Creating Effective Spreadsheets


Teaching SSMI

For college and university professors

New Approach


Like many of his colleagues all over the world, Paul Mireault used to teach all sorts of Excel menus and functions, and test students on their ability to use them. But when he gave them real-world problems to solve, students would often stare at their computer screen. They told him that they did not know where to start! So, instead of teaching Excel, Paul started teaching How To Use Excel. It is based on proven concepts from Information Systems, Computer Science and Software Engineering.


Easy to Adopt

The SSMI methodology does not require any special tools – your students only need pencil and paper. We will provide you with teaching material you might need like slides, exercises with and without sample solutions as well as teaching notes. You will be part of a community of professors who will share ideas, insights and teaching tips.


Simple to Grade

When your students follow the methodology they will automatically create spreadsheet documentation: The Formula Diagram and the Formula List. Grading the conceptual model (Formula Diagram and Formula List) is much faster than trying to understand your students’ spreadsheets. Also, you grade your student’s modelling ability separately from their spreadsheet implementation.


Fast to Teach

The methodology only takes 8 to 10 hours to teach. It has been taught in undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as in professional and executive training courses. It can easily be integrated as part of a bigger course and you will have the opportunity to add your own favourite subjects such as charts and What-If analysis.

Special certification rate for your students

We know that students have limited financial means. That's why we will offer a substantial rebate on the SSMI Professional certification fee to your students.

For professional trainers

Teaching the SSMI methodology is ideal to stand out in the multitude of Excel training courses. While those Excel training courses serve an important role, you can teach them a new skill and supplement it with topics from your regular courses. We will offer a SSMI Trainer certification and give you visibility on this website.