[nabs-l] taking a introduction computer class

Amy Sabo amylsabo at comcast.net
Thu Nov 17 23:45:31 UTC 2011

	Hello Ashley,

I'm glad that you want to take a intro to computers class. I too was in your boat many years ago when I began my college career in Michigan at a community college and, this was one of the classes that I needed to take.

As for the book it was offered on rfbd and, I also had a notetaker for the class.

As for using the computer by using jfw for the labs in ms office I knew how to use jfw with both word and many other of the ms office features.

What I have done in the past is use the help menu in the ms office applications which lists all of the commands by using shortkeys with the keyboard and, I believe that they use jfw.

Anyway, I hope this helps you out. Take care and, if you need any other help don't hesitate to write me off list at amylsabo at comcast.net


-----Original Message-----
From: nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Ashley Bramlett
Sent: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 3:05 PM
To: National Association of Blind Students mailing list
Subject: [nabs-l] taking a introduction computer class

Hi all,
What has been your experience taking mainstream computer classes at a college? I am considering one. Its called something like introduction to computer concepts and applications. It focuses on the MS office suite as well as computer knowledge like terms, hardware, software, components of the computer, things like that. I heard its half lecture or maybe more than half lecture and the rest hands on in the lab working on a computer.
The lecture and book cover the computer knowledge/terms/theory and hands on teaches Word, Powerpoint, internet, and some database which is Access, although I’m  not sure as the catolog did not specify.

How could the professor teach me these things? Explain computer commands with Office short cut keys? This class is required for AA degree students but I’m taking it to get more computer knowledge not only about MS office but about computer operations in general. They will install jaws 12 upon request, but professors know nothing about jaws, other than clicking the icon to turn it on. So I’m on my own for jaws commands.
Maybe I can work with the instructor in office hours but I’d like to get the most out of class.

I know the past blind students worked closely with the professor for help.

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