Frequently Asked Questions

Computency Curriculum & Instructional Format

Starting the 2020-21 school year, Computency courses are available for Windows versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2016 and 2019.

Support for Google’s G Suite and Adobe apps will be forthcoming.

Yes. The courses included with Computency are 100% aligned with the objective domains (skills) for the MOS Certification Exams in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The format of the unit assessment tests provides students with practice in taking the MOS Certification Exam given by Certiport.

Click to view curriculum: Word 2016, Excel 2016, PowerPoint 2016.

Yes, the MOS Objective Domains are mapped to applicable instructions within each lesson. Therefore, instructors will be able filter reports to find which lessons would be best suited to remediate student learning. .

If MOS Certification isn’t the goal, the courses included with Computency are very comprehensive and ideal for preparing students with basic, intermediate, and advanced computer applications skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

The curriculum has been mapped to meet 100% of the Objective Domain Skills assessed on the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Exam. State standards and ISTE standards have not yet been mapped to the curriculum. Continue to check Computency.com where you will find updates posted regularly.

Not at the current time, however, support for Google’s G Suite and Adobe apps are on our list of courses to include in the near future.

Computency courses are modeled after B.E. Publishing’s best-selling print and digital textbook series, Learn-by-Doing: Microsoft Office Specialist. Course instruction is designed to be hands-on, self-guided, and student-paced. Lessons include instructional videos that demonstrate computer application skills and step-by-step in-app instructions that reinforce those skills. Unit quizzes and tests are used to measure student’s mastery of each set of skills learned in the lessons.

Before beginning each new lesson within a course, students view or listen to instructional videos that teach the respective skills taught within that lesson. There are also other resources embedded within each lesson to offer additional instruction. Links to specific parts of each video are also included within each lesson, allowing students to re-watch only those portions of the instructional video that are relevant to the task being completed.

No. All of the courses included with Computency do not require any textbooks or supplemental resource materials. Everything students need to learn, and teachers need to teach, is included within the Computency platform.

Each course includes:

  • Engaging instructional lesson videos
  • Additional resources and content to support teaching and learning
  • Computency application add-ins for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • A teacher portal including comprehensive classroom management tools
  • A student portal housing lesson due dates, student grades, progress summaries, etc.

Computency courses are designed to progressively teach basic, intermediate, and advanced computer applications skills for grades 7 and up. Computency courses are appropriate for middle, high school, and post-secondary students. The curriculum is designed to be flexible and customizable, allowing instructors to design each course to their student’s grade and skill level.

Yes. If desired, instructors can choose which lessons to assign, on either a student or class basis. Note that by default, the curriculum is designed to teach students in a stepping-stone format, teaching new skills and reinforcing previously learned skills as they progress through the course.

Yes and no. Our goal is to create a learning environment that puts a strong emphasis on students being able to troubleshoot and problem solve. In Computency, students check their work after each instructional task. If the instruction is performed incorrectly, students can try again for a preset number of times determined by the instructor. The interface does NOT point out exactly how to correctly perform the task, rather, students can reference the instructional lesson videos included within the in-app lesson. And of course, students can seek the assistance of their instructor.

The platform does not measure how the task was accomplished, it only measures that the student performed the task.

After the number of attempts (determined by the instructor) has been exhausted, students are marked 'incorrect' and are prompted to move to the next instruction.

Yes, teachers will be able to determine the number of attempts the student is allowed for each instruction as well as determine the percentage each attempt will deduct.

Within the Instructor Portal, teachers can determine whether or not a student can retake a lesson. This can be done at the Class level, Lesson level, or Student level.

Upon completion of each lesson, students 'submit' their work which automatically populates within the Instructor Portal. Here, teachers can view student progress, grades, due dates, etc.

Instructors can choose which lessons to assign on either a student or class basis. The ability for an instructor to edit or create lessons is not currently available, but is on our list to include in the near future.

Yes, instructors can determine at the class level, student level, or lesson level whether the student keys or pre-loads the lesson content.

Students learn and are graded based on each lesson included within each unit of a course. Each unit also contains a series of Skills Mastery assessment quizzes and tests. The quizzes and tests are optionally timed to mirror the MOS Certification Exam format.

Currently, the Computency courses are available in English only. Versions in other languages, such as Korean, Chinese, and Spanish are forthcoming.

At this time, the platform is not provisioned for the instructions being read to the students.

Computency is unique among other platforms for its simple setup, ease of use, and in-app instructions and real-time auto-grading. Computency works seamlessly with a Microsoft Office application’s Add-in feature. Lessons are provided as step-by-step instructions directly within the MS Office app. Computency’s in-app auto-grading saves teachers time and provides students with real-time feedback. There is no “switching screens” since all course content, lessons, instructional videos, and resources are self-contained within the given application. In short, students never need to leave the application they are working within to complete a Computency course.


Technical Requirements

The Computency platform consists of two web-based portals: One for students and one for instructors. These portals are accessed using any web browser. Since the student and instructor portals are web-based, there are no setup or installation requirements.

The app-specific (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) Computency student add-in (available on the Microsoft App Store) is required to be installed on each student workstation. Depending on site-specific IT protocols, the Computency Add-ins can be installed directly on individual student/instructor computers or via a school or district’s centralized deployment method. Our technical team will work with you to ensure the most efficient installation method is implemented.

Software:
Currently, Computency courses work with Windows versions of Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2016 and 2019. Courses for Microsoft Office 365, Google’s G Suite, and Adobe apps are in the works. We will provide updates as new courses are released.

Operating Systems and Internet Access:
The Computency platform and courses are compatible with Windows. Compatibility with Mac iOS will be forthcoming. Internet access is required to use the platform.

Compatible Devices:
Computency works on PC desktop workstations and laptops. Support for Mac devices and Google Chromebooks will be forthcoming.

The Computency platform supports single sign-on and class rostering integration. Currently, Computency integrates with the following vendors:

  • Clever
  • Google Classroom
  • ClassLink

In essence, other than single sign-on and class rostering, Computency serves as its own LMS. The admin and instructor portals are provisioned for class setup, student rostering, lesson assignments, progress reporting, and direct messaging between instructor and students or instructor to class. In addition, all course content, including videos and instructor and student resources, is available from within the platform.

Custom integration is available by contacting sales@bepublishing.com or calling 888.781.6921.


Privacy & Compliance

Yes. The course content and in-app lessons included within the Computency platform are compliant with WCAG 2.0 AA standards.

All student data is only visible by organizational admins, site admins, and the instructor. No data is ever shared or knowingly collected with the purpose of sharing it with others. All of our site data is encrypted and secure. All user/account information is kept secure and strictly private. It is never sold, distributed, or otherwise shared with third parties. B.E. Publishing adheres to the applicable requirements set forth in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) for processing, handling, and/or storing FERPA-protected information in its online education services products.


Licensing & Purchasing Information

Computency is an all-inclusive platform providing instructors and school districts with all the tools and course materials needed to teach Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint courses to students (Google’s G Suite and Adobe app courses are forthcoming).

Here’s what’s included with a Computency purchase:

  • All-inclusive Courses
  • Unlimited free instructor licenses and resources
  • Free Computency application add-ins for Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Implementation and integration
  • Free technical support (M-F 9 am – 4 pm EST)

All Computency licenses are transferable within a school year. Once a student completes a Computency course, his or her license can be used by another student within the term of the license.

Example:
If you teach 250 students per semester, for a total of 500 students per year, only 250 annual licenses are required.

Training materials are included free with all purchases.
Initial implementation and integration is included free of charge with all purchases.
Custom integrations may require additional fees.
On-site training is available for an additional fee (to be determined per client requirements).

Phone
888.781.6921 (Monday - Friday 9 am - 4 pm EST)

Fax
401.781.7608 (Faxed purchase orders accepted)

Mail
Sales Department
B.E. Publishing
PO Box 8558
Warwick, RI 02888

Email
Emailed purchase orders can be sent to orders@bepublishing.com