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CAVI is excited to offer a new online course, Computers 101, in 2013. Please note that this course is still under development and parts of this page may change.]
Here is the link to go to the Student's Area where you will find course notes and assignments.
About the Course
This course is designed especially for people who would like to learn beginner level computer operation with a screen reader. Topics covered range from screen reader basics, working with files on a computer, and how to use the Internet safely and efficiently. We offer both a Windows and MAC course.
Accessing the Course
This is an online course. Participants will use an accessible chat client to participate in classes. We will help students set up their software so they can participate.
CAVI courses are $500 if they are being covered by an organization, and $150 if an individual is paying out of pocket. Payment plans are available, and scholarships are available for those with verifiable financial hardship such as living in a developing country.
What You Need For This Course
To take this course, you'll need:
CAVI courses run one day a week. Generally, the courses begin at 9 AM Perth Time, which is in the evening in North America. The Mac course will be offered on Wednesday night US time, (Thursday morning Perth time.) The Windows course will be held on Thursday night US time, (Friday morning in Perth.) There can be a North American daytime course run if necessary.
Applying For The Course
For this course alone, we will take applications via phone or email without the need to fill out the application form. The application deadline is July 24, 2013. When you apply, please include:
Once we have received your application, we will contact you to conduct a short initial interview. This is to make sure that you have the equipment necessary to take the course, and that your goals can be met by what we are offering. We'll answer any questions you have and explain how the course will work.
After the initial interview, we will help you get the chat software set up so that you can participate in the online course. If you do not know how to do this we can help you over the phone or via Tandem, etc.
For more information on this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 914-620-2284.
Proposed Computer Fundamentals Curriculum
Part I: Working with the Screen Reader
Week 1: General intro.
Week 2: Screen Reader Basics
Week 3: Customizing your screen reader.
Week 4: Cursors
Week 5: Utilities
Part II: Working with the OS
Week 6: Navigating the OS
Week 7: The OS, part 2
Part III: Working with Text and Documents
Week 8: Working with Text
Week 9: Working with Documents
Week 10: Spreadsheets
Part IV: Going Online
Week 11: Introduction to the Internet
Week 12: Navigating Pages, part II
Week 13: Effective use of Google, etc
Week 14: Being safe online.
Week 15: Email
Part V: Fun Stuff
Week 16: Getting Chatty
Week 17: Getting Social
Part VI: Misc
This would be a few weeks of material determined by class needs and wants. Some ideas could be working with Itunes and iOS, using Braille displays, scanning documents, working with PDFs, etc.