SAM White Papers

SAM’S Real-World Environment Empowers Students for MOS Exam Success

Employers used to prefer candidates with technological skills. Now they often mandate fluency in the use of computer applications, most notably Microsoft® Office. With 86% of hiring managers saying IT certifications are part of their hiring criteria, today’s college students are realizing the importance of preparing for — and passing — the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exams. A study involving 1,600 students at 30 two-year, four-year, trade, and vocational colleges identified engagement, preparation, and confidence as three components required to drive student success on the MOS exams. The study also found that Cengage’s Skills Assessment Manager (SAM) provides an Read More…


Efficacy of SAM Projects in Intro to Computing Courses

Given the importance that employers place on computer applications skills in a wide variety of fields, it is not surprising that increasingly colleges and universities are requiring their students to take a computer applications course as a prerequisite for graduation. Additionally, students also realize the value of proficiency in computer applications, most notably Microsoft® Office applications, as critical skills for employment and advancement. To meet the demand of increased enrollments, and to provide students with opportunities to apply computer application skills to real-world tasks and activities, college instructors are embracing the use of online solutions that provide opportunities for proficiency assessment and auto grading.

To gain an understanding as to how these types of digital tools can improve outcomes in real classroom settings, Project Tomorrow collaborated with Cengage Learning to evaluate the efficacy of the use of SAM online projects within Microsoft applications courses during the spring semester of 2014. Read More…


Skills Assessment Manager (SAM): Personalization, Productivity & Preparation to Increase Student Outcomes

Skills Assessment Manager (SAM) is an online learning environment that helps learners master Microsoft® Office skills and computer concepts that are essential to academic and career success. SAM engages students in self-paced learning of Microsoft Word®, Excel®, Access®, PowerPoint®, Windows®, Internet Explorer®, and Outlook®, as well as technology concepts and issues.

Can adding digital to your computer courses help? This white paper examines the findings of research conducted across the country with more than 1,000 participants concluding that adding a digital solution to a computer course benefits both instructors and students. Read More…