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The Skills Check is a short survey which should take you no more than 3 minutes to complete. Once you have completed the Skills Check we provide you with a personal learning plan targeted to your personal study needs and goals.

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Learning computing skills

You can get help and training to develop your skills. Your local library is a good place to start if you want to find courses in your area, or they might run courses themselves. A library should also be able to give you advice on courses run by your local authority (as adult learning or leisure courses) and local colleges.

The BBC's Webwise site provides a good general introduction to computing and is helpful even if you are a total beginner.

Visit Microsoft Office training for a wide range of free training and tutorials on Microsoft software such as Word and Excel. There are many courses on this site that cater for varying levels of ability. Have a look at Work with the keyboard for an example of a beginners level course, which takes around 30-40 minutes to complete.

UK Online Centres offers courses at 2000 centres across the UK. You can telephone them free on 0800 77 1234. Some of the 'myguide' courses are also available online through Go on make online easy which is designed to introduce people to computers and the internet.

LearnDirect also offers computing courses across the UK. These are from Entry Level to Level 2, covering the basics of using a computer and a range of popular software packages.

Think about what you will use the computer for most, and check that you have the skills or knowledge you need. For example, although some students use spreadsheets and databases, the key skills for most students are

  • using StudentHome and the module website to find out information about their module
  • word processing their study notes and assignments
  • searching for information on the internet
  • using forums and email to communicate with their tutor and other students
  • sending and receiving assignments online.

Visit the Web browser basics section to find out more about how to get the best out of the web, including information on forums and web browsing. Also look at the OU Library's online training sessions website

Resources for touch-typing

Touch-typing is a skill worth learning, and will improve your word processing ability.

Print off the checklist of computing skills, which is coming up in the following section and use it to help you investigate the training that is most suitable for you.