Excel in Action will not be offered in winter term 2023. Revisit for updates about future terms.

Excel in Action

Experiential learning opportunity

REAL Program

This service learning program will help you build Excel skills and improve professional communication and collaboration by completing a service project with a real organization.


Kathleen McCarty


No prerequisites



Maximum enrollment


NACE competencies

  • Teamwork/collaboration
  • Digital technology
  • Professionalism/work ethic


  • 3

Registration options

Start terms

  • Spring

Offered online


Learning outcomes

  1. Understand and demonstrate basic functions of MS Excel (create and format spreadsheets and workbooks, organize and sort data, use functions to analyze data, produce visualizations of data) 
  2. Apply and extend relevant academic coursework, disciplinary knowledge, theories, and skills to community contexts 
  3. Utilize critical and systems thinking to analyze how actions and decisions will impact diverse stakeholders 
  4. Communicate professionally both orally and in writing 
  5. Enhance interpersonal skills and the ability to build strong relationships with others including professional networks 

Content / knowledge / concepts

  • Understanding career readiness and articulating skills to employers 
  • Professional communication and collaboration 
  • Excel skills: (Entering and managing data, mathematical computations, formulas and functions, charts and data presentation, workbooks and multiple sheet files) 
  • Critical thinking and connecting skills and activities to discipline 
  • Using ePortfolios to manage relevant artifacts/projects and showcase skills and abilities 

Course experiences

  • Working with a community partner to solve a real world problem 
  • Learning Excel tools and functions by using practical examples and sample data sets 
  • Completing self assessments and reflections on professional readiness

Assessment activities

  • Digital portfolio 
  • Reflections 
  • Discussion entries 
  • Short assignments 
  • Program assessment 

Additional info

  • Kinesiology students will sign up for KIN 206 PROJECT:EXCEL IN ACTION.
  • Students in majors outside of kinesiology will sign up for H 206 PROJECT:EXCEL IN ACTION.


Note Department approval required. Please complete the online form to indicate your interest and someone will follow up with you to discuss the program.



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