Oct 06 2014 Posted: 10:22 IST

NUI Galway’s free ‘Click and Connect’ computer classes for beginners will resume again on Monday, 13 October. The classes run for two-hours, once a week, over a four week period, providing eight hours of training in total.

The introduction to computing classes are aimed at those with little or no computer experience. Core topics covered include an introduction to the internet, online shopping and booking tickets, setting up and managing email, and using computers in conjunction with a digital camera.

In addition to the Click and Connect programme, there will be a slightly more advanced Second Steps programme available to new and past learners. This programme is aimed at those whom have some computer experience or previously completed the Click and Connect programme and are seeking more computer knowledge. Second Steps is a follow up to Click and Connect providing more training to broaden learners understanding on topics such as internet, file management, and using tablets as an alternative to computers.

As participants generally have little or no computer experience classes are run in a relaxed fun environment. NUI Galway student volunteers will be on hand to provide one-to-one support. Each class is small, with a maximum of twelve people and each learner is given a supporting booklet with instructions so that they can continue to develop their skills at home.

All who complete receive a certificate of attendance. The free computer classes have provided training to over 500 people within the local community since they started.

The manager of Click and Connect is Pat Byrne, a lecturer in the discipline of Information Technology in NUI Galway. She is delighted with the feedback received from those who have completed the programme. “Many of our learners have been older people who are finding that using the internet is opening up a whole new world to them. They are able to access services easily and use email and Skype to communicate with friends and family both at home and overseas. Our learners are also delighted to be able to compare prices and shop online, and follow their hobbies too. Whether they are looking for a job or searching for a new recipe, access to the internet makes their life so much easier. Everyone can pick up these basic skills and our classes provide a supportive environment in which to do so.”

The classes are funded by a small grant from the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, and are offered free to participants.

For further information and to book a place on one of the classes, call 0870571967 or 0873823370.


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