15 – Excel

DOWN 2 places in 2021

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 2021 sub-lists

Top 150 Tools for
Personal Learning: 17
Top 150 Tools for
Workplace Learning: 11
Top 150 Tools for
Education: 17

Overall rankings in the previous 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 on Excel in 2021

“Easy to analysis data” Caroline, teacher, Malaysia

“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

“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

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

Previous comments

“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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