Tag Archive for SharePoint Guidance

Who Needs Some SharePoint Basics?

Tag, you’re it; you are now a SharePoint Site Owner.  Or, Congratulations, you just inherited a SharePoint site.  There are many different ways of becoming a new Site Owner, but the honor doesn’t always come with orientation, a guide book, or instructions.   So what are you really the proud owner of, what does the responsibility include, and what can you do with your new powers?

I created the video below to help provide some guidance and give you a jump start with some SharePoint basics.  Knowing the basics is also important so you can get the most from CorasWorks.  In less than an hour we’re only able to scratch the surface, but I’ll get you to the starting line on the road to success with SharePoint and CorasWorks.   

The list below provides an overview of the lesson objectives and the video includes a table of contents for easy navigation.  Be sure to share it with others in a similar situation or provide feedback to training@corasworks.net.  

  • The definitions for key SharePoint terms
  • How to easily access information
  • How to work with the SharePoint Ribbon
  • How to customize the navigation
  • How to modify a page layout
  • How to create new web pages
  • How to modify and customize views of information
  • How to modify lists with customized columns
  • How to create new lists and libraries
  • How to add web parts to a page
  • How to add pictures to a site
  • How to add and modify content
  • How to drive business process

Tips for viewing the video:  Placing your cursor over the bottom of the player displays controls to pause, increase/decrease volume, or view in full screen mode.  Use the video’s table of contents to navigate to specific topics of interest.  Clicking outside the video area collapses the table of contents.

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Bringing Lessons from the Classroom

What does CorasWorks training and education mean to our customers? 

… and how does it help them get more value from our software?  These are questions we frequently ask ourselves and our customers at CorasWorks.  

Historically the answers have gravitated toward the bits and bytes of product features and capabilities, or to the broader “how to’s” related to specific applications and solutions.  And the delivery options have expanded over the years to include workshops, instructor-led classroom training, online learning centers, and “blended” distance learning.  However, today we recognize traditional means aren’t enough, especially in the rapidly evolving world of SharePoint.  So welcome to “From the Classroom,” a blog to bring our various lessons learned from the classroom to you.

The stark reality is that CorasWorks, and its customers, are faced with the enormity of the SharePoint platform and the vast array of “things” being done on it today – with nearly endless possibilities for tomorrow.  It takes me back to an old Microsoft ad campaign “Where do you want to go today?”  Now choices are a good thing, but pose the challenge of where to start, or what’s next, and how to get there?.  

Depending on your role in the organization you’ll have different destinations.  If you’re an executive or senior manager, you’re likely looking to classic goals such as increasing productivity, reducing cost, improving responsiveness to customers, avoiding downtime, or other measurable outcomes that increase the bottom line.  All of which are important.  If you’re an information worker, your goals probably include making work easier, more enjoyable, and more manageable so you can get things done.  All of which are important.  Whatever your role, it’s important that you know where you want to go so we can help you get there.

But the direction isn’t always clear.  In the classroom, we’re able to bring some clarity through the structure of course agendas and objectives, lessons, exercises, and reviews.  In the blog posts to follow I’ll surface various training topics, lessons, student questions and comments, and other information with the goal of helping our readers both see what’s possible to help establish some direction, and connect the dots to facilitate getting there.  I look forward to your comments and interactions to make “From the Classroom” a beneficial read and educational experience.

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