You might have heard some rumblings over the past few weeks about a project from the Washington State Library that would fund subscriptions to Microsoft Academy. And it’s true! This is a robust e-learning system that contains instruction for technical skills at all levels. Here’s a sample of the curriculum:
- The Microsoft Digital Literacy curriculum provides essential computing skills for learners new to computing
- The Microsoft E-Learning curriculum provides unlimited access for more than 400 courses.
- Ready-to-use, customizable lesson plans including links to relevant Microsoft E-Learning and free demos and videos
- E-reference provides digital access for educators to more than 600 technology books, searchable by topic, technology and subject
- The Microsoft Official Academic Course (MOAC) series delivers a complete learning and teaching framework developed specifically for use in an academic setting
- Microsoft Official Courseware (MOC) is instructor-led training intended for IT professionals and developers who build, support, and implement solutions by using Microsoft technologies
I know that we’re anxious to begin, but there’s some groundwork to be done. Here’s what Jeff Martin at the State Library has shared:
What I can tell you is that before the project opens to the public there will be: 1) a series of online meetings for library staff to bring everyone up to speed; and 2) a series of face-to-face and virtual trainings to help library staff with the mechanics of getting their patrons set up and moving forward. Microsoft has welcome kits that will be sent out within the next few weeks to a month.
They will send the welcome kits to us and we’ll distribute from SRV. I have no timeline for anything yet, but will get in touch with you as soon as we learn more. In the meantime, the State Library has put together an information page and will be adding to it as more information is available: http://www.sos.wa.gov/library/libraries/projects/ita/ and be sure to read the FAQ.