Something that has come up several times recently, especially since a recent UCISA event in Oxford is what education/learning material customers entitled to under the Campus Agreement.  The good news is, quite a lot actually and there is no bad news.

There are two areas to explore:

  1. E-Learning as part of Software Assurance through the Campus Agreement
  2. Microsoft IT Academy Programme

E-Learning

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E-Learning

For every Microsoft Office System program license covered under Software Assurance through your Campus Agreement, you are entitled to one license for Information Worker Software Assurance E-Learning.

For every Windows client license covered under Software Assurance through your Campus Agreement, you are entitled to one license for Client Software Assurance E-Learning.

For every server license covered with Software Assurance through your Campus Agreement, you are entitled to one license for Server Software Assurance E-Learning.

In order to find out what eLearning courses your institution is entitled to you should view the Benefit Summary. It always depends on what products and how many copies you have purchased and therefore might include desktop and server products.

· Sign on to MVLS (https://licensing.microsoft.com) and click on to the "Software Assurance Benefits" link in the grey menu bar on the left side of the page.

· This will lead to the Benefit Summary. Click on to the eLearning benefit and follow the instructions given.

· Once you have activated the benefit, there will be a link displayed on this site called "Product download". There they can select to download SA eLearnng IW/Systems/servers.

· SA E-Learning (client) benefit includes learning courses on Microsoft operating systems.

· SA E-learning (IW) benefit includes learning courses on Microsoft application software.

· SA E-Learning (Server) benefit includes learning courses on Microsoft server products.

More information here http://business.microsoftelearning.com

Microsoft IT Academy Programme

As we all know, Education establishments face numerous challenges: they have to identify worthwhile IT courses that will equip their students with the skills they need to attract employers, while training their staff intelligently to give them both the knowledge and confidence they need to deliver against exacting standards. Additionally, many are also providing IT courses that cater for adult learners.

The Microsoft IT Academy Programme supports education establishments by providing them with the tools and resources needed to deliver quality IT training.  Many universities in the UK are already signed up for this and here are some sites with examples of how they are rolling it out:

Sheffield Hallam University

Derby University

University of Sunderland

Sorry for all those numerous one that are not on this list such as York, the Open University, Nottingham Trent University etc…

To find out how to get your institution involved with the IT academy programme then drop us a line.