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Professor Lee Cornell Sees an Increase in Student Engagement with SAM

Providing Business majors with the fundamental skills they need in information systems—and keeping them engaged in the class—can prove challenging. However, if your course is supported by learning resources that make the learning process smoother for both you and your students, the experience is much more motivating and rewarding for all involved. Discover how SAM has helped the students in Dr. Lee Cornell’s Introduction to Information Systems class at Minnesota State University, Mankato to keep up with—and master—course concepts, and how SAM supports students’ learning needs through engaging assignments that provide plenty of practice with important course concepts, 24/7 availability, and instant feedback that direct students towards areas that need further study. Read More…


Professor Andrew Blitz’s Students are Inspired to Learn Microsoft® Office with SAM

When novice computer users enter your course, they may feel intimidated or anxious about learning new and unfamiliar technologies. Likewise, they may also be juggling a number of responsibilities—requiring them to fit in study time wherever and whenever they can. In the following Success Story, you’ll see how SAM’s user-friendly interface, instant feedback, and 24/7, web-based availability has helped the students in Dr. Andrew Blitz’s Computer Literacy and Computer Applications for Business courses at Edison State College, Lee Campus (Fort Myers, FL) to reduce their anxiety towards technology, and how its step-by-step trainings, auto-graded assessments, realistic projects, and computer concepts labs promote student learning and retention. Read More…


With SAM, Merlin Amirtharaj’s Computing Students can Learn at Their Own Pace

Students enter Computing courses with a variety of motivations, needs, and purposes—and they also come with a diverse set of learning needs and backgrounds. Thus, the learning solutions that you choose for your course should provide an environment that accommodates all proficiency levels. With self-paced training and projects that address multiple learning styles, SAM has allowed Merlin Amirtharaj’s students at Stanly Community College (Albemarle, NC) to work through their assignments as slowly or as quickly as their level of expertise allows. In the following Success Story, you’ll learn more about how Merlin uses SAM in her course, and how it’s helped her increase student engagement and retention, and how it enables her to ensure consistency in course content across a number of sections. 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…