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Social Media: What’s the Difference?

Today it seems like everyone is on social media.   Social media is used for many different things:  staying in touch with family and friends, keeping up-to-date with news and trending topics, and promoting businesses and social causes.  It allows you to connect with people all over the world who have different backgrounds, interests, hobbies, and professions.  With so many different sites, how do you know which one is right for you?  Click here for an quick comparison graphic of the most popular social media sites.

Facebook – Created in 20014 by Mark Zuckerberg as way to keep up with his friends.  It is the world’s largest social media site with more than I.5 billion active users worldwide.  It allows you to send messages, post status updates, and share photos and videos.  Depending on privacy settings, requesting and accepting friend requests will determine what can be seen on your timeline and home page.  It works well on both a computer and mobile device.

Twitter – Another popular social media site, Twitter is designed around short updates.  Each tweet (or post) is limited to a total of 140 characters, spaces and punctuation marks.  You can attach short videos and photographs to a tweet.  Twitter is most popular for inventing the hashtag, which has now been adopted by many other social media sites.  With over 289 million active users, it can be used on a computer but because of its quick real-time messages, it is most often used on mobile devices.  You connect with other users by accepting and requesting to follow other users.

Instagram – Instagram is a photo-sharing app for mobile devices used by over 300 million active users.  The simplest of social media sites, it allows you to upload photos or short videos, write a caption, and add hashtags so your followers will be able to see them.  It is most popular with teens and young adults.

Pinterest – Unlike other media sites that are based on sharing status updates and photos, Pinterest is focused on collecting and sharing things found on the Internet.  You organize the things you collect on Bulletin Boards.  You can follow other Pinners who have similar interests and repin (or save) their items to your boards.  It is available on both the computer and mobile devices.

LinkedIn – While the other social media sites are more for personal use, LinkedIn is more of a professional networking site.  You create an online resume (or profile) of your skills and employment history.  As you add contacts and make connections you build your network.  Your connections can go in and endorse your skills.  Many businesses use LinkedIn to screen and recruit potential employees.

If you are over 50 and interested in learning how to use these popular social media sites, the Richland College Emeritus program will be offering Social Media 1 (Facebook) and Social Media II (Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other sites) classes starting in January.  Spring registration begins on November 22 for current students and November 28 for new students.  Contact the Emeritus office at (972) 238-6972 or the Business Office Systems and Support program at (972) 238-6215 to sign up for these popular classes.  FYI—If you are over 65, the classes are FREE to Dallas County residents.

What’s New in PowerPoint 2016

Tell me what you want to do – This help feature lets you type in a task, function, or question.  If it is quick task, you can do it from that task pane.  If it is a more complex task, it will open the regular help feature with options that best match your request.


Zoom – (available in Office 365) when you create a Zoom in PowerPoint, you can jump to a specific slide or section in any order you want while you are presenting.  There are three kinds of zooms—Summary Zooms, Slide Zooms, and Section Zooms.

Text Highlighter –  This feature has been available in Word for several years.  Now you can pick different colors to highlight and add emphasis to your text.

Enhanced collaboration – You were able to collaborate with other users on presentations in previous versions of PowerPoint using OneDrive or Sharepoint.  Now when you open a shared presentation, you can see at a glance who is working on the document and what slide they are working on.  The new activity icon will allow you to see a complete list of changes that have been made.  The comment icon will let you make, view, or reply to comments.


Morph Transition (available in Office 365) – This new transition allows the user to automatically animate, move and add emphasis to objects across slides creating more advanced animation effects.  In order to use the Morph transition, you will need to have two slides with at least one object in common.  The easiest way to do this is to duplicate the slide.   You can use this feature  to:

  • Create motion and emphasis animations – An object can be moved, resized (zoom animation), rotated, or the color changed.
  • Animate words
  • Create an anagram effect by rearrange individual characters on the slide
  • Zoom in on an image
  • Create a 3-D rotation

Six New Chart Types – In addition to the standard chart types that were available in previous versions, PowerPoint 2016 also includes the following chart types:  Treemap, Sunburst, Histogram, Box and Whisker, and Waterfall.

 Did You Know?if you take a DCCCD class, you are eligible for a free download of the latest Microsoft Office 2016 (Office 365) version? You can use your MS Office software on up to 5 devices!

Richland College is located in northeast Dallas at 12800 Abrams Road.

Click here for more information about these new features.

Microsoft. (2016). What’s new in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


Are You Ready for These Administrative Assistant Positions???

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Click on this image to find out more about administrative assistant positions that have recently been posted by Texas Instruments. Be sure to pay close attention to the qualifications and skills that are required for these jobs. Improve your hiring chances by making sure your skills are up-to-date.

If you need to update your communication and business writing skills OR your software skills, register for classes in Richland College’s BOSS program. For more information on classes, certificate programs, or the associate degree plan, e-mail Angela Nino at ANino@dcccd.edu or reach us by phone at 972-238-6215.

Kudos to Richland College

Richland College was recently rated 10th in the Rate My Professors’ 2014-2015 Top Lists for Junior and Community Colleges across the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.!

The online rating system allows students to rate colleges on the quality of their professors, reputation, location, career opportunities, library, campus grounds, common areas, internet speed on campus, food service, clubs, events, social activities, and whether or not students are pleased with their decisions to attend the college.  By equally weighing professor ratings and campus ratings, the overall rating acknowledges that the school scores high in both academics and campus life.  

See a picture using this link:  Kudos to Richland College!

For more information on the Business Office Systems and Support department, contact Becky Jones, Associate Dean, bjones@dcccd.edu 972-238-6215.


Make Your Business Charts More Effective!

06-30-2014 Effective Charts Thinkstock Photos 164540686Take a “working” tip from Richland College’s POFT 2312 Business Correspondence & Communication course:

Tip: Understand that the use of charts in today’s communications is accepted, and actually expected, as a way of getting your readers to understand your message faster and easier.

So what can you do to make your charts more effective?—in essence how can you make your charts “do the talking?”

Consider these six key points when creating business charts:

Effective Business Charts

If you want to improve your written communication skills, consider taking POFT 2312 Business Correspondence & Communication, which a course in the BOSS program at Richland College. For more information contact Becky Jones, Associate Dean,  bjones@dcccd.edu 972-238-6215.

***Get a Free Copy of Microsoft Office Pro Plus 2013***If you are a student in the Dallas County Community College District, you are eligible to download a free version of Microsoft Office 2013 Pro Plus (or 2011 on the Mac) which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, Publisher, and OneNote.


Bovee, John V. Thill and Courtland L. Excellence in Business Communication. 11th. Boston: Pearson, 2015.

HubSpot. Data Visualization 101: How to Design Charts and Graphs. 2014. Document. 21 June 2014. <http://offers.hubspot.com/data-visualization-guide>.

Visage. A Business Guide to Visual Communication. 2014. Document. 21 June 2014. <http://visage.co>.


Fall Registration – Happening NOW!

Regular registration (open to all current and new students) for the Fall 2011 semester continues through Sunday, Aug. 28. Remember: Beginning with Fall 2011, you will not be allowed to register after a class has met once.

The Fall 2011 schedule for Richland College can be accessed using the following link: http://www.richlandcollege.edu/schedules/fall.php
Questions about our Business Office Systems and Support schedule? Contact Becky Jones, Associate Dean, at bjones@dcccd.edu or 972-238-6215