EPD - eHelp - Technologies - Microsoft Office
Microsoft Office Suite is utilized in the Master of Engineering programs. MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint will be used most extensively. All are part of the Standard and Professional Editions of Office.
There is the opportunity to purchase, at a student-discounted price, the most current version of Microsoft Office once registered as a student of the university. For all currently available student software and prices, visit http://wiscsoftware.wisc.edu/wisc. Please note that this is the student software site and that prices here are considerably lower than the faculty/staff prices at the general site http://doit.wisc.edu. At this student site, there are a number of other software bargains.
Important: Please note that MS Office 2013 and MS Office 365 are currently incompatible with the web conferencing system Blackboard Collaborate 12.5. If at all possible, we recommend keeping an older version of MS Office for loading PowerPoint slides. See the EPD - eHelp - Technologies - Blackboard Collaborate - Known Issues eHelp page for additional information.
Note About Track Changes
EPD instructors will sometimes use the Comments or Track Changes feature in MS Office applications, adding their own "layer" of comments, rather than actually modifying the original document by inserting or deleting text. This is an important distinction. Their comments will appear in a balloon figure in the right margin or in a separate reviewing plane at the bottom of the page, depending on the document view that the reader selects.
When working with others on a team project, use all of the comment and track changes tools. Suggested conventions for the use of comments in conjunction with other tracking features are below.
Use comments for description. Actually modifying the document is reserved for procedures agreed upon in advance. If a document is changed, then use the comment feature to explain why the change was made or to point out anything unusual about the change.
For Additional Help
- Instructions for the use of change tracking are in the Microsoft Help menu.
- Additionally, the UW-Madison Lynda.com online video training service has useful video tutorials on Microsoft Office applications and thousands of others.