Using Computers, Mobile Devices, Software & Social Media: IT for Beginners

Ref: C2224117

Absolute beginners IT is a course to help train and develop in the use of computers and benefits that the digital world can bring. Delivered in an individule, relaxed and friendly atmosphere, this short course is a great starting point to help navigate around a computer and on to the World Wide Web

Additional information about this course

This course is a closed course only for Circle Housing Residents, unless approved by Circle Housing.

Course aim

The aim is to give students the confidence to try computer equipment. We will cover the basic skills required to operate and use a computer/lap top. How to use the keyboard, mouse/track pad, what desktop icons are. Different web browsers, email and how to stay safe on line.

Who is the course for?

Students need to be referred on to this course by Circle Housing. The aim is to give studens the confidence to try computer equipment. Wewill cover the basic skillls required to operate and use a computer, laptop.

What topics will this course cover

Week 1The basics of a computer system, switching on, using a mouse or track pad, recognise different function keys on the Keyboard. Using the keyboard to type a letter or poem with effective formating. Identify the different area's of the desktop, short cut to programs and icons. An introduction to the World Wide Web (WWW) using Week 2 Continuing with the above saving your work into folders. Setting up an email account. Sending and receiving emails to other members of your group with or without attachements. Week 3 How to search the net effectively and look for what interests you, access Circle Housings website. Stay safe online. Access Week 4 Using the net to find the answers to almost anything Week 5 Continuing with the above but with reference to searching government websites Week 6 Review what we have achieved and look at any other issues arising.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1. Identify the desktop, programs and icons. 2.Use a word processor, to type and format a simple letter or poem 3. Access the World Wide Web (WWW) using or other websites 4.Relocate your work saved in folders 5.Set up a personal email account to allow Circle Housing to make contact with them

How will I know I'm making progress?

This course is not accredited. Your increased confidence will dmonstrate progress and your ability to complete tasks and navigae around the computer will show competenc. There will be plenty of time to discuss progress with other participants and your tutor. The Learning Record will ask how far you feel you have progressed.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

If you have your own laptop please bring it, other wise WEA can provide laptops during session times. No additional expenses for trips and visits

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What could the course lead to?

You should feel more confident to unertake futher study, either with the WEA or with another provider. The tutor will discuss further opportunities including follow on IT courses within the project. You may also wish to try accessing the Eastern WEA website, blog site and online learning site to discover mor opportunities for learning.

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Using Computers, Mobile Devices, Software & Social Media: IT for Beginners Course Outline


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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