SAM June Release is Now Live

We are excited to announce that the SAM June release went live on June 26!

With this release, we now have a lot of great content available for SAM 2016 including:

  • Over 800 Office 2016 exam and training tasks, including tasks for Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word, and new applications such as OneNote and Windows 10
  • 161 Office 2016 SAM Projects for Illustrated, New Perspectives, Shelly Cashman, CMPTR, and Emerge
  • 39 Office 2016 Textbook Projects for Illustrated, New Perspectives, and Shelly Cashman
  • 29 Office 2016 MindTap Readers (eBooks)

We are also happy to announce new Keyboarding in SAM content and features including:

  • Keying drills for Lessons 1-25, including Timed Writings and Skill Building
  • Warmup, Timed Writing, and Practice Keying drills for Lessons 26-110
  • Word Drill Simulations for Lessons 26-28
  • Keyboarding Preferences at the Section level
  • MindTap Readers (eBooks) for Lessons 1-25 and Lessons 1-55

If you have any questions about this release or getting access to SAM 2016 content, please contact your Cengage Learning Consultant.

Intro Computing Summer Training Series

Introductory Computing Summer Training Series

Join Cengage’s Faculty Partners to get up to speed on SAM and MindTap before the start of your Fall classes. In this webinar series, fellow instructors will show you how to create a course, navigate the platform, create and schedule assignments, and more. Register for one of the sessions today!

SAM:
Thursday, June 30
Thursday, July 14
Monday, July 18
Thursday, August 11

MindTap (with integrated SAM assignments!):
Wednesday, June 29
Thursday, July 21
Thursday, August 11
Wednesday, August 17
Tuesday, August 23

Microsoft Office 2016 Release and SAM Projects

Microsoft Office 2016 released today! The Cengage team has been conducting testing of SAM 2013 projects when completed using Office 2016. Due to back end changes by Microsoft, initial results indicate that project grading could be impacted when an Office 2016 file is uploaded into SAM.

Impacted Users: Students using either the client installed version of Office 2016 or the Office 365 subscription version with rolling updates, may be impacted.

Solution: To avoid grading issues, students who complete projects using Office 2016 need to save their files in Office 2013 prior to submitting in SAM.

We will continue to stay on top of the release of Office 2016 and continue testing to ensure optimal user experiences. Please contact your Cengage Learning Consultant if you have additional questions.