About the Courseware

About the Courseware

Copyright: 2020

Author: Denise Seguin, Fanshawe College

Ideal for introduction to computers courses, this courseware empowers students to learn the computer skills they need to succeed in their academic and professional lives. The courseware provides comprehensive coverage of computer concepts—including hardware, software, the internet, social media, security, and ethics. Challenging end-of-chapter exercises move students from simple recall to advanced thinking and analysis of IT issues.

Complete course content is delivered within Paradigm's Cirrus learning environment.

1. Living in a Digital World
2. Exploring the World Using the Internet
3. Computer Hardware
4. The Operating System and Utility Programs
5. Application Software
6. Using Social Media to Connect and Communicate
7. Computer Security and Privacy
Appendix A. Buying a New Computing Device
Appendix B. Wireless Networking

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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 complete course content, delivered in a series of scheduled assignments that report to a grade book to track student progress and achievement.

  • 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 for skills  taught in the Microsoft applications chapters.
  • Hands On Activities enable students to complete the activities for the Microsoft applications chapters in provided data files, compare their solutions against a model answer image, and submit their work for instructor review.
  • Skills Check completion exercises assess student comprehension and recall of program features, terminology, and functions. Skills Exams evaluate student ability to complete specific tasks.
  • Skills Exams evaluate students’ ability to complete specific tasks covered in the Microsoft applications chapters. Skills Exams are completed live in the Office application and are automatically scored by Cirrus.
  • Multiple-Choice, Completion, and Matching Concepts Exams assess student understanding of the section content.
  • Essay Exams assess student understanding of chapter content in three key areas: Let’s Explore (helps students explore topics further), Job Connect (allows students to explore jobs that tie in real-life opportunities with the concepts learned), and Blog This (allows students to research topics related to the concepts learned and then post blog entries or essay responses to what they learned).
  • Exercises and Projects provide opportunities for students to further develop and demonstrate skills taught in the Microsoft applications chapters. 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.
  • Chapter Exams assess student understanding of the chapter content.
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Additional Courseware Features

Additional Courseware Features

  • An interactive glossary provides definitions for key terms.
  • Infographic visual graphics reinforce key concepts to aid in student learning and are followed by a short quiz.
  • Crossword Puzzle games for each chapter aid in student learning and are followed by a short quiz.
Instructor Support

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 students—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 this courseware 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.