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Microsoft Office 2021 Curriculum

Posted On: 1/30/22

Every few years, Microsoft releases a new version of its office software suite, which means your curriculum needs to keep up. To help you stay ahead, your AES curriculum now includes a full Microsoft Office 2021 curriculum!

On this page, you’ll find answers to your biggest questions about the Office 2021 curriculum:

  • What’s included in the new Microsoft Office curriculum?
  • How is the Office 2021 curriculum different from previous versions?
  • How can I review the new curriculum?

Note: The new Microsoft Office modules won’t replace any existing curriculum in your classes. As always, you can choose what curriculum you use based on the version of Office your students have access to!

What’s Included in the Microsoft Office 2021 Curriculum?

With the AES Microsoft Office 2021 curriculum, students will learn to use Microsoft Office 2021 applications through hands-on lessons and projects across 16 learning modules:

  1. Getting Started with Microsoft Office
  2. Word: Introduction
  3. Word: Applications
  4. Word: Skills Project
  5. Word: Business Project
  6. Excel: Introduction
  7. Excel: Applications
  8. Excel: Skills Project
  9. Excel: Business Project
  10. PowerPoint: Introduction
  11. PowerPoint: Applications
  12. PowerPoint: Skills Project
  13. PowerPoint: Business Project
  14. Access: Fundamentals
  15. Publisher: Fundamentals
  16. Integration Skills Project

Overall, these modules provide more than 100 hours of content across activities, interactive lessons, projects, and assessments.

How Is the Office 2021 Curriculum Different from Previous Versions?

If you used AES to teach an earlier version of Microsoft Office, you might be wondering how the new curriculum is different from the older content.

In the Office 2021 curriculum, you will notice a name change to the modules:

  • “Essentials” modules were renamed to “Introduction”
  • “Fundamentals” modules were renamed to “Applications”

The Introduction modules provide overviews of how to use the basic functions of Office 2021. In the Applications modules, students put their learning to work by applying the lessons from the Introduction modules.

In the Office 2021 curriculum, you’ll also find:

  • Updated visuals, logos, graphic elements, and functions
  • New scenarios to help students make the connection of using Office in professional settings
  • More lesson content to better align with standards and MOS Certifications

How Can I Review the New Microsoft Office Curriculum?

Ready to dive in and see what’s included in the new Office curriculum?

Follow these easy steps to look at the Microsoft Office 2021 modules at your own pace:

  1. Sign in to your AES account at 
  2. Click the Catalog tab in the top right corner of the screen.
  3. In the left-hand menu, click Business/Career Readiness, then Microsoft Office 2021.

Here you’ll see the complete list of new modules to look through. You'll also find the Office 2021 Course Guide and the Course Introduction presentation.

You can revisit these modules from the Catalog any time you’re interested in learning more about the materials. (This is especially useful when planning for next school year!)

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