e-Learning for Educators
Course Information

Office 365 Applications for Classroom Instruction for Active WV Educators
Course Description
    Office 365 for Classroom Instruction provides 21st Century online tools for multiple uses in school and professional applications. Office 365 allows users to store their work, create shared documents/spreadsheets/presentations and set up instructional resources for classroom usage. Office 365 documents, spreadsheets, calendars and surveys provide tools for organizing, storing, communicating and sharing information. The Microsoft Educator Community provides free tools, lesson plans and other educator resources.
Course Syllabus

By the end of this course, you will understand and be able to:

  • login to Office 365 and locate specific tools;
  • locate Office 365 documents, spreadsheets and presentation tools;
  • identify methods by which specific Office 365 tools can be integrated into work assignments;
  • identify methods by which specific Office 365 tools can be utilized for personal productivity;
  • create Office 365 documents, spreadsheets and/or surveys;
  • identify methods by which specific Office 365 tools can be utilized for communication and collaboration with colleagues;
  • create a communication and collaboration project focused upon the Office 365 tools specific to Session Two;
  • communicate via Microsoft Skype for Business (Lync), utilize the Office 365 Calendar, and follow Yammer conversations specific to WV colleagues;
  • identify methods by which specific Office 365 tools can utilized for communication and collaboration with peers;
  • analyze communication and collaboration scenarios and then determine how specific Microsoft/Office 365 tools would enhance each scenario;
  • download Office Mix, an add-in to PowerPoint, to your computer;
  • create a PowerPoint presentation and publish to Office Mix, the Office Mix will enhance workplace productivity and allow sharing and/or collaboration;
  • share the Office Mix that you create with your course facilitator and colleagues;
  • complete Office OneNote interactive tutorials;
  • identify how Office OneNote Online is utilized for workplace productivity;
  • use OneNote Online to develop three unique sectional tabs and/or activities for the intended audience;
  • share your OneNote Online with your course facilitator;
  • locate and review Microsoft Excel Surveys Online and Microsoft Word Online Templates;
  • create an online Excel Survey and create a document/project using a Microsoft Word Online Template, both of which will be used to enhance your workplace assignment; and
  • share your completed Session Six Project Template, Excel Survey Online link and Word Online document with your course facilitator and colleagues.
Course Organization
This course includes several different activity components, all of which are described below. During each session, you will participate in a unique collection of these activity components, depending on the particular focus of that session.

When you see this icon you will be reading relevant articles, resources, and instructional materials that will help inform your online course development process.

When you see this icon you will be completing activity-based curriculum and inputting various components of your course content into course project.

When you see this icon you will be using the online discussion board to share ideas, resources, and thoughtful conversation with your fellow course participants and facilitator.

This professional development course is designed for West Virginia public school employees. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers and be able to download and upload files. Although not a requirement, high speed Internet access definitely enhances the online experience. Participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet and navigating through computer files. Access to Microsoft Office 2013 or 2016 is required. 

Note: You must have access to Office 2013 or 2016. If you retain a copy of Office 2010 on your computer there may be conflicts creating errors with some course assignments. Mac users will not not have Office 2013 supported on their devices. Mac users will need access to a PC--Windows (Office 2013) computer/device for Sessions Four and Five.

Note--To access certain resources from the Microsoft Educator Community throughout the course you will need to create an account at https://education.microsoft.com/. Use the Office 365 option to log in. You may be asked to choose your region of the world and then your country when accessing the site for the first time. You should only have to do this once per device. 

Session Two rubrics may not open properly unless you are using Office 2013.

Important Note to Mac Users:

Session Three: The Skype for Business (Lync) interface on a Mac is different from the Lync interface on a PC--Windows computer/device. 

Session Four: Mac users will have compatibility issues with Mix. Participants will need access to a PC--Windows (Office 2013) computer/device to download Mix and complete course assignments. 

Session Five: Mac users will have compatibility issues with the client version of Office 2013. Participants will need access to a PC--Windows (Office 2013) computer/device to complete the OneNote Online assignments.

Format and Requirements
This workshop is divided into six one-week sessions which each include readings, activities, and an online discussion among workshop participants. The time necessary to complete each session is estimated to be 6.5 to 7 hours.

The outline for the workshop is as follows:
Session One Overview of Office 365
Session Two Communication and Collaboration Part 1
Session Three Communication and Collaboration Part II
Session Four Presentation Tools
Session Five Organization Tool-Microsoft Office OneNote Online
Session Six Excel Survey Online and Microsoft Word Templates Online

Each weekly session provides readings, activities and discussions of a specific Microsoft/Office 365 tool. Tutorials are provided as you explore how others have used these tools. Microsoft/Office 365 tools explored and utilized in this course are: Word Online, Excel Online, Surveys Online, One Drive, Office 365 Calendar, Skype for Business (Lync), Yammer, PowerPoint Online, Mix, OneNote Online, and Bing in the Classroom. During the course you will access various Microsoft Office 365 tools and create projects. Weekly project components will be shared with course colleagues and course facilitator. During Session Six, you will design/create a project using Surveys Online and Word Online that you can utilize in your current workplace assignment. Review the Session Six Project requirements early during the course, and begin to make plans for your project which utilizes Surveys Online and Word Online. Pre-planning will be helpful in completing the Session Six Project in a timely manner.

Note: SharePoint may be a featured in some readings/videos but SharePoint is not available to West Virginia Educators. SharePoint will not be required to be used or referenced in any session activities, projects or discussions.


Orientation Survey: During the Orientation Session, participants will complete an Orientation Quiz. The quiz may be taken as many times as necessary to obtain the expected 90% accuracy.

Readings and Activities: Participants are expected to complete the required course readings and activities as posted in each of the session assignment pages. Optional readings may also be completed, but are not mandatory. 

Course Project:
Each session of this course features one or two projects. Project templates/instructions and rubrics are provided for every project as a part of the session content. Projects and/or supporting documents will be uploaded to the course dropbox during Sessions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Feedback will be provided in the dropbox for Sessions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. To receive credit for the course all grades must be recorded as a "C" and all quiz scores must meet a minimum of 90%. 

Copyright: Copyright guidelines are to be observed throughout the course project and all course activities. All work associated with the course project is to be the original work of the course participant. Fair Use does not apply to the course project.

Discussion Participation:
Participants will be evaluated weekly on the frequency and quality of their participation in the discussion forum. Participants are required to post a minimum of one substantial original posting each session in response to the discussion prompt for that session by Sunday evening. Participants are to respond thoughtfully to a minimum of two colleagues' original postings each session by Monday evening. They are to read all original messages by course participants and enough additional responses to make a total of 50% of the messages posted for that session by Tuesday evening. Postings will be evaluated on their relevance, demonstrated understanding of course concepts, examples cited, and overall quality.  

Read the Discussion Guidelines and the Checklist for Evaluating Discussion Postings. Your facilitator will follow these guidelines and this checklist when evaluating successful participation in the course Discussions. You may also be asked to peer review other participants' projects in the Discussions according to this Rubric Review Help Guide.

Grades: All grades in the course gradebook must be a "C" for successful course completion. A grade of "C" indicates that all work has been completed and the work meets the expectations for that assignment.

The grade scheme for this course will be:
C = all work meets the guidelines provided
I = the work submitted is incomplete and/or does not meet the guidelines provided
N = no work has been submitted

Pre and Post Workshop Surveys: Participants are expected to complete both surveys. The Orientation Survey is to be completed by Sunday during the Orientation Session and the Final Survey is to be completed by Sunday during Session Six.

Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of this course participants will receive a Certificate of Completion documenting successful completion of the course requirements. Certificates are distributed to each qualifying participant by a file attached to the Session Six Dropbox shortly after the successful completion of the course. Certificates of Completion are not recognized as being an official course transcript.

Graduate Credit Information

Participants in this course who possess a Bachelor's degree are eligible to receive non-degree graduate credits from either West Virginia University, Concord University, West Virginia State University or Marshall University. Credits will be awarded at the end of the semester in which the course occurs. Additional information is available on the course News/Welcome Page.

Content and Technology Standards

This workshop will help participants meet the ISTE Educational Technology Standards and Performance Indicators for administrators, especially Standards II, III, IV, and V, and the Advisor/Advisee Standards for WV. (Scroll down to the WVBE Content Standards Policies to find them.)  For more information about Technology Integration visit: http://www.iste.org

About this Course

This workshop was developed for the West Virginia Department of Education (http://wvde.state.wv.us) under the guidance of the EdTech Leaders Online (http://edtechleaders.org) at Education Development Center. EdTech Leaders Online provides capacity building, training, and online courses for school districts, state departments of education, and colleges and universities.

Original design (before format modifications) by EdTech Leaders Online (http://www.edtechleaders.org), a project of Education Development Center, Inc, © 2007. All rights reserved.