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Using a computer for study
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.
Course learning outcomes
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
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- Learning outcomes
- 1 Using computers on courses
- 2 Top tips
- 3 Communicating
- 4 Online conferencing
- 4 Online conferencing
- 4.2 Why online conferencing is useful
- The benefits of conferencing
- Make your conference work
- 4.5 An overview of problems and solutions
- 4.6 Not knowing what to say
- 4.7 Am I saying too much?
- 4.8 Not everyone is participating
- 4.9 When there's too much to do
- 4.10 Nobody is saying anything
- 5 Searching
- 6 Writing
- 7 Resources
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6 hours study
Level 1: Introductory
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