News: we've changed our provider of ECDL training and testing software. It's useful to come to one of the workshops if you need support with the new version.
Use these workshops to improve your IT skills - useful for 'Minerva' among other things. You don't need to enrol for the ECDL to make use of these workshops ... but if you'd like to undertake the ECDL you're welcome to do so.
The ECDL itself can seem daunting when you're starting out. It can be even worse when you've passed just one or two modules.
Don't let this put you off - you don't have to pass all seven modules at once. It's a bit like being confronted by a flight of stairs - you're able to tackle the ECDL one module at a time ...
Where are the workshops?
NP LY 116 between 9.30 and 12
NP LY 116 between 9.30 and 12
Find NP LY 116, the BSU staff training room, through the suite of student open access rooms on the first floor above the Library at Newton Park: Campus map
Commit to the training
See that you have your line manager's backing. It's good to attend a run of four or five weeks of workshops to tackle an individual module. If you find that your job is regularly too busy to allow you to make the training, its helpful to discuss this with your line manager - this can then be addressed in a way that neither work nor training suffer unduly.
Check the syllabus (there's links below).
This will give you an idea of what's useful to study. There's a down side to this though - syllabuses can be revolting to read - convincing you that you know nothing - whereas you're likely to know more than you think ...
Make an assessment of what you need to learn
Perhaps take a sheet of paper, look at the syllabus for the module in question, then make a note of the unfamiliar bits. Or ... make use of the diagnostic tests available to you - find out how to use these on our 'Run the course' page ...
Work through the training material ...
... and there's no shame in wading in from the start of the module. Remember that computer based training is intensive - please take breaks and encourage others to do so as well. If you find the computer-based course isn't helping, give me a shout as we try an alternative - computer based training won't work for everyone, all the time ...
Work with others ...
... if you're stuck with something, you can ask me for help - you can also use class time to discuss difficulties (and triumphs) with other ECDL people.
We use computer based testing - once you're enrolled for the ECDL, you can book tests with us. If you're nervous about taking tests the ECDL can help, by the last of seven you'll be far more relaxed! Bear in mind that there's no penalty for failing a test, save the nuisance value of taking it again - failing a test does give you some indication of where you need to improve your skills, but isn't something you should be worried about.
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