NCBI Digital Skills Calendar of Events 2018- Northeast / Dublin area

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The upcoming digital skills courses for the Dublin/Northeast area will take place in the Training Centre, Drumcondra. For information on courses in other regions contact your local regional NCBI office.

Digital Skills for Beginners

This is a short course designed to introduce the user to the Internet, its uses and its potential.  During this ten hour course the user will use e-mail, search engines, different web browsers, everyday government websites, audio-visual communication such as Skype, on-line shopping and much more.  In addition, the user will become familiar with the theory of the Internet, its threats and how Internet security can be used for protection of personal data.

Touch Typing

This five week course is designed to run over five consecutive Wednesdays, each session will be a two and a half hour session with a short break in the middle. During the touch typing course the user will learn how to use a keyboard and how to find and use the keys from memory rather than sight. This is a fundamental lesson for anyone who will use a computer on a regular basis. Not only will it make typing quicker, but also an understanding of the layout of keys will help people use Software such as Screen Readers (JAWS, NVDA) more efficiently.

 Digital Skills Intermediate

This six week course will take place on six consecutive Thursdays each session will be two and a half hours in duration with a short break in the middle.  This course is designed for people who already have some basic digital skills. This course will go further in to home computer use, incorporating file management, online services eg. banking, booking flights and hotels etc. It will cover social media with emphasis on Skype and Facetime etc.

Digital Skills for Beginners


ZoomText Laptops

26th & 27th Feb

5th & 6th March

 1:30 – 3:30

JAWS Screen Reader

28th Feb

1st, 7th & 8th March

 1:30 – 3:30


iPad Magnification

14th & 15th March

21st & 22st March

10:30 – 1:30

iPad Voice over (subject to demand)

13th & 14th June

20th & 21st June

Time: TBC


ZoomText Laptops

September 10th, 11th, 17th & 18th
10:30 – 1:00 & 1:30 – 4:00

iPad Magnification

September 12th, 13th, 19th & 20th
10:30 – 1:00 & 1:30 – 4:00

Digital Skills for Intermediate Level


Touch Typing

April 11th, 18th, 25th

May 2nd & 9th

10:30 – 1:00 & 1:30 – 4:00

Digital Skills Intermediate ZoomText, Jaws

April 12th, 19th & 26th

May 3rd, 10th & 17th
10:30 – 1:00 & 1:30 – 4:00

September – October:

Touch Typing

September 26th

October 3rd, 10th 17th, 24th

10:30 – 1:00 & 1:30 – 4:00

Digital Skills Intermediate Zoomtext, Jaws

September 27th

October 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th & 1st Nov
10:30 – 1:00 & 1:30 – 4:00

For further information contact: Sean Doran on 042 94 19 720 or email

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