Computer Confidence Workshops (Beginner/Intermediate) ~ Spring Term 2014

Through a series of practical, hands-on activities, participants will increase their confidence in using a computer and searching the internet. For those who have basic skills or no previous experience with computers, the course offers an introduction to effective computer use; modern methods of communication through email and instant messaging; searching the internet and using software packages.

Tutor:  Peter Goodwin
Venue: Greenway Community Centre, Trent Lane, Nottingham, NG2 4DF
Start date:
Wednesday 8th January 2014
Time:  10:00am-12:00pm
Total hours: 24
No of sessions: 12
Fee: £84.00 (£75.60 Concessions) Fee Waived for those on income related benefits or low income.Course aims
To overcome initial fears of the internet and enhance confidence in completing basic computer tasks.

To explore and appreciate some of the most common uses of the computer.

To develop learners’ knowledge and skills in using the internet for sending/receiving emails; searching websites for information and using online tools.

To expand on learners’ ability to effectively use the computer desktop and software packages.

To encourage good practice with online security, health and safety and file/folder management where appropriate.

To provide a basic introduction to computers and the internet, that learners can build on through further training, in employment or at home.

Topics to be covered

  • Computer basics – getting started
  • Setting up an email account
  • Sending/receiving emails with and without attachments (pictures and documents)
  • Creating a contact list and using chat instant messaging
  • Online Security
  • Searching the internet using Google – surfing the world-wide web
  • Exploring Google Maps and Images
  • Introduction to Microsoft Word (word processing)
  • Creating folders and file management

Learning outcomes
As a result of this course it  may be possible for you to:

  • Have confidence with using a computer (turning on/off; using a mouse or mouse pad; using the keyboard; connecting to the internet; understanding the desk top and basic layout).
  • Set up an email account
  • Send and receive emails
  • Send/receive and open email attachments (pictures and documents)
  • Search the internet and browse websites for information
  • Create and save a basic Word document
  • Create folders on the desktop and save files to it

Teaching/learning methods

  • demonstration
  • group and individual work
  • practical activity
  • discussion
  • information provided in handouts and presentations

Assessment Methods
Through quizzes, discussions, learner presentations and a variety of set assignments, the tutor will ensure that learners are making progress.
Observation, Q & A.

Previous learning required
Everyone is welcome and no previous knowledge is assumed

Recommended books, materials or equipment
All equipment will be provided although you are welcome to bring your own laptop to work on if you wish.

Learners may also find it helpful to have a wallet folder to store handouts and own notes, as well as to store writing materials.

Financial help
If you need help with paying for fees or childcare, you may be entitled to financial support. Ask your tutor or programme organiser for more information. We will treat all requests confidentially and with respect in accordance with our Learner Support Policy (see Services for Learners leaflet).

Help with learning
If you have a disability or learning difficulty, let us know as early as possible so that we can make arrangements to provide you with support. We will treat requests for help confidentially and with respect. Ask your tutor for more information. If you prefer, contact your Regional Office and ask to speak to someone about learning support (see Services for Learners leaflet).

Help with English, Maths or Study Skills
You are also entitled to extra help and support with English, Maths or Study Skills. Ask your tutor for more information. If you prefer, contact your Regional Office and ask to speak to someone about help with English, Maths or Study Skills.

Sound interesting?
Please contact Caroline on 0115 985 8203 or email

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