12 – Excel


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

Rankings in the previous surveys:

2021: 15 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 on Excel in 2022

“still the easiest way to calculate and organize data !” Philippe, Marketing Manager, France

“Works, versatile, and useful. You can leverage creatively as well as super functionally.” Eve Kadar, Global Sales Enablement, USA

“Huge learning curve (especially if you aren’t “math-minded’, but super powerful and I’m learning more about that as I explore it’s more complex data and reporting capabilities.” Miriam de Jonge, Product lead for global training product, USA

Previous comments on Excel

“Easy to analysis data” Caroline, teacher, Malaysia, 2021

“I’ve been exploring its possibilities lately and have high hopes that it will be my go-to tool to improve productivity for myself and my team once I collect all the data!” Olga Anishenkova, eLearning Design Team Lead, Spain, 2021

“I’m definitely a numbers person, so I like to use Excel to analyze and create visualizations of training data, particularly regarding metrics.” quality assurance and training administrator, USA, 2021

“Sharing business models with others but also for myself to understand the impact of new models” Managing Director, UK, 2021

“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.

For individuals, Excel is a valuable spreadsheet tool for both personal and professional use.

In the workplace, Excel has become a vital working tool, so how can it be used for learning and development?

Excel can be used to create a training management system (especially if you don’t want to invest in a high-cost LMS)

Similarly, in education, Excel can be used as a grade book

    • Although it is relatively easy to set one up, here are 20+ Excel Spreadsheet Templates For Teachers including a grade book template
    • Here’s a video that shows you how to create an Excel grade-book and feedback for students

Further resources

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