Tip #206: Using Hidden Text- and Two Requests

This week’s idea comes from Ross Thomas at Prudential Relocation. If you would like to create trainer manuals and participant manuals from the same document, you can use the hidden text feature in Microsoft Word! Who knew?

First, you enter all of the text that you need for your document.

Next, highlight the text that you want to be hidden (such as answer keys or content notes that only the trainer needs access to).

From the menu, select “Format,”then “Font.”Select the “Hidden”Option and press OK.

The text that you selected will no longer be visible on the screen, but it will still be there. To see the hidden text, simply select the “Show/hide”button.

If you want to print a document with all of the hidden text (such as for the trainer’s manual) then select “File,””Print,””Options,”and make sure that “Hidden text”is selected.

Isn’t that a wonderfully easy way to create both materials at once? I love it! Thanks so much, Ross!
Now, you can return the favor and help Ross out. He is looking for interactive training strategies when there is only one person in a class:

“Hello everyone,

I am need of some suggestions of activities for my training class
that I am conducting.  The catch is that I am only going to have 1
participant.  I have many activities that I currently in my classes,
however, they are built around having at least 3 or more people and use
techniques like brainstorming, relay races, etc.  I am stuck on what to
come up with for just 1 participant.  I am training primarily in process
and procedures if that helps.

I really appreciate all of your help!”

Also, we have another request for information, this time from Tom Jackson in Atlanta, Georgia:

“My organization is struggling with my effort to purchase simple toys and manipulatives to energize our rather dull course offerings.  I am trying to find some scholarly work to show some of the research behind using manipulatives and toys in an adult class room setting to better engage the learner.  Can you point me in the right direction?  Coming from an organization that is molded around research, being able to cite a study to reinforce your efforts will lift curtains and open doors.  Anything you can offer would be of help. Thanks.”

If you are aware of any scholarly research studies on the topic of using manipulatives and toys in adult training, please let us know!

Thank you in advance for any information you can provide for either Ross or Tom

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