Paradigm and Isograd Partner to Deliver Certification Course Solutions for Microsoft Office Applications and Digital Literacy

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TOSA certification courses for Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and digital literacy are seamlessly integrated into Cirrus, Paradigm's cloud-based learning environment that students can access anytime, anywhere from PCs, Macs and Chromebooks.

Today’s students have had to rapidly adapt to remote learning. Educators nationwide are wondering: How can I maintain students’ motivation to learn? How can I ensure all students get equitable education when I can’t facilitate their learning experience in class?

Paradigm Education Solutions, a leader in educational technology, has partnered with Isograd™, a worldwide provider of digital skills assessment and certification, to offer TOSA® certification courses for Microsoft Office applications and digital literacy. All course instruction, assessments and certification testing can be completed online, giving students more flexibility than ever to earn in-demand credentials from home.

“Today’s students have had to rapidly adapt to remote learning. Educators nationwide are wondering: How can I maintain students’ motivation to learn? How can I ensure all students get equitable education when I can’t facilitate their learning experience in class? Our TOSA® certification courses offer a digital-first solution at a time when students and educators need it most,” says Chad Chandlee, president and chief operating officer of Paradigm.

TOSA® certification courses are seamlessly integrated into Cirrus™, a cloud-based learning environment that students can access anytime, anywhere from PCs, Macs and Chromebooks. No installations are required, which allows students to easily access their complete courseware within minutes. Cirrus is the only training and assessment system that enables students to work live in Microsoft applications, giving them the most authentic learning experience.

Students using Paradigm’s TOSA® certification courses will:

  • take a TOSA® pre-assessment to evaluate their digital competencies.
  • develop and practice their skills through course instruction and automatically graded learning activities.
  • complete a TOSA® post-assessment to test their comprehension.
  • take the TOSA® certification exam.

“Employers want to hire individuals who can prove they already possess the digital skills needed to perform the job,” said Mathieu Lillo, chief executive officer of Isograd™ North America. “Unlike other certification exams that provide a simple pass or fail result, TOSA® certifies a student’s precise level of competency on a numerical score from one to 1,000 and provides students with an edge over their competition in the job market. Students can promote their knowledge by adding their TOSA® scores to their LinkedIn profile and resume. Our unique online proctoring solution allows TOSA® certifications to be taken safely from home without questioning the examination protocol. This is critical for students and educators today.”

To learn more about Paradigm’s TOSA® certification courses, visit ParadigmEducation.com. To request an interview or demo, contact Lara McLellan, vice president of marketing at Paradigm, at lmclellan@paradigmeducation.com or (651) 215-7615.

About Paradigm Education Solutions

As a division of Kendall Hunt, Paradigm is a leading provier of educational technology solutions that prepare traditional and post-traditional students to achieve the requisite digital literacy skills and career knowledge needed to enter the workforce, reskill, upskill and succeed as professionals. With a focus on contextualized, competency-based learning, Paradigm’s digitally driven solutions are flexible and adaptive to give students the power to learn anytime, anywhere. Visit ParadigmEducation.com to learn more.

About Isograd™

Isograd™ provides TOSA® (Test On Software Applications), the internationally recognized standard in digital skills assessment and certification. TOSA® covers desktop applications (Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook), digital skills (DigComp and Adobe Creative Cloud) and programming languages (PHP, Java, C# and HML5). More than 5,000 training centers, schools, universities and corporate employers across 30 countries use Isograd’s unique and innovative technology. For more information, visit Isograd.com.

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