Computer skills is something I have been lacking for years now. I am already learning more than I thought I ever would. Instructor Dave presents the information in a very easy to understand format which basically makes it like child play. I am extremely pleased with both the instructor and the information being presented. Now that I am learning these new skills, I know I will be an asset to any organization in todays work force. Thanks Instructor Dave. I have a totally new outlook on life in general!"
Dave, thanks so much for an awesome class! I am looking for a new opportunity after 20 years with one employer and this was the perfect course to teach me things so that I could be competitive in my job search. I also recommended and sent the link to a friend and I know he is excited about taking your course as well."
Dave, you're a fabulous teacher. You have opened a door for me. You really know your stuff and it's been a great experience doing each lesson, reading and participating in the discussions and gaining knowledge that makes me feel confident in handling my work and/or problems that arise with the computer. I plan to take more courses and see how far I can go. Thank you so very much!"
Great class, great material. I have already implemented what I have learned and got a great promotion!! Thanks for taking the scariness out of the computer world for me. I am looking forward to more on-line classes, this is a great way to learn. Thanks Dave."
I enjoyed this course. I felt rather "computer illiterate" before taking it, but found that I knew more than I thought I did. Also; my trouble areas weren't as difficult as I expected them to be. I would highly reccomend this course and may take others myself. Thank you very much for your assistance."
I'm so excited about having taken this online course. It has truly proven to be very beneficial to me in both my work environment and personal use, as well as managing my spouse’s small business. I have recommended this course to some of my friends and family. When I first took the pre-test I scored 69%. Needless to say I was quite discouraged. I'm happy to say that after the 12 lessons and finally taking the final exam I scored 100% on the final exam. Instructor Dave you did a great job with course presentation and replies to our questions. We all owe you for this wonderful new wealth of knowledge. Thank you!"
I thought this course was extremely helpful in improving my skills and liked the style of the course and would like to take more on-line courses in the future."
I've used a computer in my home for approximately 9 years and what I know I've learned from my husband, and one other computer course, and a lot of trial and error. I recently entered the work force and want to feel confident in what I know. This course helped with that. Taking this class has helped me feel a little more confident and has inspired me to take some harder courses for the more specific information I will need to do my job. Although, this did not start out to be the class for me, I am glad I did pursue it."
I was juggling this course and another (Intro to Word) while simultaneously seeking employment all summer. Happily I completed both classes and was able to land a temp-to-hire job primarily based on my familiarity with spreadsheets. A computer literacy test was required; many of the questions were covered in this course. I was able to impress them with a score in the 85th percentile, thanks to these classes. I plan to follow your advice and continue to build my computer skills next session with Intermediate Word and Excel. Thanks, Instructor Dave!"
This course was perfect for me. Cannot be more pleased with the way that things were explained on my level to get started. I am a busy mother of 3, ages 19, 16, and 9yrs old with multiple medical special needs and recently started my first job outside of the home after 18yrs of raising children. I could make this fit into my hectic schedule of work, motherhood and 'nursing'/special needs world. I learned a lot from this course and do intend to continue on with more courses online. Thank you for providing an affordable online course!!"
Course Code: csw
Whether you are looking for a new job or looking to improve your position at your current company, computer skills are essential to your success. In the first lesson, you will examine how companies set up and use technology solutions. Then you will take a close look at some of the components of those solutions.
Your computer has a software program installed on it that's referred to as an "operating system." this lesson, you will learn how this system controls many important parts of the computer and how you use those controls every day for tasks like managing important files and printing hard copies of documents.
Next to email, the word processor is probably the most frequently used application software in the workplace. If you have never taken the time to learn the basic features of most word processors, you are not performing to your potential. In this lesson, you will learn and practice the important capabilities of word processors like Microsoft Word.
There are many excellent features in Microsoft Word that can enable you to create and edit very professional-looking documents. This lesson will incorporate some of the more advanced Word functions to create documents that are sure to impress your peers and your supervisor.
This lesson covers important fundamental concepts related to spreadsheets, including spreadsheet organization, formatting, basic formulas, and data sorting. Once you discover how to create a basic budget spreadsheet, you will see how the knowledge you gain from this lesson can have a powerful impact on contributions in the workplace.
This lesson will discuss more details about the spreadsheet, and how to provide easy-to-understand, accurate data. You will learn how to build graphs that can graphically display numeric information, so you can easily demonstrate trends, analyze past results, and predict future performance.
In this lesson, you will examine the components of a database, focusing primarily on the user interface. In your job, you might use this interface to perform a lot of different functions, including data input, data output, and data maintenance.
PowerPoint is an important tool for creating presentations suitable for the work environment. In this lesson, you will explore the best ways to create an effective presentation that incorporates the right mix of multimedia.
The suite of Microsoft Office products includes Excel and Access, which are both very powerful on their own. In this lesson, you are going to learn how to integrate information from one program to the other. You can create data lists with either program and easily transfer the information to the other.
This lesson covers the basics of using the Internet. This is the greatest source of information you will ever have access to—yet it can be confusing and overwhelming if you are not familiar with the basic Internet tools. You will really enjoy seeing how easy it is to find information that specifically meets your needs and interests.
In this lesson you will explore various methods for transferring information from one computer to another. You will learn different terms used to describe the volume of information—or size of a file—and then learn how to most effectively and efficiently move that data from place to place.
In the last lesson, you will focus on putting all your new knowledge to work! You have three specific goals: The first is to identify ways to use your computer skills to find a new job. The second is to use those same computer skills to get a promotion within your current organization. The final goal is to explore strategies for continued learning in order to support your ever-growing employment goals.
Dave Paquin has been teaching computer skills in the classroom for over 15 years. He holds a Master of Science in Training and Learning Technology and has extensive experience as a Human Resources manager.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.
Instructor-Led: Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Self-Paced: You have three-month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.
Instructor-Led: The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons before your three-month access.
Instructor-Led: The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.
Being computer literate, meaning you have basic computer skills, is considered one of the most important skills you can possess. As companies become more and more dependent on computers and technology, employers want their workers to possess these basic skills.
Some of the most important basic computer skills to have include the ability to type and use email. You’ll also need the ability to use the Internet and potentially some knowledge of social media sites. In addition, you should understand how to use popular software and basic computer tools found in nearly every office in the world including: word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software.
Absolutely! Having basic computer skills can make doing your job easier. If you’re looking to grow in your current role or in the market for a new job, employers are expecting you to possess these skills. Taking a course like Computer Skills for Workplace will help you gain proficiency on the computer and give you confidence as you work to perform tasks on the job.
Companies rely on computers to help their business for many reasons. Computers provide speed and accuracy in calculations, and they also store information that can be retrieved as it is needed. Computers allow us to do research by accessing billions of websites with the click of a button. Computers also allow us to create professional reports and documents as well as communicate with one another. They also can perform repetitive operations and operations based on simple logic to automate processes. Computers have become essential business tools as workers strive to do more in less time and for less money.
If the people inside your company do not currently use computers, then this may not be the course for you. However, your company may not always be void of computers, and you can be ready when the change toward technology occurs by completing this course. You will also be better prepared to obtain a new job if you decide to switch companies or industries.
Yes. Gaining the basic computer skills taught in this course will also help you in your personal life. After this course, you will be able to better communicate with others, use the Internet, keep track of your personal finances in spreadsheets, create documents in word processing software, and more. You’ll even learn how to set up your own computer at home.