The eLearning service Microsoft IT Academy, also know as Microsoft Imagine Academy, has begun a phasing-out process leading to a permanent shutdown of the service in June.

Why?

Microsoft IT Academy was offered as part of the University’s current Microsoft Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES) agreement, which is set to expire in June. For the new agreement, Penn State IT conducted an eighteen-month investigation, consulting Penn State colleges and campuses as well as tech experts from outside the University. During this evaluation, Penn State IT determined that Microsoft IT Academy’s usage was too low to justify the cost of maintaining the Microsoft IT Academy contract and associated support.

How will it impact me?

After the service retires, Penn State users will no longer be able to access any Microsoft IT Academy course and the free certification voucher for faculty will no longer be available. If you built an Microsoft IT Academy video into your course, you will need to remove it and link to an alternative.

Next steps

It is recommended that users finish any Microsoft IT Academy courses they started as soon as possible. After the service retires, the login website will remain open with a service retirement notice until Friday, August 18, after which the website will redirect to the Penn State login for Lynda.com.

Additional notifications and reminders will be announced via the Training Services website, social media channels, and the Training Services Newsletter.

Available alternative

If you’re interested in continuing to improve your Microsoft skills or are preparing for Microsoft Certification, we recommend lynda.com: a free library of thousands of expert-led video tutorials. Tutorials are viewable on demand from a computer or mobile device, online or off. Resources on how to use lynda.com and several Microsoft courses are listed below. For a complete list of Microsoft-related videos, simply log in to lynda.psu.edu and type “Microsoft” in the search bar.

Resources

How to use lynda.com:

Learning with Lynda.com

How to Link to a Lynda.com Video from Canvas

Using Microsoft:

Office 2016 for Educators

Learn Microsoft Office 2016

Word for Mac 2016 Essential Training

Excel for Mac 2016 Essential Training

Microsoft Certification Prep:

Cert Prep: Outlook 2016 Microsoft Office Specialist (77-731)

Cert Prep: Access 2016 Microsoft Office Specialist (77-730)

Cert Prep: Word 2016 Microsoft Office Specialist (77-725)

Cert Prep: Word 2016 Office Expert (77-726)

Cert Prep: Excel 2016 Microsoft Office Expert (77-728)

Cert Prep: PowerPoint 2016 Microsoft Office Specialist (77-729)

Certification preparation courses are also available for 2013 and 2010 Office Suite.

Feedback

For questions or comments, please contact training support at itstraining@psu.edu.

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