I have finished creating a new self-paced Apple OS X course for Mercy staff. You can also explore the materials as well. As I write, no one has made it past Lesson 3 yet, so the assignments have not really been tested. However, 24 staff members have enrolled and ten have earned badges.
|Course Gradebook indicating badges awarded|
The course is offered through Schoology, Mercy’s LMS. It is designed to serve staff members, nearly all of whom have been issued MacBook Airs over the last two years. It is a self-paced course which does not have to be completed sequentially. When a staff member completes a module successfully, he/she is awarded an animated GIF badge instead of a grade.
These are the lessons offered:
Lesson 1 – Mac Basics
Lesson 2 – Keyboard Shortcuts
Lesson 3 – Making screencasts with QuickTime
Lesson 4 – Setting System Preferences
Lesson 5 – Organizing Your Desktop and Using Aliases
Lesson 6 – Organizing with Smart Folders and Tags
Lesson 7 – Snacking at the Menu Bar
Lesson 8 – Dictation and Special Characters
Lesson 9 – Using the Cool Features in Preview
Lesson 10 – Getting Help
I imagine that when the new OS X Yosemite is released soon, I will need to do some updating. But of course computer technology is a moving target.
— L. Baker