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Computer Basics - Absolute Beginner's Guide
Publication Date: 2016
Make the most of your new Windows® 10 notebook or desktop computer-without becoming a technical expert! This book is the fastest way to get comfortable, get productive, get online, get started with social networking, make more connections, and have more fun! Even if you've never used a Windows computer before, this book shows you how to do what you want, one incredibly clear and easy step at a time. Computer basics have never, ever been this simple! Who knew how simple using computers could be? This is today's best beginner's guide to using your computer or tablet with the new Windows 10 operating system...simple, practical instructions for doing everything you really want to do! Here's a small sample of what you'll learn: Set up your new computer and use the Windows 10 Start menu and desktop Connect to the Internet and browse the Web with Microsoft Edge Get started with social networking on Facebook®, Twitter(tm), Pinterest(tm), and LinkedIn® Use Windows 10's built-in apps-and find great new apps in the Windows Store Connect printers and external storage, and set up automatic file backup Create a home network in just minutes Go online to shop and sell-and smart search with Microsoft Cortana® Get your office work done fast Organize, view, and share photos Play music using Spotify®, Pandora®, iTunes®, and more Watch TV shows and movies online with Netflix® and Hulu(tm) Protect yourself against viruses, spyware, and spam Keep your system running reliably at top speed This book is part of Que's Content Update Program. As Microsoft® updates features of Windows, sections of this book will be updated or new sections will be added to match the updates to the software. See inside for details
Redesigning America's Community Colleges
Thomas R. Bailey; Shanna Smith Jaggars; Davis Jenkins
Publication Date: 2015
In the United States, 1,200 community colleges enroll over ten million students each year - nearly half of the nation's undergraduates. Yet fewer than 40 percent of entrants complete an undergraduate degree within six years. This fact has put pressure on community colleges to improve academic outcomes for their students. Redesigning America's Community Colleges is a concise, evidence-based guide for educational leaders whose institutions typically receive short shrift in academic and policy discussions. It makes a compelling case that two-year colleges can substantially increase their rates of student success, if they are willing to rethink the ways in which they organize programs of study, support services, and instruction. Community colleges were originally designed to expand college enrollments at low cost, not to maximize completion of high-quality programs of study. The result was a cafeteria-style model in which students pick courses from a bewildering array of choices, with little guidance. The authors urge administrators and faculty to reject this traditional model in favor of "guided pathways" - clearer, more educationally coherent programs of study that simplify students' choices without limiting their options and that enable them to complete credentials and advance to further education and the labor market more quickly and at less cost. Distilling a wealth of data amassed from the Community College Research Center (Teachers College, Columbia University), Redesigning America's Community Colleges offers a fundamental redesign of the way two-year colleges operate, stressing the integration of services and instruction into more clearly structured programs of study that support every student's goals.
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