Students taking our Diploma courses will require the following skills:
Those taking our Botanical Illustration Diploma and Certificate courses will additionally need the following skill:
Garden History Diploma students will additionally need the following skill:
If you feel you need more basic help getting started with IT, the following option may suit your needs best:
Links to information about your chosen topics will appear below
For a basic introduction to email, visit digitallearn.org
and click on "Intro to Email". The BBC's resources are also useful. They can be found by clicking here: BBC Webwise.
On the list of resources you will find one named "How do I get email?"
Try visiting this link to see a video uploaded by RBGE: youtube video
. Once you have watched this video, you may wish to visit YouTube yourself and search for a video. Go to www.youtube.com
and search for "RBGE herbarium collection" to find videos about our herbarium. www.vimeo.com
is another site where you can practise searching for RBGE videos to view.
WORD PROCESSING SOFTWARE:
If you have Microsoft (MS) Word on your computer, you can get started with creating documents by visiting resources on The MS Office Training Centre.
Once you have worked through the introductory steps, there is a 'what's next' list at the bottom of the page, if needed.
If you do not have MS Word, you might consider downloading some free equivalent software such as Google Docs.
ADDING IMAGES/CHANGING IMAGE SIZE IN YOUR DOCUMENTS:
For practise inserting images into your Word documents, visit this MS Office training resource.
Large images can increase the size of your word processed documents, so that they take up more file space. If you need practise compressing images, try this tutorial.
RESIZING AN IMAGE:
It is possible to compress images using word processing software (see “Inserting/manipulating images in word processed documents” tick box above). However, you may wish to adjust the size of an image file before uploading it or emailing it to someone. To do this, you can use the basic image processing software that usually comes free with your computer. Guidance on doing so is available for Windows users
and Mac users
SEARCHING FOR INFORMATION ONLINE:
The BBC's Webwise site
has some good introductory tutorials on getting to grips with web browsers
and search engines
The Scottish Government Library have produced an excellent resource on making the most of your online searching skills: Go Google!
(You will need to scroll down to the page to find the link to the course).
MOVING IMAGES FROM YOUR CAMERA ONTO YOUR COMPUTER:,/h3> If you are using a Windows PC, this tutorial gives step-by-step guidance on transferring images.
For Mac users, this Apple Support page explains how to capture images, videos and sound clips from devices.
USING A SCANNER:
If you are choosing a scanner for the first time, this guide
from BBC Webwise might help. Different scanners will have different operating instructions, but some general features are explained here
. For scanned images to be submitted as work for your online RBGE course, we suggest scanning using an A3 flatbed scanner at 300 dpi (dots per inch), in JPEG format. Images of around 1200 pixels across will have a file size, once saved, between 200 - 900 KB. Any larger and your image files will quickly fill up your online portfolio storage space.
USING GOOGLE MAPS:
to using Google Maps should help you get started. In the Garden History course you will be looking at map progression, and Google Maps is used for searching modern maps in order to compare them with historical maps.
BASIC COMPUTING COURSES:
If you are based in Scotland, you can search the "Let's get on" database
which gives links to basic computing courses in your area.
There is a UK-wide network of Online Centres
offering free or low-cost computing classes.
Wherever you are based, your local library is always a good starting point to find out about computing courses near you.
In the meantime, you could try digitallearn.org for some useful 'absolute beginners' tutorials.