13 – Excel

UP 3 places in 2020

Excel is versatile spreadsheeting tool from Microsoft for personal, corporate and education use

Website: microsoft.com/excel
Cost: Commercial. Free Trial
Availability: Download. Online at Office365

Ranking on the 2020 sub-lists

Top 100 Tools for
Personal Learning: 30
Top 100 Tools for
Workplace Learning: 11
Top 100 Tools for
Education: 14

Overall rankings in the 14 surveys: 2007-2020

2020: 13 2019: 16 2018: 17 2017: 17 2016: 46 2015: 56 2014: 43
2013: 54 2012: 81 2011:  81 2010: – 2009: – 2008: 50 2007: 22

Comments from some of those who selected Excel as one of their top tools

“I work on exam results” Anna, University Professor, Poland, 2020

“Works well in bachelor’s level physics “simulations”” Sami S, Principal lecturer in Physics in university of applied sciences, Finland, 2020

“Excel is fundamental to everything that involves numbers and tables or graphics from data” Daniel Perdigão, Chief Energizer Officer, Portugal, 2020

“There is no better program to sort and evaluate data! I am always surprised when people fight with other programs instead of just putting it in a spreadsheet they can manipulate at will!” Karen McKinney, Architect – Instructor, USA, 2020

“This is my low tech way of doing basic data analysis when needed. Being able to filter data and leverage pivot tables makes it part of my productivity toolkit.” Susan Manos, Global Learning & Development Director, USA, 2020

“Everyone has it. Useful for simple project tracking.” Learning Designer, UK, 2020

“Excel is where I keep track of and analyse the data I collect for many different purposes (including the Top Tools data). It also supports the administration for the workshops I run – so it’s my mini-TMS (training management system) if you like! Once again it’s all about keeping everything as simple and cost-effective as possible.” Jane Hart, 2020

Quick Guide to Excel

Here you will find some basic guidance and links to resources on how to use Excel for teaching, training, learning and development.

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