Basic computer skills

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As a virtual college, St Peter's requires members to use a number of digital and online tools to help them learn.  If you are subscribed onto a course it will probably be necessary for you to use a computer or mobile device to complete your assignments and to communicate with the course leader and other members on the course.

We know for some, this can be a daunting experience and we want to give you all the help we can.  We have been given permission by GCF Learn Free to share their excellent resources to help with basic computer skills.  Feel free to go to their site and use any of their free resources and courses and also share with others who may benefit.

Based on feedback from our members, we have selected some skills that we think are most applicable to you.  Click on any of the links in the menu to the left to go directly to the training content or browse the GCF Learn Free 'Basic Computer Skills' tutorials by clicking the button below:

Computer Basics Tutorials

Featured Tutorials

Tutorials that we think you will find useful as a St Peter's learner...

Understanding the cloud

Uploading and downloading files

Understanding operating systems

Using a web browser

Touch typing

Word Processing


Using the GCF Free Learn Site

How to get the most from the GCF Free Learn site and find the training you need.

  1. Remember we have checked out this site and recommend it to you - everything is free and there are no catches.
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  2. The quickest way to find the training you need is to go to the site's search facility entitled 'What can we teach you?' and type in what you are looking for.  e.g. if you type 'cloud' this will give you a list of training that helps you to understand and use the cloud.
  3. Most of the content at are self-paced tutorials. This means they are available when you are, on your schedule. You can view one lesson or an entire tutorial and you don't have to create an account or sign in; you can start learning immediately.

    If you need a quick answer, click on the relevant tutorial, view the applicable lesson, and then go on with your day.

    Or if you want to really learn a topic in depth, you can start with Lesson 1 and work your way through the entire tutorial. You can review the tutorial as many times as you want and anytime you need.

  4. Creating and Account - if you create an account (and you really don't have to), then the self-paced tutorials you view while logged in will be tracked in your Learning History.  Within your account, you can see where you were last, how many tutorials you have completed, and even print off a Self-Paced Transcript. Just something to keep in mind if you think that would be helpful for you.  

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