Individuals with little or no computer experience can avail of the return of free introduction to computer classes at NUI Galway, beginning the week of 27 January.
NUI Click and Connect introduction to computer classes have to date taught more than 500 people basic computing skills.
The classes run for two hours a week for four weeks in a row, and topics include introduction to the internet, online shopping and booking tickets, setting up and managing email, and using the computer in conjunction with a digital camera.
The classes contain a maximum of 12 students and student volunteers are also on hand to support and help the new students practise their skills in the college's computer labs.
Each student will also receive a supporting booklet so they can practice their skills outside of class, if they wish.
Students who complete the course receive a certificate of attendance.
'A whole new world'
Pat Byrne, manager of Click and Connect and a lecturer in information technology at NUI Galway, said many of the course's students have been older people who are finding that using the internet is opening up a whole new world to them.
“They are able access services easily and use email and Skype to communicate with friends and family both at home and overseas," said Byrne.
“Our learners are also delighted to be able to compare prices and shop online, and follow their hobbies, too.
“Whether they are looking for a job or searching for a new recipe, access to the internet makes their life so much easier."
Teachers of the classes aim to run them in a fun and relaxed manner to encourage confidence in the students, as well.
The classes are funded by a small grant from the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.
For further information and to book a place on one of the classes, call 087 0571967 or 091 493 332.