Improve your Literacy Using a Computer

Ref: C3670399

This course combines basic literacy, computer, co-ordination and social skills, with exercises that are designed to raise awareness of environmental, personal & health issues.

Course aim

To learn new ICT skills and build on existing knowledge To incoporate basic literacy into ICT exercises To provide a supportive & enjoyable atmosphere To promote Social Purpose issues whilst using the computer

Who is the course for?

The course is aimed at people who have a learning disability and low literacy levels, this is not an ESOL course.

What topics will this course cover

Create and reproduce documents combining text, graphics and art work Enter data with accuracy Perform Editing options with accuracy Use formatting tools to construct documents layouts Find, save & recall existing documents Use best practices when working with computers (Health & Safety) Perform print options and organise in portfolio as evidence Review work before printing (spellcheck, proof read, print preview) Add capital letters, full stops or question marks Answer questions relating to text Increase awareness of social issues through text content of some practical exercises

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:

Create, Save & print Microsoft Office documents. Add/delete/manipulate document content accurately (Edit & Format) Complete practical exercises to increase awareness of social issues Produce a portfolio of work to evidence learning outcomes and measure progression Recognise health & safety issues when working with a computer Form simple sentences using capital letters, full stops and question marks

How will I know I'm making progress?

Students will build their own portfolio of work. Hard copies of completed practical exercises will be printed throughout the course and the tutor will mark all homework, students will be given constructive written and verbal feedback. Gapped handouts & Q&A methods are also used as evidence that learning is taking place. Students are able to track their own progression by completing weekly logs.

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

You will need to provide your own A4 folder to keep all course paperwork in and a pen. All other course materials will be provided by your tutor.

Reading and information sources

No prior knowledge required

What could the course lead to?

Students completing this course will gain confidence working within a group as well as learning new skills using the computer. Basic literacy skills and social purpose issues will be developed while completing practical exercises. The WEA run many courses and have contact with other educational providers. Please ask your tutor for information regarding progression or any further learning needs.

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Improve your Literacy Using a Computer Course Outline


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  • 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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