Using a Computer or Device

Ref: C2225130

A series of fun and interactive computer classes to demystify the Internet. The course aims to give people a good understanding of how the Internet works, how to use it and how to stay safe online. There will be role-play games, hands-on exercises, discussions and quizzes to make it entertaining and memorable. The course will cover five topics. - Introduction to the Internet (What is the Internet? How does it work? What can you do with it?) - Introduction to email (What is Email? How does it work? How to use it?) - Finding information online (What is a search engine? How does it work? How to find information using Google?) - Internet safety and security (Why the Internet is safe or unsafe? What are the risks? How to stay safe?) - Be social media savvy (What is social media? What are the dos and don'ts?) The course is suitable for both absolute beginners and for those who want to improve their understanding of the Internet and to gain some digital skills.

Additional information about this course

All equipment provided but you are welcome to bring along your tablet, iPad, phone or laptop.

Course aim

To provide Internet and computer training for students to find information online, use email and stay safe when using the Internet.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Identify some of the useful services on the Internet
  • Find information online using Google
  • Use email (e.g. read, write, send, reply and delete email)
  • Identify some of the benefits and dangers of using the Internet
  • Discuss some of the dos and don'ts of social media

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • You are welcome (but not essential) to bring your own technology such as computers, laptops, phones and tablets.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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Using a Computer or Device


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 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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