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Course Review: OneNote 2016 Essential Training

Teacher: David Rivers
Length: 3h 46m (course link)

In lieu of a desire to fix the plot of a book, I decided to learn more about the software that I’ll be using to plan out the story in great detail. I first became aware of OneNote nearly a decade ago. A couple that I was in the early stages of collaborating on a setting with mentioned it during a Skype conversation. I did some research and played around with a trial version. It was neat but I wasn’t ready to jump in headfirst as yet because Office was and still is quite expensive. Years later, Microsoft released free versions of the software. Unfortunately, I only recently started taking advantage of this.
Please note that OneNote 2016 is different from the version available on the Windows App Store. I found this out the hard way. So, if you plan to learn the software, install the standalone application available at the Microsoft website. That will allow you to follow along with the materials without the annoyance of having to deal with a different layout and features.

In this course, David Rivers gives an extensive look into the various features of OneNote 2016 using a mock business called Landon Hotel. The pace was appropriate to what was being covered. The course structure was also well-suited to the learning outcomes.
Although I was passably familiar with the software beforehand, I regularly came across features that I was unfamiliar with. I had a few questions going in as well and these were quickly addressed. Whenever other questions popped up they were answered one or two videos later.
To accessibility, this course is designed to give beginners comprehensive training in the software. Don’t worry about the material being dumbed down though because David does a great job of building upon complexity in an entertaining way. He also avoided lingering on a subject beyond what was necessary.
I don’t have any issues or complaints about the course or course activities.

I learnt a lot from this course. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in making use of this neat piece of software. If you have other software in the Microsoft Office Suite, LYNDA has a bunch of in-depth courses that offer comprehensive training.