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Computer Literacy Pre-registration skills for new students

There are basic computer literacy skills that you need before you start with your academic year. Even if you are comfortable working on a computer, there may be information here that you have not yet come across, as this content has been written specifically to help you to be successful at university.  In this training package, you will be introduced to how a computer works as well as how to navigate the UFS intranet and the UFS online learning management system, Blackboard. You will also learn about Microsoft Office, online communication, your online presence and safety/security. Read the short introduction for each unit, and click on the links to open each unit.

Unit 1: Starting out: Introduction to using a computer
In this unit, you will learn about getting started on a computer, and there are some typing exercises you can try to improve your typing speed and accuracy in preparation for typing university assignments. There is information about how to connect to the UFS WiFi, how to navigate the UFS website to find important information, how to access your student email account, compose an email, and save and share content online.

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Unit 2: Blackboard, your online learning management system
In this unit, you will learn about Blackboard, which is the online space that lecturers use to share module content. As a result of COVID-19, Blackboard is being used more than ever for online learning, so work through this unit to learn how to navigate your modules, online assessments, discussions and classes.

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Unit 3: Online communication
Unit 3 is all about netiquette or online etiquette – the do’s and don’ts when you are engaging with the university online. You will learn about netiquette in general online communication and when emailing, as well as when in an online class, discussion board, or participating in group work online.

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Unit 4: Microsoft Office Basics
This unit has been created to help you become competent at the basic levels of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and PDF. These four applications are used frequently when completing university assignments, so be sure to pay attention.

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Unit 5: Your online presence
Many of you may be active online already – this unit has been created to raise awareness around your digital footprint and how to manage it as well as to introduce you to personal branding and your safety online.

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