ITS is pleased to offer IT Academy, an e-learning system for Microsoft products. IT Academy provides free online training courses for students, faculty, and staff for a variety of Microsoft programs. This includes training in Microsoft Windows, Office, Visio, and Project. Training is also available for the various Microsoft certification exams, including the MCAP, MCAS/MOSexam, MCAD/MCPD exam, MCSA exam, MCDBA/MCITP exam, MCSE exam, MCITP exam, and the MCDST exam.
Technical Requirements for IT Academy Courses:
These courses are available at no cost to faculty, staff, and students.
To take a course through IT Academy, you will need a Live ID. If you do not already have a Live ID, you can register for one with a non Vanderbilt email address through Microsoft's website.
Once you have your Live ID, you will need to choose a course. There are currently 300+ courses available from IT Academy. The listing of courses is below, and you will need to log in with your VUnet ID and password to access the link. Use the arrow keys below the table to browse through the courses, or the search box above the table to search for a specific course. Once you have found the course you are looking for, write down it's code. The code is in the format of xxxx-XVU-xxxx in the third column of the table.
Now that you have your code, go to IT Academy My Learning. On the right hand side, next to the box that says "Take Training," there is a link that says "click here" to use an access code to take training. Click that link. Enter your code in the Access Code and school email address in the box, and be sure to click the box that says you agree to the End User License Agreement. After you have done that, click Enter to access the training. You will be prompted to sign in with your Live ID.
Training is self paced. You may stop training and return at any point. To return to training, go to the IT Academy My Learning site and click on the "Access Site" button at the top of the page. You will be prompted to sign in with your Live ID.
Need help creating a Live ID? Check out this video:
These five courses have been created by Microsoft to teach basic computer skills and are free to everyone. Offered online, they walk through using a computer, using Windows, web and search skills, and introduce beginning users to Microsoft Office. Each course is estimated to run two-three hours and is an excellent resource for those new to computing.
The digital literacy courses can be accessed by clicking here.
Microsoft certification test vouchers are available at a discounted rate through the Software Store. Professional exam vouchers, for the MCAD/MCPD exam, MCSA exam, MCDBA/MCITP exam, MCSE exam, MCITP exam, and the MCDST exam, are $72. This is a 50% discount off the retail price. Payment for these vouchers can be made by a department or by an individual (credit card processing charges apply). Log in to softwarestore.vanderbilt.edu to make your purchase. When you log in, you will find the vouchers listed under "Training - IT Academy Certified Professional Test Voucher." Once payment has been made, please fill out this form to indicate the exams you are intrested in using the form below:
Students and Faculty may purchase discounted one year subscriptions to the Microsoft eReference Library at the rate of $100. This is a library hosted on the Books 24x7 website that allows access to more than 500 books published by the Microsoft Press. This subscription allows you to search, set bookmarks, make notes, and download up to five chapters of books each month. Your subscription is good for one year from date of purchase. Log in to softwarestore.vanderbilt.edu to make your purchase. Please note that these orders must be fulfilled through Microsoft, so it may take 2-3 weeks after your purchase through the Software Store before you receive your subscription.
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