These sessions are not how-to sessions. They look at the mental models of the designers of various digital tools to help you conceptualise what you can do with them.
Each session will try to explore how the tool or tools in question are built up from the ground up. What are the building blocks and what are some useful metaphors. A sort of grammar and vocabulary of digital tools.
Starting to learn a new tool – even one that saves you time – slows you down at first. Each session will also be accompanied by a worksheet to help you develop enough fluency, so that using the tool will eventually not get in the way of the things you’re trying to do with it.
Fri, 15 Jan 2021, 13:00-14:30 Register
This is a session for people who have used Zoom at least as participants in a meeting. It will not cover the complete basics but even complete beginners can benefit. It will cover:
Fri, 22 Jan 2021, 13:00-14:30 Register
This session does not replace the Canvas training available from the CTL or the Canvas Guide, it looks at ways of conceptualising what Canvas can do. It will look at the mental models of the designers and show how you can map them onto your needs. It will also show the limits of Canvas and how to work around them.
Fri, 29 Jan 2021, 13:00-14:30 Register
This session will want to take you beyond passive creation of documents. In the last few years, Office has completely changed some of the most fundamental assumptions we have about things like files and documents.
This has opened up new vistas for collaboration and productivity and made Office a great tool for educators. This session will cover:
Fri, 5 Feb 2021, 13:00-14:30 Register
This session is for every intelligent user who has ever felt the need for an idiot’s guide. It is intended to start you on a journey of self-sufficiency and problem solving. It will challenge the assumption that software must be intuitive and explore ways of developing useful intuitions.
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