Welcome to Computers: Navigating the Internet Course!

Taught by Dilip Barman for the Durham Public Library


By the end of these 2 hours, you should be able to

In addition, if we have time, we may briefly touch on how you can Note: These course materials will continue to be available on the web at http://www.dilip.info/presentations/classes/wwwintro/DurhamLibraryWWW2hrIntro.html.



In this course, we assume basic familiarity with



Time Subject
6:10-6:20 Quick Windows concept review
6:20-6:30 Overview
  • Impact of the internet
  • Notion of a browser
  • Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs; also URLs)
6:30-7:15 Surfing the net
  • Basics
  • Downloading programs
  • Sharing images
  • Finding information (searching)
  • Search exercises
7:15-7:20 Break (with neighbor)
7:20-7:35 Introduce your neighbor
Optional Miscellaneous topics
  • Using email
  • Newsgroups
  • Chatting with other users over IRC
  • Software - free? Which version?
7:50-8 Summary, discussion, and follow-on


Introducing Myself

I love teaching and have taught children in third grade, designed and taught a graduate Artificial Intelligence class as an adjunct faculty member, love teaching an ethnic vegetarian cooking class through Wake Technical College, and served in many other teaching capacities. I am working on my Ph.D. at UNC's Computer Science Department in an area combining Hypertext with Artificial Intelligence, with a general goal of making information easier to access for general users. I work full-time as a software engineer for IBM, and have held various jobs in areas such as multimedia and large systems development, artificial intelligence, User-Centered Design, education, and software reuse.

I have many community interests. What keeps me most busy is leading the Triangle Vegetarian Society. I am also active with the Raleigh Rose Society, for which I was just nominated to be president in 2001. My hobbies include music, bicycle travelling, and cooking. Do visit my personal home page and feel free to drop me email!


Created September 30, 2000, last updated July 31, 2002
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