Each lesson is designed to take one hour because we know you’re working full-time too. You can take whatever time you need, or zoom through what you already know — that’s the benefit of asynchronous learning.
Here’s the promo video I made when I ran the first course, years ago:
- Word 365 for Mac*
- website access
- ability to view YouTube videos
*We will try to accommodate some variation. Word substitutes or equivalents are not suitable.
Those who come in with some efficiency at using computers will get the most out of this course. So now is the time to brush up on these skills:
- file creation and management
- menu options and navigation
- mousing and keyboard navigation
- basic word processing functions such as cut, copy, paste, undo, save as, spellcheck, bold, italic, and indenting
- Get Word Ready to Edit
- Tracking edits
- When not to track changes
- Marking moved text
- What to do with an edited Word file
- Tracking Changes Despite Clients
- Securing a file for review
- Compare documents
- Comments tool
- Reviewing edits
- Printing comments and changes
- Language selection
- Customizing the word list
- Importing custom dictionaries
- The exclusion dictionary
- Grammar checker
Version control Week 2
Reveal non-printing characters
Find and replace
- Special characters
- Some special characters
- Wildcards & special codes
- Some special characters for find & replace
Page breaks and section breaks
- Change a style
- Import a set of styles
- Other uses for styles
Macros Introduction Week 3
- Create a macro
- Record a macro
- Import a macro
- Edit a macro
- Force track changes on
- Use a macro
- Keyboard shortcuts for macros
- Toolbar icons for macros
Addendum — bonus macros
- Spell CanOx — a macro that applies CanOx spelling preferences
- Polo Bears — a macro that flags problem words
- Zoom Track — a macro that sets zoom and track changes preferences
Alternatives to Macros Week 4
- Keyboard shortcuts
- Icon shortcuts
- Autocorrect customization
Plug-ins & Apps
- Special characters
- Automated bullets and numbering
- Those who are too busy editing to find out new software tricks.
- Those who are new to editing.
- Those who are new to editing onscreen — moving from paper markup.
- Those who have to work with writers to revise documents in Word.
- Those who are full-time editors.
- Those who are scared of macros.
- Those who need to use Word to create and revise documents.
- Those who want to get more efficient and effective at editing.
Students are typically evenly split between very experienced editors and those who are completely new to the practice. They range from subject and product specialists to complete generalists. While the majority of students are in North America, they have come from all over the English-speaking world. It’s a huge breadth.
Written lessons (and now: audio!) outline the what and why of the topic, then narrated demo videos show how the skill is done. (I am working on captions for the hearing impaired. Watch for those in the spring.) Finally, there are self-check exercises that lead you through the skill again and allow you to check for understanding. All three components are required to get all the course material: written/audio lesson, video demo, self-check exercises.
No marks are assigned but students may submit exercises to the instructor for feedback and/or troubleshooting. Editing skills are not assessed as the focus is on the technology, not on language or format.
Questions and discussion are encouraged — either about variations or glitches encountered on your own system, or special circumstances that apply to your editing practice. One of the benefits of taking a course is access to your fellow students. They have proven to be an excellent resource.