There is no denying that having a strong knowledge base in Information and Communications Technology can help you flourish in both your personal and business life. But sometimes getting a good grasp of all of the different technologies and mediums can be complex—especially for older generations who are weren't really raised with some of the more modern devices and tools. If you are just now realizing how important ICT plays in the world but don't really know where to start learning about the subject, a good idea is turning to formal education. But since returning back to college can be costly and not to mention time consuming, an even better alternative to get a taste of the basics is to take some free online classes. While you can't get college credit, receive outside help from classmates or professors, and may need to buy additional materials such as textbooks or special software to complete the course, it is a great way to learn the core principles of ICT for free. For a list of the top introductory courses in the subject, continue reading below.
This introductory course is specifically designed to teach those that don't have the slightest clue about the different technological tools available to communicate—and we mean the slightest clue. If the words Ethernet, WiFi and Bluetooth are foreign to you, then it's highly recommended that you take this course to learn the bare bone basics. [The Open University]
While this is also an introductory course, it's better at diving straight into the meat and potatoes of what ICT really means –it discusses how CIT works, including the importance of the transmitter, the network and the receiver. It will also teach students how to manipulate and store data as well as go into detail about the different types of storage devices available. The course will end with talks of e-commerce. [The Open University]
After you know the basics of what ICT is, it will be your responsibility to keep up to date with tech news—after all, technology and communication are constantly changing. That said, this course is designed to teach you how to properly "study" news articles you may encounter on the web so that you can fully understand and absorb what you are reading. [Open University]
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