Microsoft IT Academy
Queensland state schools, with secondary aged students, have been offered access to the benefits of Microsoft IT Academy program. This subscription is available as part of the Department of Education, Training and Employment's Microsoft Enterprise Agreement.
Access to IT Academy is intended to assist students, teaching and non-teaching staff gain knowledge and skills in various Microsoft technologies to enhance their learning experiences. A school's subscription provides:
- over 300 self-paced, interactive online learning courses
- a Learning Management System to track course participation
- the opportunity for students and staff to gain internationally recognised certifications.
Microsoft coursework is easily aligned to curriculum and is accessible at any time via the Learning Place (DETE employees only) student and staff spaces. Eligible schools are provided with a unique ID number that enables them to activate their subscription benefits.
As an IT Academy a school can issue a Certificate of Completion to students and staff at the completion of each course. Microsoft certifications are awarded after the completion of online, computer-assessed, proctored exams facilitated by specialist test providers.
The department has contracted IC Central, the Australian Microsoft Academy Service Partner (MASP), to help schools extract maximum value from their Microsoft IT Academy subscription. The IC Central team also manages the school's exam inventory and registration as Certiport Authorised Testing Centres to enable students and staff to achieve internationally recognised Microsoft certifications.
Participation in IT Academy also allows a school to further utilise hardware supplied by the Computers for Teachers program and National Secondary Schools Computer Fund.
For further information about Microsoft IT Academy please phone the Learning Technologies unit on (07) 3421 6425 or email ITAcademy.LearningTechnologies@dete.qld.gov.au