Computing skills (Wordpress)
Who is this course for?
Our WordPress course is suitable for anyone that has used a computer or laptop and Microsoft Word before.
Please note, you do not need prior knowledge of WordPress, or have website content to attend this course.
The course is ideal for:
• Anyone wanting to create a WordPress website.
• Anyone wishing to gain WordPress knowledge.
• Anyone who maintains and updates WordPress websites.
• Anyone looking for a new career path or wishing to make an income through creating websites.
• Anyone looking to start a blog.
At the beginning of the Beginner WordPress course you’ll be shown how to get a website address and install WordPress so you’re ready to build a WordPress website that will work on computers, laptops, tablets and mobile phones. You’ll add the pages you want on the website and set up a blog/news page. We’ll then move onto adding and editing content such as text, images and videos.
It’s important to ensure your website is found by Google and you understand how to build and add to your website so it ranks well in Google and other search engines. This course will show you introductory search engine optimisation techniques as well as how to add social media to your website.
During the course you will watch demonstrations and carry out a range of practical exercises and activities to increase your experience and understanding.
Support and feedback
Feedback from the tutor, and discussions with other class members.
Additional costs and requirements
You might find it useful to bring a notebook/notepaper and pen and a USB flash drive (usually referred to as a memory stick or pen-drive) for storing information you have found on the internet, although this is not essential.
There are no additional costs.
You may be eligible for a learner bursary if you can demonstrate that attending a course will improve your wellbeing. Eligibility is determined after a short interview with a member of our learning support team. You must be aged over 19 on 31st August 2017 and your household income below £15,276 to access this fund. Contact your local centre for more details.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
No although your tutor may suggest things you could do at home if you wish. It would be advantageous to practice between sessions, and the tutor may send you emails for you to respond to.
About the tutor
Simon Longstaff currently works as an ICT and Maths tutor for Learn Devon. He also works at the University of St Mark & St John and as a Senior Design Engineer for Partech Electronics.
Simon has spent most of his working life in the field of Electronic Engineering and was previously the Technical Director of his own instrumentation manufacturing company before undertaking his teacher training.
Simon has a 1st class honours degree in ICT with Education from Exeter University, and a PGCE incorporating a Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS), He also is a specialist in teaching Maths, gaining a level 5 Additional Diploma in Numeracy. He recently (2015) completed a Master’s Degree in Professional Practice (with Distinction) at the University of St Mark and St John, specialising in exploiting open source technology to create musical instruments within the Maker Community.
Simon is a keen musician and composer and has for the last twelve years performed each summer season at Sterts Theatre in their musical shows.
“I’m a great believer in ‘experiential learning’, and firmly believe that people learn by doing. This is so important, particularly with a technical subject like ICT; it is the familiarity with everyday computing tasks that build on a person’s levels of confidence and skills.”
Simon Longstaff, Tutor Learn Devo