Seniors of all levels of technical expertise can benefit from these computer courses offered through Rend Lake College’s Institute for Learning in Retirement.
Expand your working knowledge of the World Wide Web with “Internet: Beyond the Basics,” set for 1 to 4 p.m. on Mondays from Oct. 17 through Oct. 31 in Learning Resource Center Room 142 on the Ina campus. Skills and techniques will include effective searching with Google, creating a Web-based photo album for friends and family, using RSS to get news online, Instant Messaging software and more. Course cost is $25.
For those who have wondered what goes on inside a computer, sign up for “Build Your Own Computer,” scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon over three days, from Wednesday, Oct. 19 through Friday, Oct. 21, at the one-room Prairie Schoolhouse on the RLC campus. The class will begin with putting the hardware components of a computer together. Participants will load the operating software and various other programs onto the computer. At the end of the course, students will have a complete computer system to take home. Course cost is $79.
“Computer Research for Seniors” is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the Reference Department of the Learning Resource Center on the Ina campus. This course will teach participants how to find and evaluate Internet resources, how to search the public access catalog (an automated catalog of books and other materials owned by 60 libraries in Southern Illinois) and how to use the electronic library. Students will learn to use keywords, to search for items of interest and to access and use information found in the electronic library databases. Course cost is $10.
“Computer Basics for Seniors” will be held over three Tuesday sessions, Nov. 8 through Nov. 22. The group will meet from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. each session in Room 102 at the Rend Lake College Murphy-Wall Pinckneyville Campus. The course costs $25 and is designed for those with little or no computer experience, including those who have never used a computer before. The basics of the Windows XP operating system will be covered, and participants will learn mouse techniques, moving and resizing windows, proper use of the taskbar, the Start menu, Windows Explorer, menus and icons. Participants are not required to have a home computer. Maximum enrollment is eight.
The Institute for Learning in Retirement is an organization of retirement-age people who share a common interest in lifelong learning and cultural enrichment. No grades are given and there is no membership fee. Classes and trips are scheduled based on opinions voiced by senior adults in the community.