Getting Comfortable with your Microsoft Windows Computer
Have you been told to ask your grandchildren whenever you have a problem operating your MS Windows computer? Perhaps those grandchildren were busy themselves and have been rather impatient with you and don’t explain or teach you how to avoid whatever problems you’re having. This course is meant to cover all the basics with patience and kindness. The first two sessions we will master the vocabulary and concepts needed to understand and communicate about what you see when you startup your computer or laptop. In the ensuing sessions we will examine in detail the user interfaces that one encounters in the most popular applications such as the MS Office apps: Word and Excel, free alternatives to the MS Office suite (Google Drive, LibreOffice). We'll also examine the basics of Internet browsers (Edge and Chrome), Email applications, and printer interfaces. The class is for basic or beginning users, but anyone who wants to upgrade their basic skills will be accommodated and welcomed.
Students can bring their own laptop computers to class, but we will be working in a computer lab so that all participants together are on Cuesta's desktop computers. The goal is for everyone to become familiar with the features of the latest MS Operating systems (Windows 10 and 11) in a step-by-step manner and become able to communicate clearly about whatever problems they encounter at home.
DATES: 6 Tuesdays: January 31 - March 7, 2023
TIME: 6:00 - 8:30pm
LOCATION: San Luis Obispo Campus Room 3412
INSTRUCTOR: John Walsh
QUESTIONS: Contact instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 602-8404
|Meet the instructor|
|I have been using the Microsoft Operating System and various Microsoft software applications in my work as a Language teacher since 1985 and as a Web developer since 1995. I have some familiarity with the Apple environment as well, and have used both platforms in my work and education. In the 1990s traveling through Europe, I tutored at “internet cafes” at a time when they were a new phenomenon. I frequently engaged with American tourists who were confused about how to access their email on the Web and unable to communicate in the language where they were visiting. I have completed Microsoft Systems Engineer courses, and have a good working knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite, including Excell.|