Jasperactive vs. Business&ITCenter21 for Teaching Microsoft Office Blog Feature
Heather Thomas

By: Heather Thomas on April 8th, 2021

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Jasperactive vs. Business&ITCenter21 for Teaching Microsoft Office

Computer Applications | Digital Curriculum | Microsoft Office

As a computer applications curriculum developer, we interact with thousands of middle and high school computer teachers every year. These teachers often ask us the difference between our Microsoft Office curriculum and other options, such as Jasperactive.

Though Jasperactive and Business&ITCenter21 can both help you teach Microsoft Office, one may be a better fit for your classes than the other.

To help you decide, we’ll answer the most common questions teachers ask about Jasperactive for Microsoft Office and Business&ITCenter21:

  1. What topics are included?
  2. What is the purpose?
  3. What is the cost?

You’ll also have the opportunity to watch a demo of Business&ITCenter21 to determine if it’s right for you and your students.

1. What Microsoft Office Topics are Included?

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When choosing a Microsoft Office curriculum resource, one of the most important considerations is whether it includes the topics you need to teach.

In this section, you’ll learn what Microsoft Office topics you can teach with Jasperactive and Business&ITCenter21.

Topics You Can Teach with Jasperactive for Microsoft Office

Jasperactive for Microsoft Office, offered by Jasper Learning Inc., provides a five-step learning pathway for three versions of Microsoft Office 2013, 2016, and a combined Office 2019/365.

For each version of Office, you will find these seven courses:

  1. Microsoft Word
  2. Microsoft Office Word Expert
  3. Microsoft Excel
  4. Microsoft Office Excel Expert
  5. Microsoft PowerPoint
  6. Microsoft Access
  7. Microsoft Office Outlook

Overall, Jasperactive for Microsoft Office focuses on the critical thinking and application of learning the Microsoft Office Suite.

Topics You Can Teach with Business&ITCenter21

Business&ITCenter21, offered by AES, provides more than 250 hours of Microsoft Office curriculum on the following topics:

  1. Microsoft Office
  2. Microsoft Word
  3. Microsoft Excel
  4. Microsoft PowerPoint
  5. Microsoft Access
  6. Microsoft Publisher

You’ll find learning modules available for Microsoft Office 2013, 2016, 2019, and 365 to ensure the lessons are tailored to the version your students have access to.

With Business&ITCenter21 you can mix and match the Office modules with other digital literacy, computer applications, and career readiness topics based on your course standards.

With the wide range of topics available, Business&ITCenter21 does the heavy lifting by providing ready-to-use lesson plans and automatically graded assessments. It also takes the burden of creating instructional materials off of your plate by providing a full library of curriculum.

2. What Is the Purpose?

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Both Jasperactive and Business&ITCenter21 provide resources that can help you teach Microsoft Office fundamentals, but their purposes are different. 

It’s essential to know each program’s purpose to understand how you can use your classroom materials.

In this section, you’ll learn what the intended purpose is for Jasperactive and Business&ITCenter21.

The Purpose of Jasperactive for Microsoft Office

Jasperactive for Microsoft Office is focused on preparing students for the Microsoft Office Specialist certifications. Because of this, Jasperactive for Microsoft Office is mapped to the Microsoft Office Specialist certification objectives.

You can monitor student progress with a practice exam to validate learning and measure Microsoft office Specialist Certification readiness.

If you’re looking for a resource focused on MOS certification prep, Jasperactive for Microsoft Office would be a good fit for you.

Read More: What's the Difference between GMetrix and Business&ITCenter21 for MOS Certification Prep?

Business&ITCenter21's Purpose

Business&ITCenter21 is designed to be an overarching curriculum to teach Microsoft Office skills along with other career readiness skills and technology concepts - all within one resource.

With Business&ITCenter21, you have access to everything you need to teach Microsoft Office along with other computer applications and career readiness topics, such as:

If you need a robust curriculum resource that includes Microsoft Office topics along with career readiness and business skills, Business&ITCenter21 would better meet your needs.

Read More: 7 Differences Between Digital Curriculum & Test Prep for CTE

3. What Is the Cost?

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When it comes to any resource for your computer applications classroom, you need to know how much it costs. In some cases, the cost can end up as the deciding factor for what your administration will approve!

In this section, you’ll learn about pricing options for Jasperactive and Business&ITCenter21.

Cost of Jasperactive for Microsoft Office

At the time of publication, CCI Learning lists a Jasperactive for Microsoft Office 1-year single-use license at $299.

While the website indicates that different pricing may apply for academic customers, no further pricing information is readily available and they request that you contact the sales team.

Cost of Business&ITCenter21

Business&ITCenter21 is a subscription-based curriculum system that you can purchase for a classroom, campus, or district on a yearly basis.

Each package’s price varies depending on your unique needs and how many students will be using the system each year.

The Classroom plan works best for an individual teacher who teaches multiple computer applications classes per day. An example of a Classroom Plan licensing scenario with 100 students per semester = $800 per year.

The Campus plan is an excellent option for a school with multiple computer applications teachers who plan to implement Business&ITCenter21 in their courses.

The District plan is meant for district-wide implementations when an administrator is looking for all computer applications teachers in their district to use the same curriculum.

To learn more about the specifics of how much the plans cost, check out the Business&ITCenter21 pricing page.

When comparing the breadth of materials, you get with Business&ITCenter21 versus Jasperactive, your program will receive more value from Business&ITCenter21 because it’s a full curriculum focused on more than just Microsoft Office topics.

Is Jasperactive or Business&ITCenter21 Right for You?

So which Microsoft Office teaching resource should you use? It all depends on your needs and the resources you already have.

If you already have a Microsoft Office curriculum and need a supplemental resource for the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification, Jasperactive for Microsoft Office could be the right choice. 

If you teach a course that focuses on Microsoft Office along with other crucial career readiness and technology skills, Business&ITCenter21 may be the better option.

If Business&ITCenter21 sounds like it may be a good fit for you and your students, watch the demo video to learn more about the system: 

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Editor's Note: This article was revised April 14, 2021 for accuracy and better clarity.

 

About Heather Thomas

As a former educator with almost twenty years in the classroom, Heather loves working with educators to help them succeed and get the most value out of the AES curriculum systems.