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Question for my Access Students
By Richard Rost   Richard Rost on Twitter Richard Rost on LinkedIn Email Richard Rost   10 years ago

I'm currently developing the outline for my new Access 2010 tutorial series. I need your feedback to decide which way to approach the lessons. Should I keep the "little bit of this, little bit of that" approach that I used in my previous Access 2003 lessons, or should I cover ALL of one topic and then move on to the next.

In my current classes, I show you just a little bit of each topic, trying to provide a broad base of knowledge first, then diving slowly deeper into each topic as the classes go by. You learn a little bit of table design followed by a little bit of query building, followed by some forms, and so on.

However, people always ask me questions like, "which classes cover reports?" Well, for them the answer isn't easy. Of my dozens of classes, report design is covered in many of them. For someone who just wants to learn report building, they have to buy ten classes and are only going to benefit from 1 or 2 lessons in each one.

So, this begs the question: am I better off designing my classes in a more traditional sense. Class 1 covers tables. Class 2 covers queries. Class 3 covers forms, and so on.

What do you think? Post your thoughts, ideas, comments here and let me know what I should do.

I'm working on the Access SQL Seminar Part 3 right now. I expect to have it finished in a day or two and then I'd like to get started right away with the Access 2010 lessons.

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Scott adkins 
9 years ago
Quite frankly, there is a profound spontaneity that actually teaches a lot more.

If there was a way to make your program better, it would be some interactive "Rick Time." This would help get some answers to questions that tend to get buried in the blog. Read More...
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Mike 
10 years ago
I like your approach of introducing the many features and then delving into them in future lessons.  I would really be interested in applying photos and maps to my reports or queries.  Where in your Access 2010 lessons will this be covered? Read More...
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Stephen 
10 years ago
I would like to see more VBA for access. This is a powerful addition, that is not covered in the dept it needs to be. With your style of breaking it down and showing real world examples this would be a great learning experience in access VbA Read More...
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Phil 
10 years ago
I started your courses knowing nothing about Access. Within a week I knew enough to write a small database. Wasn't much, but it was mine! Now I write DBs for a fortune 100 Corp. Please don't change a thing Richard! Read More...
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Ronald Ramsey 
10 years ago
I like the current way you are teaching the access lessons. It gives me time to digest the material and also experiment with areas that are new to me. I say, continue as is. It is just right for me.
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leroy 
10 years ago
I think you should do what you do best and continue with the way you have done your lessons "a broad base of knowledge first, then diving slowly deeper into each topic as the classes go by"
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Elaine 
10 years ago
Richard as one of the other stated you are not going to be able to please everyone, I like the teaching a little bit at a time, and covering everything, it gives the user a concept of what all is involved in creating a database. If I need to look up somthing in particular I just refer to your outline that you have online. I printed that out and if I need to refer to somthing the outline helps me out a lot.
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Jim Gray 
10 years ago
I would like to add my vote to the side of having topics covered wholly and not piecemeal.  The topic approach lends itself to being able to go back to subjects and lessons without having to "skip" around.
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Brent 
10 years ago
I have one more request Richard, I know I have contacted you before about my videos not playing on my windows 7 64-bit and I have recently purchased a new laptop and this seems to be the issue on the laptop as well I would like to see different formats offered or at least formats that are native to the current operating systems such as Windows 7
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Chris Bezant 
10 years ago
I have taken all of the Access courses so far except the latest SQL one because I’d rather wait until it is complete before starting. I have learned so much from existing Access courses that I teach Access in the company that I work for which has approximately 20,000 employees. So a very big thank you Rick for giving me this skill. So far we are still using 2003 in the office so I have resisted getting into 2010 at home up to this point because if I start getting used to the latest benefits it may be frustrating going back to 2003 at work. However, there is talk of going to 2010 and as we also run a help desk where I am the Access “expert” I really need to start getting my head into it. For this reason I would like to see each topic covered in depth so I can understand each of tables, queries, forms and reports thoroughly. Read More...
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