Fundamental Computing Skills for the Digital Middle Age
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Fundamental Computing Skills for the Digital Middle Age

Best practices for new or novice computer users.
4.7 (53 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
2,385 students enrolled
Created by Dr. Rick Phillips
Last updated 6/2016
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 12 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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.
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Requirements
  • Their are no prerequisite skills or knowledge for this course.
Description

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 is the target audience?
  • The perfect student would have some, but limited computer knowledge, and wishes to enhance their computer skills through a broader understanding of computer fundamentals.
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Curriculum For This Course
12 Lectures
02:21:29
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This section introduces the learner to the primary learning objectives.
1 Lecture 06:33

In this, the introductory section of the Laptop Fundamentals course, Rick Phillips briefly describes each of the course's nine sections, establishes his principle target audience and sets learner expectations.

Introduction
06:33
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This section explores the primary laptop components.
1 Lecture 10:55
In this section the learner will be introduced to the primary laptop components.
10:55

This laptop anatomy quiz is designed to help the learner recall key elements of the discussion and give some extra thought to what was discussed.

Anatomy of a Laptop
3 questions
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Internet Best Practices
1 Lecture 13:34
Internet Best Practices
13:34

Internet Best Practices Quiz
3 questions
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This section covers four internet applications: Amazon, eBay, Facebook & Skype.
1 Lecture 15:36
Internet Applications
15:36

Internet Applications
3 questions
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This section covers email creation and best practices with respect to etiquette.
1 Lecture 09:07
Email Etiquette
09:07

Email Etiquette
3 questions
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This section covers basic word processing skills as realized via Microsoft Word.
1 Lecture 07:41
Word Processing
07:41

Word Processing
3 questions
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Spreadsheets
1 Lecture 11:08
Spreadsheets
11:08

Spreadsheets
3 questions
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Presentation Software
1 Lecture 09:01
Presentation Software
09:01

Presentation Software
3 questions
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The File System
1 Lecture 19:51
The File System
19:51

The File System
3 questions
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Digital Photos and Videos
1 Lecture 10:54
Digital Photos and Videos
10:54

Digital Photos and Videos
3 questions
2 More Sections
About the Instructor
Dr. Rick Phillips
4.3 Average rating
233 Reviews
11,837 Students
4 Courses
PhD with 25+ years computer industry experience

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."