Becoming a MORE confident digital citizen: online and on your computer
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
This course is FREE if a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you want to get a job or progress into a better job and you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: COC01
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course will provide you with the means to become a more confident and informed digital citizen. You will build on your understanding and use of the Internet and gain more confidence in how to access the information you need. You will discover the difference between using the Cloud versus a hard drive, and how to manage and organise files on the Cloud. You will learn how to better protect your information and personal details and keep them secure, particularly when shopping online. In the world of Breitbart, alt-right and Brexit, we will help you decipher the difference between real and fake news. 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.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• becoming a more active and informed citizen
•making sense of the Cloud and how it differs from hard drive
• organising and managing files and folders on the Cloud
• 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...
• confidently use the internet to find information you need by using Google, Yahoo, Bing, Wikipedia and more
• use the Cloud to store files/documents and organise them
• navigate the world by using online maps and translating tools
• create a secure password to keep your data safe
• access and exploit key government, consumer and education websites such as on health, law, eBay, Moocs, etc.
• being safe while shopping online
• 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?
You will learn in a supportive and welcoming environment with an emphasis on your discovering how to do and complete tasks and functions, with guidance from the tutor. You will learn in a step by step manner so you can achieve challenging aims in an enjoyable and productive way. You will have lots of opportunities to practise as well as understand what you are doing and why. Everyone will be encouraged to participate and interact in a way that is best for them, including working in pairs and groups, as well as on your own. You will need to do work outside the classroom and use Google Classroom to help you.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need a pen, some lined A4 paper and a file to keep your work in. Your tutor will provide handouts and a code for Google classroom so you can communicate with classmates and access materials, videos etc. online.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
There are many courses you can do before, at the same time or after this course. These include:
• Becoming confident with digital skills: on your computer and online (beginner)
• Becoming confident with online communication: Zoom
• Becoming confident on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: for complete beginners
• Becoming confident in digital skills: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook (beginner)
• Becoming confident in file management and Windows 10 on your PC (beginners)
• Becoming confident on the cloud: a new way of sharing and working with files (OneDrive) / (Google)
• Becoming confident and secure with mobile data: safely managing and syncing your files and accounts across your computer, smartphone and tablet
• Becoming confident in digital security: how to protect your data and privacy on your PC, Internet and smartphone
• Making sense of Windows 11
• Digital skills for the workplace: managing, storing and sharing data and files (intermediate)
• Business administration: how to be an administrator for beginners (with digital skills)
There also many maths, English, employability and communication skills courses you can do. Ask your tutor or contact firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 7492 2511 for more detail. These include:
• Professional communication skills: effective verbal communication in the workplace (level 2)
• Professional communication skills: effective written communication in the workplace (level 2)
• Professional communication skills: business writing from memos to storytelling (level 2)
• Maths for life and work (foundation)
• Maths for life and work (level 1)
• Becoming confident in algebra: problem-solving with equations (level 1-2)
• Becoming confident in numbers: mental maths (level 1-2)
• Business administration: maths for administrators (level 1-2)
• Becoming data literate: how to understand the data all around you (level 1-2).