Northwestern Collaboration Services: Training Opportunities

Choose from the following Northwestern Collaboration Services training opportunities, available to University faculty and staff at no additional cost:

Visit Computer Applications for registration details on instructor-led computer application workshops provided by Human Resources Learning & Organization Development. Training Videos

Northwestern University has partnered with to provide faculty, staff, and students an online library of current and engaging video tutorials/courses at no additional cost. Go to, log in using your NetID and NetID password at the Northwestern login page, and then search or browse for programs such as Outlook or SharePoint to learn about Collaboration Services applications.

Tip: Ensure you are viewing videos in the latest version of the following browsers: ChromeSafariFirefox, or Internet Explorer.

Microsoft E-Learning

Get instant access to extensive E-Learning courses from Microsoft at no additional cost. Using a blend of audio, visual, and written information, courses are available for Microsoft products including Office 2010 and 2013. Most courses also give a quick tour of how to navigate through the course, including how to search for information on a specific task or topic.

To use the classes, you will need a Windows Live ID. Set one up with your email address at or when prompted by Microsoft E-Learning. Once you have a Windows Live ID, follow these steps to access Microsoft's E-learning:

  1. Go to Microsoft E-Learning for Business and enter an access code and your email address.
    1. For Microsoft Application courses (i.e. Excel, SharePoint, Word) use access code: IWO2819014.
    2. For Microsoft Systems courses (i.e. Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server) use access code: CLOC315816.
    3. For Microsoft Server courses (i.e. Exchange Server, SQL Server, SharePoint Server) use access code: SRO6868147.
    4. The codes are case-sensitive.
  2. You’ll be prompted to log in to the Microsoft E-learning site using your Windows Live ID. If you do not have a Windows Live ID, click “Sign up now” and register for one using your email address.
  3. Once logged in, select a course from the list you just activated, or click on “My Learning”.
  4. Once on the My Learning page, select “Learning Catalog” from the top left.
  5. Narrow the displayed course by selecting a language preference at the top of the page and then searching for keyword (e.g. “mail merge”) or choosing a filter, such as Collection (e.g. “Skills Training in Outlook”) or Technology (e.g. “Microsoft Office”).
  6. Once you have a found a course to fit your needs, click the course title to start the course. You can stop the course at any point and come back to it at any time over the next 12 months.

Make the Switch Videos

Learn to perform basic, everyday tasks in Microsoft Office 2013 applications in these 30-50 minute videos from Microsoft.

To get started, go to Make the Switch to Office 2013, and select your course.