About the Courseware

About the Courseware

Copyright: 2020

Level 1: 296 pages  |  Level 2: 280 pages  |  Level 1&2: 554 pages  |  Level 3: 240 pages

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

The Benchmark Series: Microsoft Word 365, 2019 edition, is designed for students who want to create professional-looking documents for school, work, and personal communication needs. No previous experience with word processing software is required. Level 1 offers instruction on preparing and formatting as well as enhancing and customizing documents. Students who complete Level 2 of this course can expect to gain 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. Students who complete Level 3 of this course can expect to gain 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.  

Complete course content is delivered in the Cirrus learning environment through a series of scheduled assignments that report to a grade book to track student progress and achievements.

Word Level 1, Unit 1: Preparing and Formatting Documents
Chapter 1: Preparing a Word Document
Chapter 2: Formatting Characters and Paragraphs
Chapter 3: Customizing Paragraphs
Chapter 4: Formatting Pages and Documents
Unit 1 Performance Assessment

Word Level 1, Unit 2: Enhancing and Customizing Documents
Chapter 5: Inserting and Formatting Objects
Chapter 6: Managing Documents
Chapter 7: Creating Tables
Chapter 8: Applying and Customizing Formatting
Unit 2 Performance Assessment

Word Level 2, Unit 1: Formatting and Customizing Documents
Chapter 1 Applying Advanced Formatting
Chapter 2: Proofing Documents
Chapter 3: Inserting Headers, Footers, and References
Chapter 4: Creating Specialized Tables and Navigating in a Document
Unit 1 Performance Assessment

Word Level 2, Unit 2: Editing and Formatting Documents
Chapter 5: Customizing Objects and Creating Charts
Chapter 6: Merging Documents
Chapter 7: Managing Building Blocks and Fields
Chapter 8: Managing Shared Documents
Unit 2 Performance Assessment

Word Level 3, Unit 1: Formatting with Special Features
Chapter 1: Designing with Styles
Chapter 2: Managing Merge Options
Chapter 3: Managing Macros
Chapter 4: Creating Forms
Unit 1 Performance Assessment

Word Level 3, Unit 2: Customizing Word and Word Elements
Chapter 5: Creating a Table of Authorities and Index
Chapter 6: Using Outline View
Chapter 7: Integrating and Sharing Documents and Data
Chapter 8: Customizing Word
Unit 2 Performance Assessment

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About Cirrus

About Cirrus

Cirrus is the next-generation learning solution for developing skills in Microsoft Office. Cirrus seamlessly delivers complete course content in a cloud-based learning environment that puts students on the fast-track to success.

Students can access their content from any device anywhere, through a live internet connection. Cirrus is platform independent, ensuring that students get the same learning experience whether they are using PCs, Macs, or Chromebook computers.

Cirrus provides access to all the Benchmark Series content, delivered in a series of scheduled assignments that report to a grade book to track student progress and achievement.

Dynamic Training

Cirrus for the Benchmark Series delivers interactive assignments to guide student learning.

  • Watch and Learn Lessons include video and text content explaining how to perform the chapter activities,
    and a short quiz that allows students to check their understanding of the content.
  • Guide and Practice Tutorials provide interactive, guided training and measured practice.
  • Hands On Activities enable students to complete the chapter activities in provided data files, compare their solutions against a Completed Skill model answer image, and submit their work for instructor review.

Section Review and Assessment

Section review and assessment activities in the Cirrus learning environment reinforce and assess student learning.

  • Multiple-choice Features Review exercises assess student comprehension and recall of program features, terminology, and functions.
  • Skills Exams evaluate students' ability to complete
    specific tasks. Skills Exams are completed live in the Office application and are automatically scored by Cirrus.
  • Exercises and Projects provide opportunities for students to further develop and demonstrate skills covered in each chapter and unit. Exercises and Projects are completed live in the Office application and are automatically scored. Detailed feedback and how-to videos help students evaluate and improve their performance.
  • Multiple-choice Concepts Exams assess student understanding of the chapter content.
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Instructor Support in Cirrus

Instructor Support

Cirrus tracks students' step-by-step interactions, giving instructors visibility into students' progress and missteps.

With Exam Watch, instructors can remotely join a virtual, live, skills-based exam with student-a helpful option for struggling students who need one-to-one coaching, or for distance learners.

Accessed through Cirrus and visible only to instructors, the Instructor Resources for the Benchmark Series include the following support:

  • Planning resources, such as lesson plans, teaching hints, and sample course syllabi.
  • Delivery resources, such as activity answer keys and online images and templates.
  • Assessment resources, including live and annotated PDF model answers for section work and review and assessment activities, rubrics for evaluating student work, and section-based exam banks in RTF format.