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Projects

Projects are SAM assignment types that require students to work in the appropriate Microsoft Office® application.

Microsoft Office

A fully installed Microsoft Office version is required to complete SAM projects. SAM projects do not work with the web based versions of Microsoft Office.

SAM 2019 Projects
  • Windows® 8 or later: Microsoft Office 2019/365 Home, Premium, or University
  • macOS™ 10.12 or later: Microsoft Office 365 Home/Premium or Microsoft Office 2019 Home/Student

Not compatible with Microsoft Office Online. Office Online files have a different structure than files created on the desktop version of Office.

SAM 2016 Projects
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 or later: Microsoft Office 2016/365 Home, Premium, or University
  • macOS on Intel: Microsoft Office for Mac 2016 Home/Business or Microsoft Office 365 Home, Premium, or University

Not compatible with Microsoft Office Online. Office Online files have a different structure than files created on the desktop version of Office.

SAM Online Projects
Requires a supported browser and subscription to Microsoft Office Online.
Note Some project steps are different on Microsoft Office for Mac and include Mac Hints for students.

SAM Project Workflow

Note Some Office 365®/2016 projects are not compatible with Mac computers. A warning displays above the scheduling options. Students view the message when they launch the project.
  • Students download an instructions file and a start file from SAM.
  • Students complete the project by following numbered steps in the instructions file.
  • Students upload the completed project file to SAM for grading.
  • SAM grades students on every skill presented in the instructions file to test students’ mastery of Microsoft Office.
  • Every step is graded and all steps display in the Graded Summary Report.
  • SAM modifies the start file by inserting students’ names.
  • Students are graded out of 100 by default.
  • The points awarded for each step and availability of partial credit might be different.

SAM Textbook Projects

SAM textbook projects are a subset of projects that encourage students to read their books. They may not be graded as rigorously or precisely as regular SAM projects and some steps covered in the books may not be graded. Textbook projects grade the chapter tutorial in the introductory-level chapters of Shelly Cashman, New Perspectives, and Illustrated textbooks, and help you verify that students are reading.

  • Textbook projects have "Textbook Project" in their name.
  • Students don't download instructions from SAM; instead, they follow the instructions in the textbook.
    Important One exception to this is that students must submit project files using the filename shown in the Project window and ignore any conflicting file naming instructions in the textbook.
  • Students' names are not added to the downloaded start or solution files. They match the instructions and screenshots available in corresponding book chapters.
  • Textbook projects are graded on most skills presented in the book chapter to verify students are reading.
  • Some steps might not be graded. Non-graded steps display in gray text in the Graded Summary Report.
  • Students are graded out of 100.
  • The points awarded for each step and availability of partial credit might be different.

Office Online Projects

Office Online projects do not require installation of Microsoft Office on students' computers.

  • Office Online projects have "online" in their name.
  • Available only for select SAM 2019 courses.
  • Students use Microsoft Office Online to complete the project.