptability is both a skill and Anat itude to gain. The scale of adaptability requires about as much effort as learning a musical instrument or perfecting a craft. This course will start you on learning the skill. But to truly become adaptable require months and possibly even years of practice. To stay adaptable requires lifelong practice, Though it will take you time to learn to be adaptable, you can learn some sub skills quickly. The's sub skills will help you become adaptable faster than just trying to be adaptable alone. Each of the sub skills you're learning can be sorted into three categories. Extrapolation. The ability to tank information and adjust it to your current needs to say Take something not quite right and make it fit. Your requirements. Exploration the willingness to search, investigate and examine technology in an attempt to understand it and pattern recognition. The ability to see similarities, familiar sequences or common structures, creating an intuitive ability to find tools and options. If you will cultivate thes sub skills, you will find learning new technology and dealing with technological issues a bit easier. Belief and attitude play a big park and technological adaptability. Certain beliefs. Kansteiner fel a person's ability to learn technology. For instance, some people believe that you are either technically inclined or not. I do think that some individuals find it easier to interact with technology that anyone can become better with technology if they're willing to try. Willingness is the key to this issue. I have often run into people who want to take a short workshop and walk out adaptable. That simply doesn't happen. Most people are not willing to commit the time and effort to become adaptable unless their livelihood depends upon it. Some people believe that only younger people can learn technology. Younger brains are more malleable and do find it easier to learn just about anything. Yet I have had a number of students that ranged in age from their thirties to their sixties and have succeeded in completing this course. Their biggest challenge has been adjusting toe Active Learning says they're MAWR custom to rote learning. Holding on to these beliefs can limit a person's ability to become adaptable. If you're holding on to any of these beliefs, encourage you to let them go quickly, they will Onley make becoming adaptable harder. A number of practices and attitudes can assist with building the skill of adaptability. You can adopt these attitudes today, and they will make learning a bit easier. These attitudes include adopting a can do approach, recognizing that there is always a solution being willing to play and explore and practicing courage instead of getting into beer. Let me explain these attitudes in more depth. My friend Jennifer says. Your brain doesn't want you to be a liar. After teaching for over a decade, I believe in self fulfilling prophecy. Wholeheartedly. I've watched many students tell themselves that cannot do something, then subconsciously sabotage themselves. We fulfill our own prophecies. So if our subconscious believes what we tell it, we must tell it positive things. Watch for how you talk to yourself about your technical skills. Aware of thoughts like I'll never Be technical. I just don't think that way or I can't do this. When you catch yourself saying such things to yourself, Stop and tell yourself I've got this repeatedly. Even if you feel like you're lying to yourself, say over and over and over again. I conduce this I can think technically and I have a technologically adaptable are phrases that will support this attitude in this process. What I know is that you are not lying to yourself. Everyone has it in them to be somewhat technologically adaptable. Some of you will find it easier than others, but everyone could get better at the skill part. With the right attitude. For almost every technical issue you face, there is a solution. Occasionally, you may run into a problem that requires solving by I T. Or by the company who created the software. However, chances are that you will be able to solve the issue with some creativity. We tend to think of creativity in the realm of art writing, drawing, crafts, etcetera. Creative thinking can help tremendously when dealing with technological issues as well. We draw from our creativity by trying to think outside the box, thinking unconventionally and getting inventive in order to solve a problem. One of the primary actions that helped me become adaptable was using my free time to play with and explore technology. I would open new programs that try to do something with them. I would take programs I knew and look a tools or menu items I seldom use. For example, when I have downtime, I would play with Photoshopped filters or some of the more obscure illustrator tools. When it came time to handle a project that needed such elements, I knew where to find them. It could be hard to cultivate the play and explore attitude when you have time constraint, which seems to be the standard for most of us. These days, however, it could be worth putting the time aside to play and explore technology. Just a note on plane video games will help you become more adaptable. However, they make you really adaptable to new video games and just a little more adaptable with other technology. I will talk about this silo effect mawr in the exercises Lecture. For people who struggle with technology, the primary issue is fear. This fear might be quite subtle. It may be hard to recognize this beer. However. Chances are fear is the problem. If you really struggle with technology, here comes in many forms. It may look like being scared. You will mess up the computer. It may look like a fear of looking stupid. It may be the fear of just not being skilled. It may be imposter syndrome that believe that you are just not capable or worthy. It may be much more subtle in hidden, however, fear is often at the center of our issues. The solution for fear is courage. Remember that courage does not mean you are not afraid. Courage means you do it anyway. Each time you face thes fares and step into them each time you ignore that voice that says , You can't do this and do it anyway That fear will grow a little weaker and your comfort with technology will grow a little stronger by the end of the semester. Many of my students are past the fear and truly believe that they can be adaptable when needed. Start with a good attitude and your skills will grow. Even if you struggle with the technology itself. Continue to practice an adaptable attitude. It will help in the end 3. 1-1-3 Understanding Technological Adaptability: In this short video, we will take a deeper look at the concept of technological adaptability. I have been asked if technological adaptability is just another name for technological literacy. Technological adaptability is definitely interrelated with technological literacy. How and to what degree depends on the definition of tech literacy used and the focus of the tech literacy program. Since entire articles and books are written just on defining technological literacy, this comparison can be a bit daunting. Let us just consider one definition. The International Technology Education Association in 2000 said technological literacy is the ability to use, manage, understand and assess technology. In their definition, technological adaptability is deeply intertwined with technological literacy. Other definitions involved topics like being a good digital citizens, which is outside the purview of technological adaptability. At a low level, technological adaptability is a vital part of tech literacy and is needed for the average citizen living in a technological environment at a higher level. The level of this course technological adaptability is a step beyond literacy. I have yet to find a tech literacy program that teaches adaptability. The 1 may exist. It appears that most tech clip programs teach technology hoping that adaptability develops , which it does for some students. I find that it works better if I teach adaptability, hoping that they will learn something about the technology. Mark Paretsky developed the terms digital native and digital immigrant, those who are born into a technological world and those who have had to adjust to it. We have watched the baby boomers digital immigrants struggle with adopting technology. For the most part, we have this belief that digital natives will continue to be adaptable to new technologies . As those who have been involved with computers since her teens and twenties are now entering their older years, I find that their perceived is less adaptable and are proving to be somewhat less adaptable . Even individuals who have been steeped in technology may find themselves unemployable if they do not show adaptability. If you are young and tech savvy, you need adaptability training. Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, says it so well. I've come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies. Anything that is in the world when you're born is normal and ordinary, and it's just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that's invented between when you're 15 and 35 is new and exciting and revolutionary, and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you're 35 is against the natural order of things. From what I have observed, a portion of older millennials are starting to show lack of adaptability to new skills we will know for certain. When a big change comes, say, the adoption of augmented reality or virtual reality in the everyday workplace. Adaptability is a skill in and of itself that must continually be homed in practiced. So, yes, even tech savvy individuals need to work on adaptability. Rote learning is showing someone how to do something over and over again until they memorize it. We normally teach technology skills by rote practice, using memorization and repetition. Adaptability practice requires mawr exploration and investigation. Teaching by rote is a passive learning process. Students take in information, then produce a project or take a test over that information. Active learning requires a student to figure things out on their own, with some guidance and help. Rote learning is very thorough, where adaptability practice is spotty. To learn the details of a program. Rote learning is much more effective. Rote learning teachers Hard skills Where adaptability practice teaches soft skills, we will learn more about these concepts in a moment. Most of all, teaching by rote does nothing to address new technologies and new challenges. And taking a technology class taught by wrote. The individual learned that technology, meaning a has finite skill potential. When taking an adaptability class, the individual learns a way to approach any new technology providing infinite skill potential. Additionally, on individual who is technologically adaptable will learn more quickly when being talked by rote. You are most likely familiar with being taught by rote adaptability. Training takes a new and different approach, one that requires active learning. You have to take a key role in the process. This type of learning may feel uncomfortable, but I encourage you to do your best to immerse yourself in the experience. If you find yourself thinking she's not teaching me anything, realize that you are focused on learning a technology and not focused on learning technological adaptability. Technological adaptability is a soft skill where technological know how is a hard skill. By their very nature, they're intertwined as a heart skill. We gained technical expertise and knowledge. We know a particular software inside and out as a soft skill. We focus on attitudes, practices and behaviours. We focus on what we think about technology, how we approach new technology and how we learn to learn technology. Skills are objective, tangible and quantifiable. We contest someone's knowledge and skill with the program. Soft skills, air subjective, intangible and hard to measure. It takes someone who is adaptable to assess another's adaptability. Hard skills, air hard to transfer. Knowledge of one program does not automatically lead to ease of learning. Another soft skills are transferrable. We can take them into any technological situation, but the hard skill of technical expertise and the soft skill of adaptability are important . This course will focus on providing that soft skill of adaptability, but you will cling some technical knowledge along the way. 4. 1-1-4 The Exercises: in this video, I will explain how the exercises work and why we do them as we do a note on terminology when talking about technologies. I'm talking about broad categories of the technology around us, says we're primarily dealing with software. I am talking about categories. It's luck where examples include page layout packages, Web design packages and presentation packages. When I say software, on the other hand, I am talking about particular program such as Word, PowerPoint publisher, photo shop and the light. Think of technology as the category and software as the item within the tactical plays. Note. Adaptability skills are often siloed within technologies. That means if you know one Web creation software, it will be easier to learn another. If you know one vector, graphics software will be easier to learn. Another vector graphics software. Conversely, programs from the same company tend to have similarities as well. If you know a program from Microsoft, you could often learn another Microsoft program relatively easily. We will talk about this more later in the course. The technology exercises are incredibly important. They are in fact, the foundation of the tech adaptability portion of this course. The information I provide in the course will help you intellectually to understand how to approach a new technology. However, as I've said before, technological adaptability is a skill, and the only way to develop the skill is to practice. Working through the exercises help you with that practice. I have chosen drills that will not only challenge you to develop your adaptability skills, but will also give you an idea of some of the features of the programs. For instance, the basic word exercises were originally designed to provide students with ideas for document design. The exercises were created to help students see what graphic design abilities might be capable with word when you finish the exercise, not only will you have develops and skills and learning technology, but you will know a bit more about how this program handles the graphic elements like tables, pictures and text boxes. The exercises are designed to provide you knowledge of the program and expand your skills not to test you. Each exercise will take you through a series of steps. These steps are designed to familiarize you with the program while challenge you to figure out the more complicated issues within the software I offer hints, but I do not tell you how to make these moves. Instead, I let you figure it out on your own. This course may feel like I'm not teaching you anything. The type of learning you're practicing is called active learning, and it requires more work from the student than typical wrote warning. It may be uncomfortable, but it will help you in the end. If you will look for what you are learning, you are learning how to teach yourself, which has multiple benefits. First off, but you're in it out on your own. Increases the amount of time you will remember how to accomplish the task. If you are shown how to do something you may remember for a very short period of time. If you figure it out on your own, you are more likely to retain that knowledge longer. Secondly, you will not have a teacher in the real world. There will be no one there to tell you how to work with the technology. By figuring it out on your own, you will develop skills for solving problems without help. I will provide some ideas of how to become that independent learner throughout the course. Finally, the same skills used for learning a technology a sich to in problem solving and troubleshooting technology. These skills will help you when you're technology isn't behaving, and help is not available. Becoming technologically adaptable could be an uncomfortable process. Having taught this course for so long, I've finally decided that it just might be creating new now neural networks in students brains. I have no evidence of that. But something changes in how student thinks, and it can feel uncomfortable. It can mess with your thinking. You might become befuddled or absent minded easily. You might have to stop and think about what you're doing. More often, you might find yourself having some uncomfortable emotions being short tempered or upset easily. The really tricky emotional response is apathy. A number of students have failed or had to drop the course because they let that one get the better of them. Finally, it can infiltrate your subconscious. You might find yourself dreaming about the software or having images of the software constantly sitting in your mind. I was working with a woman who was learning a new software package that used the escape key before each command. I heard her answer. The phone in a Jerry voice escaped print. I found myself trying to turn off my alarm one morning by saying, Control Cube Control quipped. These effects are temporary. They're usually show up after the second or third technology practice. Most students find that they go away within a month to six weeks. For many students, something just clicks, and from then on the uncomfortable effects were going, and they find learning a new software quite easy. Even those who do not get the click still find that these effects diminish too little or nothing, and working with new software becomes easier. This course is very much a self study course. It requires active warning, giving you the framework. Now you have to practice on your own. You develop the skill of technological adaptability in that struggle, not in just taking the actions. I encourage you to do your absolute best to figure these processes out on your own. If you cannot, that I have provided a series of hints. I do not give you a fail safe, such as clear, detailed instructions. Fail sakes will not make you technologically adaptable. You will not have fail Safe's in the workplace. Try to Google the issue first. There will challenge building. The skill is well worth it. You may feel like you cannot figure it out on your own. Give yourself some time and keep trying. I want to emphasize you develop that technological adaptability skills in the struggle to learn it on your own. Completing the exercise is not your goal. Learning how to face a new technology is your primary goal through all of the course is to strengthen that skill, not just to finish some exercise. Finishing the exercises in Ice goal learning to be technologically adaptable is vital to your career. You will need access to Microsoft Office to complete these exercises. These exercises were designed for Office 3 65 Pro Plus for PC. However, you should be able to do many of the exercises on any version of office for PC produced past 2010. You might be able to make them work on another platform or an older version, but it also might be tricky. We will be dealing with office programs like Power Point and Word. If you need free access, you can often find these programs at your local library 5. 1-1-5 First Encounter: In this short video, I will explain what to do when you first encounter a new software program. Throughout this course, I will provide ideas for learning technology quickly. However, I encourage you to make this process your own. Try out the methods I suggest. Then figure out what works for you. Just be aware in mindful about your process. If you will consciously develop habits for learning technology, you will find that you will be more efficient and effective and approaching technology in the future. When you first open a new software package, take a few minutes to look around. Does it have Tam's menus, end or tools? If it has men user tabs, take a moment to look at each one glanced through the items on each Taber menu. When it comes time to find a particular function, you might just remember where it ISS. If the program has tools, mouse over any you do not recognize by mousing over, I mean hover over the tool for a moment, a name and possibly even a description should appear. Give yourself just a moment to familiarize yourself with the program. For instance, if you're opening micro software for the very first time you would want to click on each tab. After clicking on a tab, take a minute to mouse over at least a few of the tools that are on each tab. This process will give you an idea of what functions tend to fall under each tab. Remember that you are trying to develop skills and habits that help you learn a technology quickly as we step through this course experiment with different ways to approach a new technology. Whatever you do, do it consciously so that you can develop effective habits when dealing with new technological experiences. 6. 1-1-6 Intro to Microsoft and Exercise 1: along with knowing where to get help, knowing no really programs will make learning new programs easier. In this video, I will talk about how knowledge and Microsoft can help with learning other programs. I will also introduce our first weeks exercises. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, Microsoft is the largest software company in the world. They garnered this market share through sheer willpower and good business decisions, not through exceptionally good design. However, because they're so dominant in software sales, many companies model the functionality of their software after Microsoft. This means many companies mimic functions like icons and shortcut keys. If you know those functions and Microsoft, you are likely to know them in other programs. If you know Microsoft Word well, you will often find it easier to learn similar software. Word has keyboard shortcuts that are used in most Microsoft programs and many other programs. This slide provides a list of keyboard shortcuts. According to Microsoft, Support Undue Control Z and Save Control S are the most common keyboard shortcuts to know you should save your work often in case of crashes. Undo comes in very handy. When something didn't act like you wanted it to or you did something you didn't mean to. Most banal. All programs have these functions. When you are examining a program that is not word for the very first time you might try some of these shortcuts. Most of these keyboard shortcuts work across multiple platforms and programs, So now that you know a little bit about word, try the next exercise. This exercise focuses on tables and pictures and word. See if you can pick her out each action on your own. If you can't then try and find help. An effective way to learn a new software program is to recreate a document, picture form or the like that was originally created in the software. When you attempt the recreation, you are learning the different functions of a new program. This process can be a very effective way to give you an idea of how particular function works for this exercise. Recreate this table in Microsoft Word. By working to re create the image into a usable table, you will learn how tables tend to work. In word, I will give you two hints. Never one. Start with the insert tab. Number two. Look for the borders and shading function the second half of the exercises focus on working with pictures. This exercise is task based. That means you are given a series of tasks to complete. Later on, the exercises will become more complicated. 7. 1-2-1 Getting Help: in this video, I will give you some ideas for finding help. A key requirement of being technologically adaptable is knowing when and where to find help . I might be able to figure out something on my own in an hour, so but why should I? When I confined the information within five minutes, we have several places we can look for help. Many programs have helped systems, some are good, some are worthless and summer just problematic. Microsoft has good help, however. They often start you in the middle and assume you know how to get to that point. The newer versions air better at guiding you. For many years, Adobe did not provide help systems. They now have some help, but his rudimentary at best. Open source programs often do not have helped unless volunteers have created it. Crowd sourcing is the new trend, and technical support software and hardware companies air basically allowing the users to write their whole falls through knowledge bases and help forums. That means the help available is often spotty and poorly written. Yet these sources air still good places to look the chance of finding what you need in an understandable format. is small that you never know if you're lucky. The company has a technical writer overseeing the knowledge base and making the help files easier to follow. One of the best places to find help is the Web. Google is your friend. Experts and consultants will often right up procedures and place them on the Web toe, advertise their expertise. Students might write up instructions for a technical writing course. People share tips, n tricks and searchable forums and the like. It can take some practice to Del through the information to find your answers, but you will soon learn how to parse the available information. How do you know what terms to use when searching? We'll get to that in the next unit. 8. 1-2-2 Intro to Text Boxes and Exercise 2: The next exercise is another task based practice focusing on text boxes and drawing tools in Microsoft Word. By the end of the exercise, you will have a little better idea of how to work with drawing tools and text boxes inward . Follow the directions for each task to the very best of your ability. If you run into trouble, I encourage you to think about the process of finding help. First, try Microsoft's help files. If you do not find the answer, then search the Web. Practice your ability to find help in different places. 9. 1-3-1 Terminology: did you go to Google for help while working on the earlier exercises? Did you find that you're in trouble with finding help you need? Figuring out the correct terminology to use in a search is a skill in itself. You know where to search, but knowing which terms to use can be tricky. This video will help you in determining the terminology to use when searching for health issues. Surround terminology. First off, the similar programs can have specific names for their functions, elements and tools. For instance, in word, your color options are called colors or theme colors. However, in photo shop, your color options are called your color palette. Theme colors are a different thing in photo shop. If you look up same colors Photoshopped, you probably will not get the answer you want. If you're just trying to create a color palette for your image, functions may have names that make no sense whatsoever. Luckily, big software manufacturers tend tohave usability testers, people who make sure all the terminology makes sense to the audience. Small firms may not have that luxury. They often have people naming function to may not be very aware of their audience Therefore , you're more likely to find this issue and less popular, less utilized or open source programs. Searching for information on a Nikon can also be tricky. I've encountered this issue when looking up icons on my android phone. What's that wavy in icon? How about that? Be with wings. When describing an icon or button, it can be hard to find information. One note. I have found it harder to find information on well known functions. You can find info and an explanation on that. Wavy in rather quickly. It's in FC, a data transfer function. If you look up that funky be, you will see it is harder to find because the icon is more common. Therefore, you're expected to know what it iss. It's Bluetooth, by the way. A connection protocol two strategies might help you find the correct terminology. One look for the correct terminology to show up in Google's auto fill. It's possible that you will find what you need that way. Start typing the term or description and see if something usable comes up. For instance, if you talk to start typing Photoshopped color, a number of options come up. That might be helpful including palette. Secondly, once you have initiated a searching Google scanned the page and look for other terminology . Then try a search using those words. For instance, if you search for word color scheme, you will have several pages come up that talk about themes. You would then try searching for word color themes with better luck. I used the correct terminology in the exercises, so you should not have trouble when looking up functions. However, you won't have this luxury when you are out on your own. Knowing how to search effectively is a very powerful skill. I encourage you to practice that skill in other situations. 10. 1-3-2 Intro to PowerPoint and Exercise 3: this video will introduce the power Point drawing and animation exercise like the two previous exercises. This exercise is task based. However, it has a twist. I have purposefully used the wrong terminology. I have used alternative terms or measurements throughout the exercise. Not only will you practice learning a bit about Power Point drawing tools, but you will also practice finding help when you have the wrong term. Remember that Google or whatever search engine you prefer is your friend. The correct terminology often comes up in the 1st 10 searches, though it may not be the only option provided. Learning to find the correct terminology is a big leap when finding help. Being able to find help is a key skill and becoming adaptable. 11. 1-4-1 Troubleshooting: in this video, I will explain the basics of troubleshooting, a valuable tool in your adaptability toolbox. Trouble shooting is required in any program. The Microsoft word tends to provide many opportunities to practice the skill. Anyone who has worked with word very much understands the following tweet by a user named Lords. Using Microsoft Word moves an image one millimeter to the left, all text and images shift. Four new pages appear in the distance sirens. These things happen in all programs, but I have to say that Microsoft seems tohave more of these little issues than most. Which brings us back to troubleshooting. When you have searched the Web and the help files and have not found an answer, it's time to figure it out on your own. What do you do when you tried finding help on a problem and none is available? You troubleshoot trouble. Shooting is a vital part of adaptability. It is as much a mindset as a skill when troubleshooting, try to think like an experimenter or scientist. Treat the issue like an experiment. One general suggestion is to work on a copy of your file whenever you can, rather than the original that way. If you mess something up, you don't have to go back too far. Toe. Have a clean copy. This action takes away a bit of fear in the process. The first thing to try is rebooting. Always reboot first, since it resets everything in my short stent as a system administrator, The very first thing I was taught was that rebooting solves many problems. When in doubt, re boot first try repeating the screen. Hit the minimize button in the top right corner. When you open the file again, things may look right. If that doesn't work, try closing out the program and restarting it. This can reset a problem in times. If that doesn't work, try rebooting your computer. You will be amazed at how often rebooting can solve your problem. Look at the characteristics and parameters of all the elements you are working with. Depending on the issue, you might check everything surrounding the issue a just one variable. If that doesn't fix the issue, undo that change and try another variable. For instance, when working in word. If you have two paragraphs that keep moving to the next page, when you only want one to move, look to see if keep with next has been checked under the paragraph options. Then try adjusting to variables together. For instance, if you're having issues with a text box jumping out of place, you might try changing the word wrap for the text box while also moving the anger point. If the earlier options do not work and you have a text heavy document, copy the text and used the unformed, matted option to paste it into a fresh file for other programs. Besides, were you can try copying the content into a new file. You only want to do this if you need a drastic fix. Since you will lose all the formatting and your images, however, small corruptions can be introduced into a file that copying unformed, matted techs can fix. This can be a real help, but again on Lee do it if you've tried all other measures first. If the whole program seems wonky, you may need toe uninstall and reinstall it. Reinstalling is a drastic move, so try everything you can think of before taking this radical solution. If you notice the problem in more than one program, it may be a system level issue system level issues require more expertise than the average user possesses. At that point, it may be time to call in an expert. At times, a program simply will not act right. No amount of good formatting or technical know how will solve the problem. At these times, you need to Cluj Clue. Gene is just making it happen. Whatever that may take, it's the software equivalent of duct tape and wire hangers. It may be messy or convoluted, but sometimes you just do what you can. Inwards. You may have to use hard formatting, lots of paragraphs, tabs, spaces, line breaks or whatever it takes to format as necessary. You may have to throw in hidden text text that is the same color as the background. Your solution may have to be in elegant. Sometimes you just make it work. Stepping back from the issue might help. Also, stepping back is needed when you find yourself stuck and not moving forward, trying the same thing repeatedly without result or just frustrated with the program, resting your mind, standing up and moving around. Just those little things can give you new perspective on the problem. If you need more time to rest your mind, go for a walk or a meal away from the computer. Finally, you might try sleeping on the issue. I am continually surprised at how often sleep helps me see issues and problems in a new light. Troubleshooting is an almost scientific mindset. You must be willing to experiment and explore. Be willing to dig deeply into the program and try new things. If you want to be organized and exact about your process, keep records of what you've tried. However you choose to go about it. Try to be patient with yourself and the process. It can take some fancy thinking to come up with a solution to a random problem. 12. 1-4-2 Consistency and Intro to Exercise 4: this short video will introduce technical tools for consistency and the next exercise in the technology world. Consistency and uniformity are very, very good things. People will find your documents easier to read if you use a consistent format throughout code is easier to parse if a person uses the same arrangement each time, spreadsheets are easier to understand if they follow a standard format. Because of this, many programs are designed to handle your repetitive tasks with ease and more consistency than you could ever do. Manually yourself programs offer various ways to provide consistency in your documents. For instance, templates provide a consistent structure, and style styles allow you to create consistent formatting for characters, paragraphs and other formatting elements. Themes or palates can help you be consistent in your colors. Some programs have master pages, a template, specifically, four page layout to make page set up easier. These examples from the documentation world. However, you will find this to be true in many fields. For example, in Web design, you have tools like CSS or cascading style sheets to help with consistency. Usually to take advantage of these automated services, you must take some time to set up the file. This next exercise will take you through using an adjusting a template. Not only will it challenge you to use your technological adaptability skills, but it will also help you understand. Some of the tools weren't provides for consistency. 13. 1-5-1 Siloed Learning: this video will explain how technological adaptability tends to be siloed and how to use that to expand your technical skills in your chosen career. Remember back to Week one. When I explain the difference between technology and software, I said when talking about technologies, I'm talking about broad categories of the technology around us, says we're primarily dealing with software. I'm talking about categories of software examples include page layout packages, Web design packages, presentation packages. When I say software, On the other hand, I am talking about a particular program such as word, PowerPoint publisher, photo shop and the like. Think of technology as the category and software as the item within the category. Because software within a technology or category, if you prefer, tends to have similarities, you may find it easier to learn a software when you know another software within the same category. For example, if you already know gimp, you will probably find it easier to learn Photoshopped, since they're both pixelated graphics software. If you know scripless, you will find it easier to learn in design. Since they're both page layout software packages, they will have similarities understanding the difference between technology and software and understanding the relationship between the two can be very helpful and learning a new software package quickly. All software within a technology will have similar functions. For instance, if you're dealing with a Web design software, then there will be a way to create Web links. If you are working on a page layout package, then there will be a way to create headers and footers. If you're working on a photo package, there will be a way to sharpen images. Every package within a technology will have somewhat similar capabilities once more pattern recognition comes into play. If you have worked in another software within a technology, you're likely to see similarities between the two. Take a moment to look for such similarities. This action can help you learn the new software at a faster pace. What looks familiar? Do you see any features that were in that other software? At the same time, knowing another software package within a technology can also be a bit frustrating. Each package will have things. It does well and things it does poorly. Each one will have its own personality and its own quirks. You may find yourself frustrated because one does not have a function or because of how it handles a certain function. Unfortunately, we can't take the best from all the packages. We must accept each one as it is. Differences aside, look for the similarities between software within a technology. You will find that this can help you learn new software more quickly. Since adaptability training is siloed, I encourage you to focus your adaptability. Practice on your career of interest, do some research and find the most popular software in your field, as well as any freeware or APS. If you want to be an accountant, see if you can access to or more accounting software packages. If you want to be an engineer, investigate computer aided design software and so forth. If you cannot afford the popular packages, see if you can access pre software packages or APS in your field. Learning freeware may not be the ideal situation, but you will have some knowledge of common features bound in software associated with your field. Come time to look for a job in a bit of knowledge is better than no knowledge, and you get to practice your adaptability skills in the process. 14. 1-5-2 Intro to Publisher and Exercise 5: this video will introduce the publisher Exercise Way, looking at pattern recognition between programs from the same company. Programs from the same company often have many shared features. They tend to have the same logic, the same basic structure. If you know one program from a company, you can often learn another quite quickly. Look at word power Point and publisher. Notice how they have similar ribbons at the top. If you right click, you often get similar options. If you click on an image or text box, you tend to get choices that look quite a bit alike. Programs created by the same company often, but not always, have similar functionality. This next exercise will give you a chance to practice looking for similarities between programs by the same company you will be. Creating a poster in Publisher Publisher is a Microsoft product, so it should have some features that look familiar from your work with Word and Power Point . Additionally, both word and publisher our page layout programs. You should see some similarities between the programs because of that fact as well. Word was originally just a word processing program, but Publisher has always been purely a page layout program. Another page layout program is in design. If you were to open in design, it would look very different, but you should be able to see some features that look familiar from your work with word and publisher. Word and publisher, on the other hand, look quite similar. They both use Microsoft Logic. Notice the similarities between working publisher. What is the same about the tab menus? How do they handle paragraphs? How about graphics? Text boxes? Notice. The difference is what looks completely unfamiliar. How my publisher would be more effective than were what might work do better consciously watch for the similarities and differences. As you work through this exercise at this place in the workbook, you may be having some issues with your thinking around technology. You may feel like your brain is just too full. You may be daydreaming about software or becoming a bit muddled and fuzzy minded. The software activities you're learning may constantly running over and over in your mind like a song stuck in your head. You may find yourself reacting negatively to the exercises, possibly experiencing anger or apathy. You may find it hard to keep going. These responses may be very, very intense, scarily so I encourage you to push through this feeling it will pass. I'm not sure exactly what happens, though I suspect that you are rewiring your brain in some manner. Many people find that one day they have a click, and suddenly learning technology becomes noticeably easier. Even those who do not get the click tend to have the uncomfortable feelings ease up. After a few weeks, hang in there and keep at it. It will be worth it. 15. 1-1-6 Continuing to Grow and Exercise 6: this video will suggest ways to continue becoming technologically adaptable, and we'll introduce the final exercise as we come to the end of the course. Think about what you want to do with your technological adaptability skills. From here, says technological adaptability is a skill. You must continue to practice it in order to keep what you've already learned. Additionally, you want to challenge yourself to grow even more, since this course is only covered the very basics of adaptability. Furthermore, these skills must be updated as technology changes. How do you continue to grow in your technological adaptability skills? You grow by consciously practicing this gil on a regular basis. At least monthly. Learn a new software program whenever you can. Explore programs you already know seen if you can learn even more about them. If you're looking for a job, learn with software programs and technologies are used in your field and start learning as much as you can about these technologies. Continue learning new things in practicing the technology you already know. Every little bit of practice helps you build new skills and keeps the skills you have. Sharp. The best way to convince an employer that you are technologically adaptable is to build a technology rich portfolio. Using the examples in your portfolio, be able to talk about how you became adaptable and how you continue to improve your adaptability skills. If you want to build your portfolio. Offer to help a nonprofit with their technology needs. Volunteering is a productive way to spend your summer all or any unemployed time. Searching for a job can be a soul sucking experience. Volunteering helps rebuild your self esteem in that process. Along the way, you can build a professional portfolio. Additionally, volunteering often provides opportunities for networking, which can lead to new job opportunities. Employers like to see that you've spent your down time productively as well. Another option. Taken online or on site technology. Course learning a software in depth after you finish the course, create a project that challenges and exemplifies your skills while letting you practice what you've learned in the process. Challenge yourself to go beyond the class. In doing so, you will be expanding your adaptability skills. Taking a course on your own does not hold as much weight as projects you do and work volunteering or school, but it does show initiative. Employers view it favorably since you have used your down time productively. If money is an issue, you might find some free training on the Web. Additionally, you can often find training through your local library. Sometimes you confined free or low cost training. They're your local workforce or community center as well. Another way to continue building your adaptability skills is to take more adaptability classes. New adaptability courses will be available as time goes on. If you are adaptable now, you may think that you will always have the skill of technological adaptability. However, if you do not make a conscious effort to hone your skills and keep them updated, you will find that you have lost the ability to adapt. I encourage you to keep practicing and expanding your tool set. Keep learning new technologies. Keep trying new software. That way, you will keep the adaptability skills you have gained and continue to build on them. In the exercise. This week, you will develop a plan for continuing to improve your adaptability skills. This course is giving you a start on your adaptability journey, but you must continue to practice, practice and practice some or if you are to become truly adaptable. As I said in the beginning of the course, I can promise you one thing about the technology of the future. It will change. We need to focus on technological adaptability as a skill in and of itself so that we can meet those changes. However you choose to approach the technological changes around us, I wish you on adaptable future.