Free UVic course for seniors explores how to use computers

University of Victoria’s computer science department helps seniors learn about today's technology

If a new computer or iPad was under your Christmas tree the University of Victoria’s computer science department will help you learn all about it.

The department hosts another series of free courses to help seniors gain confidence about the digital world. Sessions are designed for those age 60 or older with little or no computer experience. Sessions cover Facebook, Twitter and the concept of social media, plus Microsoft Word, digital productivity and more.

Each session also offers a component on online privacy, outlining steps to take to stay secure in the online world.

A short question period will follow at the end of each session, time permitting, says volunteer Robert Lee, noting organizers also welcome suggestions for future content and improvements.

The sessions will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 and Feb. 11 in the Engineering and Computer Science building, room ECS 258 and ECS 250. Enter through the north entrance, facing away from Ring Road.

For those who would like to volunteer, or for more information about the sessions, visit