What is the course about?
This course will provide you with the means to become a more confident and informed digital citizen. You will learn how to manage different types of files and organise your work both on your PC and in the Cloud. You will become confident in your use of the Cloud and how this differs from relying on your hard drive. You will become confident in using Windows and also learn how to troubleshoot common computer problems. In addition, following on from recent events involving Facebook and data security, you will learn how to better protect your information and personal details and keep them secure. Finally. you will also explore how to make the most of free resources on the web including government and educational websites to enable you to become an informed and digitally active citizen. In the world of Breitbart, alt-right and Brexit, we look at ‘fake news’. What does reliable news mean, and where can you find it?
What will we cover?
• becoming a more active and informed citizen
• organising and managing a variety of files and folders on your hard drive and in the Cloud
•making sense of the Cloud and how it differs from hard drive
• navigating around Windows 10
• troubleshooting common computer problems
• keeping your data and personal information fully secure and backed up
• accessing, using and exploiting key government, consumer and education websites such as on health, law, ebay, Moocs, etc.
•accessing and making critical judgements of reliable and fake news sites.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
•be a more active and informed digtital citizen
• organise and manage a variety of files and folders on your hard drive and in the Cloud
•make sense of the Cloud and how it differs from hard drives
• navigate successfully around Windows 10
• troubleshoot common computer problems
• keepi your data and personal information fully secure and backed up
• access and exploit key government, consumer and education websites such as on health, law, ebay, Moocs, etc.
•access and making critical judgements of reliable and fake news sites.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have some computer skills and be familiar with using the Internet. This is an excellent follow on course from our Becoming Confident on the Internet and Becoming Confident on your Computer courses.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This will be a practical and interactive hands-on course. You will be encouraged to discuss and share your ideas. Each student has their own computer and an interactive whiteboard will help make the course content easy to understand. It will be a relaxed learning environment and step by step learning will help you become more skilled. You will have lots of opportunities to ask questions and address areas you need help in.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a folder, pens and paper. There are no additional costs.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
There are a variety of other courses you could do either at the same time or after this course. We have a number of courses on Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint many of which are specifically geared to helping you in the workplace. We also have IT Skills for the Office: an introduction or intermediate, Making sense of Windows 10 and Digital Skills for find a better job. We have a number of courses with qualifications including ECDL Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3. You can try Pathway to ECDL if you are unsure if you want to do a qualification course straight away. You might also be interested in our How to be an Administrator series.
Your tutor will advise you on the best course to do. You can also call our administrator on 0207 492 2511 to arrange an assessment with one of our course advisors.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details