1's and 0's Flying Through the Air

Understanding the Internet

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Scott Badman, Instructor
217 418-0409 - please feel free to call me any time

Four Sessions: Wednesdays at 5:30 pm until 7:00 pm, from October 8, 2014 to October 29, 2014.
One and a half hours per session with a 10 minute break in the middle.

Schedule of Topics

The first forty minutes of each session will be devoted to understanding the fundamentals of each topic. After the break, we will cover more practical techniques and tips, with time to answer individual's questions.

Oct. 8, 2014       Session 1
Fundamentals... Browsers and HyperText Markup Language (HTML)
Practical Tips.... Which Internet Browser Should I Use and How Do I Best Use It?
Oct. 15, 2014       Session 2
Fundamentals... Connections to the Internet Service Provider (ISP)
Practical Tips.... How Can I Connect to the Internet?
Oct. 22, 2014       Session 3
Fundamentals... Internet Threats and Security (Part 1)
Practical Tips.... How Do I Protect Myself?
Oct. 29, 2014       Session 4
Fundamentals... Internet Threats and Security (Part 2) and Network Troubleshooting Strategies
Practical Tips.... Continuation of How Do I Protect Myself, Troubleshooting Demonstration, plus open time for any additional questions or topics.

General Information

You are encouraged to bring your laptop computer to class if you have one, but there is no necessity for one. You will have access to all materials and class participation without one.

All course material I use in class will be available to you anytime at http://www.scottbadman.com

Please feel free to talk quietly with other students during class to help you understand and clarify the material presented.

Please feel free to take cell phone calls, if they are important for family or professional reasons. I ask only that you leave the room to talk, and keep any disturbance for the other members of the class to a minimum.

There are no additional readings for this class, although I always encourage using Wikipedia if you want to explore the topics in more depth. We will talk about how to best use Wikipedia for technical subjects.

As with all OLLI courses there are no tests or grades. Just come to class, participate as you like, and enjoy!

Good Computer Glossaries

from   PC Net Website (simple and clear website with minimal advertising - extensive list of terms with complete, clear explanations)

from   City of Saugus, Massachusetts Website (believe it or not! - very clear explanations of the most common terms only)

from   University of Chicago Teacher Training (oriented toward K-12 teachers, but including all the basics in simple, clear language)

from   Seniors Guide to Computers (lots of computer information oriented toward Seniors)