Fundamental Computing Skills for the Digital Middle Age

Best practices for new or novice computer users.
Free tutorial
Rating: 4.7 out of 5 (2,424 ratings)
16,368 students
3hr of on-demand video
English [Auto], French [Auto]

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to safely navigate the internet, utilize the MicroSoft Office Suite products, effectively name files and folders, offload and enhance digital photos and videos and connect multiple digital devices.


  • Their are no prerequisite skills or knowledge for this course.


This course covers basic personal computer skills to include:  email etiquette, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, the file system, digital photography and videography, and interconnectivity.  The perfect student will have some, but limited or no, formal computer training.

The course runs approximately 2.25 hours and is broken into 12 sections.  All sections except the intro and summary include an unscored quiz and all sections include resource materials.

Anyone interested in improving their computer skills should definitely consider this course.

Who this course is for:

  • The perfect student would have some, but limited computer knowledge, and wishes to enhance their computer skills through a broader understanding of computer fundamentals.


PhD with 25+ years computer industry experience
Rick Phillips
  • 4.3 Instructor Rating
  • 4,312 Reviews
  • 67,970 Students
  • 9 Courses

I received my Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Visual Psychophysics with a minor in Computer Science.  I worked my entire professional career within the computer industry specializing in relational database design and large-scale international databases.

Out of school, I went to work for VeriFone the credit card processing company because they were headquartered in Hawaii and I yearned to get out of the cold of Wisconsin.  I started as employee #36.  By the time I left, they were publically traded, had thousands of employees and billions in revenue.  At the time of my departure, I was VeriFone's Database Design Manager and oversaw a technical staff of 125+.

I subsequently served as MIS Manager for Family Health International, Database Manager for A4 Health Systems, and CTO and President of Castle Worldwide.  I retired from Castle in 2014 at the age of 55.

After retirement I was searching for a great means to keep my hands in technology.  Teaching with Udemy has provided that venue.  I enjoy creating the courses and interacting with the students.  It is my new passion.  Middle aged and young people are my favorite students - seeing them better utilize their new toys and skills gives me great pleasure, such energy.

I am a huge advocate of life-long learning and love this opportunity to share that passion with others.  Remember, "keep on learning."

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