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Everyday computer skills: a beginner’s guide to computers, tablets, mobile phones and accessibility

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Everyday computer skills: a beginner’s guide to computers, tablets, mobile phones and accessibility

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  • 16 hours study
  • Level 0: Beginner
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    • Welcome to the course

      Welcome to the updated Everyday computer skills: a beginner’s guide to computers, tablets, mobile phones and accessibility. Digital skills are now indispensable in a society that increasingly depends on computers. This course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to get started in this digital world. It explores accessible ways to use computers and the internet.

      People with different abilities and skills can explore and adapt the course content. However, if you are a complete beginner, we suggest you start with the Additional Information section.

      Once you become more confident in your digital skills, you will have access to a boundless world of information. New technologies are constantly being developed, making everyone a learner. Even if technologies are changing fast, the important thing is to grasp the nuts and bolts. This is what this course will help you do.

      For quick reference, you will find the meaning of any new words you encounter in the glossary. There is a quiz at the end of each lesson to encourage you to check your learning and on completion of the course, you will receive a digital badge and certificate of achievement. By the end of Everyday computer skills: a beginner’s guide to computers, tablets, mobile phones and accessibility, you should feel equipped with the skills to function inclusively in a digital world.

      The course has been designed with and for disabled learners, in partnership with Lead Scotland and The Open University in Scotland (OUiS), with funding from the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) Digital Participation Fund, matched by The OUiS. You can find more information on accessibility in the Introduction to this course.

      (Updated January 2023 - the previous version of the course is still available for enrolled learners.)

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    • This course is part of a collection

      This course is part of a collection

      This course is part of a collection of courses called The Open University in Scotland. There are 7 courses in this collection so you may find other courses here that maybe of interest to you.

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    • Course learning outcomes

      In this course you will learn how to:

      • develop knowledge and confidence about how to use a computer
      • create your own files using Microsoft Word
      • send and receive messages via email, Facebook, Twitter and Skype.
      • access and search the internet securely
      • use online services such as shopping and banking.

    • Course dates:

      First Published 19/01/2023.

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