From Learner to Tutor in a matter of weeks

Published: May 12th, 2015 | Author: Laura Simpson

When faced with new technology, sometimes a little help is all you need to open up a world of new opportunities. Even those with good IT skills can get a helping hand when it comes to a new device or software.

Pete, who lives in the Badenoch and Strathspey area is a great example of this.

At a local church lunch-time meeting Project Coordinator, Brigitte Vallance was giving a talk about Our Digital Zone classes. These are

Pete coming to session as a learner.

Pete coming to session as a learner.

being run by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Citizens Online to help people get the skills they need to make the most from the internet.

Pete had recently bought an iPad mini and wanted to find how to use it better. Keen to learn more he signed up to take a class.

Pete already had a lot of existing IT skills, but found the way the information sessions were run was really useful. As well as learning himself, he enjoyed supporting others in the group, which boosted his confidence.

With his existing skills Pete progressed quickly and soon mastered some of the more advanced techniques, including making folders to organise your ‘homescreen’, learning how to fully close down open apps, sharing links and populating his calendar.

He commented: “Everyone should go for it. It’s easier than you think and can be fun.”

When the sessions finished he offered to support his friends in the group by continuing to meet each week and troubleshoot with them. He also organised a new group of learners to start attending the classes.

Brigitte invited him to attend a train the trainer course with three other local learners, which he really enjoyed. Pete is now on the

Pete clearing up having run session as Tutor

Pete clearing up having run session as Tutor

path to becoming tutor with the project and will be supporting weekly sessions, and encouraging people in his local community to get online.

Pete is also going to be interviewed for a short film by the Media Trust for a Scottish focused My Brilliant Moment piece that will focus on his work with the Our Digital Zone project. He and his wife continue to use the internet and he enjoys being a digital champion in his local community.

To find out more or to book on a course, please contact:

Project Co-ordinator: Brigitte Vallance


Telephone: 07824 143034


Additional information about Our Digital Zone and broadband is available on

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