Information about self-paced learning sessions

What is a self-paced learning session?

Self-paced learning sessions are an opportunity for you to work at your own pace through training materials on a range of different IT packages.  You can choose which topic you would like to learn more about and you can look at more than one topic in a session.  Because everyone works on their chosen topics, there is no taught part of the session.  There will be a tutor on hand to help you if you get stuck or have questions.

Who are these sessions suitable for?

There are sessions available for both staff and students and you may find these sessions particularly helpful if you cannot make the date of a taught course or if you have attended a course and want to work through some of the notes again, or if you simply prefer to work at your own pace.

You can have a look at the list of documents you can work through (note that undergraduates and taught postgraduates will not be able to use the Calendar system).

What skills do I need before I come?

Before attending a self-paced session you must have at least basic skills with Windows, such as knowing how to open a package and save a file. 

If you never used a computer before, and require help getting started with the basics, please contact Julie Moore (954 6976).

How long are the sessions and do I have to stay for the whole session?

The sessions are up to 2 hours long.  You can stay for as long as you like, you don’t need to stay for the whole session, but you do need to arrive at the beginning of the session.

Do I need to book?

Yes, you will need to book as places on each session are limited.  Undergraduates and taught postgraduates can book via the Courses Online Booking System.  Staff and Research Postgraduates can book via the Staff Development website.

Can I book more than one session?

Yes, you can book more than one session.

What if I would prefer a taught course?

Self-paced learning sessions do not suit everyone.  If you are someone who prefers more guided help, then you may prefer to attend a taught course.  Details of all the taught courses for staff and for students available can be found online.

I’ve got a particular problem I want to solve, are these sessions suitable for me?

If the answers to your questions are covered in one of the documents listed below, then these sessions may be suitable.  However, the tutor may not have time to answer lots of questions which are not related to the training materials.  If you have a particular problem that you would like help with, contact the IT Service Desk (tel: 92 82100, email:, or come into the Computer Centre and talk to someone on the IT Service Desk).

List of courses

In a self-paced session you can work through any of the following documents.