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Office 365

How to use the tools available through your student email and Office 365, and earn badges in Office Technology

The Other Apps

What are these other apps that you have access to? Below is a brief description of each one. Click on the name of the app to get to the Microsoft Office Support page explaining how to get started using these.

Word Powerpoint excel tiles Word, PowerPoint, and Excel are the business apps from the original Microsoft Office Suite that have the most familiarity for users. PowerPoint now enables you to narrate and record your presentation or your screen.

onenote tileOneNote is a notebook app used for gathering notes, drawings, screen clippings, and audio commentaries for individual use or multi-user collaboration.

tasks tileTasks - These are items you can create in Outlook that you want to track until they are completed but that you don't want to put on your calendar. 

Planner tilePlanner - for working in Teams. Create a plan, build a team, assign tasks, and receive update statuses.

forms tile Forms is the newest addition to Office 365 Education that allows teachers and students to quickly and easily create custom quizzes, surveys, questionnaires, registrations and more.

sway tile Sway is a digital storytelling app that makes it quick and easy to create and share interactive reports, presentations, and stories.

  People - similar to your address book, this is where you can store your personal contacts and where you can find the Directory for Central Penn.

video tile Video - allows you to share videos within your organization

SharePoint tile SharePoint - used to create websites, SharePoint is a place to store, organize, share, and access information.

delve tile Delve - another way to connect and collaborate with people within your organization. On your profile page you can access to documents you have worked on recently or search for other people and see what documents, webpages, or videos they have shared with you.

Newsfeed tile Newsfeed - One of the social network-type options within Office 365, use Newsfeed to start a conversation with people and stay current with the things they post and share.

yammer tile Yammer - the other social network-type option just for Central Penn. Only people with Central Penn email addresses can join in. You can join a group, follow people and 'like' their messages, or reply to a conversation.

BOTA & LTA - Business Office Technology Assessment & Legal Technology Assessment

All Central Penn students within the Legal Studies and Paralegal programs have access to Legal Technology Assessment (LTA) from Procertas. LTA trains participants to use common applications (Word, Excel, & PDF) specifically for how the tools are used in the legal field.

For more general training on common business software (Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), all Central Penn College students have access to Basic Office Technology Assessment (BOTA). Because each person will have a unique login, the assessments allow users to tailor their training to their individual needs.

To obtain access:

Reply to the Welcome email that will go out once per term to establish an account. If you need additional help with access, contact Bob Donley.


When you sign up, you will set your operating system and the versions you use for Word, Excel, PDF, and PPT, This can be changed later by clicking settings in your account. Procertas settings options


Both BOTA and LTA are self-paced and have 2 types of modules:

Procertas modules

  1. Trainer -  which takes you step by step through the methods to complete a task. You will practice on a document you download. When you upload your completed document, Procertas will let you know if the tasks were done correctly.
  2. Assessment - modules are timed and scored. Score well enough to earn digital badges. Re-take assessments as many times as you want.

Taking an Assessment  first establishes your baseline and identifies the skills you should work on. Then in the Trainer module you can skip to the tasks you need to practice. Retake the assessment to earn a badge.


Will be emailed to you. Procertas uses Credly to distribute the badges. Credly is a digital credential platform that offers a place to store all of your badges, and a method to share them on your social medial or in your resume.

Credly share your badge options

Procertas badges