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The internet is a fantastic source of information for any student, but how do you evaluate the information each site provides? This free course, Using a computer for study, will help you assess the benefits of information technology, providing guidance on the protocols for using email, online conferencing and real time chat as methods of communication.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- understand how computers can be useful for studying
- know the minimum computer specifications for a course or institution
- understand what can be done on the web
- understand how and where to find out more about computers and how they work
- know how to back up files
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Using computers on courses
- 2 Top tips
- 3 Communicating
- 4 Online conferencing
- 5 Searching
- 6 Writing
- 7 Resources
- 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!
Using a computer for study
Information technology is an integral part of courses. It's used to enable students to learn about their subject, contact one another, and find resources.
Using a computer for study can be useful for students on any course. For example, about a half of all Open University courses expect students to use a computer.
In this course, you'll look at:
the different ways you might be asked to use a PC in your course;
top tips to get started;
how to make the most of online conferencing;
links to resources.
You may also find it useful to look through our Web Guide (accessed 7 November 2006).
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Originally published: Monday, 14th March 2016
Last updated on: Monday, 14th March 2016
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