Basic Computer Literacy - Online Courses

These online courses are 6 weeks long, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week. You are not required to be online at any specific time. You register and pay on our website and instructions on how to access your course will be emailed to you immediately after registration.



Introduction to Windows 10

Introduction to Windows 10

$190 + applicable tax

Welcome to Windows 10, the completely new operating system from Microsoft, which offers a more robust, more powerful, and completely unique computing experience. In this course, you'll gain the foundation you need to get started right away using Windows 10.

We'll begin with the basics: finding your way around the operating system.  You'll get to know the expanded Start menu, desktop, and system settings so you can feel right at home. Next, you'll learn to customize the features of this operating system and personalize your desktop so you can make your computer truly your own.

Then we'll take a look at files.  You'll see how File Explorer can help you manage your files, and learn to create basic text documents using WordPad.  From to finding files and folders, to organizing and editing photos, to managing files on external drives, you'll learn everything you need to know about getting the most from this operating system. And since security is important, you'll also learn how to protect your files, as well as how to protect and update Windows 10. You'll even see how to use the new Microsoft Edge browser to access the Internet.

By the time you finish this course, you'll have mastered the basic skills you need to get the most from Windows 10 for both work and play.

 

 

 



Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

Getting Started
Learning to use your PC well starts with learning to use Windows. In this first lesson, we'll start with the basics that every computer user must know in order to use a computer with minimal frustration. If you've been working in "frustration and aggravation" mode for a while, this lesson will take care of that. We'll start by talking about what Windows 10 is and why you want to learn it. Then, we'll get right into the most important skills and terminology that allow you to control what you see on your screen at all times. And that's important, because the first step to using anything that's in your computer is getting it on the screen where you can see it!

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

Use the Start Menu and Apps
In this lesson, we'll explore the revised Start Menu and Apps in Windows 10. You'll see how to use and customize the Start Menu, and we'll explore the Windows Store.

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Personalizing Your Windows Desktop
In today's lesson, you'll have fun personalizing your computer by choosing your own desktop pictures, window colors, and sound scheme. Along the way, you'll learn about the important Control Panel window in Windows 10 and tips for using dialog boxes and those occasional mysterious dimmed options that do nothing when you click them. The skills you learn in this lesson will go a long way to helping you gain complete control of your computer.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Working With Text and Files
No matter how you intend to use your computer, there'll be times when there's some typing involved. It might be for writing email messages, memos, or letters, or it might be for taking notes in a course, or for chatting with others in a website. Whatever the reason, today's lesson will teach you all the tricks for making typing (and editing) quick and easy. And you'll also discover how to save your work in files and folders, so it'll always be there when you need it!

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Exploring Your System
Everything that's in your computer is stored on its hard drive. The hard drive is like a filing cabinet containing files organized into folders. Finding things you've saved in the past is a matter of opening the filing cabinet, so to speak, and then locating the correct folder. You'll use the File Explorer program to accomplish this. And in this lesson, you'll learn how it all works, so you can start gaining complete mastery of your own files and folders.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

Using OneDrive and Cortana

In this lesson, you'll explore two Windows 10 features: OneDrive and Cortana.  OneDrive is a cloud storage solution that lets you store files and folders both on your PC as well as the Microsoft cloud.  Using OneDrive, you can save your data to Microsoft servers and access that data across multiple devices.  Cortana is Microsoft's personal digital assistant.  Cortana can help you find files, folders, apps, and settings on your PC as well as information on the Internet.  Cortana can also help with many things in your life, such as providing reminders of appointments, giving you current news, weather, and traffic conditions, and much more.

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Manage and Edit Your Photos

In this lesson, we'll have some fun with photos. Today, you'll learn how to organize your photos and view them using Windows 10's Photos App. You'll also see how to view individual photos, draw and rotate, and auto-enhance your shots.  And, you'll learn about the Photos App editing tools for adjusting brightness and contrast, straightening crooked pictures, correcting red eye, and cropping.

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Using Edge
The Internet is home to popular websites like Facebook, Twitter, Google, ed2go, and many others. I'm sure many of you have seen references to .com sites in ads and elsewhere. If you don't have a lot of computer experience, you might find it difficult to get to the many things you hear about on the Web. But not after this lesson! Today, I'll teach you how to use Edge, the program that provides access to all of those popular websites.

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

Managing Files and Folders
Managing files and folders is one of those computer skills that every computer user needs to know. In many work and school environments, people just assume you know how to manage files, and they rarely provide any details on how to accomplish things like copying, moving, or renaming files and folders. Today's lesson will explain how to do those very things that others assume you already know how to do.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

More Fun With File Management
In this lesson, you'll expand your file management skills by learning how to delete and recover files. You'll learn how to select multiple files to work with, so you don't always have to manage your files one at a time. And we'll discuss how to copy files to and from removable media like flash drives, CDs, and DVDs.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Protect Your Valuable Files!
Your computer is an investment of money, and the pictures and other files you store on your computer are an investment of time. You might even have some photos or other files that are so precious the thought of losing them causes you anxiety. What you need to do is protect those files. And that's just what this chapter is all about—how to use the tools and techniques that are built right into Windows to help you protect your valuable time and files!

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts
In our final lesson, you'll learn some more techniques for protecting your computer, including using resources for free protection from viruses and spyware. You'll learn how to remove programs you no longer want or need. You'll learn how to copy and paste text and create screenshots. And you'll discover some great timesaving tips and shortcuts, as well as resources for helping yourself so that you don't have to be so dependent on others.

A PC (desktop or laptop) using Microsoft Windows 10. This course does not support tablets and phones. Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Note: This course is not suitable for Macintosh users.

Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Sep 11, 2019Oct 16, 2019Nov 13, 2019Dec 11, 2019Jan 15, 2020Feb 12, 2020
Understanding the Cloud

Understanding the Cloud

$190 + applicable tax

What is the cloud? If you have trouble answering this question, you're not alone. In this course, we'll explore how the cloud works, what drives its incredible growth, and how you can use cloud services. And don't worry if you're not tech-savvy! We'll relate the cloud to things you encounter every day, using practical, non-technical language.  

We'll start by looking at the building blocks of the cloud, where it started, and how it transitioned from an experiment into an unstoppable force. You'll also gain a clear understanding of IaaS, SaaS, and PaaS, and see why each may be attractive to some businesses, but not others. And you'll learn about the different kinds of clouds (public, private, and hybrid). 

We'll also take an inside look at the engine rooms of the cloud: data centers. You'll examine the concept of big data―the overwhelmingly huge amounts of data that make analysis so challenging—and how the cloud infrastructure enables data to zip across the globe at lightning speed. 

Social networking has also played an incredibly important role in the growth of the cloud. We'll examine how Facebook and Twitter contribute to the cloud, and how apps go from idea to app store. You'll gain an understanding of how mobile devices and major mobile ecosystems―like Apple, Android, and Windows―continue to shape the cloud, and how start-ups can use social media to shake things up like never before.  

So come see how the how the cloud can work for you! Whatever your technical background, by the end of this course, you'll be thoroughly cloud-savvy.

Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

What the Cloud Is
Confused about the cloud? You're in the right place! In this first lesson, we'll clear up some confusion and start with the basics. I'll explain the building blocks of the cloud, and that will lead us to a durable definition of the cloud that you'll use as a foundation for the rest of the course. We'll also discuss what the cloud means to you, its impact on your life, and why it'll be helpful for you to understand how it works.

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

How the Cloud Started and What It Solves
So how did the cloud get started? In this lesson, you'll learn the history of the cloud and how it was a natural evolution of networked computers and Internet connectivity. We'll also discuss why the cloud is so important, and we'll look at the business challenges and opportunities that the cloud addresses. By the end of this lesson, you'll have a solid understanding of how we got to where we are and how business computing operated before the cloud.

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Different Kinds of Clouds: Public, Private, Hybrid
Ever wonder why some people believe the cloud is simple, while others believe it's complex? In this lesson, you'll learn why they're both right—and you'll learn how to think about the cloud from two perspectives. We'll also discuss the different types of clouds: public, private, and hybrid. And you'll get a glimpse inside the big business technology world and find out why the cloud can be such a compelling move for large organizations.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

How the Cloud Grows
What's the difference between the cloud and a collection of computers? A bunch—and much of that comes down to virtualization. In this lesson, you'll learn what virtualization is and why it's so fundamental in how the cloud operates. We'll also discuss scale and how it relates to virtualization. Finally, you'll see how endpoints make all the connections work. Let's get started!

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Cloud Services
If you'll recall, services is one of the five building blocks in our definition of the cloud. In this lesson, we'll look at those services. Specifically, we'll discuss three categories of cloud services: infrastructure (or Infrastructure as a Service, or IaaS), platforms (or Platform as a Service, or PaaS), and software (or Software as a Service, or SaaS). We'll discuss how these three categories compare and individuals and business can take advantage of them.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

Data Centers: Where the Cloud Computes
All the computing power of the cloud needs to live somewhere, and it's not in the atmosphere. In this lesson, you'll learn all about data centers—how they operate, what they look like, where they're located, and what makes them tick. You'll also learn what makes one data center more efficient than another, and you'll get perspective on what it costs to make them operate. It's a fascinating tour, with a lot to learn and even more to explore, so let's jump in!

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Understanding Data, Including Big Data

Our experience in the cloud includes the storing and transmission of data, either across the hall or across the world. In this lesson, you'll understand how to think about data in terms of its importance in the cloud, and you'll also learn why we often leave worrying about data to someone else. We'll discuss how all the data in the cloud moves across continents, across the ocean, and over airwaves. And we'll also look at a clear definition of big data in this lesson, as well as examples of where big data may be headed.

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Understanding Cloud Providers
Making sense of how cloud providers offer their services is an important step in truly understanding the cloud. In this lesson, you'll see how a well-established cloud provider organizes and presents its offerings. We'll go through each group of the cloud provider's offered services, and we'll map them to what you've already learned about the cloud and the categories you're familiar with.

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

Cloud Providers and Big Platforms
In this lesson, you'll learn where websites fit into the cloud and what other elements, offerings, or activities are driving the adoption and popularity of the cloud and its varied services. We'll also discuss what it means to be a big provider, and we'll examine the largest platforms—and largest overall service providers—that are in the cloud today.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Getting Into the Cloud
Learn about what goes into creating a cloud app, and how the three (plus one) ecosystems dominate the world of cloud applications. In this lesson, you also learn about the different types of devices, how they are categorized, and how they align to the types of cloud apps that are available. You'll also learn about ecosystems, and why they define how cloud apps are created, distributed, and sold.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

The Cloud and #You
Today we're going to look at how social network sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter work in the cloud and how users and organizations can create apps that connect with their huge base of users. You'll learn how social media sites let software developers interact with their sites, create apps and games that operate within and outside their sites, and why they do this. Also, you'll learn about social media tools on Facebook and in Twitter, including why the hashtag was created (#), how it's used, and how to use these sites yourself.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Conclusions, Connections, and the Future of the Cloud
This lesson ties together everything you've learned in this course. You'll learn how we can view the cloud from two primary perspectives—consumer and business—and we'll distill the primary benefits (and drivers) that have propelled cloud adoption from participants of both perspectives. We'll also discuss where these two perspectives share a common, clear force that continues to be the biggest benefit of the cloud. And finally, we'll look into the future of what the cloud may hold and what that future might mean for each of us.
Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be mailed typically 4-6 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

Choose your course start date:

Sep 11, 2019Oct 16, 2019Nov 13, 2019Dec 11, 2019Jan 15, 2020Feb 12, 2020