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MS Word for Training



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What is Word for Training?

Microsoft Word is one of the most popular word processing applications and can be used to enhance or supplement the learning experience.

Other Common Names

Other common names for lesson plan include:

  • Word processing
  • Google Docs


Key Properties

While the uses vary wildly based upon need, the following properties will always hold true for Word:

  • It’s a word processing software
  • Can be used individually or collaboratively

Insights Originally Drafted in Microsoft Word

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Elements that Bond With Microsoft Word


It may sound obvious, but there are times you may refer to a document without actually bringing it into the training environment to distribute. If there’s a document that learners should refer to or be able to access, you may want to consider making it a handout in your session.

virtual meetingVirtual Meeting

Just because you’re not with your participants in person doesn’t mean you can’t distribute handouts. In fact, when you upload documents that learners can download and print, virtual meetings feel a little less virtual.

visual designVisual Design

Word may not be a graphic design tool, but that doesn’t mean you can ignore how your document is laid out. If your document is easier to read, it becomes more inviting to use.

collaborative file sharingCollaborative File Sharing

Keeping your documents in your computer’s local drive means that you’re the only person who can access them. If your documents are meant for others to learn from, uploading them to your intranet, SharePoint site, or other organizational document repository can give your colleagues or participants access to information in their moment of need.

instructional designInstructional Design

Keep in mind that the design of your Word documents can be a key part of your learning experience—not just by making it easier to read, but also keeping it thematic to your content. You can see some examples of what this means in chapter 3’s section about handouts.


While collaborative file sharing is a good spot for internal documents, if you’re working with external audiences, posting your Word documents and handouts to a course website or your homepage can make them readily available to others.


Sending the Word documents and materials to participants following the session is a good way to keep your information front of mind and increase the likelihood they’ll use your information, processes, or job aids.

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