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    Hi,
    I am taking online courses for Word & Excel 2K. I have found that I don't retain information that I have only read. I am looking for truly interactive online courses I can take which will have a lot of exercises so I will "get" it. The ones I'm taking now are good as far as presenting topics and instructing how to accomplish the tasks. Unfortunately, each topic is only presented once with a summary and then a quiz covering the topics in general. They don't use a text nor have any additional exercises. I have several books and the Study Guide for Word MOUS. I live in the Houston area and besides the offerings of colleges/universities, there are only 3 places which teach these courses. This is besides CompUSA and the other stores. I already took a course at a store and it only covered the basics. I don't want to go the route of the colleges and spend 3 months at 2 or 3 hours per week. I would prefer something more intensive and preferably self-paced. Any ideas?
    I worked for the state for 12 years and when I left them I discovered I needed to know this stuff to get a decent job. I didn't even know that "secretaries" had been phased out, so to speak! Any help would be appreciated. Thanks. <img src=/S/question.gif border=0 alt=question width=15 height=15>

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    Re: online courses

    Hi Maria

    check some of the sites referenced in <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showflat.pl?Cat=&Board=free&Number=32019&page=&vie w=&sb=&o=&vc=1>this thread</A> maybe there's something there for you.

    Another good resource for everything Word is the <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.mvps.org/word/WhatsNew/index.html>Word MVP site</A> which provides lots of hints, tips and tutorials.

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: online courses

    For a self-paced course, what about:

    1. Start with the relevant IDG "Dummies" book, or an equivalent intro book.

    2. Next, the MSFT Press Step by Step book for the relevant app.

    3. Next a more comprehensive book such as Special Edition Using or the Inside Out series from MSFT Press.

    4. After that, it's the College of Hard Knocks, i.e., you learn more as you do real apps.

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    Re: online courses

    Creating a series of "projects" for yourself is also a great way to learn.

    Create a receipe book and include a table of contents, and use styles.
    Mail merge your christmas card list.

    etc.

    Good Luck
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    Re: online courses

    Here's a link to the Microsoft training site, <A target="_blank" HREF=http://msdn.microsoft.com/training/>http://msdn.microsoft.com/training/</A>, which contains links for a variety of the Step-by-Step books, along with a bunch of other self-paced training books.
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    Re: online courses

    Have you seen anything regarding the "Academy of Learning"? I know that they provide stand alone self paced courses on many of the Office programs. They are primarily located in Canada but the manuals are in English. If you can't find a link to them, contact Allan Flegg <allanf@savoir.com> He might be able to point you in the right direction.

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    Re: online courses

    Thank you, jordanf. I was able to locate the Academy of Learning online. They do offer the courses I'm interested in. However, their website for online courses is under development at this time. I will check with them later. Thanks again.

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    Re: online courses

    Thank you Charlotte. I am going to check them out!

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    Re: online courses

    Thank you so much. I have ordered the MS Word Kit. I wish I had thought of this before!

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