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ECDL orientation

  1. 1. ECDL at UCL A guide
  2. 2. Using this guide <ul><li>To move through the slides, click on a blank area of the slide. </li></ul><ul><li>Text which looks like this can be clicked on to take you to the relevant section. </li></ul><ul><li>Text which looks like this contains an instruction for you to follow. </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the Contents link above to go to the Contents slide. </li></ul>Using this guide
  3. 3. Contents <ul><li>About the ECDL </li></ul><ul><li>The process: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Preparing for tests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Registration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Taking tests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Certification </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Getting help </li></ul>Follow the links below to find out more or press Enter to go through all the sections in order:
  4. 4. About the ECDL Contents
  5. 5. What is the ECDL? <ul><li>The European Computer Driving Licence is designed to assess key IT skills leading to an internationally recognised qualification. </li></ul><ul><li>There are seven modules and you must pass tests in all seven to gain an ECDL. </li></ul>About the ECDL
  6. 6. The ECDL modules <ul><li>Each module covers a different area of IT skills and knowledge. </li></ul><ul><li>Module 1 is knowledge-based involving answering a series of questions. </li></ul><ul><li>Modules 2 - 7 involve completing practical tasks using a simulated version of the relevant software application. </li></ul><ul><li>You have 45 minutes to complete each test. </li></ul><ul><li>Press Enter to see a full list of the tests and how they are tested. </li></ul>About the ECDL
  7. 7. The ECDL modules About the ECDL 75% Outlook 2000 or XP/ Internet Explorer Information and Communication 7 75% PowerPoint 2000 or XP Presentations 6 75% Access 2000 or XP Databases 5 75% Excel 2000 or XP Spreadsheets 4 75% Word 2000 or XP Word processing 3 75% Windows 98 or XP/ Windows Explorer Using the computer and managing files 2 75 % Not applicable Basic Concepts of IT 1 Pass Mark Application we test you in Title Module
  8. 8. Orientation pack <ul><li>UCL ECDL Orientation A summary of everything you need to know about doing the ECDL at UCL. </li></ul><ul><li>A full copy of the ECDL syllabus (version 4). </li></ul>About the ECDL Your orientation pack includes the following:
  9. 9. The process From studying to testing to gaining your ECDL certificate! Contents
  10. 10. The process <ul><li>The flow chart that follows outlines the stages of the ECDL process. </li></ul><ul><li>First , as each number  -  appears, press Enter to reveal details of each stage of the process. </li></ul><ul><li>Next , click on  -  to find out more about each stage or just use the Enter key to view all the stages. </li></ul><ul><li>Use the link The process (top of slide) to return to the flow chart. </li></ul><ul><li>Use the button to see this page again. </li></ul>The process ?
  11. 11. The process     Take your tests… Prepare for tests… Get help at the OLC? Sit mock tests Study on your own Attend Courses? Sit tests optional recommended The process Registration Certification! ?
  12. 12.  Preparing for tests <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Self-study resources </li></ul><ul><li>Courses </li></ul><ul><li>Open Learning Centre </li></ul>The process > Contents > Preparing for tests
  13. 13. Introduction <ul><li>You are responsible for ensuring you are ready for a test before sitting it </li></ul><ul><li>Check the syllabus (in your orientation pack) carefully to ensure you have all the skills necessary to pass each module </li></ul><ul><li>Use the online learning materials and/or the ECDL coursebook to study on your own . </li></ul><ul><li>Get additional help at the Open Learning Centre or attend Training courses if you wish. </li></ul>Preparing for tests The process >
  14. 14. What is a UCL UserID? <ul><li>A 7 character username e.g. ucylcan, rmhijab </li></ul><ul><li>Used to log on to WTS, access secure web pages on UCL’s web site and access email. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are a member of UCL you may already have one (we can check) or your computer representative can get one for you. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are external to UCL we will allocate you one. </li></ul><ul><li>Click or press Enter to return to previous slide. </li></ul>The process > Preparing for tests
  15. 15. Electric Paper <ul><li>EP is an online learning package specifically designed for the ECDL. </li></ul><ul><li>For details and to register: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>visit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>follow the link to Electric Paper and then read the What you need section </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You will need a UCL UserID to register. </li></ul><ul><li>EP learning materials teach you how to use Outlook Express rather than Outlook for emails so you are recommended to use the coursebook to study for this part of Module 7 </li></ul>The process > Preparing for tests
  16. 16. ECDL Coursebook <ul><li>As well as access to Electric Paper learning materials, you will also be issued with an ECDL coursebook. </li></ul><ul><li>This is available in a version for Office XP or Office 2000 . </li></ul><ul><li>It is recommended that you take the coursebook for the version of Office you have on the computer you will be using to study. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Courses <ul><li>If you are new to a software application you may find an introductory training course useful. </li></ul><ul><li>A full list of our courses is available at /is/training (follow the link to Staff Training ). </li></ul><ul><li>Contact [email_address] for advice on which courses to attend. </li></ul><ul><li>Please note that courses do not map the ECDL syllabus exactly. </li></ul>The process > Preparing for tests
  18. 18. Open Learning Centre <ul><li>Drop in to the OLC at any time for help with with specific IT questions or areas you are unsure about. </li></ul><ul><li>Location and opening times are at </li></ul><ul><li>You can also use the centre as a quiet place for study – just drop in! </li></ul><ul><li>Note: if you have specific questions about ECDL procedure, email [email_address] rather than visiting the centre. </li></ul>The process > Preparing for tests
  19. 19. What is a UCL UserID? <ul><li>A 7 character username e.g. ucylcan, rmhijab </li></ul><ul><li>Used to log on to WTS, access secure web pages on UCL’s web site and access email. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are a member of UCL you may already have one (we can check) or your computer representative can get one for you. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are external to UCL we will allocate you one. </li></ul><ul><li>Click or press Enter to return to previous slide. </li></ul>The process > Registration
  20. 20.  Registration <ul><li>The first time you sit a test or mock test you will be officially registered with the British Computer Society and given a BCS Number. </li></ul><ul><li>If you have not already paid you must do so before sitting any tests. </li></ul><ul><li>You will need a UCL UserID to be registered. </li></ul>The process > Registration
  21. 21.  Taking tests <ul><li>Booking tests </li></ul><ul><li>Automated testing </li></ul><ul><li>Mock tests </li></ul><ul><li>Re-sits </li></ul>Contents > The process > Taking tests
  22. 22. Booking tests <ul><li>Test sessions are usually on Thursday or Friday morning. Visit: for a full list of available dates. </li></ul><ul><li>You can sit between 1 and 3 tests at a single session depending on availability. </li></ul><ul><li>Tests can be done ‘back-to-back’(i.e. as soon as you have finished one test you can do the next). </li></ul><ul><li>To book email [email_address] following the instructions on the web page (see above). </li></ul>The process > Taking tests
  23. 23. Automated testing <ul><li>Testing is done using ‘automated testing’ which simulates the software application you are being tested in. </li></ul><ul><li>You will be given a demonstration of this software at your orientation. </li></ul><ul><li>At the end of the test, you will immediately receive your result on the screen. </li></ul>The process > Taking tests
  24. 24. Mock tests <ul><li>A mock test is available for each module. </li></ul><ul><li>Mock tests are an opportunity to experience automated testing and test your skills. </li></ul><ul><li>It is strongly recommended that you sit a mock test 1 to 2 weeks prior to your actual test. </li></ul><ul><li>Mock tests can be taken in the OLC by appointment during normal opening hours. </li></ul><ul><li>For details of availability and how to book visit: </li></ul>The process > Taking tests
  25. 25. Re-sits <ul><li>More than 90% of tests are passed first time but… </li></ul><ul><li>If you fail a module test you can re-sit it on a different day. </li></ul><ul><li>There is a charge of £10 for re-sits. </li></ul><ul><li>There are several versions of each module test available for re-sits. </li></ul><ul><li>There is a formal Appeals procedure which you can go through if you fail all available tests. Please ask for more details. </li></ul>The process > Taking tests
  26. 26.  Certification <ul><li>When you have passed all 7 module tests, your certificate will be issued by the British Computer Society. </li></ul><ul><li>We will contact you when we receive your certificate so that you can come and collect it. </li></ul><ul><li>This takes up to 8 weeks and you should contact [email_address] if you have not received your certificate after 2 months. </li></ul>Certification The process >
  27. 27. Getting help <ul><li>Open Learning Centre ( ) for help with your IT skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Email [email_address] for queries about ECDL procedures, the syllabus etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Visit for regular updates and details of test and mock test availability. </li></ul><ul><li>The official ECDL web site ( ). </li></ul>Getting help
  28. 28. The End Click here to return to Contents