How Can Global Learners Help Themselves? If you are a global learner, just recognising that you are not slow or stupid but simply function differently from most of your classmates can help a great deal. However, there are some steps you can take that may help you to get the big picture more quickly. Before you begin to study the first section of a chapter in a text, skim through the entire chapter to get an overview. Doing so may be time- consuming initially but it may save you from going over and over individual parts later. Instead of spending a short time on every subject every night, you might find it more productive to immerse yourself in individual subjects for large blocks. Try to relate the subject to things you already know, either by asking the instructor to help you see connections or by consulting references. Above all, do not lose faith in yourself; you will eventually understand the new material, and once you do your understanding of how it connects to other topics and disciplines may enable you to apply it in ways that most sequential thinkers would never dream of.
" INTRODUCTION This topic will give you an overview of how to maximise your learning in OUMÊs online learning environment. We will learn how to operate a personal computer (PC) and how to surf the Internet. We will also learn how to use Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE), read a document in Portable Document Format (PDF) and use OUMÊs Virtual Learning Environment (myVLE). THE PERSONAL COMPUTER The personal computer, popularly known as the PC, is the equipment used to communicate and retrieve information. All PCs have a similar basic structure which is made up of a number of hardware components as shown in Figure 2.1. 2.1 T T o o p p i i c c 2 2 My Virtual Learning Environment (myVLE) LEARNING OUTCOMES By the end of this topic, you should be able to: 1. Describe seven hardware components of a personal computer; 2. Define the concept of the Internet; 3. Use Microsoft Internet Explorer effectively; 4. Use PDF tools to effectively read and navigate an online document; 5. Describe four main menus of myVLE; 6. Use myCourse tools for personalised and collaborative learning; and 7. Apply strategies to improve your collaborative discussions with your tutors and peers.
TOPIC 2 MY VIRTUAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT (MYVLE) 40 Figure 2.1: Hardware c omponents of a PC What does each of these components do? Let us look at their functions in Table 2.1. Table 2.1: Functions of Hardware Components Hardware Component Function Central Processing Unit (CPU) It processes the input data (from keyboard, mouse or etc.) and passes the data to the output components of the computer. It is also referred to as the brain of the computer. Video Display Unit (VDU) It presents to you the visual display of information that you input. It is commonly known as the monitor.
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