Introduction to digital skills - Keeley Street

Introduction to Digital Skills

At City Lit we offer a range of courses that will help you to:

  • improve your digital skills on your computers, smartphones or tablet devices
  • inrease your confidence, whether you are working from home or in an office
  • and help you to communicate more effectively with family and friends online

These introduction courses will provide you with a firm foundation across a range of digital skills including an overview of using a computer, being online, using your smartphone and remaining secure and safe.

After completing these courses, you can move to our accredited courses or more specialised Office programs.

All our courses are run by experienced and creative tutors who will ensure you learn at the right level and pace with all the support you need. We are here to help you become an active digital citizen.

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

These courses are FREE to most learners if you earn less than £21, 157.50 a year or are on JSA or ESA (WRAG). Essential Digital Skills for Work has no fee. They are either in the City Lit building or live online interactive classes. For online courses, you will need a computer with a microphone, a camera and the internet. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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  1. Becoming confident with digital skills: on your computer and online (beginner)
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Are you new to computers and the Internet? Do you need to increase your confidence with digital skills? Are you confused by Zoom? This course will ensure you have a solid foundation in using computers and being online. You will learn the essential features of creating, saving, storing different types of files and documents, including photos and letters in Word. You will develop your internet skills to find information quickly and efficiently, and learn how to transfer this information to different documents and people. You will also learn the basics of how of how to use Zoom to host meetings and communicate effectively online. Finally, you do all of this while learning how to remain safe online and to keep your files secure.



    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
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £35.00
  2. Becoming confident on the cloud: a new way of sharing and working with files (OneDrive)
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    The digital world is changing from sending emails to sharing files. Attaching files, sending them, downloading them, working on them, saving them, re-attaching and re-sending them is becoming a thing of the past. Instead, with cloud computing, you can share and collaborate on files either at the same time or separately without any emailing or downloading. Join this course and learn how to do this and stay on top of your file management. Learn how to use OneDrive to create, store, share and collaborate on different types of documents on your PC as well as other devices. Discover also how to maintain security while syncing your devices and accounts. By the end of this course, you will have grasped what cloud-computing means and be confident of exploring it further.



    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
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £35.00
  3. Learning to use your iPhone
    Course start date:  Thu 29 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Is your iPhone confusing you? Are you unsure how to make the most of its many features? This short course will help you understand your phone, troubleshoot problems and use some of its most popular features and apps. By the end of the course you will be confident you can use or find out how to use the key features of your phone.



    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
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £15.00
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    92% of 100
  4. Complete beginners: becoming confident on your computer and online
    Course start date:  Tue 4 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Are you completely new to computers and the Internet? This course will help you get started on using a computer and the internet. You will learn about key terms you need to starting becoming confident on a PC and online. You will learn about different files and how to create and save them. You will learn how to write and send simple letters and emails. You will develop your internet skills so you can find information and complete online forms. Finally, you do all of this while learning how to remain safe online and to keep your files secure.



    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
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £31.00 Concession £20.00
  5. Becoming confident with online communication: Zoom
    Course start date:  Thu 6 Oct 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Are you new to Zoom? Have you started to use it but are unsure about some of its functions? Do you need to use Zoom at work, in your studies or to communicate with friends and relatives? Zoom is now as essential to communication as texts, emails, smartphones and PCs. This course will take you from the basics of being on Zoom as a participant and a host, including how to join meetings and set them up. You will learn what to do in both circumstances, what appropriate etiquette is, how to use chat and other features such as breakout rooms, how to share your screen, take control of someone else's screen and how to make sure you don't do something on Zoom that you shouldn't.



    By the end of this course, you will be able to comfortably host a meeting with friends or work colleagues, communicate, privately share and collaborate on projects or ideas.



    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
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £10.00
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  6. Becoming confident in file management and Windows 10 on your PC (beginners)
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Are you able to find the files you need on your PC or on your work's shared drive? Do you know how to search for



    missing files? Have you got a system to organise your work or home files? Files are the essential components of



    computer use and it is vital to manage them well, especially as cloud use becomes more common. On this course you will learn how to navigate Windows 10, essential to good file management, as well as discover more about files, become confident with the terminology and develop strategies for saving, organising, navigating and searching files of all types. You will also learn how to back up your files so you never lose them!



    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
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £35.00
  7. Learning to use your smartphone (Android)
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Oct 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Does your smartphone confuse you? Are you unsure how to make the most of its many features? Understanding and navigating your way round a smartphone is now as important as being able to use a regular computer. This short course will help you understand your Android smartphone, troubleshoot problems and use some of the most popular apps. By the end of the course you will be confident you can use or find out how to use the key features of your phone.



    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
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £15.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  8. Becoming confident on Facebook and Twitter: for complete beginners
    Course start date:  Wed 9 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Does Twitter make you nervous? Too confused to face Facebook? Then this is the course for you. It will start you on your journey towards digital communication in a supportive environment and help you learn the different ways you can connect to friends, family and the wider world. And do so safely and securely.



    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
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £15.00
  9. Becoming confident and secure with mobile data: safely managing and syncing your files and accounts across your computer, smartphone and tablet
    Course start date:  Thu 17 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Are you using both a smartphone and a PC? Do you have different accounts but unsure how they link to one another? Have you asked yourself 'How did my photos get on my mobile device - I didn't put them there?' Operating across different digital devices and accounts can be helpful but also confusing and potentially compromises your digital security. On this course you will learn how to sync and manage your files across multiple devices so you can be sure where your different files are, are organised effectively and are secure.



    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
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £35.00
  10. Becoming confident in digital security: how to protect your data and privacy on your PC, Internet and smartphone
    Course start date:  Tue 24 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Recent scandals involving Facebook, stolen data, targeted advertising and manipulation have revealed the importance of digital security and making sure that your activity on-line and on the phone remain private But what about those everyday activities like checking your favourite websites? Many people do not realize they are giving away sensitive personal details every time their search engine automatically fills in all of their information for them. This course will show you how to take your digital life into more confident hands by understanding these threats better so you know exactly what precautions to take while browsing on any device, understand important jargon and discover which apps are the better than others at keeping your data private.



    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
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £15.00
  11. Becoming confident in file management and Windows 10 on your PC (beginner)
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Are you able to find the files you need on your PC or on your work's shared drive? Do you know how to search for



    missing files? Have you got a system to organise your work or home files? Files are the essential components of



    computer use and it is vital to manage them well, especially as cloud use becomes more common. On this course you will learn how to navigate Windows 10, essential to good file management, as well discover more about files, become confident with the terminology and develop strategies for saving, organising, navigating and searching files of all types. You will also learn how to back up your files so you never lose them!



    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
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £35.00
  12. Becoming confident on the cloud: a new way of sharing and working with files (Google)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    The digital world is changing from sending emails to sharing files. Attaching files, sending them, downloading them, working on them, saving them, re-attaching and re-sending them is becoming a thing of the past. Instead, with cloud computing, you can share and collaborate on files either at the same time or separately without any emailing or downloading. Join this course and learn how to do this and stay on top of your file management. Learn how to use google Drive to create, store, share and collaborate on different types of documents on your PC as well as other devices. Discover also how to maintain security while syncing your devices and accounts. By the end of this course, you will have grasped what cloud-computing means and be confident of exploring it further.



    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
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £30.00
  13. Becoming confident on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: for complete beginners
    Course start date:  Mon 22 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Too nervous to face Facebook? Is tweeting for the birds? Have you heard of Instagram but never used it? Then this is the course for you. It will start you on your journey towards digital communication in a supportive environment and help you learn the different ways you can connect to friends, family and the wider world. And do so safely and securely.



    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
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £35.00
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