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You can do IT in later life - 33

You can do IT is a regular feature of laterlife.com aimed at trying to help laterlife visitors make the most of Information Technology on or off the web.

Jackie Sherman who runs the You can do IT Question & Answer section is an IT trainer and author. Jackie has spent her career in education and specialises in teaching IT to adults. Her courses for adults include such topics as MS Office, the Internet, e-mail and basic web page authoring. Getting the most from your computer.jpg (5543 bytes)

Jackie has also written the two books shown here - you can find more details about these by clicking on the cover images above. Jackie has also been running a course specifically for over 50s.

 

Via laterlife.com Jackie aims to particularly help those new to IT and the web to build up knowledge and confidence, so no question is too basic. At the same time she will cover Q&As for the more experienced user. 

So if you would like to ask a question of Jackie, why not email her jackie@laterlife.com

or if you have discovered something which may be of interest to others in making the most of the web, then she would love to hear about that too jackie@laterlife.com



Via laterlife.com Jackie aims to particularly help those new to IT and the web to build up knowledge and confidence, so no question is too basic. At the same time she will cover Q&As for the more experienced user. 

So if you would like to ask a question of Jackie, why not email her jackie@laterlife.com

or if you have discovered something which may be of interest to others in making the most of the web, then she would love to hear about that too jackie@laterlife.com


 A guide to part-time adult computer courses..

Q:  I enjoy using a computer and would quite like to take a qualification in IT. What would be an appropriate course for someone over 50 studying part-time?

A:  There are a wide range of professional courses available to adults that can be studied at home (via the Internet), at a local FE college or through community education classes based in schools, libraries or village halls. Having taught many of these, I would probably recommend one of the following:

  • a.  For beginners - you could try a free vision2learn course: “Certificate for IT Users” that you study online with email support from a tutor.  Find out more from their website www.vision2learn.com  The course leads to an NCFE qualification and you can progress to more advanced courses if you are competent in computer use. The course  introduces you to managing your work in folders, simple word processing, using email, computer viruses, health and safety etc. and then offers a choice of using the Internet or looking at spreadsheets and desktop publishing. 

  • b.  LearnDirect have a huge database of IT courses and also offer their own at local centres (hubs) in most towns. These range from introductory to advanced courses and many can be studied online. You may qualify for a subsidy or free course e.g. through the New Deal 50 plus and can find out more from their website www.learndirect.co.uk  or phone them on 0800 100 900.

  • c.  Two OCR qualifications offered in many colleges and community classes can be taken over a period of a few months: new CLAIT for beginners and CLAIT Plus for more advanced computer users. These courses do not involve an exam as such as they are assessed at the training centre through 2 or 3-hour worked assignments, and involve sending off printouts as evidence that you an carry out the tasks. New CLAIT covers using a computer to produce a document,  and then offers a choice of 4 different applications e.g. word processing, email, spreadsheets, charts, desktop publishing, presentations etc. CLAIT Plus requires expertise in integrating a document and managing files, and then you have a choice of 3 units covering the same packages at a more advanced level.  Find out more at www.ocr.org.uk 

  • d.  The ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) is a 7-module certificate course that can be taken in any order and covers similar applications to CLAIT, at a level between new CLAIT and CLAIT Plus. You have a logbook that is stamped after success at each module, a test being taken online at your training centre, and when all 7 have been passed you will receive your certificate. The advantage of this qualification is that it is becoming a standard overseas as well as in the UK. Details are available at www.ecdl.co.uk 

  • e.  Finally, short courses are available within the community that are accredited by the Open College Network (OCN). Details should be available in most public libraries.  These courses usually last for 2 hours a week over 10 weeks and cover word processing, email and Web search and health and safety, with other packages introduced depending on the interests of the learners.


                                                     

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