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Skills in information technology (IT) cover a broad range, from using software packages effectively to developing a critical understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of IT solutions. Developing your IT skills means planning your work, practising your skills, seeking feedback from others and reviewing your approach. In this free course, Key skill assessment: Information technology, you will learn to use and adapt your skills effectively and confidently in different situations and contexts.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- demonstrate a strategy for using information technology skills over an extended period of time
- monitor progress and adapt the strategy as necessary, to achieve the quality of outcomes required
- evaluate this overall strategy and present the outcomes from the work.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Improving your information technology skills
- 2 Sources of help
- 3 Key skills assessment courses
- 4 Structure of the assessment courses
- 5 Effective use of information technology
- 6 What you should present
- 7 Part A: Evidencing skills to develop a strategy, monitor progress and evaluate performance
- 8 Part B: Evidencing your IT skills
- 9 Notes to help you complete your assessment
- Keep on learning
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Enrol to access the full course, get recognition for the skills you learn, track your progress and on completion gain a statement of participation to demonstrate your learning to others. Make your learning visible!
Key skill assessment course: Information technology
This key skill develops your information technology (IT) skills in your studies, work or other activities over a period of time. To tackle all of this key skill, you will need to plan your work over at least 3–4 months to give yourself enough time to practise and improve your skills, to seek feedback from others, to monitor your progress and evaluate your strategy and present outcomes.
Skills in information technology cover a broad range, from using software unitages to developing a critical understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of IT solutions. Learning how to use a word processor, database or spreadsheet are important but so, too, is thinking about how you can use IT efficiently to support what you are doing and to help you learn more effectively.
Improving your IT skills requires you to plan strategically how you will go about developing your skills, as well as what skills you should focus on. In monitoring your progress, you will need to apply and practise your IT skills to achieve the targets and goals you have set yourself and to reflect on, and possibly modify, your strategy in the light of your own assessment of progress and feedback from others. Evaluating your strategy and presenting results gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your IT skills and assess how successful your strategy was in achieving what you set out to do. This course is designed to be studied for 1 hour per week over 50 weeks.
This OpenLearn course provides a sample of Level 1 study in.
This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Information and Communication Technologies courses or view the range of currently available OU Information and Communication Technologies courses.
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Originally published: Tuesday, 22nd March 2016
Last updated on: Tuesday, 22nd March 2016
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