When To Learn?

jitlAny time is a good time to learn, surely! Well yes, but there is more to it.

In this post we will look at two valid approaches to learning software.

Software like Office 365 and Adobe Elements are just tools we use in what we do every day in our organizations. They are very useful but nevertheless represent a huge learning curve. So just how does one go about learning these programs?

Most programs include basic tools. These are the core tools one uses for 80% of your tasks. That then is the first order of business when getting to know a program. Then there are the advanced tools that you hardly ever use. And as the saying goes, if you don’t use it, you lose it.

Project-based Learning
Our approach to learning the core tools of a software program is project-based learning. We strive to create courses in which a program is used to create a typical project in a step-by-step process. An example is our course Design a Flyer with Word and Present with PowerPoint. In these projects you learn how a real-life project is tackled from start to finish, and as a byproduct, almost by “osmosis”, you learn the basic tools of the program that is used.

Just In Time Learning
JITL is a good approach for learning the more esoteric tools of a program. When you are confronted with a specific task that needs one of those more esoteric tools, look for a course that addresses just that tool.  Because you now have a specific need, you will be more motivated the more involved tool or process. An example is our course Laying Out a Book in Word.

Suggested Approach
We know from experience that getting to know a new program is fun and rewarding. Once you complete a project it gives you a sense of achievement, and rightfully so. Or courses are designed to be easily digestible in a hour or so. Spending an hour taking a course will be more satisfying than watching TV, guaranteed!

Of course the more you become familiar with the basic tools of a program, the line between the basic and esoteric tools will start to blur so by all means tackle one of the more advanced topics—it is still designed using the same step-by-step project approach.

For more information on our selection of courses, visit hmdtraining.com