Computer Literacy and Resources

Understanding how to effectively use computers and information systems is crucial to your success as a college student. Even if you never take any courses online, you will be expected to communicate via e-mail, write your assignments using word processing software, and utilize college specific technologies. The resources below are links to relevant online tutorials for beginners and advanced computer users.

Knowledgebase – Empire State College maintains an extensive article database on computer use. This database covers computer-related topics of interest to all levels of computer users. It includes articles relevant to PC and Macintosh users. Some links take you to selected samples of Knowledgebase articles.

The SUNY ATTAIN lab offers "free skill-building, college prep, and employment certification programs with one-on-one career coaching to help you train up and move up."  This free training starts at the most basic and progresses all the way through certifications in certain career trainings (e.g. Microsoft Office Specialist).  This is the link to the main SUNY ATTAIN page.  Scrolling to the bottom of that page will take you to a long list of locations where you can receive in-person one-on-one training.  This link will take you to their Frequently Asked Questions page.

Microsoft Self-paced Training – This Microsoft Web site includes free self-paced training courses for Office programs. These courses are provided using a variety of formats, including audio and video.

For additional support with computer literacy, please contact the director of academic support in your region.

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