Microsoft Excel (2007) Tutorial & Training Videos is a website for learning and self practicing the basics of Excel. It includes numerous tutorial videos with easy step by step manual instructions.
Type of Material:
This would be useful in a college classroom when Excel was a tool being used (i.e. Statistics). Professors could assign this tutorial rather than spending class time instructing on the proper use of Excel.
Adobe Flash Player to play videos
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The learning goal is for the user to be able to implement the basic skills of the Microsoft Excel program after viewing the tutorial videos.
Target Student Population:
Students at any grade or age level that use the Microsoft Excel program
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Understanding of what a spreadsheet is and does
The tutorial videos present valid concepts and skills. The videos are an excellent resource for the basic Microsoft Excel information. The tutorial videos are divided into three groups, Excel Basics, Calculations, and Special Features.
The tutorial videos are short with a small chunk of information. The tutorials are presented through the animation and step by step instructions. If needed the user can view each video as many times as they would like to see it.
None. Learning all aspects of a spreadsheet program can be tedious.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This Microsoft (MS) Excel tutorial website could assist instructors when introducing the MS Excel basics. Once students are introduced to MS Excel, the videos could be used as independent resources for students. At the end of the videos there is a choice to "Try it yourself." If the Try it yourself button is selected, an Excel page opens so the student can practice the skills presented in the video.
Since the videos are animated with step by step instructions, they could be used as resources or at centers by middle school and high school grade level students.
Instructors at higher education level could list the Microsoft Excel Tutorial website as a resource for course projects and activities. Teacher candidates could use the website as a resource when teaching mathematics or when using graphs and tables in their teaching lessons.
The tutorial videos are specific, focused, and easily understood.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The website is well organized and easy to navigate. The website pages have good color schemes and would be attractive to students.
There are three main sections of the tutorial with six links under each of the main sections. Each of the six links contains several tutorial videos, therefore, there are numerous resource videos organized and linked on this website.
The material is organized into Basics, Calculations, and Special Features. There is a forum available to users. Additional materials may be bought for a very reasonable price (at the time of this review, the complete Excel course was $15). Other supporting materials by various authors are linked through Amazon.com. There is a Back to Menu button on each screen. As well, the browser back button can be used to return to a previous section. The videos have text as well as audio for all types of learners.
It might be helpful to have a button to view the video again instead of once the video begins it continues to run and keeps repeating the tutorial.
Other Issues and Comments:
If Adobe Flash Player is needed by a user to play the videos, then it may be helpful to have a link to a website to download Adobe Flash Player.
This is very useful tool for learning Excel.
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