“APA Format in Word 2010” is a brief, effective video tutorial that is posted in YouTube. The video was developed by Terrence D. Jorgensen of Kennesaw State University, and it provides guidance for students on how to prepare APA format research papers using Microsoft Office 2010 for the Windows operating system. The video covers page layout, spacing and indentation, the running head, title page, page breaks, the abstract, and the reference page. It is a very efficient, concise and precise guide with an overall learning goal of helping students to correctly format a document according to the 6th edition of the APA Publication Manual. Those who are accustomed to Word 2007 can easily transition to Word 2010 and can resolve some of the new formatting issues. Since the video is a public posting, it also serves as a strong social networking tool. Students can share and receive feedback from other viewers as well as from the author. The video is recommended for use by undergraduate and graduate students who are preparing research manuscripts that require APA format. Instructors can utilize this tutorial as a guide in their classes.
Learners will be able to correctly format a Word 2010 document using the APA guidelines specified in the 6th edition of the APA Publication Manual.
Target Student Population:
• The video tutorial is recommended for use by both undergraduate and graduate college students who are developing APA-style research papers.
• The tutorial would be beneficial in social science programs including Psychology, or other academic areas that require APA style.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
• For the information in the tutorial to be most useful, students should have background knowledge of Microsoft Office Word 2010 or Word 2007, academic research, and professional writing and research paper development.
Type of Material:
Tutorial (12-minute YouTube video on how to prepare an APA-style manuscript using Word 2010)
• The tutorial is recommended for use in distant, hybrid, or flipped learning classrooms where students can reference the video outside of the classroom when preparing a research paper.
• Instructors can link the video to a course website so that students can watch repeatedly to ensure proper APA formatting.
• Overall, the video would be best used at an individual level, where a student can stop, pause, re-watch, or rewind as needed in order to review the information (i.e., the video might serve as a homework or study guide).
• The video may also assist writers in preparing APA-style manuscripts for publication.
• The video tutorial is housed in YouTube and will require an Internet connection and basic browser. The video was successfully accessed and viewed using recent versions of Mozilla Firefox (21.0), Internet Explorer (8), and Google Chrome (27+).
• Adobe Flash Player also is required to view the video. Adobe Flash can be downloaded at http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer.html.
• The content of the tutorial itself addresses the Windows operating system and Microsoft Office 2010.
Evaluation and Observation
• This is an excellent tutorial that supports students in learning how to format their papers using the most updated APA guidelines (i.e., 6th edition of the APA manual).
• The tutorial incorporates an easy-to-follow visual presentation of step-by-step APA format instructions. For each format demonstration, viewers are pointed to the corresponding pages in the APA manual.
• The format guidelines are presented simply and clearly and are made easily understandable.
• The tutorial does not cover in-text citations or different level headings.
• The presentation does not include interactive activities that would test comprehension or provide an opportunity for practice.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
• This is a brief presentation (approximately 12 minutes) that will sustain the attention of students.
• The video could easily be integrated into many classes and programs (and at different levels).
• The tutorial does not provide background on when or why to use APA style. It also does not incorporate assessment tools (to measure knowledge attainment). Instructors who wish to use the video as part of a formal assignment (vs. as a reference) will need to develop assignment instructions and materials.
• Some students may find the presentation fast; however, the presentation may be paused and rewound.
• The URLs for additional /supplemental references (which are noted at the conclusion of the presentation) are not easily visible. It might be useful to include them as follow-up comments to the video tutorial.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
• The content is focused on key, targeted points and will engage students as a result.
• The narration is clear, concise, and very well-organized.
• As with all YouTube videos, the tutorial is easily accessible and can be viewed with one-click access. Closed captioning is available.