Teaching Beginner Computer Classes: Seniors and Beyond

Course Description
Course Type: 

Developing basic computer skills is a challenge that college students and seniors alike can face. Libraries increasingly offer beginning computer classes in both the public and academic fields in an attempt to bridge the gap between people and information.

In this class, we will identify the applications, tools and skills computer beginners need, distinguishing the needs of seniors from those of younger learners. We will discuss the disposition and patience needed by computer class instructors, and finally, we will develop sample curricula for a computer class in your library.

Learning Objectives: 
  • List applications, tools and skills needed by beginning computer students
  • Compare the possibly differing needs of senior learners with younger beginners
  • Identify personal skills needed to teach computing courses effectively
  • Design sample curricula for a beginning computing class
Target Audience: 
Geared toward public services and programming staff in both public and academic libraries.
Homework Expectations and Completion Requirements: 
  • This course requires individual participation and homework assignments.
  • It is designed for individual participation; each individual must register.
Session Duration: 
This course consists of two 2-hour sessions.
Continuing Education Credit
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