Turn this into a full skill builder - pick one app and really work it.

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I'm very excited about the Ribbon Hero concept, and although it was initially meant to help make the transition to the Ribbon, it really is a very powerful tool to both expose the user to functionality that they didn't know about, and teach them how to be more effective.

Why not pick one of the office applications, and really dig into teaching this application in a solid way. You could use the following design themes:
- Watch the person work for a week to see what they already know (avoid teaching stuff that's below the person's current capability level). Perhaps include an adaptive test to get a gauge of the current capability of the user
- Repeat new concepts learned after a period (similar to flashcards) so that the user can reenforce learning instead of just learning it once (unless RH can spot that the user is using this concept in action - in which case having a followup lesson is of no use)
- Clearly articulate levels of expertise (e.g. level 5 MS Excel user out of 10), so that this can be used by teams to assess competence, by managers to decide training needs, and by staff to understand where they lie on a scale. Level 10 (or Master level) needs to be a true master/power user and should include familiarity with most / all of the features of the package, and should also include shortcuts and efficiency measures (can the person do this in 2 clicks or 1 keyboard command).

- Finally, make this easy to integrate into the big install-base firms - namely:
- Provide integration points to Training & Development systems
- Make rollout and integration easy for IT professionals (integration into install packages etc)

NOTE: The more that Microsoft invests in making people into Excel / Word / Powerpoint masters, the more secure Microsoft can be in knowing that their clients will not defect.
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Sarah Faulkner, Official Rep

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Hi Sean --

Thank you very much for giving us such detailed feedback. We have discussed how we can better meet enterprises' needs with Ribbon Hero. Your ideas are very helpful to help guide us in this thinking.

- Sarah (Office Labs PM)
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I absolutely agree with this concept. As a teacher, it can be difficult to teach a large group of students how to effectively use these products. I would love to see Ribbon Hero focused on the educational setting. It would be great to get students to begin their learning in the elementary level, using a tool like this that builds on what the previously learned while also creating the competition. You could even create an education package for schools.
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i think you should
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David B

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As a Career and Technology teacher who prepares high school students for Microsoft Office Specialist exams, please consider this!

While there are a number of professional solutions for exam preparation, none are as approachable or as engaging as Ribbon Hero.

If aligned to MOS certification objectives, Ribbon Hero could easily increase the number of MOS certifications.

Additionally, as Sean Adams pointed out, yes please make this possible to include in installation packages. In a district of ~100,000 students, this would be a huge time saver for the technology support staff.
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Any update on this? I know you guys at MS Office are rolling out new version like hot cakes, but this little nugget of a fun trainer should be on the top of the list. Fun and education = real learning.
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Consider open sourcing the project, or making a "level builder" for people to create further challenges. Look at games like LittleBigPlanet or Starcraft. The magic wasn't only in the original game, it is in the millions of levels that users can create and share with other players.
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Very helpful suggestions. This would help me teach my students. I just wish that I could track the users for assignments.