IT for beginners (CIO) - Older and Wiser project

Ref: C2339533

It is suitable for learners who have never used a computer before. It will cover everything from how to turn on the computer, how to use a mouse and keyboard and how to print documents. You will also learn how to produce documents containing words and pictures. Create an email account, compose, reply and forward messages, attach and download files.

Additional information about this course

Older and Wiser project course for people over 50 living in Leicester. Part of Leicester Ageing Together. Please call 0116 2668068 to book.

Course aim

The course aims are for the learners to gain confidence using IT, make friends and communicate with friends and family via email and also increase social engagement and connections between individuals and with the local community.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

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

  • Confidently use a computer to communicate via email and create word documents.
  • Understand and use my smart phone confidently and have the ability to communicate with my course Whatsapp group and contact other learners between classes.
  • Send emails to family and friends, attach files or photos and also send e-greeting cards to friends and family during festive seasons.
  • Confidently use the internet to search for information on local leisure activities, including WEA & LAT, and access national and local advice and Information websites.
  • Confidently use a Word Processing application where I will have the ability to write letters and format documents.

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

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

What else do I need to know?

  • When attending a WEA session it is important that learners do bring equipment these being a writing pen and pad and also a memory storing device (optional).

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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IT for beginners (CIO) - Older and Wiser project


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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