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Microsoft Imagine Academy (formerly IT Academy)

eLearning Courses

VUIT is pleased to offer Microsoft Imagine Academy (formerly IT Academy), an e-learning system for Microsoft products. Microsoft Imagine Academy provides free online training courses for students, faculty and staff for a variety of Microsoft programs. This includes training in Microsoft Windows, Office, Visio and Project. Training is also available for the various Microsoft certification exams, including the MCAP, MCAS/MOSexam, MCAD/MCPD exam, MCSA exam, MCDBA/MCITP exam, MCSE exam, MCITP exam and the MCDST exam.

Technical Requirements for Microsoft Imagine Academy Courses:

  • Internet Explorer 7 or 8. Currently, Internet Explorer 9 is not fully supported. If you are running Internet Explorer 9, you can run the courses if you set the browser to compatibility mode. These courses will not run in Firefox or Chrome.
  • Courses run in a pop up. Make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off while you are training.
  • Microsoft Imagine Academy requires Silverlight to run all courses and .NET to run certain Administrator courses. If these programs are not installed on the machine, the machine will prompt you to install the programs. Administrative access is required to install these programs on the machine.

These courses are available at no cost to faculty, staff and students.

To take a course through Microsoft Imagine Academy, you will need a Microsoft ID, either Live or Office 365. If you do not already have one of these accounts, you can register for one through the Microsoft's website.

Next, go to Microsoft Imagine Academy My Learning and login using your Microsoft account information. You will then be prompted for an Access Code. To acquire the code, please email Vanderbilt IT Training and one will be provided to you.

*Note: Microsoft Imagine Academy is not available to VUMC employees.

Once you have access, you will need to choose a course. There are currently 300+ courses available from Microsoft Imagine Academy. The listing of courses is below, and you will need to log in with your VUnetID and password to access the link.  Use the arrow keys below the table to browse through the courses or the search box above the table to search for a specific course. Once you have found the course you are looking for, write down it's code. The code is in the format of xxxx-XVU-xxxx in the third column of the table.

Course Listing and Codes

Now that you have your code, go to  Microsoft Imagine Academy My Learning . On the right hand side, next to the box that says "Take Training," there is a link that says "click here" to use an access code to take training. Click that link. Enter your code in the Access Code and school email address in the box, and be sure to click the box that says you agree to the End User License Agreement. After you have done that, click Enter to access the training. You will be prompted to sign in with your Live ID.

Training is self paced. You may stop training and return at any point. To return to training, go to the Microsoft Imagine Academy My Learning site and click on the "Access Site" button at the top of the page. You will be prompted to sign in with your Live ID.

Need help creating a Live ID?  Check out this video:


Digital Literacy Courses

These five courses have been created by Microsoft to teach basic computer skills and are free to everyone. Offered online, they walk through using a computer and Windows, gaining web and search skills, and introducing beginner users to Microsoft Office. Each course is estimated to run two to three hours and is an excellent resource for those new to computing.

The digital literacy courses can be accessed by clicking here.


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