Basic computer skills

Ref: C2337789

Suitable for the complete beginner just getting started with computers as well as those with some basic experience wanting to refresh and extend their skills and explore other applications and uses of computers. Covering the popular Microsoft Office programmes and such options as using the internet or working with audio or video.

Course aim

This course is designed for beginners but should also appeal to those who have a basic understanding of using computers and digital media. The course should provide students with an essential understanding of how to use the Internet and E-mail in a safe and secure manner. Students should be able to grasp the meaning of associated jargon and develop/enhance their fundamental knowledge and skills for navigating the World Wide Web, using social media and various online tools safely. The aim of this course is to recognise the application of a range of Information Technology user skills and to gain/improve knowledge both as a hobby interest while also providing useful skills that could be transferred to the workplace or make preparation for gaining qualifications in ICT related subjects.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

Acquiring/developing familiarity of a PC keyboard. Overview of the Internet and World Wide Web. Learning how to access the Internet via Wi-Fi and Hotspots. Using web browsers safely and how to customise settings. Introduction to search engines - using search phrases and text string techniques. How to complete and submit online forms. Creating an E-mail account. Sending & receiving E-mail messages, attaching files and organising folders.

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. Create an E-mail account: send and receive E-mail communications, including file sharing. 2. Navigate the World Wide Web safely. 3. Learn about online safety (Use the Net safely). 4. Complete and submit forms online. 5. Perform searches using the WWW.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Through completion and review of Individual Learning Plans/Diaries on a sessional basis. Brief question and answer dialogue with the group. Verbal feedback from the tutor at the end of each session. Termly reviews including assessment of Individual Learning Plans.

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

All materials will be provided by the WEA. Cloud accounts integrating online learning resources shall be provided by the tutor.

Reading and information sources

Review of elements of the and associated web site. Tutor prepared handouts and access to online course notes.

What could the course lead to?

Students will have the opportunity to sit a City & Guilds Entry Three qualification upon completion of the Online Basics course via the Learnmyway website if they wish, dependent upon the availability of Voucher Codes for the exam.

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