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Using a computer for study

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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.

During this unit you will:

  • learn about how computers can be useful for studying;
  • find out how to be prepared – know the minimum computer specifications for your course or institution;
  • learn what you can do on the web;
  • find out where you can learn more about computers and how they work;
  • learn to back up your files;
  • learn about communicating online using email, real time chat and conferencing;
  • learn about how to search and evaluate online material, and the advantages of ebooks;
  • find out about writing using your computer, and referencing online materials;
  • find out where to find extra help.

By: The Open University

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Using a computer for study

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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).

Find out more about studying with The Open University by visiting our online prospectus [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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