May 25th, 2010 by catur

Computer literacy is the knowledge and ability to use computers and technology efficiently. Computer literacy can also refer to the comfort level someone has with using computer programs and other applications that are associated with computers. Another valuable component of computer literacy is knowing how computers work and operate.

Likewise, an experienced computer professional may consider the ability to self-teach (i.e. to learn arbitrary new programs or tasks as they are encountered) to be central to computer literacy.

Every single teacher, tutor or lecturer should be literate in information and communication technology (or means ‘computers’).

This means essentially having some basic knowledge of the following:

1.      How to start up, shut down and operate the basic housekeeping facilities of a standard PC

2.      How to use a modern word processor (for writing hand-outs, OHP acetates, etc.)

3.      How to search the Internet for information, print it or save it.

4.      How to use email

5.      How use simple presentation software (e.g. Powerpoint)

6.      How to use a database (storing student and course information, etc.)


and, preferably know a bit about (in preference order):

  • How to use a ‘wysiwyg’ HTML editor to produce simple web pages
  • How to use a DTP (desktop publishing) system
  • How to use a spreadsheet programme

If you haven’t got simple knowledge of the first six items listed above then I would advise that you need to do some training and get up to scratch.  (or you can contact my email..)

ICT literacy is vital to just about every tutor. Not only is it useful for producing high-quality resources for students, but it also enables you to stay up to date (via the Internet) and manage your work with greater ease. It is also addressed as being an important component of any tutor’s skills… and it happens to be valuable for attracting employment!  

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