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About the Courseware

The Benchmark Series: Microsoft 365 Word is designed to help students create professional-looking documents for school, work, and personal communication needs. This courseware prepares students to master word-processing skills and prepare for certification exams.

Level 1 develops learners' skills in preparing and formatting as well as enhancing and customizing documents. 

Level 2 develops learners' proficiency in using advanced formatting and editing features, creating specialized tables and indexes, managing building blocks and fields, and preparing documents for sharing and collaboration. 

Level 3 develops students' proficiency in using advanced formatting features, managing merge options and macros, creating specialized tables and indexes, using outline view, and integrating and sharing documents and data.

Copyright: 2023
Authors: Nita Rutkosky; Audrey Roggenkamp, Pierce College Puyallup; and Ian Rutkosky, Pierce College Puyallup

Word Level 1

  1. Preparing a Word Document
  2. Formatting Characters and Paragraphs
  3. Customizing Paragraphs
  4. Formatting Pages and Documents
  5. Inserting and Formatting Objects
  6. Managing Documents
  7. Creating Tables
  8. Applying and Customizing Formatting

Word Level 2

  1. Applying Advanced Formatting
  2. Proofing Documents
  3. Inserting Headers, Footers, and References
  4. Creating Specialized Tables and Navigating in a Document
  5. Customizing Objects and Creating Charts
  6. Merging Documents
  7. Managing Building Blocks and Fields
  8. Managing Shared Documents

Word Level 3

  1. Designing with Styles
  2. Managing Merge Options
  3. Managing Macros
  4. Creating Forms
  5. Creating a Table of Authorities and Index
  6. Using Outline View
  7. Integrating and Sharing Documents and Data
  8. Customizing Word
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Drive Student Success with Cirrus™ 2.0

The Benchmark Series, powered by Paradigm’s Cirrus platform, integrates seamlessly with Blackboard, Canvas, D2L, and Moodle. Students and educators can access all course material anytime, anywhere through a live internet connection. Cirrus delivers students the same learning experience whether they are using a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Course content is digitally delivered in a series of scheduled assignments that report to a grade book, thus tracking student progress and achievement through Cirrus’s complete solution.

Dynamic Training

Cirrus course content for the Benchmark Series includes the following interactive assignments to guide student learning.

  • Watch and Learn Lessons 
  • Check Your Understanding Quizzes
  • Guide and Practice Tutorials 

Practice and Assessment Activities

The following practice and assessment activities for each chapter reinforce and assess student learning.

  • Hands on Activities
  • Exercises and Projects
  • Skills Exams
  • Concepts Exams
  • Unit-Level Projects
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Instructor Resources for the Benchmark Series

Cirrus tracks students’ step-by-step interactions, giving instructors visibility into students’ progress and missteps. Instructor resources include:

  • Planning resources, such as syllabus suggestions, course performance objectives, chapter-based performance objectives, and student completion time estimates
  • Delivery resources, such as teaching tips, suggestions for using Cirrus demonstration elements in the classroom, and discussion questions
  • Assessment resources, including live and annotated PDF model answers for chapter work and review and assessment activities, rubrics for evaluating student work, Knowledge Check completion exercises, chapter-based concept exam item banks, and new Capstone Projects that allow students to demonstrate their creativity and skills mastery

MOS Certification Objectives

See how our courseware correlates to Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), an industry-recognized certification program.

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