Introduction to Microsoft Office 365 Education

(Grades K-12) / Semester Course

PDI Course Number: 109BXX / UCSD Course Number: EDUC40406


Course Description

Does your school use Microsoft Office 365 Education? Are you looking for ways to integrate Office 365 apps in the classroom to improve teaching and learning? This online course is designed to help teachers master the Microsoft apps that are part of Office 365 Education. Teachers will be introduced to the basics of each app, as well as specific ways each app can be used to enhance teaching, learning, and student collaboration. The course begins with an introduction to the general interface of the Office 365 apps. From there, teachers take a deep dive into how the apps can be used within an educational context to enhance teaching and learning. Some of the apps that are covered within the course include Office Online, OneDrive, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, OneNote Class Notebook, Forms, Whiteboard, Sway, Stream, Teams, SharePoint, Outlook, and Lens. Teachers will also learn how to use Microsoft Learning Tools to help students achieve greater success in the classroom. By the end of this course, teachers will feel more confident in their quest to integrate Microsoft Office 365 Education apps into their own teaching practices. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units (50 hours of training) from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

Enrollment Options

Course Only

Only $170 with the discount

Course with Credit from UCSD Extension

Only $366 with the discount

This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units or 5 quarter units of graduate-level credit from UC San Diego.

Summer semester courses must be completed by August 24th.



Required Resource Book

This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List



UCSD Course Number: EDUC40406
Unit One
  • What is Microsoft Office 365 Education?
  • Signing in to Office Online
  • Exploring OneDrive
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography/Write an article reflection
Unit Two
  • Introduction to Microsoft Word
  • Integrating Word in the Classroom
  • Teaching with PowerPoint
  • Teaching with Excel
  • Assignment #2: Create a PowerPoint presentation
Unit Three
  • OneNote - The Digital Notebook
  • OneNote Class Notebook
  • Microsoft Forms
  • Assignment #3: Create a form
Unit Four
  • Microsoft Whiteboard
  • Digital Storytelling with Sway
  • Microsoft Stream
  • Assignment #4: Create a Sway
Unit Five
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Assignment #5: Create a template
Unit Six
  • Microsoft Learning Tools
  • Microsoft Lens
  • Assignment #4: Create a lesson plan using Microsoft apps
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)


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