SharePoint 2010 incorporates a large volume of new features as well as renovations of existing features already incorporated in SharePoint 2007, and MOSS. A substantial majority of SharePoint users have reacted positively to these changes in the SharePoint platform. For some of the features, for example SharePoint Designer 2010, the reaction of the user community has been particularly positive. The general norm of restrictive governance on the use of SharePoint Designer 2007 and earlier has very often been removed. Therefore, for IT or MIS groups with an interest in encouraging SharePoint usage, an imperative is to empower SharePoint users with the technical information they need so that they can implement these new features of SharePoint 2010 and realize greater value from the performance of the product.
The big question is how to provide this technical training in an efficient and cost effective manner. Our entire SharePoint 2010 training curricula is delivered via video tutorials. We think our approach makes the most sense. Here’s why:
- Short video tutorials conceived to communicate the computer operations required to implement SharePoint technical features are useful, regardless of whether or not SharePoint users are provided with in person training or not; therefore, the acquisition cost is a comparative bargain. As well, the “shelf life” of training videos is substantially longer than is the case of in-person training and, generally, comparable to the shelf life of book learning for similar techniques.
- Video tutorials on topics specific to computer operations are more useful than the same procedures communicated in book form. Specifically, video tutorials can be reviewed within the context of the computer workspace and, often, juxtaposed to a running instance of SharePoint. Further, video tutorials can be replayed as often as required to ensure that techniques are assimilated by SharePoint users.
- The cost to acquire video tutorial content for large groups of SharePoint users (typically the case for global businesses and other large organizations), expressed on a per user basis, is a fraction of the cost of acquiring in-person training and disseminating the content to the SharePoint user community. As well, this cost is a fraction of the cost of providing, per user, training manuals for the product
Therefore we are confident that video tutorials (and our video tutorial curricula in particular) are the optimum method of training users in SharePoint 2010. If you would like to explore SharePoint 2010’s capabilities to add value to your SharePoint users activities, we would welcome an opportunity to speak with you. We would like to learn more about your objectives and assumptions as regards the steps that will need to be taken to effect the development you’re after. Please either call us at (630) 786-7026, or Contact Us. We will be happy to discuss this topic at greater length.
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