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Frightened of the internet? This free course, Web guide, will help you make effective use of the internet, giving you the basic skills required for using web-based resources. Useful tricks and tips are provided as well as information on web browsers, the main features of a browser window, how to look at websites, using hyperlinks, searching for information on the internet, copying text, avoiding computer viruses, and using PDFs.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- understand the buttons on the standard web browser toolbar
- search the web using a search engine
- understand how to gauge the reliability of a website
- demonstrate an awareness of web security
- show a familiarity with the Adobe pdf document format.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 How to use this course
- 1.1 Web browser basics
- 1.2 Looking at websites
- 1.3 Getting the most out of websites
- 1.4 Assessing the quality of websites
- 1.5 Safe surfing
- 1.6 Working with PDFs
- 1.7 Internet accessibility
- 1.8 Language settings
- 1.9 Some useful tips and tricks
- 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!
This course provides information and advice on how to make effective use of the Internet, covering the basic skills required for using web-based resources. Subjects covered in this course include web browsers, the main features of a browser window, looking at websites, using hyperlinks, searching for information on the Internet, copying text, avoiding computer viruses, and using PDFs. At the end of the course there is a section containing some useful tips and tricks.
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Originally published: Monday, 14th March 2016
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