Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

at the University of Massachusetts Boston

Maps & Directions

Computers and Technology

Fall 2013

  • iPad for Beginners, Section 1

    Day: 6 Tuesdays
    Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
    Dates: 9/10-10/15
    Location: UMass Boston, McCormack Bldg., 3rd FL., Room 201
    Facilitator: Ed Ford
    Description: If you have recently acquired your iPad or you use it only to play games, you probably want to learn all the features of this amazing device and how to use them. Would you like to surf the web, read ebooks, send emails and text messages, take photos and share them with your friends, talk to your grandchildren, and easily keep your calendar and contacts current (and sync them with your other Apple devices)? Learning iPad basics is exactly what this course offers with many “hands-on” opportunities over six weeks to boost your self-confidence and your enthusiasm for your iPad. Class members will need an Apple ID and password, a fully charged iPad, and the manual iPad, the Missing Manual. The current manual is the 5th edition and is available at the library, in bookstores and from Amazon.

  • iPad for Beginners, Section 2 (offered at Hingham Public Library)

    Day: 6 Thursdays
    Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
    Dates: 9/12-10/17
    Location: Hingham Public Library, Fearing Room
    Facilitator: Connie Coleman
    Description: If you have recently acquired your iPad or you use it only to play games, you probably want to learn all the features of this amazing device and how to use them. Would you like to surf the web, read ebooks, send emails and text messages, take photos and share them with your friends, talk to your grandchildren, and easily keep your calendar and contacts current (and sync them with your other Apple devices)? Learning iPad basics is exactly what this course offers with many “hands-on” opportunities over six weeks to boost your self-confidence and your enthusiasm for your iPad. Class members will need an Apple ID and password, a fully charged iPad, and the manual iPad, the Missing Manual. The current manual is the 5th edition and is available at the library, in bookstores and from Amazon.

  • A Web, Not a Maze: Finding Information with the Google Search Engine

    Day: 5 Tuesdays
    Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
    Dates: 9/17-10/15
    Location: UMass Boston, Healey Library, Upper Level, Purple Lab
    Facilitator: Jim O’Brien
    Description: The rapidly growing World Wide Web makes an extraordinary amount of information available to anyone who knows how to look for it (and has access to a computer). This class is for anyone who likes the idea of using a computer track down information—anything from a recipe or a movie review to a capsule of biography or the date of a historical event. This class will include both basic and advanced uses of Google, the most highly regarded search engine. Google can check many billions of web pages on your behalf in less than one second, but only if you tell it what to look for.

  • Coupons, Caviar, and Computers: Making and Stretching Dollars

    Day: 4 Mondays
    Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
    Dates: 10/7-11/4 (no class on 10/14)
    Location: UMass Boston, Healey Library, Upper Level, Purple Lab
    Facilitator: Donna Lee Robertson
    Description: In this course, you will learn about non-traditional, easy, interesting and off the beaten path opportunities to make extra cash, stretch your dollars, and find free fun. You will hear how you can earn extra cash selling items online, participating in focus groups, or medical research studies, being an extra on a movie, or a mystery shopper. You will also learn new ways to save money with special coupons, discount websites, loyalty programs, as well as through volunteering and barter opportunities. In addition to information, and simple, practical tips, you will also learn how to capitalize on and apply technology to help you make as well as save money. Homework and class involvement is strongly recommended for students to get the biggest “bang for their buck”! Class will take place in a computer lab in order to give you hands-on experience finding and acting on opportunities. Note: Participants need to have basic computer skills and ability to use the Internet; There will be small fees for a flash drive and handouts.

  • Exploring the Potential of Microsoft Word

    Day: 7 Wednesdays
    Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
    Dates: 10/9-11/20
    Location: UMass Boston, Healey Library, 3rd FL., White Lab
    Facilitator: Jim O’Brien
    Description: This class is for people who have some experience using Microsoft World (or any other computerized “word-processing” program) and would like to learn more. Besides accessing a full range of formatting options, students will learn to use such tools as spell check, find and replace, footnotes, tables, accent marks, pictures, alphabetization, bulleted lists, etc. The class will include practice in opening and sending e-mail attachments.

  • iPad Captain’s Course (offered at Hingham Public Library)

    Day: 4 Wednesdays
    Time: 1:15-2:45 p.m.
    Dates: 10/16-11/13 (no class on 10/30)
    Location: Hingham Public Library, Fearing Room
    Facilitator: Geri Carter
    Description: Would you like to master the navigation of your iPad? Would you like to learn some tips, trick, secrets, and apps to make it fun and easy? Can iPad be interchanged for a PC? Come to this four-week course to learn more. This course is geared towards OLLI members who are comfortable with using iPads, PCs, smart phones, etc. and are ready to learn more.

  • Gaining Confidence with Your Computer Use

    Day: 6 Tuesdays
    Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
    Dates: 10/22-11/26
    Location: UMass Boston, Healey Library, Upper Level, Purple Level
    Facilitator: Roberta O’Leary
    Description: This course is for the student who uses his or her computer daily, but with frustration. Our goal is for you to gain confidence as a computer user, and to reach a degree of mastery in using your computer. Although the emphasis will be on windows-based laptop computers, some issues apply to apple products iTouch and iPad, and even to pc desktop computers. There are more similarities than differences when using any of these personal devices when accessing internet email or browsing. We will find a way to make it work for you so that having one of these devices is more an asset than a nuisance. We’ll explore the benefits that internet access offers a confident user. This course will emphasize email use, including organizing your email, sending email attachments, setting up a contact list, browser usage including setting up favorites or bookmarks, and familiarizing you with windows usage and applications such as Skype webcam and other gadgets.