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Microsoft Digital Literacy - IT Basics, Internet & Productivity Programs

Learn more about computers and productivity programs with this free online computer literacy course.

Core IT Skills
Free Course
This free online digital literacy course will teach you about a range of important IT basics, such as the use of the World Wide Web, and the operation of productivity programs like word processors, digital spreadsheets, presentation programs, and database programs. This course combines five Microsoft modules, all of which aim to develop your basic computer skills that are really useful for personal and professional projects.





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What is computer literacy? Computer literacy is defined as the knowledge of basic hardware, software, and Internet concepts that allows one to use personal computers for important activities such as data entry, word processing, spreadsheets, and electronic communications. This course will first introduce you to the Internet and the World Wide Web. It will teach you about the uses of the Internet, the requirements for an Internet connection, the types of Internet connection, and bandwidth.

Next, you will get an overview of Web addresses, and will learn how to use Internet Explorer and search for information. You will then study e-commerce, how to write, send, and manage email messages, as well as proper email etiquette. You will also learn about online communities, how instant messaging works, and how to publish on the web. Finally, you will learn about productivity programs, computer security, and most importantly, computer basics.

This Microsoft Digital Literacy - IT Basics, Internet & Productivity Programs course contains computer literacy lessons that are useful for those who have little or no knowledge of the internet and computers. No matter how new somebody is to computers, this course will guide them through the most important elements of computer usage and get them started on this vital modern technology in no time. So, start the course now and learn some valuable computer literacy skills by the end of the week.

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Computer Basics

The Internet and the World Wide Web

Productivity Programs

Computer Security and Privacy

Digital Lifestyles

Computer Basics Assessment

The Internet and the World Wide Web Assessment

Productivity Programs Assessment

Computer Security and Privacy Assessment

Digital Lifestyles Assessment

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course you will understand the main parts and functions of a computer. You will become more familiar with using the mouse and keyboard. You will gain a knowledge of the hardware, operating system, programs, data, networks and the World Wide Web. You will be able to easily manage your files and folders. You will be more aware of the different types of internet connection available, how to search for information, email and publish on the web. You will gain a good knowledge of advanced keyboard techniques, word processors, spreadsheets, presentations and databases. This course will help you understand the importance of computer security and privacy. You will be able to protect yourself from computer threats and secure your email and exchanges on the web. You will learn about web video technologies, digital photography, speech recognition and many more interesting digital technologies.


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