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Microsoft Word - Hyperlinks

Introduction

Creating Hyperlinks is a feature of Word in the Microsoft Office Suite. Hyperlinks allow you to link other documents or websites to your Word document.

For some students with cognitive disabilities, imbedding hyperlinks into the course syllabus to required reading eases the search process and aids in accessing the course material. Additionally, imbedding hyperlinks to supplemental explanations of complex concepts in course reading material aids some students with comprehension and recollection.

 

Please click below for an audio of the introduction to Microsoft Word Hyperlinks.

 

Instructions on How to Use the Hyperlinks Feature of MS Word

Please click here PDF download to download a pdf version of the instructional guide to Hyperlinks feature of MS Word.

 

Please click below for a video demonstration of how to insert Hyperlinks into an MS Word document.

Demo: Inserting Hyperlinks

Technical Requirements and Where to Access MS Word

MS Word Technical Requirements:

Mac Requirements (MS Office 2008 for Mac:)

  • Intel, PowerPC G5 or PowerPC G4 (500 MHz or faster) processor
  • Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 1.5 GB hard drive

Windows Requirements (MS Office Pro 2007):

  • 500 MHz processor speed or higher
  • Windows XP SP 2, Server 2003 SP1 or later
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 2 GB hard drive

Go to http://us20.trymicrosoftoffice.com/product.aspx?re_ms=oo&family=officepr... to download a 60 day free trial of MS Office Pro 2007;

 

Go to http://www.microsoft.com/mac/products/Office2008/trial-download.mspx to download a 30 day free trial for MS Office 2008 for Mac.

 

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Reviews

Every e-Tool in the e-Toolbox was reviewed by either a UDI Online Project research and design team member, or one or several faculty at five partner institutions who incorporated a specific e-Tool into an online or blended course they taught. Faculty from these partner institutions also requested that students review the e-Tool included in a course or products created through the use of the e-Tool (e.g., documents, videos, audio clips, or other items). Likert scale surveys with open-ended questions were used by respondents.  Feedback from the reviewing UDI Online team member or faculty who used a tool is presented in addition to student ratings when available.

  

Faculty e-Tool Review Results

 

Number of faculty reviewers: 3

1. The e-tool was easy to incorporate into my course.

 Picture of review results - 66.7% of reviewers strongly agreed that this e-tool was easy to incorporate into their course. 33.3% of reviewers strongly disagreed that this e-tool was easy to incorporate into their course.

2. I used the e-tool to address the following: (Select all that apply)

Picture of review results-33.3% of reviewers used this e-tool to reduce the physical demands placed on learners and to allow maximum attention to learning.  33.3% of reviewers used this e-tool to facilitate communication with and between students.  33.3% of reviewers used this e-tool to allow students to demonstrate mastery of content.  33.3% of reviewers used this e-tool for other uses (their comments on usage are below).

 

 

  • I had such trouble trying to use this tool that I ended up not using it, despite a strong wish that I could.

3. Do you think the e-tool exemplified the construct of UDI within your course?  (UDI is defined as an approach to teaching that consists of the proactive design and use of inclusive instructional strategies that benefit a range of learners including students with disabilities.)

picture of results- 50% of rev iewers strongly agreed that this e-tool exemplified the construct of universal design for instruction in their course.   50% of rev iewers agreed that this e-tool exemplified the construct of universal design for instruction in their course.

 

4. Please comment on the benefits of using the e-tool in your course.

  • I used hyperlinks within my power point several times this semester and loved the capability.
  • It makes content available to those who need it.
  • Would provide easy access to material mentioned in a document.

5. I will use the e-tool in another course.

picture of results-100% of reviewers would use this e-tool in another course.

6. In the future, I will use the e-tool to address the following: (select all that apply)

picture of results-33.3% of reviewers will this e-tool in the future to state and explain course requirements.  66.7% of reviewers will this e-tool in the future to reduce the physical demands placed on learners and to allow maximum attention to learning.  66.7% of reviewers will this e-tool in the future to facilitate communication with and between students.  33.3% of reviewers will this e-tool in the future to allow students to demonstrate mastery of content.

  • Preparation for other learning activities.