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Teaching MS Office 2007

By StatsNerd ·
Hello, I am a business user of MS Office and was approached by a university math professor to assist in teaching students to use the MS Office Suite (specifically Excel and Access) for technical modeling. I do this as part of my job and am familiar with the topic, but wanted to know a few things:

- Does teaching Microsoft products require specific certifications or permission from Microsoft?

- Are there materials/curriculums available that I could use in teaching?

- Are there recommended text books? If I agree to use specific textbooks from Microsoft, are there additional perks? (getting a free teaching guide, etc)

Thanks in advance for any responses.

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A lot depends on the school

by IC-IT In reply to Teaching MS Office 2007

Most schools will hire you on as an Adjunct Faculty member.
Some will let you choose the Textbook and you will submit a syllabus for the course.
Normally as a Faculty member the publishers will send you books to evaluate for class use. These are gratis in the hopes that you will choose them and thusely your students will purchase their books.

Microsoft has no say in who can teach/certifications. You may wish to pursue some of their available certs though. They have two for Office;

Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS)

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)

http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mbc.aspx

Thompson's Course Technology series are pretty good. Hawkes is another.

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Not from Microsoft, no.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Teaching MS Office 2007

As far as permission is concerned.

A number of companies produce textbooks designed to guide students through the certification process.
Pearson, Thompson Course Technology, Paradigm come immediately to mind. They each have online resources and teaching tools designed to make your job easier. Each will send sample texts, once you're on staff.

We use Paradigm on my campus. They provide curriculum aids, teaching suggestions, an online resources via their program called 'Snap', including click-through tutorials, tests designed around certifications, automatic grading, that makes my job somewhat easier.
I do write my own primary exams.

The college may already have text preferences.

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