MSIA Customer Newsletter - May/June 2020

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Volume 19

Issue 8

May/June 2020

Welcome to the May/June edition of the Microsoft Imagine Academy (MSIA) Newsletter.

In this Issue, we are pleased to announce all of the new Office 2019 content is now showing in the Productivity Learning Path page with links to the latest version of each course.  

Read on for more resources and announcements!

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The Microsoft Imagine Academy Program Team

In this issue:

MSIA Resources:

Learning Path Updates

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Microsoft Imagine Academy resources are available in 4 different paths: Productivity, Computer Science, Data Science, and IT Infrastructure/Cloud. To view all of your benefits, visit the MSIA Quick Start site (scroll down to Get Started).

All new Office 2019 content is now showing in the Productivity Learning Path page with links to the latest version of each course. All courses linked from the Learning Path page include the items below:

  • Read Me First document explaining the materials within the course and the options for student delivery
  • OneNote
  • PDF e-book (inside Student Materials folder)

Outdated content is being retired and is available to download until July 31, 2020:

  • Creative Coding through Games and Apps (exam has been retired)
  • Data Science Machine Learning
  • MTA 98-369: Cloud Fundamentals (exam has been retired)
  • MCSA 70-688: Supporting Windows 8.1 MOAC (exam has been retired)
  • Word 2010 MOAC

For questions regarding MSIA, post your questions on the Microsoft Imagine Academy Forum. In addition, make sure you are subscribed to the MSIA newsletter for important updates and upcoming webinar information.


MOC (Microsoft Official Courseware) Content offer for MSIAs

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Microsoft is now offering 6 months of $0 (no cost) access to the digital-Microsoft Official Courseware (d-MOC) portfolio of course titles for Microsoft Imagine Academy (MSIA) member institutions. This is a very generous offer for MSIAs facing disruption and challenges with COVID-19 and a remote learning content benefit that can be leveraged immediately for educators, students and staff in MSIA member schools. The offer is valid through September 30, 2020.

The list of available course titles can be seen when you log into Courseware Marketplace via your MSIA membership.

To get started, interested MSIA customers should take the following steps as described on the MSIA Member Site:

  1. Contact your Microsoft Imagine Academy Regional Support Center with your Imagine Academy membership number, provide customer contact details including e-mail and request an account for Courseware Marketplace for ordering d-MOC titles
  2. Receive email from Courseware Marketplace with account access details
  3. Login to Courseware Marketplace -- to select and order d-MOC content resource kits

Once the no-cost courseware is ordered and received from Courseware Marketplace, the course product will need to be activated within 30 days.


Videos Now Available for Hands-On Labs Training

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We are very excited to share that the first wave of Azure lab videos is now available on GitHub and can be used with your students in a teaching environment. If you don’t have an Azure account to demo the lab or showcase, these videos are an alternative to help you teach the concepts that are normally covered in the lab portion of the classes. The videos are aligned to the lab steps where possible and were recorded without audio, giving educators the opportunity to narrate and pause as needed. They are organized by course, module, and lab.

Over the next few weeks, we will continue to add more videos. You can subscribe to the GitHub repo and stay up to date as we release videos. We are also exploring additional options to add more interaction and increase accessibility in the near future. We will provide regular updates as Microsoft continues to respond to the global impact of COVID-19. Please see the recent product and program updates announced via the Microsoft Learning blog.


MCT Program Membership Fee Waived

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The MSIA standard benefit is 50% discount price on Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) annual membership, in response to the current COVID crisis, the MCT program membership fee will be waived through September 30, 2020. An educator in academic can waive the teaching requirement with a letter and need to have earned one qualifying Microsoft certification (Microsoft Office core is a qualifying example). With MCT, educators can access Microsoft Official Course (MOC) trainer guides, labs, product betas, and the MCT global community of educators. To find out more and apply, please visit the MCT Program website.


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