Training courses

The Adaptive Technology Training Course Outlines listed below include the course name, course description, learning outcomes and prerequisites.
To find out if computer training is held at a Vision Australia centre near look in our Events Calendar and choose Computer Training from the drop down list of Event Types.

All of our courses can be designed to be delivered in a class setting or via distance learning. Options vary depending on your geographic location. If you wish to purchase these course materials, visit the Equipment Solutions Online Shop.

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Using computers safely and responsibly

Course description

This short course is a pre-requisite course to all other Vision Australia Adaptive Technology Courses. It is an introductory course to help you set up your workstation and use a computer safely. You will also learn about using computers and office equipment without unnecessary wastage.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course learners will be able to:

  • Explain the Occupational Health and Safety issues related to the use of computers
  • Adjust workspace and seating following ergonomic requirements
  • Organise work activities to facilitate a mix of activities and breaks
  • Adopt computer usage practices which reflect conservation principles.

Learners can select their preferred course material format - large print, electronic, audio (DAISY) or braille. Learners who are using audio learning materials will need to bring their own headphones.

Learners can choose between distance learning mode and face to face classes at a Vision Australia training room.

Prerequisites

This course requires learners to have elementary English literacy skills.

Interested in this course?

Visit the Events Calendar page here and under "Filter Events by type" select Training. 

Develop keyboard skills

Course description

This course is based on the 'Talking Typer' program which focuses on developing keyboarding skills using a standard Windows keyboard.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course learners will be able to:

  • Identify and apply keyboard functions for alpha, numeric, modifier and function keys
  • Apply touch typing to complete a task
  • Develop speed and accuracy
  • Proof read, and amend a document.

The course is usually conducted face to face in Vision Australia training rooms with encouragement to learners to practice at home between training sessions.

Learners who are using speech output will need to bring their own headphones.

Prerequisites

This course requires the learner to have:

  • Elementary English literacy skills and adequate finger dexterity to use a computer keyboard or modified keyboard.
  • Access to a computer, keyboard and relevant software at home, work or other establishment, or be willing and able to visit a Vision Australia office that has a suitable training or public/open access computer to practice between lessons.
  • Successfully completed the 'Use Computers Safely and Responsibly' course, or have been assessed as having equivalent skills.

Speed and accuracy test

There is an option for learners who successfully complete this course to undertake a Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy Test. Learners who achieve 98% accuracy or more will be issued with a Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy Statement.

Interested in this course?

Visit the Events Calendar page here and under "Filter Events by type" select Training. 

Operate a personal computer

This course is available using the following adaptive technologies: JAWS and NVDA screen readers; Windows 7 Magnifier, ZoomText and MAGic screen magnifiers.

Course description

This course provides a basic introduction to operating a personal computer and the Windows 7 operating system environment.

It includes information about computer hardware and software, booting up and closing down a computer, navigating within Windows 7, working in applications, managing files and the printing function. It also covers introductory word processing skills using Notepad and WordPad.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course learners will be able to:

  • Describe the main components of computer hardware and the features of key software programs and an operating system
  • Start and shut down a computer
  • Navigate the Windows Desktop environment
  • Use the Notepad application to create a simple document and edit text
  • Navigate within the WordPad application, use the WordPad ribbon options, create a simple document and edit text
  • Print documents, control the progress of print jobs and change default printers
  • Organise files using basic directory and folder structures
  • Access Windows 7 Help functions.

The materials provide an introduction to using adaptive technology to operate a personal computer.

Learners can select their preferred course material format - large print, electronic, audio (DAISY) or braille. Learners who are using audio learning materials will need to bring their own headphones.

Learners can choose between distance learning mode and face to face classes at a Vision Australia training room.

Prerequisites

This course requires the learner to have:

  • A working knowledge of the keyboard and to have successfully completed the 'Develop Keyboard Skills' course, or have been assessed as having equivalent skills.
  • Access to a computer, keyboard and relevant software at home, work or other establishment, or be willing and able to visit a Vision Australia office that has a suitable training or public/open access computer to practice between lessons.
  • Successfully completed the 'Use Computers Safely and Responsibly' course, or have been assessed as having equivalent skills.

Interested in this course?

Visit the Events Calendar page here and under "Filter Events by type" select Training. 

Produce simple word processed documents

This course is available in a JAWS version and a Keystroke version. The keystroke version allows learners to use any type of adaptive technology including NVDA and Window Eyes screen readers, Windows 7 Magnifier and ZoomText and MAGic screen magnifiers.

Course description

This is an introductory course to using Microsoft® Word 2007. It covers creating documents according to audience and purpose requirements, selecting the style of fonts, paragraphs and page layout, editing and proofing documents and printing. A wide range of Word 2007's functionality is included in the course.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course learners will be able to:

  • Identify a document's purpose, audience and presentation requirements
  • Create word processed documents to meet audience, purpose and presentation requirements
  • Format documents to meet layout and design requirements
  • Manipulate screen display options and controls
  • Access help and other aids to avoid and troubleshoot problems
  • Preview, edit and proofread documents
  • Save and store documents without loss of information
  • Prepare and produce a document within a reasonable timeframe.

Learners can select their preferred course material format - large print, electronic, audio (DAISY) or braille. Learners who are using audio learning materials will need to bring their own headphones.

Learners can choose between distance learning mode and face to face classes at a Vision Australia training room.

Prerequisites

This course requires the learner to have:

  • A working knowledge of the keyboard and to have successfully completed the 'Operate a Personal Computer' course, or have been assessed as having equivalent skills.
  • Access to a computer, keyboard and relevant software at home, work or other establishment, or be willing and able to visit a Vision Australia office that has a suitable training or public/open access computer to practice between lessons.
  • Successfully completed the 'Use Computers Safely and Responsibly' course, or have been assessed as having equivalent skills.

Interested in this course?

Visit the Events Calendar page here and under "Filter Events by type" select Training. 

Introduction to email

This course is available in a JAWS version and a Keystroke version. The keystroke version allows learners to use any type of adaptive technology including NVDA and Window Eyes screen readers, Windows 7 Magnifier and ZoomText and MAGic screen magnifiers.

Course description

This course covers how to manage, send and receive email using Microsoft Windows Live Mail. It covers creating, editing, attaching files and sending email messages, replying and forwarding emails, organising mailboxes, creating mailing lists and email security.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course learners will be able to:

  • Send and receive email
  • Check email for accuracy and include attachments
  • Identify urgent, confidential, personal and potentially dangerous email and set appropriate security levels and filters
  • Manage and store emails
  • Prepare mailing lists
  • Collaborate online using appropriate netiquette.

Learners can select their preferred course material format - large print, electronic, audio (DAISY) or braille. Learners can choose between distance learning mode and face to face classes at a Vision Australia training room.
Learners who are using audio learning materials will need to bring their own headphones.

Prerequisites

This course requires the learner to have:

  • A working knowledge of the keyboard and to have successfully completed the 'Operate a Personal Computer' course, or have been assessed as having equivalent skills.
  • Access to a computer, keyboard and relevant software at home, work or other establishment, or be willing and able to visit a Vision Australia office that has a suitable training or public/open access computer to practice between lessons.
  • Successfully completed the 'Use Computers Safely and Responsibly' course, or have been assessed as having equivalent skills.

Interested in this course?

Visit the Events Calendar page here and under "Filter Events by type" select Training. 

Introduction to the internet

This course is available in a JAWS version and a Keystroke version. The keystroke version allows learners to use any type of adaptive technology including NVDA and Window Eyes screen readers, Windows 7 Magnifier and ZoomText and MAGic screen magnifiers.

Course description

This course covers how to access and use the Internet using Internet Explorer 8. It covers accessing and exploring the Internet using accessible sites for low vision and blind users, as well as Internet security.

Using instant messaging programs such as msn is covered as well as downloading small programs and files such as virus protection updates.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course learners will be able to:

  • Explain 'Internet' and web address formats
  • Navigate and read accessible Internet sites
  • Search the Internet
  • Organise favourites
  • Work with text within web pages
  • Print a web page
  • Download program files
  • Explain Internet security issues.

Learners can select their preferred course material format - large print, electronic, audio (DAISY) or braille. Learners who are using audio learning materials will need to bring their own headphones.

Learners can choose between distance learning mode and face to face classes at a Vision Australia training room.

Prerequisites

This course requires the learner to have:

  • A working knowledge of the keyboard and to have successfully completed the 'Operate a Personal Computer' course, or have been assessed as having equivalent skills.
  • Access to a computer, keyboard and relevant software at home, work or other establishment, or be willing and able to visit a Vision Australia office that has a suitable training or public/open access computer to practice between lessons.
  • Successfully completed the 'Use Computers Safely and Responsibly' course, or have been assessed as having equivalent skills.

Interested in this course?

Visit the Events Calendar page here and under "Filter Events by type" select Training.

Introduction to using Spreadsheets

This course is available in a JAWS version and a Keystroke version. The keystroke version allows learners to use any type of adaptive technology including NVDA and Window Eyes screen readers, Windows 7 Magnifier and ZoomText and MAGic screen magnifiers.

Course description:

This is an introductory course to help you become familiar with the use of spreadsheets using Microsoft® Excel 2010. You will learn about creating spreadsheets according to audience and purpose requirements. This will include how data is entered, edited, stored, presented and produced. You will learn about a wide range of Excel 2010’s functionality.

Learning outcomes:

  • Identify spreadsheet task functions.
  • Create spreadsheets ensuring data is entered, checked and amended in accordance with task requirements, to maintain consistency of design and layout.
  • Format spreadsheets to software functions, adjust page and cell layout to meet information requirements, in accordance with style and presentation.
  • Use and test formulae to confirm output meets task requirements.
  • Create charts of appropriate type and design, data range and able to modify using formatting features that meet task requirements.
  • Save and store spreadsheets without loss of information.
  • Prepare and produce a spreadsheet within a reasonable timeframe.
  • Access help functions to overcome problems with spreadsheet design and production.

Prerequisites

This course requires the learner to have:

  • A working knowledge of the keyboard and to have successfully completed the 'Operate a Personal Computer' course, or have been assessed as having equivalent skills.
  • Access to a computer, keyboard and relevant software at home, work or other establishment, or be willing and able to visit a Vision Australia office that has a suitable training or public/open access computer to practice between lessons.
  • Successfully completed the 'Use Computers Safely and Responsibly' course, or have been assessed as having equivalent skills.
Interested in this course?

Visit the Events Calendar page here and under "Filter Events by type" select Training. 

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