Computing Skills

Alexander Centre, Tavistock

Who is this course for?

Adults who have a basic familiarity with using computers (keyboard & mouse) but find there is a barrier to exploiting technology to its full potential. It’s suitable for anyone who is trying to gain or change employment. It’s also suitable for anyone who intends to progress to further learning.

Course content

This course is designed to give you more knowledge regarding commonly required & essential computer skills.

You will learn more about:

• using a computer system to meet your own needs
• searching and retrieving information from the internet to incorporate in your own projects
• smart use of e-mail to communicate and exchange information
• uploading images from your camera or phone to a computer
• Using memory sticks
• Tips and tricks to ensure you get the best out of Office software.
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

Informally by the tutor, you will have the opportunity to self-assess your weekly progress using an individual learning plan. You will also complete a mini portfolio of handouts and exercises. You will be observed and guided throughout the course.

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.

A memory stick (flash drive) may be useful but is not essential.

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?

You will be given small assignments to do during the week prior to the next session. Whilst these are not essential, it is a good idea to practice during the week what has been taught.

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 Devon

Start date17 April 2018
End date15 May 2018
Start time18:30
End time20:30
Concessions not available