Learning Center offering Excel Bootcamps

Learning Center offering Excel Bootcamps

Do your students struggle with assignments or tasks requiring the use of Excel? Your Learning Center (LC) is delighted to share we are trying to address this gap. Last fall, the LC’s Faculty Advisory Council discovered a common challenge experienced by many instructors across disciplines: students’ lack of basic Excel knowledge. Our staff recognized the increased need, demand, and importance of students needing assistance with navigating assignments requiring the use of Excel. Simultaneously, we discovered the frustration many of you have with needing to teach the basic Excel concepts before they can tackle any content-related assignment. 

With the goal of helping students learn the basics of Excel and without adding to your full plates, we collaborated with our faculty council and created a workshop to help teach the more basic concepts.  The 2 hr Excel Bootcamps are free to all, managed, assessed, and supervised by the Learning Center – independent of your valuable class/lab time. Once you have requested this service, the LC communicates all the needed information directly to your students, students self-register in GA View and can attempt to Test-Out, if not successful testing out, students sign up for an Excel Bootcamp that works with their availability. Once the student successfully completes the Bootcamp (with Test-out option or final grade assessment of 80% or above), they receive a personalized, dated Certificate of Completion to upload in any D2L course (assignment works well) or protocol of your choosing. Please see the attached Excel Bootcamp pdf with ‘course’ information for more details on the content. The LC beta tested our first Excel sessions last spring with promising results. During this fall semester, we hosted the edited bootcamps for a few piloted STEM courses with approximately 300 students participating. We hope to partner with more classes this upcoming spring.

Right now, we are surveying interested faculty for spring 2022: https://forms.office.com/r/D4RAECSxb1. Due to the nature of logistics and staffing, we will prioritize faculty making the Excel Bootcamp a mandatory assignment. Interested faculty please complete the survey by Tuesday, 11/23.

After reviewing and gauging the interest, we will send updated details and one additional easy form so you can adjust your syllabus accordingly.  Please let us know if you have any questions or would like even more information.

Best,

Jeanne Haslam and LC Staff

Updated: 2021-11-16
Jeanne Haslam
jeanne.haslam@gcsu.edu
(478)-445-1179
The Learning Center