Living with the internet: learning online
Living with the internet: learning online

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Living with the internet: learning online

1.1.9 Managing files

Another important skill when working electronically is being able to find files that you saved on your computer's hard disk.

Here are some tips for overcoming problems with file management:

  • Give your files meaningful names: 'notes on studying online.doc' rather than 'notes.doc'

  • Use folders to organise your files.

For example, I created the following folders for this course. In My Documents I created a folder called 'T180'. Then, inside the T180 folder, I created four more folders: 'assignments', 'course material', 'images' and 'my notes', but you might choose a different organisation.

Here is what my folder structure looked like:

Figure 1
Figure 1 My chosen folder structure

Create some folders as I did above.

Note that exactly what you see depends on the version of Windows that you are using and how it has been configured.

Save the following file into the 'course material' folder. Give it the name 'learning_styles.pdf'. To download and save a file from a website, right-click on the link, and choose 'Save Target As…' (Internet Explorer) or 'Save Link As…' (Firefox). Then use the file selector dialog to select the folder and filename where you wish to save the file, and click Save.

Click on the 'View document' link below to read Jon Rosewell on 'Learning styles'.

Learning styles [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]

This is an example of a pdf file.

In order to open pdf files you need a piece of software called Adobe Reader installed on your computer.


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