Office Savvy Through Simulation

SAM, an engaging and interactive online learning environment, transforms students into Microsoft Office and computer concept masters. Students observe, practice, then actively apply their new skills live in the application. The best part is, it’s working! In a survey of students using the platform, 73% felt SAM better prepared them for interacting in the Microsoft Office environment. And the benefits don’t just stop at students. Instructors save time and energy with auto-graded assignments and flexible reporting tools.

SAM Forges Office-Ready Students

See firsthand how SAM is successfully promoting student software mastery across the country.

Real-World Practice. Unmatched Convenience.

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Prepare Students for the Real World

Real-world experience enables students to understand how software works. Simulations in SAM accommodate multiple learning styles, so students learn Microsoft Office and computer concepts inside and out. To inform mastery, students complete live projects, then submit in SAM for automatic feedback.

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Track and Report Student Progress

Learn what’s broken, so you can fix it! SAM tracking and reporting pinpoints areas needing extra attention, so you can get the full progress picture. In addition to gradebook insights, SAM reporting options analyze performance at the student or section level, while exam playback highlights precisely where students went wrong.

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Streamline Class Creation

Courseware can energize your classroom when it’s implemented effectively. The easy-to-use SAM interface gets you and your students up and running fast. Customized assignments that map to each book’s specific learning objectives streamline course set-up, while the ability to copy sections from one term to the next, and roll out master courses to other instructors saves valuable teaching time.

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All-You-Can-Learn Access with Cengage Unlimited

Cengage Unlimited is the first-of-its-kind digital subscription that gives students total and on-demand access to all the digital learning platforms, ebooks, online homework and study tools Cengage has to offer—in one place, for one price. Students get unlimited access to a library of more than 22,000 products for $119.99 per term.

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Each series helps students master the fundamentals of Microsoft Office.

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Students and instructors improved outcomes and workflows on MOS Exams using SAM.

Case Studies

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User Testimonials

“I don’t know how you could effectively teach an online course in Office applications if you didn’t use SAM.”

“Compared to other companies’ products, SAM is easier to learn, easier to use, and easier to maintain. It’s also easy to set up and administrate because I’m the administrator. And, of course, it makes learning Microsoft Office easier too.​”

“SAM has actually helped me more in class because it lets us do an unlimited amount of training. If we do need help with something, we can just log onto SAM and do it.​”

  • Teresa McCarver, Helpdesk Manager
    University of Mississippi
  • Andrew Blitz, M.A.
    Professor of Computer Science

    Edison State College
  • Student
    Westchester Community College

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LMS Integration

Cengage provides integration with the Learning Management Systems (LMSs) instructors use most. Our integrations work with any LMS that supports IMS Basic LTI Open Standards. Easily connect your LMS of choice to create a seamless experience for instructors and students.


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