- Mar 8, 2008
Man... That sounds like a college course that I walked out of in disgust, which was described to me (and, I learned some years later, quite a number of others, though some of them actually believed it and were then disappointed when the resulting qualification didn't get them the jobs that they'd been told it would get them) as a route into dealing with video games, but which actually consisted of having to follow excessively and detrimentally precise instructions on using Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.The university I'm going to next fall has a requirement for "computer literacy competency" to graduate, either a test or a stupid class, which is also a prerequisite to Computer Science classes. The so-called "computer literacy competency exam" consisted of some general knowledge (including arranging floppy disks, USB drives, CDs, and hard drives by general storage capacity) and knowledge specifically on how to use a few miscellaneous features in a small collection of proprietary programs: Microsoft Office, Windows Explorer, Internet Explorer, and Notepad. The worst part of it was Microsoft Office since it has a bizarre layout compared to e.g. LibreOffice, combined with the fact that any wrong click, even going into the wrong menu, counted as "incorrect", with 3 attempts permitted before the answer was marked as "wrong".
The course did not use the correct terminology for anything, and if you used keyboard shortcuts to get things done much quicker instead of following the specific orders of "Click 'Edit', click 'Copy', click where you want to paste the text, click 'Edit', click 'Paste'.", and so on, you were marked down.
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