We Do Windows (and some Mac)

Understanding Computer Operating Systems

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 September 10, 2014 to October 1, 2014.
One and a half 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.

Sept. 10, 2014       Session 1
Fundamentals... Computers and Operating Systems
Practical Tips.... Where's My Data?
Sept. 17, 2014       Session 2
Fundamentals... User Interfaces
Practical Tips.... What the #$%! is going on with Windows 8.1?
Sept. 24, 2014       Session 3
Fundamentals... Connections with Peripherals (keyboards, printers, etc.)
Practical Tips.... How Do I Make My Printer (or Display, or whatever) Work?
Oct. 1, 2014       Session 4
Fundamentals... Backups and Security
Practical Tips.... How Do I Protect My Computer and Data?

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)