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Using a computer for study
The internet is a fantastic source of information for any student, but how do you...
The internet is a fantastic source of information for any student, but how do you evaluate the information each site provides? This unit 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.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Using computers on courses
- 2 Top tips
- 3 Communicating
- 4 Online conferencing
- 5 Searching
- 6 Writing
- 7 Resources
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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 unit, 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: Thursday, 26th May 2011
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