This class was very informative and will be very beneficial for creating interesting presentations. The possibilities are endless. Kathy Van Pelt was an excellent instructor. I particularly found the video which explained how to modify animation in lesson 11 and the additional training session "Get Visual with SmartArt graphics" at the Microsoft training website (in lesson 6) very helpful. Kathy taught this class step-by-step which was easy to follow and understand. She also answered questions in a timely manner. The supplementary material was also useful for expanding the lessons that Kathy taught. This was the first on-line class that I have taken and I shall take others to learn new skills.
I started into this course with only the barest knowledge of PowerPoint and only slightly more with Excel, so it was a real stretch to try to master all the various levels of what PowerPoint offers. But Kathy Van Pelt explained things so well that it wasn't necessary to write a number of questions to her. If a person just read carefully and found the icons, tabs, etc., on the screen as she explained things, it made sense. Thank you, Kathy. I appreciate your effort and the vast insight you used to make each lesson informational without being overwhelming. I enjoyed the class a great deal -- amazing since computer stuff is not a natural skill for me.
The instructor’s instructions were very clear and I was able to follow along without any problems. I liked the videos as well. The class was a lot more fun than I thought it would be. I really liked it. Thanks, Kathy!
A great enrichment course for students and professionals, who want to build on their business software skills to enhance their professional development. The instructor for this course is very knowledgeable of PowerPoint. She provided much enthusiasm for PowerPoint and made the lessons fun. Also, her feedback on the difficult subject areas was always presented in a timely manner and the lesson plans were well written and thorough. A great course!
I appreciated the instructor's pace and thoroughness in covering the subject matter. This is my first exposure to PowerPoint, and I definitely feel as though I have been given the tools to not only start in this area, but also to continue to grow in how I will be able to use it as I work with it more. That is why I took this course. I wanted to have a deeper understanding on PowerPoint. Thank you.
I really appreciate all the correspondence to and from the instructor. The extra resource suggestions and online step-by-step tutorials were also helpful. I especially enjoyed learning about all the animation and sound effects you could create with PowerPoint 2010. It is a great program. The instructor was very quick to respond to my questions and comments and encouraged course participation. Although the course was online, she made you feel more like you were in person. I would definitely refer others to take this course or any other courses offered by Kathy Van Pelt. Thank you being so thorough and helpful throughout this course. I really enjoyed it.
This course met my goal of being able to convert technical work I have done into a first-class presentation. I feel fully capable of doing this now, whereas I could only do the more basic actions in PowerPoint prior to taking the course. The instructor did a great job of presenting each lesson. It was easy to follow and accurate in its description of what to do and why, and what to expect the result would be. She also provided prompt, clear, and concise responses to questions in the Discussion section. I came away quite satisfied with the course.
Kathy really went out and gave great instruction on the topic material. She was well-prepared for this course. Any help that is given online, through Microsoft, etc., she knew the links that are applicable to the specific lessons. Thank you, Kathy.
Halfway through the course and already I'm seeing results! I was able to see firsthand yesterday just how much I have learned in this class. The employee at my company who handles all the PowerPoint presentations was not in the office, so my boss asked me to tackle the project. I used so many of the features which I learned in this class! Without the knowledge I have acquired from this class, I never would have been able to create the presentation as well (and as quickly) as I did. My boss loved it! This is a great class to prepare someone to use PowerPoint in the workplace.
Course Code: ip0
Find out how to plan a presentation and start the PowerPoint program. And you'll practice working with different views, task panes, tabs, and templates. Then find out about the Live Preview feature, and we'll discuss how to save a file so you can find it later. You'll also create and edit slides in the slide pane and in Outline view, and learn how to put on a slide show.
Including tables in your presentation lets you present a lot of information in a little space. So in this lesson, you'll add, revise, and format tables. Then, you’ll learn to print your presentation as slides, handouts, an outline, and notes pages. And to make sure your printed presentation is as close to perfect as it can be, we'll explore the Spelling, AutoCorrect, Research, and Thesaurus features.
Learn how to embellish your slides with media clips, which could include illustrations, clip art, and photographs. Then, learn to work with WordArt, Shapes, and SmartArt Graphics.
In this lesson, you'll create and edit a chart slide to illustrate statistical data. Then, we'll look at global changes you can make to your slides, handouts, and notes. For example, if you want to increase or decrease the font size on all the slides in a presentation, just make the change on the slide master. You also make global changes when you modify your presentation's theme colors or background.
In this lesson, we'll work with hyperlinks and action buttons. You'll enliven your presentation as you learn to create links from text or objects to other slides, presentations, documents, and Web pages. Then, you'll learn about slide transitions, the options on the Transition tab, and you'll apply animation to text and objects on slides and the slide or layout master with the options on the Animations tab. And perhaps most important, you'll learn how to avoid overdoing these effects!
Learn to apply advanced animation effects to text and objects on slides and slide and layout masters. And finally, we'll focus on different ways to save and share your presentations. You'll see how easy it is to make your presentation into a PDF file, so it'll be accessible on computers that don't have PowerPoint 2010. You’ll even learn how to turn your presentation into a video.
Kathy Van Pelt has been involved in education for many years, teaching and assisting students with microcomputer application courses. Kathy specializes in Microsoft Office applications, Google Drive and Google Applications, the Windows and Mac operating systems, and keyboarding. For the past 25 years, she has taught computer courses at a community college, teaching both in the classroom and online. Before that, she spent nine years teaching word processing and business classes at a private business college. She loves being in the ever-evolving educational field, and she's especially excited about the flexibility that online learning offers students.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, or XP with Service Pack 3
Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 or Microsoft Office Professional 2010 (please be sure to install this software on your computer before the course begins.)
A free 60-day trial version of Office 2010 may be available at http://www2.buyoffice.microsoft.com/usa/?torb=4WT.mc_id=ODC_ENUS_GenTry_Control.
Note: This course is not suitable for Macintosh users, nor for users of any older versions of Microsoft PowerPoint.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.