My OneDrive, SharePoint, and Teams online training course is now available as a YouTube playlist

This year I released my free Collaboration in Microsoft 365 training course that covers the essentials of OneDrive, SharePoint, and Teams – the collaboration core of M365. I’ve also just made it available as a YouTube playlist to make sure the content is available to the broadest audience and doesn’t require enrollment or prerequisites.

So when should you use which?

The course itself has more than just the video lessons. I’d recommend enrolling in the actual course for all 30+ video lessons as well as discussion and Q&A forums with me and the other students, quizzes to check your learning along the way, and a completion certificate. It’s also a fun thing for teams to enroll in and go through together. And even if you just do the 2-week free access to knock out the quizzes and get the certificate, you’ll have access to the videos on YouTube forever.

You can also just go through the YouTube playlist (4+ hours total) and use the individual videos to:

  • Skip to and learn topics you’re less familiar with
  • Share important topics and tips with coworkers easily
  • Embed specific videos for your LMS, Teams, SharePoint, or other internal training resources
  • Enhance your presentations and training efforts with in-the-moment learning videos, or as a reference to share after an engagement for continued learning or refreshers

No matter how you choose to learn and share Collaboration in Microsoft 365, I hope you find it valuable and enjoy the experience as much as I enjoyed putting it together.

Introducing my free Collaboration in Microsoft 365 online course

The most important thing for me in my MVP contributions is doing my part to share free information and resources with the community. Sometimes that has meant speaking at a free event or user group, posting blog tutorials, or helping connect learners to resources via social media or email.

Lately I had been wondering how I could level up my impact since I’m not speaking at as many events these days (as with many of us). How could I provide “session-like” experiences online, but beyond just a one-time user group or virtual event? I wanted a way to connect to learners in new ways, and to do something unique.

After much research and seeing some inspiring examples in the MVP community (such as the Excelerator course and the RADACAD Academy), I decided I’d try my own hand at a self-paced, online course.

I’m thrilled to announce my Collaboration in Microsoft 365 course launching at https://www.NateTheTrainer.com.

There are so many great learning experiences are out there – some are free (like Microsoft Learn) and others come at a hefty price point (like large conferences and subscription services). I’m excited to offer this to learners for free, because free access to information and learning is near and dear to my heart. I wouldn’t be where I’m at today if there weren’t free opportunities for me along my own path.

I'm just getting started and plan to expand and release more content and layers of experiences in the future. But for now, the course includes:

  • 30+ video and text lessons on OneDrive, SharePoint, and Teams created by yours truly
  • Discussion threads on each lesson, and a learner Community for general questions and Q&A that don't fit into a single lesson
  • 3 product-focused quizzes with 10+ questions each, and one final exam with another 30+ questions
  • A course certificate upon completion

If you find value in the course and are able, I do have a $25 "tip" option at enrollment to help defray the expenses that go into creating a course like this. You can also donate a different amount here. I appreciate your support and your kindness immensely. Thank you for being a part of my community.

And if you're looking for something more or are interested in live, instructor-led training (in-person or virtual) for your organization, the M365 team at Centriq Training in Kansas City would love to work with you to deliver tailored and effective training solutions that meet your specific needs.

Enroll in my FREE OneNote 101 7-day email course

One year ago today, I announced and released my first-ever email course. To celebrate its birthday, I’m giving it away for FREE! I enjoyed building the course and I’m confident there’s something new and exciting in it for everyone, even a year later.

This email course delivers a healthy serving of OneNote each day, for seven days. Topics include:

  • Flavors of OneNote (multiple devices, multiple versions)
  • Audio tips and tricks
  • Working with files in OneNote
  • Image magic in OneNote, like searching text within images
  • Keyboard shortcuts to maximize your efficiency
  • OneNote + Outlook
  • Tags and Tag reports (summary pages)

Requirements:

  • Includes GIFs and relies on images to demonstrate tips so must support HTML message formats
  • Must allow emails from MailChimp (check spam/junk if you don’t get your first email within 24 hours of signing up)

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Boost your audience engagement and knowledge retention with live, interactive surveys and quizzes

I often hear from my session and training attendees that they enjoy the interactive elements of my sessions. I usually end each session with a swag or book giveaway based on the highest scoring participant in a Mentimeter quiz. Sometimes my only follow-up is: “I loved that quiz, how can I do that for my own team?” The nice thing is even if an attendee knew everything I mentioned in my 101, they still left with a new tool they can use to engage their co-workers and attendees.

Note: I don’t get any affiliate or referral program perks for this. I just truly appreciate the value Mentimeter has added to my presentations and wish the same success for you.

What is Mentimeter?

Mentimeter is a service that allows participants to “join” quizzes or surveys you create without needing an account. Once you create your questions and indicate the correct response(s) (if applicable), you click present. Attendees see the “access code” at the top of the screen and, using their mobile device or computer, join the quiz using their name (whether they choose to use their real name or not is up to them). Results show up on the screen in real-time.

Mentimeter allows you to get to know your audience better, engage them in friendly competition, or just solicit questions throughout your talk. This allows for your more introverted attendees to be comfortably engaged whereas otherwise you may not have heard from them at all. It also allows your questions to be “compiled” until you’re at a good stopping place to address them.

From menti.com (attendee view after a question has ended)

For quizzes as seen above, voting is closed after a specified time for each question and points are awarded on accuracy AND speed of response. You can even display a leaderboard between questions to get the room more engaged and competitive. There is never a tie, which makes it easy to give away swag to the top two or three.

When you’re done, you can export PDFs of the question slides to share attendee questions, responses, comprehension, etc. and then reset the presentation so it’s ready for your next session. If you have a paid license, you can export to excel instead of PDF.

How much does it cost?

Personally I use the free version because it gives you up to six quiz questions, or three survey questions which is the perfect size for an end-of-session “what did you learn” quiz or intra-session “touch-base.” But there are also licenses that allow more questions, different question types, and some pretty impressive capabilities for various events and campaigns.

How do I get started?

  1. Sign up for a free account (always free, no end date or trial period)
  2. See how the available options work for you
  3. Upgrade to unlock advanced features

How to create a live poll or quiz using Mentimeter

  1. Once signed in, click “New Presentation,” name and click “Create Presentation”

  2. Choose quiz if you’ll be awarding points for accuracy and speed, otherwise choose from available survey types (no correct answers, just polling the audience). After each is added and configured, click “New Slide” to create another.
  3. When you’re ready to present, click “Present” and you’ll go full-window with an view suitable for the big screen, and that pulls in real-time responses from attendees:

On an attendee’s phone (or tablet/computer), they see mobile-friendly options for interacting with your questions:

SharePoint End-User Bingo

User adoption can be tricky. But it can also be fun. In my own trainings and sessions, I try to introduce a little gamification to re-enforce learning and make traditional training processes more engaging and memorable.

I’m pleased to share my latest game, SharePoint End-User Bingo, with you. Next time you give a training or want to hold a fun contest or drawing, add some SharePoint Bingo to the festivities to re-enforce learning, spark dialogue and make SharePoint fun for end users to explore.

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SharePoint End-User Bingo

$2.95

SharePoint End-User Bingo is a great way to engage trainees and improve learning retention. Give your attendees something to do in a workshop, or to take back to their desk with them. Also a great way to encourage exploration of features perhaps beyond a person’s regular tasks.

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SharePoint End-User Bingo is a great way to engage trainees and improve learning retention. Give your attendees something to do in a workshop, or to take back to their desk with them. Also a great way to encourage exploration of features perhaps beyond a person’s regular tasks. What’s included?
  • Includes downloadable SP End-User Bingo
  • Unlimited downloads and prints with attribution.
What is “with attribution?” By  purchasing and receiving unlimited downloads/uses, you’re agreeing not to remove the “by Nate Chamberlain, SharePointLibrarian.com” attribution in the footer. Appropriate usage This is not to be posted on an external website or shared publicly in any way. By purchasing, you agree to utilize this training aid internally within your company or consulting efforts.
  • Does that mean I can share this via email with co-workers?
    • Yes, this is a great email attachment or printed handout for intra- or post- session engagement/follow-up
  • But I can’t send it to my aunt Bertha?
    • Correct. Bertha didn’t attend your training or share your office so no Bingo for Bertha. You can certainly send her the URL to get her own download though.
Agreeing to appropriate usage is another way of saying “I understand that by sharing this publicly I would be stealing from the author. I’m a good person so I won’t do that.”

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