Creating text documents is important for pretty much everyone at Victoria. There are a number of programs available for creating documents of any length, from single pages to large theses.
Creating Text Documents
Software which allows you to create text documents includes:
Common File Types
.doc and .docx
These are the standard formats produced by Microsoft Word. Before 2007, the standard document type was .doc. Since then, .docx has taken it's place. Both file types are similar, although .docx has more features. Many programs beside Word can open these files, but mobile devices don't always have the right software.
A .pdf (portable document format) file presents the content and layout of a document in a way that looks the same regardless of which software is used to open it. Software that can open pdfs comes standard on all operating systems, including mobile devices. Most text editors can produce .pdf files.
Because of this, pdfs are the best way to share documents if the person you're sharing it with doesn't need to edit it. This is particularly true for course material given to students through Blackboard, as they will be more likely to be able to access it on their mobile devices.
A .pages file is the default file type produced by Pages. While someone using a Mac will likely have Pages installed and will therefore be able to open a .pages file, someone on a Windows computer likely won't be able to open it. If necessary, you can do a little bit of adjustment to the file in Windows to be able to open in Word, or you can get Pages to produce a .doc or .docx file.
Talk to one of our learning and teaching team about using text documents in your teaching.