SharePoint Distance Learning

“While I worked with Peter at HP, he developed a distance learning course for the attorneys and staff to help them fully benefit from HP’s huge SharePoint investment.  He established a broad base of site administration support among the Legal Admin Staff and this made a big difference in an environment with a cost-constrained IT department as well as severe travel restrictions.”

Stephanie Corey, Former Chief of Staff, HP Office of the General Counsel

While your IT group provides the basic infrastructure support for SharePoint, it may or may not have the resources to train or advise business users on how to adapt SharePoint to their needs. As a result, SharePoint may only be used as a passive, un-managed storage repository for random documents — a content graveyard for material that is never used or shared.

Peter Dorfman addressed this issue for the Office of the General Counsel at Hewlett Packard (a global legal department of over 1000 people) by training more than 100 administrative assistants, paralegals and attorneys to manage and administer SharePoint for project teams within the department. This relieved the lawyers of the need to rely on HP’s IT organization for support and guidance, establishing a trusted base of administrative support with responsibility specifically for the Legal function.

Training was provided using SharePoint itself as the delivery medium, in a distance learning format, with weekly lessons delivered to audiences in the US, Europe and Asia. Peter Dorfman can provide a similar SharePoint Distance Learning program tailored to your organization infrastructure and needs.

A sample syllabus:

  1. Setting Up a Site (in your organization’s infrastructure)
  2. Providing Access to Your Site (SharePoint permissions)
  3. Creating a List and a Library
  4. Introduction to Web Parts
  5. Creating and Managing Site Columns
  6. Creating and Managing Content Types
  7. Sorting, Filtering and Views
  8. Creating and Managing a Subsite
  9. Managing Documents in a Library
  10. Basics of Metadata
  11. Basic SharePoint Search
  12. Site, List and Document Templates
  13. Managing Media Files
  14. Basic Project Management in SharePoint
  15. SharePoint and Email
  16. More Advanced Web Parts
  17. Document Workspaces and Discussion Forums
  18. SharePoint Blogs and Wikis
  19. Introduction to Information Management and Policies
  20. SharePoint Site Administration Review