Function trumps form when SharePoint stakeholders consider how best to provision technical training content to end users

Branding should be an important consideration for SharePoint functionality wherever possible. A voluminous quantity of usability research has demonstrated the comparatively greater usefulness of technical features branded to appeal to end users. But for end users in need of technical training content to help them successfully complete work in a SharePoint computing environment, it may make more sense to eschew branding in lieu of greater functionality. Our VisualSP™ help system for SharePoint is a case in point. Out-of-the-box, the in-context access system of our product amounts to the tab it creates in a SharePoint 2010, 2013, or Online ribbon. But…
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Subscribers to SharePoint-Videos Can Now Track Their Progress Through Courses of Training

One of the challenges of self paced training is finding the inspiration to continue through a set of learning objectives. A lot of research has shown positive reinforcement to be the best method of providing individuals with the momentum they need to attain difficult objectives like this one. The best way of delivering positive reinforcement is through an award system. All of us at SharePoint-Videos are pleased to announce the addition of a curricula tracking system for all of the content on SharePoint-Videos. Our system works as follows: any subscriber accessing any one of the 852 video tutorials exclusively on…
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Use a Page of Links to Add Context Sensitivity to Enterprise Subscriptions to On Demand Training Content

SharePoint-Videos.com offers two types of subscriptions for large communities of SharePoint users — Group ID and Multi-User. More information on this topic can be found on our Multi-User Licensing web page. But to ensure these subscriptions deliver the intended benefit, stakeholders should develop a useful perspective on the important differences between training SharePoint end users vs training users playing a role managing, administering, architecting, SharePoint, or developing applications for it. End users benefit most when they can access training content directly within their computing workspace. Administrators, developers, architects, and designers benefit most when they can access a training resource rich…
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Transform On Premises SharePoint Into a Business Critical Solution with Curated Sets of Video Training Content

Microsoft’s Business Critical SharePoint web site presents a series of high value solutions presented along with supporting success stories. SharePoint stakeholders may benefit from reviewing some of the information on this web site before commencing work on an implementation plan for SharePoint. Many of the examples presented illustrate how valuable features of SharePoint, for example, workflows, can be used to expose data from LoB applications to: reduce duplication of efforts and to minimize the risk of overlapping applications streamline procedures and ensure personnel involvement is as efficient as possible. This method lowers operating costs while, at the same time, the…
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SharePoint Communities Benefit Most When Provided With Access to Authoritative Training Content

Training SharePoint users in the technical procedures they must master to successfully complete daily computing tasks can be an especially value packed endeavor. But if the techniques communicated are either not considered industry best practices, or the method of instruction somehow fails to deliver the right procedures to users, then the effort can, unfortunately, prove unsuccessful. The old adage “doing the right things vs. doing things right” is no less applicable to training communities of SharePoint users than it is for any other type of training. But how does an organization select the kind of authoritative training content required to…
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Adding A Personalization Option to Online Video Training for SharePoint

Subscribing to an online video training resource for SharePoint makes sense for SharePoint users who are dedicated to the computing platform. These users — including administrators, developers, architects and power users — benefit from the immersive training experience presented by a subscription to online content exclusively on SharePoint technical topics. SharePoint-Videos.com offers two different subscription options for the type of SharePoint user who benefits from an immersive training experience. Our Group ID and Multi-User subscription offers provide teams of users unlimited access to all of the content on our website. We will soon debut a new version of these services,…
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SharePoint Administrators, Developers, Designers and Architects Require An Immersive Training Experience

In contrast to SharePoint end users, administrators, developers and architects require an immersive training experience. These SharePoint users benefit from a curated presentation of content, rather than an in-context, on demand training experience. SharePoint-Videos.com offers subscription options for groups of SharePoint users. These options can be found on our Multi User Licensing web page. SharePoint end users implement SharePoint computing methods to successfully accomplish daily tasks. But SharePoint administrators, architects, and developers are all responsible for: ensuring optimum performance of the SharePoint computing infrastructure servicing the needs of departments within an organization for custom SharePoint processes and designing SharePoint computing…
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The Dark Side of SharePoint Adoption Campaigns

SharePoint-Videos.com hosted a webinar titled “Conquer the Chaos Of SharePoint End User Support” on Thursday, February 6, 2014. Over 200 people attended this hour long presentation by Asif Rehmani, SharePoint MVP and MCT. Some of the questions submitted by attendees presented the familiar problems often accompanying the dark side of SharePoint adoptions. So it makes sense to devout a post to this blog on the topic. If you fear your organization resides on the dark side of a SharePoint adoption campaign, and need to confirm your concern, here are some points to look for: “We have a questionnaire we use…
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It Makes Sense to Plan SharePoint Features for Otherwise Uninterested End Users

SharePoint stakeholders should plan features for an end user largely uninterested in the computing platform. This approach will successfully balance a need to provide end users with very specific objectives, computing procedures, and the tools they will require to succeed, along with an attractive user interface. Our VisualSP™ help system can be successfully used to achieve the objectives I’ve just mentioned. I don’t think stakeholders will realize the same benefit from other systems built for an end user more involved with SharePoint, as a true computing experience. It’s not likely a typical end user will want to take the time…
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SharePoint Stakeholders Concerned with Data Security Should Look to an On Premise Solution for End User Training

SharePoint stakeholders considering a solution for end user training should address the question of how best to provide these users with access to training content. Making the right choice between online, and on premise locations will be very important. The importance of making the right choice is especially urgent where an organization is sensitive to online data security. We offer a help system for SharePoint, VisualSP™. The video tutorial training content, documents, images, etc, which we include with our product are a ll designed to be installed on premises. So any organization requiring a solution for end user training suitable…
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