Academy for Lifelong Learning, Cape Cod Community College,
The following questionnaire was developed by the A.L.L. program to
help decide which courses to offer. Members were asked to place an
X next to each course they would like to take. Courses included:
Get to Know Your Computer
This is a beginning course that introduces computer newcomers to the
computer. You will learn to “Master the Mouse with mouse practice
games,” find your way around the keyboard; learn to drag, cut,
copy and paste. Practice writing different kinds of short documents
and saving them. Make corrections and changes in your writing so much
more easily and efficiently than a typewriter ever could.
Introduction to Email and the Internet
This is a beginner’s “how to” and fun course covering
setting up an email account, receiving, sending and filing messages,
attaching pictures and documents, organizing an address book and mail
groups, and creating calendars. The Internet portion of the class
will focus on using a web browser and search engine to surf the Internet
for fun as well as for facts, travel and banking. Exercises will show
participants how to save and organize favorite web addresses and how
to copy and send information from websites.
Using Your Computer
Learn to use your computer’s Multimedia capabilities (copying
information or music onto CDs). Type your works and ideas with word
processing tricks and tips, make Holiday cards, and send email attachments.
Introduction to Online Services
Using helpful online services and using the web to answer your questions
and simplify routine tasks – US Post Office, Social Security
and Medicare, MA Motor Vehicle, CLAMS Libraries, IRS, Barnstable County
and Your Town, A.L.L. and Computers for Seniors home pages, and much
Online Banking on Cape Cod
Covering an overview of many banking services and how to perform them
(checking account balances, performing fund transfers, Bill Paying,
(Making purchases from the comfort of your home computer.)
Examine web sites (travel, old and used goods, helpful services) plus
online security, how payments are made, establishing a FREE PayPal
Finding and installing useful FREE software and “Shareware”
including “OpenOffice” (Free MS Office clone), Adobe Acrobat
Reader, WinZip (for opening, storing and emailing large files), highly
effective FREE Anti-Virus and Anti-Spy programs, plus other FREE applications
(like Photo-editing and slide show programs) will be presented.
Computer Maintenance and Security Basics that YOU CAN DO
Learn about the included System Tools and Control Panel features,
what they can do, how and when to use them (Restore, Defrag, Disk
Cleanup, msconfig). Scheduling maintenance tasks, keeping Operating
System updated, backing up (Address book, Favorites, files, documents
and photos). How to download and use important FREE updates and software,
understand Firewalls, use Anti-Virus, anti Pop-Ups and anti-spyware
Basic Enhancement to Digital Photography
Quickly learn to fix your photos like a professional. Learn to enhance
your photos by lightening or darkening, cropping, removing red-eye
and scratches, modifying backgrounds, and eliminating or adding elements
to your photos.
Introduction to Digital Imaging
This course will explain the generation of digital images. Students
will practice cropping, resizing, cutting objects from a photograph,
cloning, creating collages and panoramic pictures and paper selection.
The course is built around FREE “Picasa” software.
Microsoft Word/Word Processing
This course covers the fundamental features of creating a variety
of Word documents (including using different font styles and inserting
pictures, tables, word art) and prepares the students for using other
Microsoft Office and similar word processing programs. It uses Word
2003 in class but other versions of Word are also discussed.
Produce professional looking presentations. Learn how to create and
manipulate slides; add text, animation, charts, artwork, photos, and
sounds to your presentation; adapt and edit shows to make them more
entertaining and informative. Computer experience and access to PowerPoint
software is necessary.
Using the Internet to Book Travel and Plan Vacations
Do you want to explore travel options and make travel arrangement
online? Explore Internet travel trends, travel research and booking
engines for flights, hotels, cars, cruises, plus find destination
and travel information. Travel tips and tricks are included.