Any readers registered to attend SPTechCon, April 22 – 25, 2014 in San Francisco, CA in the US, are warmly invited to stop by our SharePoint-Videos.com booth, #607 during exhibit hall hours. Asif Rehmani, SharePoint MVP and MCT, Michael Blonder, and Kari Bennett will each be available to meet with anyone visiting our booth. We will be demonstrating our help system for SharePoint, VisualSP™.
For readers new to our products, VisualSP™ can be summed up as a help system for SharePoint 2010 or 2013 end users. Our product includes two of the most important features research has demonstrated to be of high value to end users:
- An in-context access method to obtain the training content they require to successfully complete computing tasks
- and training content available on-demand, whenever they need it
Arguably, another very valuable feature of our help system is the medium of most of the training content — short video recordings of correct computer procedures performed by a subject matter expert, complete with an audio track of spoken instructions.
The in-context access method included with VisualSP™ is the tab our system creates in the SharePoint ribbon. The tab appears on the left hand side of the ribbon, at an optimum level for users to easily note its availability.
With a click on the tab, end users can view a selection of training content (videos, documents, images, or any other file type supported by SharePoint® ), collected specifically for the scope of work presently at hand for an end user.
In other words, if end users are working with pages, then the training content will include working with images, creating web pages, linking to content, and more. If end users are working with documents in a shared document library, then the training content, out of the box, includes how to upload documents, check them in, check them out, and more. Similar context-specific content is available to end users when they are working with lists.
Any of the content is available whenever end users require it, in other words on demand. For example, video tutorials can be replayed as frequently as required to ensure end users learn the correct procedures to successfully complete their computing tasks in SharePoint.
Just a word on the efficiency of video training content: a substantial body of research has demonstrated the unique suitability of recordings of human activities (for example, computing procedures) as the best method of transferring correct technical procedures to people in need of training. Our content set for VisualSP™ includes all 105 video tutorials offered in our End User Training courses for SharePoint 2010 and/or 2013.
I’ve not mentioned another key feature of our help system for SharePoint: VisualSP™ is designed to be customized. Our system includes a set of controls almost any organization can use to add additional content to what we provide, out of the box, to deliver an optimum training experience to end users.
Once again, please stop by our booth if your schedule permits.
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