Day: February 1, 2016

BASIC – Building Adult Skills in Computing

Back to BASICs: Computer help group has new name, same drive to help build skills

HOUGHTON?- It’s an hour before the Portage Lake District Library opens, but if you enter through the side door, you’ll see a group of Tech students and community members already hard at work. They bow over smartphones, tablets and laptops, deep in conversation. They’re here to teach, and to learn.

This is BASIC (Building Adult Skills in Computing), formerly known as Online at the Library. The group meets on Saturday mornings while Tech is in session.

Though its name has changed, the group’s mission has remained the same – to help answer questions for, and teach computing skills to, community members.

Another faculty member helping out Jan. 23 was Kelly Steelman, an assistant professor in Tech’s department of cognitive and learning sciences.

She’s been working with the program for a year, but she didn’t originally intend to become a tutor. Instead, she entered her first session hoping to gain insight on where to take Tech’s program, and see if there were technologies that could be developed to help older adults interact with technology, or to help the student tutors help others.

“I’m really interested in how people use technology, how they pay attention, and how we can get them to find the things that they’re trying to find and design technology in such a way that people aren’t getting lost,” she said.

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Meghan Marquardt. (Subscription required.)


Donations Sought For Free Sale

The Free Sale is coming. Consider donating gently used, clean women’s business clothing and accessories (hangers are appreciated, all sizes welcome) for the Free Sale prior to the Spring Career Fair February, 16.

Your items will be available to all Tech students at no cost. Items remaining after the event will be either donated to a local non-profit or held for a future event.

This is the third “free sale”—a give away of gently worn women’s business clothing for students. We had great success with the first two events last year, helping more than 100 students and giving out more than 95 percent of donated items. Everyone walked out with something.

We plan to hold another event for our students from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, February 14, at the Meese Center. We are asking for your donations.

Donations are being accepted now during normal business hours at the following locations:

  • 107 Meese Center
  • 108A Dillman Hall
  • 219 Van Pelt and Opie Library

Also look for the drop off box in the library during Winter Carnival, Thursday through Sunday of this week.

Donations can also be shipped to:

CLS Department – Clothing Donation

Michigan Tech University

Meese Center

1400 Townsend Drive

Houghton, MI 49931

From Tech Today, by CLS.