Thursday, July 2, 2009

Quick, Free Tutorials on 100 Widely-Used Software Tools

Have you ever been working on your computer--whether for school, work, or your own projects--and gotten stuck trying to figure out how to get your software to do what you want it to do? NOVA provides you with a great tool for solving this problem--free, short, online video tutorials on just about any software product you might be using.

The service is called Atomic Learning, and the easy login instructions are here. Once you log in, you'll find tutorials on just about any software imaginable, from the basics (Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.) to things you use a lot for school (such as Blackboard) to more specialized software you might use for web page design, creating audio files, editing photos, and more (e.g., Dreamweaver, FrontPage, Garage Band, Final Cut Pro, and more). Tutorials are provided for both PC and Mac software programs.

The best thing about the tutorials in Atomic Learning is that each video is short and focused on just one particular skill or task, so you don't have to sit through a lot of instruction on things you don't need to know. Just read through the list of videos on the software you're using, find the video on what you need to know, watch for a couple of minutes, and hopefully, your problem will be solved!

Post a comment if you've used these tutorials--or, check them out and then post a comment to let your fellow ELI students know what you think of them!