In 2018, while working at Brighton College, I took the initiative to design an online course centered on the fundamental use of Microsoft Excel, a crucial component of Microsoft Office’s suite of applications. This course is crafted to empower students with essential skills in creating spreadsheets, performing calculations, generating charts from data tables, and efficiently printing results using Microsoft Excel.
Recognizing the evolving landscape of education, I transitioned the initial blended course (face-to-face and online) into a fully online format. This adaptation allows students to engage with the material flexibly, making use of both the Learning Management System (LMS) and the McGraw Hill SIMnet platform. The course’s online structure accommodates the diverse needs of learners, providing a seamless and accessible learning experience.
The choice to design this course emerged from a commitment to modernize teaching methods and enhance accessibility. By incorporating technology and leveraging online platforms, I aimed to create a dynamic learning environment that fosters independent learning and accommodates various learning styles. The course is not merely a set of instructions but a thoughtful approach to equip students with practical skills that are applicable in real-world scenarios.
Below, you’ll find resources such as the course outline, schedule, and instructional videos for setting up both LMS Canvas and SIMnet. These materials are intended to support students in navigating the course efficiently and making the most of the online learning experience.