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COMMUNET April 1996, Week 3

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Re: Basic computer courses

From:

[log in to unmask] (Philip Lauro)

Date:

Thu, 18 Apr 1996 10:17:07 -0400 (EDT)

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Hi Steve,

>I am in search of roughly 9 hours of course work in basic computing. No,
>let me correct that -- 3 hours in understanding what to do with a 
>keyboard and a Dos machine, three hours on how to type and print and save 
>and retrieve a letter and three hours of basic telecom.
>
>Does anyone have any resources that I could compress or use for the first 
>two segments? My intention is to use MS Works for Dos. the goal is a 
>9-hour, "learn to earn" class for 12 community leaders who live in 
>low-income communities. They will learn how to use a Dos machine and
>then they can keep it - IF - they train at least two others.

        The last time I instructed in DOS I used a book called "Real Men Use
DOS and Real Women Know Why" which was published by QUE and authored by Mike
Miller and Shelly O'Hara.
        It's not the most high powered book, hoiwever I found it very
helpful in designing workshops and training.  The book really covers the
basics of the OS well and builds a nice foundation for rapidly teaching
advanced programs by building an understanding basis of common terms between
teachers and students.
        It also helped when we began streamling people into the windows
systems because they understood files, directories, batch commands and the
such and could appreciate how much automation windowing systems build in for
users.
        
>I plan to do the first class in June, so I need to get cracking on the 
>course thing. I can see the class in my mind but need help on specifics.

        The other thing I would think about is a historical perspective
leading into Windows (or OS2) using DOS as an introduction to and stressing
the commonality between Windows programs.  What we found is many
organizations try to teach programs which allow people to immediately begin
applying skills to a work environment, however, much time is wasted in
upkeep (i.e. why isn't the computer doing what I want usually ended up
wasting more time then the problem warrants).  By teaching the OS directly,
we build in diagnostic sessions, i.e. computers have been known to do this
and that and here's a way to check it out. Why it's true they learn the
programs propoer a bit slower, actual work output increases because users
can trouble shoot and create work-a-rounds to problems more efficiently and
also give people helping them better discriptions of problems they can't
solve.  This means their frustration levels with computers is lowered and
they keep their enthusiasm to learn because as they start to fix their own
problems more and more, they also stumble and discover other interesting
aspects about computers they can use.  The best of them really get into it.
          
>If you don't have course material that you can point me to -- or know of 
>any -- what would you teach in such a format. The telecom part, I can
>do, so we're really talking about 6 hours of class time. Good handouts.
>Good hands-on. I can make handouts, I just need some course structure.

        I would design the course to first teach them how to communicate
directly with you (however) so you can continue to send them practice
assignments in terms of their mission statements.  We can talk more, I'll
try and find my notes on my DOS classes (I taught computer usgage to
Insurance Agents in the late 80's and early 90's.

        Lastly, batch files first, teach everything in terms of creating
Batch files to automate what needs to be done.

Phil
The only difference between qualitative and quantitative information is volume.

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