Delivered over five weekly sessions, this short IT course is aimed at adult students who want to get the most out of their courses through effective use of College IT systems.
As digital skills are now at the forefront of all learning, it is essential that students are digitally ready for their chosen courses, enabling them to access all available systems and online resources.
The course will give students valuable skills in logging into College laptops and various systems and an insight into using MS Teams, College email and Moodle.
There are no entry requirements for this course. Its aim is to build your IT confidence, whatever your starting point, and provide you with the basic skills that are used in the majority of College programmes.
During the course you will learn:
There is no formal assessment. Upon completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Competence.
A mobile device such as a smart phone would be an advantage but is not essential.
There are no additional costs involved.
This course will prepare you for further study on a wide variety of courses with Derby College Group.
If you want to develop your IT skills further, we have a wide range of progression courses, including our free Essential Digital Skills Qualification (EDSQ) or our Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills.
In the ever-progressing digital landscape, the skills learned may also be useful in the workplace and everyday life.
Aero-engine worker Jamie Quince-Starkey used creative writing skills learned at Derby College to create a pilot documentary about his ambitious city environment project.
Rolls-Royce employee Jamie, 26, who was brought up in Allestree, founded The Down to Earth Project as a result of the conflict he felt between his job and the natural world. He had also always had a love for reading, writing and story-telling.
Jamie enrolled for creative writing evening classes at the Roundhouse to “get back into learning things” and to develop his ideas. He found the course gave him the toolkit to plan out a pilot film documenting The Down to Earth Project.
It was screened at the Quad venue in front of an audience of 150 people, including the Mayor and Mayoress of Derby. The pilot documents the community aspects of the project’s allotment off Markeaton Street. Jamie said he launched the project to help people reconnect with the natural world.
He created the pilot with the help of (Nottingham Trent University) photography student Jason Sheehan and other volunteers. Jamie feels the documentary fills a community niche missed by major documentaries.
Now he hopes to create a series of documentaries about the project and pitch them to TV, or to run them online as a webseries.
I was so happy how the pilot went at Quad: people I knew from school in Allestree bought tickets and said they wanted to get an allotment. Derby College helped 100 per cent. It doesn’t matter what it is: it could be a book, or a movie or a documentary, there’s always a story being told and a way to get it across. The course taught me how to approach the planning and writing. It’s a buzz when you find you have a creative side. I’d recommend it highly.
Without the support of Derby College, and the support of my lecturer Tina Jay, I don’t think I’d be at the point that I am with The Down to Earth Project.