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By Jolie Miller | Thursday, September 05, 2013

Back to school with technology

Back to school with technology

Classrooms have gone digital, and with that comes a new set of teaching tools with the power to change everything you do as a teacher—from tracking grades to communicating with students and posting assignments and activities your class can access at all times. As you’re heading back into the classroom with a whole year stretched before you, here are three tips to get started with your digital classroom:

1. Try a new tech tool every month. Find out what your students need most: more connection to each other, the ability to use iPads for their classwork, or perhaps the ability to complete and turn in assignments online? Pick an area you can start with and embrace one new piece of technology this month. Maybe it’s creating a classroom webpage or wiki, or just using school iPads in the classroom once a week. Monitor your students’ feedback, make adjustments as needed, and then commit to a new technology challenge for October.

By Jolie Miller | Tuesday, August 27, 2013

5 tips to improve your leadership

Be a better leader.

Great leadership comes with practice and purpose—so today I’m sharing five free videos from our training library with tips you can apply immediately to become a better leader.

1. Know your vision

Clarity of vision and values is where great leadership begins. What do you believe in, and how does that translate into the way you run your team, division, or company? Check out Leadership Fundamentals and let Britt Andreatta help you get in touch with your vision and values:

By Jolie Miller | Friday, August 16, 2013

The four phases of successful conversations

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Even the savviest communicators get nervous when it’s time to have a difficult conversation with colleagues, friends, bosses, neighbors, or family members. But as author and lynda.com director of learning and development Britt Andreatta shares in her latest course, difficult conversations can actually be opportunities to build better relationships on more solid ground.

Every difficult conversation that ends successfully shares these four elements:

By Jolie Miller | Monday, August 05, 2013

Optimizing small projects

Manage small projects effectively

How do you manage small business projects while staying on top of deliverables and deadlines? It’s easy to assume that small projects don’t require the degree of project management that larger projects do—that they’re simple enough to keep all the details in your head. But this is a dangerous assumption.

While it’s true that small projects shouldn’t require as much planning, management, or follow-through as larger, distributed projects, you’ll get much more out of your small projects with some careful forethought. Here are four tips to help keep your small projects on track:

By Jolie Miller | Friday, June 28, 2013

A playlist to prepare for your PMP exam

PMI Certification

Did you know there are over 500,000 certified Project Management Professionals (PMPs) worldwide? If obtaining this prestigious credential is on your professional horizon, we’re here to help.

lynda.com has several courses you can use to develop your project management skills—whether you need to learn the basics of project management, how to manage small projects, how to keep your schedules on track, or smart ways to negotiate and talk through conflict. We’ve created a new Project Management playlist that brings all these courses together for you.

Along with the great advice provided in the playlist, I’d also like to share a few helpful tips that I wish I’d known before taking my PMP exam:

By Jolie Miller | Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A playlist for job hunters

Looking for a job?  We've got a new playlist of courses that can help.

Whether you’re making a move to a new industry, joining the workforce after high school or college, or looking to take your skills in a new direction, job hunting can be a rewarding experience. If you’re prepared and you’ve done your research, the experience can help you discover your own strengths—and uncover areas where you need improvement.

lynda.com has a playlist of courses to help while you’re on the hunt, including tips on proactively managing your career, negotiating an offer, and building your professional connections in between. We even have a short interview with the Director of Career Services at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, who shares her favorite tips for finding the perfect job in your next career move.

Along with the playlist, here are a few tips that have helped me over the years. Consider them while you’re hunting for a new job:

By Jolie Miller | Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Learn to manage teams for the first time

lynda.com has a new playlist of Business courses aimed especially at those who are managing people for the first time. Whether you’re stepping into management for the first time or simply managing teams at a new company, these courses are designed to help both you and your team add value to your company.

New Manager FundamentalsThinking Like a LeaderManaging TeamsLeading Productive One-on-One MeetingsDelegating Tasks to Your TeamCoaching and Developing EmployeesConflict Resolution Fundamentals

One of my favorite tips from this collection of courses is the “Looking back to move forward” video from Managing Teams, in which author Dr. Todd Dewett reminds us how important it is to look back and discover the history and norms that have been guiding a team and department. It’s also handy to build a concise working record of your team and department’s history: the key players, decisions, successes, and challenges that have made your team what it is today. Think of this as a legacy document that helps you chart your future.

Congratulations on this next step in your career!

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By Jolie Miller | Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Harnessing the productivity of Lotus Notes

If you’ve been interested in learning Lotus Notes but haven’t been quite sure where to begin, Up and Running with Lotus Notes offers an introduction to the features of Lotus Notes and how to use them, including discussion of the integrated email, database, calendar, and address book features.

In this movie from chapter two of the course, author Jess Stratton digs into the integrated email feature and shows you how to customize your Lotus Notes email inbox to display and sort emails to coincide with your workflow preferences.

Feeling comfortable with email, but looking for a way to speed up your Lotus Notes productivity? Here’s a quick list of Jess’s favorite Lotus Notes keyboard shortcuts:

Insert key allows you to toggle between read and unread marking for messages

Ctrl+m creates a blank new e-mail

Enter closes the open document you’re working on and opens the next document in  your view

F1 gives you targeted and context-relevant help

F5 locks your Notes client so you can rest assured your data is safe when you step away from your desk

Whether you just started using Notes for a new job or have been using it for years but never knew how to harness its full potential, this course teaches you the basics you’ll need to use the Sidebar, keep track of calendars and to do’s, and take advantage of Sametime instant messaging and other Notes applications.

Interested in more? • The full Up and Running with Lotus Notescourse on lynda.com • All business courses on lynda.com

Suggested courses to watch next:Time Management FundamentalsExcel 2010 Essential TrainingWord 2010 Essential TrainingEffective Meetings

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