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Pearson’s Online Tutorial Program Simulates Microsoft Office Environment

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The program's visual, hands-on approach helps students comprehend the skills on a deeper level

Workforce development continues to be an urgent issue in today’s shaky economy, and students need to be better prepared and better trained than ever before. Many colleges, facing record enrollments—and straining under already-stretched budgets—are turning to online courses to serve students without worry about space limitations.

Hundreds of thousands of students across the U.S. are learning practical skills, and gaining confidence in their abilities to perform outside the classroom, with myitlab, Pearson’s Web-based training and assessment system for Microsoft Office. A new white paper, Making it Click, documents the success instructors are having providing their students with the IT skills they’ll need, no matter what their ultimate career paths.

“The program’s visual, hands-on approach helps students comprehend the skills on a deeper level,” said Mike Jochen, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. “Students are walked through the exercises, given hints, and offered repeat questions. They can focus on a skill until the skill is no longer a remote concept but something they feel fully comfortable with.”

Making it Click includes in-depth, data-driven case studies with myriad examples of student improvement and achievement. For example, since the University of North Carolina at Greensboro adopted myitlab, the drop/failure rate in the sophomore-level advanced Access and Excel course has dropped from 50 percent to less than 20 percent; mean scores are in the mid 80s. After adoption of myitlab at East Stroudsberg, the percentage of A’s earned leaped from five percent to 45 percent, and the percentage of Ds earned dropped from 12 percent to five percent.

Schools profiled in the report include Bunker Hill Community College in Boston; DeVry University-Kansas City; East Stroudsburg University; Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas; Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, North Carolina; Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Illinois; San Diego City College; University of North Carolina at Greensboro; and others.

The myitlab simulation is a rich and robust replication of the Microsoft Office environment that looks, feels, and acts like the actual program. While working in the simulation, students may use the entire spectrum of program features and options without penalty until performing an action that changes the document. This promotes exploration of the program and results in greater under¬standing of and familiarity with the software.
According to a January 2010 tally, since fall 2007 there have been 18 million myitlab log-in sessions, 50,000 myitlab courses created, and 15 million grades posted to myitlab Gradebooks. Today, 90,000 myitlab exams are delivered every week on average.

“I am extremely confident about the reliability of myitlab,” said Maurie Lockley, Lecturer in the Information Systems and Operations Management Department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. “I know that when students call me with problems, the problems are not with the program. I know they’ve done something wrong on their end. This product works.”

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