Upon arrival in RAK, I found myself again giving SharePoint workshops to groups of faculty. After having given so many workshops in Canada, and previously in Dubai, I felt that I had a pretty good idea of what items should be covered in an introductory session. I put together this workshop document which I used with virtually every session I gave.
I tried to cover the basic organization of SharePoint, first with an emphasis on the permissions: a) how they can be inherited and manipulated and b) how they can be used to manage access to the various sites, sub sites and web parts. I then discussed the layout of standard pages and showed where the different features are located on the page. Understanding where certain features are found alleviates a lot of angst later when people try to navigate, create something or change settings.
The next step was to differentiate between sites, parts, lists, libraries and varous other features. Understanding these differences helps to make better use of the software and again alleviates any angst that may arise from trying to figure out how to do something or trying to find a file or information.
The session wraps up with creating a test site in which they can play with permissions and create various parts to see how they work.
While there is some content delivery and talking, much of the session is hands on. The faculty sit at computers and as I work through the handout, they are free to click and explore to see for themselves just what I am talking about. This exploration also allows them to encounter 'anomolies' or things that seem to differ from what I am saying. The subsequent questions and answers create a more robust learnng environment.