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Thanks to our friends at Idealware we have a new five part video series on good website design focused on looking at your existing site and improving it. To go along with these videos we have five worksheets that will help you evaluate how your website does in the different areas.
Defining Your Website Goals
This video starts you determining and prioritizing your goals. It gives a few tips on how you can find out what your goals are and how to optimize your homepage to reflect that.
Is Your Site Usable?
This video is covers things like determining exactly who you want the site to be usable for, formatting tips, and how to determine how usable your site is to begin with.
Improving Your Website's Accessibility
This videos outlines all the things you should consider to make your website as accessible as possible. It also suggests a lot of great tools for helping determine how accessible your site really is.
Auditing Your Website's Design, Content, and Forms
This video looks at what your website tells your visitors about you. It delves into specifics of things like how to how to design forms and things to consider
Optimizing Your Website for Search Engines
This video helps you help search engines find your site faster. It explains how search engines work how to make a search friendly site, and mentions Google Grants.
0:00:00 folder manipulation and management
0:14:12 Quick Access Toolbar
0:17:37 People Pane
0:20:10 Conversation View
0:25:50 Quick Steps
0:30:00 Auto Create
0:33:40 Q&A: Printing PDFs from email
0:35:45 Q&A: Assigning Color to emails
1:05:40 Q&A: Calendar sharing
1:11:14 Q&A: Changing the Order of Contacts
1:15:22 Q&A: Calendar View
1:16:00 Q&A: What/Where is the Journal Function
1:19:00 Q&A: Import/Export Contact Groups
Today we hosted a webinar where we went over the intricacies in some of the basic functions in Outlook.
The topics we covered included.
Good organizational practices.
Efficient sorting and searching of mail.
The importance of right clicking
How to customize the interface to suit your needs
The importance of categories
How to use the Calendar
How to manage and organize contacts
and much more
Learning and using these skills will help us all spend less time getting more done with Outlook.
The recording of the webinar will be posted early next week, A detailed training guide can be found at the Outlook training PDF, next week a video of the session will be uploaded.
We have set our training calendar for the year and the topics. Please mark your calendars now. All Trainings are Free to attend.
Time: 1 PM Eastern, 12 PM Central, 11 AM Mountain, 10 AM Pacific
Length: 90 minutes
March 4th , Outlook Tips and Tricks - Rylander Consulting
March 25th - Made to Be Modern: Current Trends in Websites - Idealware
April 8th , OneNote - Rylander Consulting
June 3rd PowerPoint Basics - Rylander Consulting
June 24th 50 Tech Tips for Getting you Started on Summer Projects – Probono.net
July 15th Process Mapping for Civil Legal Services: Small Investments with a Big Impact! – Probono.net
August 19th Next Generation Advocacy and Advocate Training Tools – ProBono.net
Sept 9th - Cultural Competency and Legal Technology: Considerations and Best Practices – Probono.net
Sep 16th - Understanding Document Assembly - Idealware
October 14th - Virtual and Remote Pro Bono Legal Services Models: A Special National Pro Bono Celebration Webinar - Probono.net
Oct 21st – Excel Tips and Techniques Intro – Rylander Consulting
Nov 11th - Visualization Through Dashboards - Idealware
All training will be recorded and posted to our YouTube Channel: youtube.com/user/NTAPvideos
PS: These dates are all Wednesdays
Additional information will be posted to the http://lsntap.org/trainings as it becomes available.
LSC will be updating their site with 2015 TIG Conference Session Materials. Here is the Conference Book with all the sessions and discriptions:
If the session you are looking for isn't posted yet, keep checking back as LSC will continue to update this site.
Last week at LSC's 15th TIG conference, I attended some really great breakaway sessions about how different groups are using technology to better assist their clients. As somewhat of a gamer myself, I was very excited to learn about orgs that are developing or interested in developing games to assist self-represented litigants.
"Serious Gaming as A Learning Tool" explored the evolution and application of game design for serious purposes. There is a lot of evidence that games are engaging and effective teaching tools, but in legal services we are just beginning to explore this area. The presentation included visual examples of successful efforts using games to teach real-life skills, both in and out of legal services.
Susan Garcia Nofi, Executive Director, New Haven Legal Assistance Association, Inc.
Dan Jackson, Executive Director, NuLawLab - Northeastern University School of Law
Casper Harteveld, Assistant Professor, Northeastern University
Connecticut Law Help (CTLawHelp) Identified a need to develop solutions for self represented litigants (SRL) after finding that a large number of SRL's experience stress related issues including depression and weight loss. Moreover, about 80% of litigants appear in court without lawyers to argue very serious cases.
New Haven Legal Assistance partnered with NuLawLab to create a game which could better prepare SRL's for their day in court. The game which is currently under development will put litigants before a virtual judge to help demystify the courtroom and diminish anxiety for those who cannot afford legal representation.
Dr. Harteveld, an assistant professor of game design at Northeastern University, is also working closely with New Haven Legal assistance and NuLawLabs to develop the game. Harteveld offered a brief history of games emphasizing that power of learning inherent in games. He referenced Homo Ludens or "Playing Man" a book which discusses the importance of play to the development of culture and society.
Military games date back to ancient Egypt. Senet, a board game from predynastic and ancient Egypt dates to around 3100 BCE!
More Educational Games:
Health: Remission 2
Science & Education: Fold it
Legal Aid Organizations are beginning to utilize games and their unique power to teach. There were several great ideas for innovative games being thrown around at the TIG conference, and I'm excited to see what people come up with this year!
Please use the comments section to share your game ideas and suggestions. If you are interested in developing a game, I suggest using the LSTech listserv to find experts and potential partners.
Below are the worksheets used at the 2015 TIG Conference Session on Collaborative Game Design. The worksheets were developed parallel to Dr. Harteveld's Triadic Game Design (TGD) book to educate about TGD a model which incorprates reality, meaning, and play in game design. These worksheets are a great place to get started!
Reality Worksheet Develop a model of reality to base your game. IE) Religion, Globalization, Financial Crisis, etc
Meaning Worksheet Pick a value or value proposal. IE) Exploration, Social Skills, Declarative Knowledge
Play Worksheet Choose the genre (shoooter, strategy, survival, etc) of your game and fill out this worksheet.
Criteria Worksheet Is your game flexible and adaptable? Is your game realisitc (look/feel) Is it fun to play? etc.