7 – Word

Same position as in 2018

Microsoft Word is a popular and versatile word processing tool used for creating all kinds of paper-based materials.

Website: microsoft.com/word
Cost: Commercial. Free Trial
Availability: Download. Online at Office365

Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2019: 8
Top 100 Tools for Workplace Learning 2019: 4
Top 100 Tools for Higher Education 2019: 4

Past Overall Rankings
2018: 7.     2017: 6      2016: 16     2015: 30      2014: 17    2013: 17
2012: 19    2011: 42    2010: 60     2009: 36      2008: 22    2007: 10


Comments from some of those who selected Word as one of their Top 10 Tools in 2019

  • “Word: I do most of my writing besides blogging in Word. This includes my Quinnsights column for Learning Solutions and my posts for the Litmos blog. And, of course, books. For the latter, in particular, the outlining features in Word are a necessity for me.” Clark Quinn, USA https://blog.learnlets.com/2019/08/top-10-learning-tools-for-2019/
  • “I do all my professional work using Microsoft Word and can almost forget about this tool since it has become seamless with my work.” Taruna Goel, Canada https://tarunagoel.blogspot.com/2019/09/my-top-10-learning-tools-2019.html 
  • “”When it comes to producing stuff (eg resources), I now believe in keeping things as simple as possible; I don’t over-engineer content. I find that I can quickly create effective content using basic tools like Word and PowerPoint. At the end of the day, the people I create things for are adults – and they don’t want or need trivial or gratuitous “bells and whistles”!” Jane Hart, UK https://modernworkplacelearning.com/magazine/janes-top-ten-2019/ 
  • “Word has been my best partner for over 30 years. Together with him, I wrote my dissertation, prepared for lectures, drafted curricula, and even wrote one book. We communicate with him almost daily.” University Lecturer, Russia
  • “I use MS Word to create job aids, facilitator guides, student guides, proposals and much more.” Instructional Designer, USA
  • “It is an optimal tool for all of my university texts, letters and text documents at work an even for private use (invitations, letters, …). It gets improved from time to time and you can individualize your contents however you want” Student/HR Intern, Germany
  • “essential in teacher management” College Professor, Spain
  • “It’s available to almost everyone and it’s what i’m comfortable using. I love the navigation pane and being able to turn headers into bookmarks.” Instructional Designer, USA
  • “I use it for scripting learning on every single project – the Review/Tracking feature makes sharing the document and collecting edits and changes from SMEs a breeze.” Senior eLearning Designer and Developer, USA
  • “A staple in our day-to-day work, I use Word for drafting documents and reports to share with shareholders, along with drafting storyboards for new learning programs.” Head of Risk Skills, Australia
  • “Almost every type of project starts, develops and ends with Word. Whether it’s a brainstorm, writing a proposal, developing a prototype of a product, or publishing a finished item, Word can do almost anything” Senior Organisational Development Consultant, New Zealand
  • “Have used Word for decades. Therefore, no learning curve and it keeps getting better.” Manager Professional Development, Australia
  • “My guidance word processor tool, I use it all the time to create training materials, it is familiar and full of features.” Digital Trainer, UK
  • “Best word processing tool, easy to use. Use it frequently for personal purposes and at work. Able to convert to other file types.” Lecturer, Malaysia
  • “Use Word daily. Allows me to document and refine my thoughts as I process my learning.” CEO, Australia
  • “If I didn’t have microsoft Word throughout my studies I don’t know how I would have passed uni. Word is essential in your everyday life but also a pretty gray product that can be much more developed.” Business Development, Sweden

How to use Word for Learning

Here you will find some links to some guidance and links that look at how to use Word for teaching, training, learning and development.

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