At ParraPals, we ran a variety of courses that covered everything from learning how to use a computer and finding your way around different operating systems through to learning new programs, fine tuning your skills in areas of special interest and understanding smart phones and tablets. Our courses were offered for both Windows and Apple computers and mobile devices. Whilst our courses were not designed to teach ‘job-related’ skills, many members found the skills they learn were not only highly beneficial in their personal lives, but also greatly expanded the assistance they could provide in any volunteer positions they held.
Our courses varied in length depending on the topic. Our longest courses cost $30 and consisted of three, two-hour sessions whilst our shortest courses cost $10 and consisted of one, two-hour session. All face to face sessions included a short break in the middle with tea, coffee and biscuits included in the cost. Participants received a course manual for each course which they could take home and refer to as they continued to develop their skills.
In addition to our courses, we convened regular User Groups and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) for students who had completed a course and were interested in regularly getting together to share their experiences and further their skills in a particular area. Running for two hours, these cost just $2 and were offered every month or alternate month. Special Interest Groups offered via Zoom were free.
We no longer offer courses.
These courses are designed for people who have a Windows or Apple computer or laptop. Courses vary from introductory through to more advanced skills including using files and folders and keeping your computer running smoothly.
These courses are designed for people who already have basic knowledge of how to use a computer and want to use the internet and cloud computing more effectively.
These courses are designed for people who have a smart phone or a tablet. Classes are separated into Apple devices (iPad or iPhone) and Android devices (phone or tablet) and teach students how to make the most of their mobile device.
These courses are designed for students who already have basic knowledge of how to use a computer and would like to use specific applications (such as Word and Excel) and perform specific tasks (such as editing audio files, card making, buying and selling on eBay, making photo books, and researching family history).
These are regular, two-hour sessions that offer a more informal way for members who share an interest in a specific topic to continue learning and help one another. Special Interest Groups meet under the guidance of a convenor with experience in the topic of interest. Usually participants will have completed a relevant course before joining a Special Interest Group.
Special Interest Groups meet in our regular training room and include areas such as:
Apple iPads and iPhones; Android smart phones and tablets; Digital photography; Creative crafts and card making; Genealogy; Windows 10; Creative writing; Facebook; Photo Books