Thank you for teaching this course. Excellent job! It was very well organized and detailed. I have learned a lot, enough to know how to get around Windows 8.
I have taken several ed2go classes and as always this one was excellent. The instructor presented the lessons in a very professional manner, which held my attention from the beginning to the end of the course. When a course is taught in this manner the retention of knowledge is long term, something not easily forgotten in a short span of time. Thanks once again and keep up the professional and excellent method of presenting a great learning environment.
I certainly value this course because I am new to Windows 8 and a laptop. Now I can keep up [smile] with my 10 year old granddaughter. Also, this was my first online course and the instructor and material made it less intimating and so enjoyable. I look forward to developing and growing with MS Windows 8. Please keep on making these kinds of online courses. Thank you.
This was a great course! It clearly explained steps, covered the main aspects of Windows 8 and gave options to some of the practices.
I completely enjoyed this course. I will use the lessons for a long time to come. Curt Simmons was an excellent teacher. I enjoyed his videos and talks. I have recommended this class to my friends already.
This was an excellent course. It is easy to understand and goes right to the point. Great class!
Course Code: w8i
In this first lesson, we'll start with the basics that every computer user must know in order to use a computer with minimal frustration. We'll get right into the most important skills and terminology that allow you to control what you see on your screen at all times. Then, you'll explore the new Windows 8 Start screen. This new area gives you access to all the apps, programs, files, and more that exist on your computer.
In this lesson, you'll have fun personalizing your computer by choosing your own desktop pictures, window colors, and sound scheme. Then, learn all the tricks for making typing (and editing) quick and easy. And you'll also discover how to save your work in files and folders, so it'll always be there when you need it!
In this lesson, you'll learn how to use File Explorer to access your hard drive so you can start gaining complete mastery of your own files and folders. Then, you'll learn to use Photo Gallery to get pictures from a camera into your computer. You'll learn some tips for organizing those photos. And you'll also learn how to rotate pictures that are sideways, delete any awful pictures you'd rather nobody ever see, and print all your favorite photos on paper.
Learn how to further organize your photos by renaming them, rating them, and adding captions and tags. You'll also learn how to search for photos with tags. And you'll learn about Photo Gallery's editing tools for adjusting brightness and contrast, straightening crooked pictures, correcting red eye, and cropping. Then, learn how to use Internet Explorer, the program that provides access to the Internet and popular websites.
Learn how to manage files including copying, moving, or renaming files and folders. Then, you'll expand your file management skills by learning how to delete and recover files. And we'll discuss how to copy files to and from removable media like flash drives, CDs, and DVDs.
Learn how to use the tools and techniques that are built right into Windows to help you protect your valuable time and files! And finally, you'll learn some more techniques for protecting your computer, including using resources for free protection from viruses and spyware. You'll learn how to remove programs you no longer want or need. You’ll also discover some great timesaving tips and shortcuts, as well as resources for helping yourself so you don't have to be so dependent on others.
Curt Simmons, M.Ed, MCSE, MCSA, CTT, is a best-selling author, technical trainer, and multi-media expert. Curt has written more than 50 computing and technology books on a variety of topics, including How To Do Everything with Windows Vista, How to Do Everything with Windows XP, Mac OS X Headaches, and iPhoto For Dummies. Curt's multi-media expertise provides a focus on digital photography and other Internet-related technologies. He is both a classroom and online instructor, and has developed custom courseware for major U.S. companies.
A PC (desktop or laptop) using Microsoft Windows 8: Full version for a new PC, Windows 8 Full Version, or Upgrade Version, Windows 8 Upgrade Version. This course does not support tablets and phones using Windows 8 RT. Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
Note: This course is not suitable for Macintosh users.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that 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.
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.