Curriculum

Computer Basics for Older Adults
This course introduces students to the basics of how to operate a computer.  Students learn to turn on a computer, operate a computer mouse, use the Internet to search for information, understand what Facebook is, and use email to keep in touch with family and friends.  This course is best for those who have never used a computer or have a little experience and need to review the basics.  This course is also offered in Spanish.  10 weeks

Advanced Computing for Older Adults
In this course, students learn to use the Internet as an everyday resource for practical and fun activities such as shopping, banking, research, listening to music, and watching videos.  Students also learn the basics of Facebook and how to stay safe on the Internet.  This course is best for those who have taken the OATS Computer Basics for Older Adults course, or for those who already know how to go on the Internet, search for information and use email.  10 weeks

Workforce Development for Older Adults
In this course, students learn the basics of using a computer in the workplace as they use a word processor to write letters and memos, edit budget spreadsheets, manage computer files, and create their own slide presentations.  This course is best for those who have taken the OATS Computer Basics for Older Adults course, or for those who already know how to go on the Internet, search for information and use email.  10 weeks

Social Networking for Older Adults
In this course, students learn about online social networking, create their own Facebook account, learn how to connect with friends and family on Facebook and explore Twitter.  This course is best for those who have already taken the OATS Advanced Computing for Older Adults course, or for those who already know how to go on the Internet, search for information, use email and understand how to protect their personal information online.  5 weeks

Digital Photography for Older Adults
This course introduces students to the basics of using a digital camera, sharing pictures with friends and relatives using email and the Internet, and printing pictures at a neighborhood photo kiosk.  This course is best for those who have a digital camera and have already taken the OATS Computer Basics for Older Adults course or for those who already know how to go on the Internet, search for information and use email.  5 weeks

A Pathway to Better Health and Wellness
In this course, students learn to access health services, research conditions and medications, learn about HIV among older adults, and track their health.  This course is best for those who have taken the OATS Computer Basics for Older Adults course, or for those who already know how to go on the Internet, search for information and use email.  5 weeks

Introduction to the iPad
This course will introduce you to the increasingly popular Apple tablet. Hands-on support
will help you learn the basics of the iPad itself and how to use it to browse the web, use email,
manage calendars, access entertainment, and increase social interaction. The course is
intended for people with little experience using computers or who want to transition to tablet technology. 10 weeks

Intergenerational Programs: Hyper-Linking the Generations
Hyper-Linking the Generations is an OATS program that bridges generations across the digital divide. Using technology as a theme, youth and seniors collaborate in a supportive, mutually beneficial environment, learning to overcome age stereotypes and communicate with each other more effectively. click here for more 

Civic Engagement Series
Workshop series to engage older adults in developing online content and collaborating with seniors from across the city in structured discussions and events that focus on issues of importance to seniors.

Seminars
Half-day workshops in a presentation/Q&A format that engage and educate older adults on topics such as How to Choose a New Computer, Internet Safety and Shopping Online.