Teaching challenges for computer classes
January 20, 2012 8:26 AM Subscribe
I've been asked to teach some basic computer skills classes to people who are unfamiliar with computers. I have the content laid out relatively clearly, but I don't know how best to do whole group instruction in this context. In particular, I am looking for advice on how to avoid having students do something unexpected (like accidentally clicking the mouse and deactivating a selection) that would require me to walk over to the individual student's computer and troubleshoot with him or her while the rest of the class is waiting.
posted by philosophygeek to Education (15 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
These students are adults, and most will have limited computer experience at best. As I have been told by the people asking me to do this training, to them, computers are often unpredictable and they panic when things don't immediately work out, instead of assessing what they did and then correcting it. In addition, some of them have weak eye-hand coordination at a keyboard and so will accidentally press keys as, e.g., they lean in to look at the monitor.
My nightmare scenario is, after each instruction, having to walk to one or two students to fix a mistake, then having to get the whole group back on task for the next instruction, ad infinitum.
Any suggestions for how to avoid these problems would be greatly appreciated!