How To: Computer Basics

Ref: C3672575

Covering many of the day to day computer based tasks we feel we are all supposed to know about but are afraid to ask. The course will focus on several key areas including buying, selling and getting started on Ebay, installing devices such as printers, basic web security, some key WiFi trouble shooting tips, getting started on and more out of Facebook and Twitter, starting a blog, jargon busting and more.

Course aim

Covering those day to day computing we feel we should know more about - including Ebay, Installing devices such a printer, WiFi trouble shooting, using social media and more...

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:

  • Gain a knowledge, fresh appreciation & understanding of computer based tasks.
  • Gain the understanding and practical skills to be able to apply this knowledge to your own day to day computing tasks.
  • Draw from your own existing knowledge and experience in applying this knowledge and carrying out these tasks.
  • Gain a confidence in reflecting on and expressing views relating to aspects of day to day computer based tasks.
  • Develop a motivation & enthusiasm for one’s own computing based goals and potential future achievements.

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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

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
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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How To: Computer Basics

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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • 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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