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Computer Operating Systems Education

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Has had various levels and types of training, and it can be said that each person has an individual way of learning and retaining their information on the usage of operating systems and applications. What worked well for one person may not be the best way for another person. It all depends on the way a specific person learns. Employees at every level are required to operate a computer in virtually every work environment. Employers assume candidates know how to properly operate a computer when applying for a position.

An employee is given the basic instructions on how to operate the applications needed to do their task (Nelson Chaney 1987). The first few weeks can be stressful as the new worker, with little more then a few hours of training from a coworker is expected to show full productivity. Some workers display an ease and comfort doing their daily tasks, while other workers plug away building a level of more frustration and stress. The Self Efficacy Theory (Bandura, 1994) can be used to form a baseline of my research.

Bandura’ s study observed knowledge workers and their successes or failures in a work environment. Can a new hire correctly use applications such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, or Web browsing, or log onto the organization’ s network? Would an employee complete tasks faster with more professional results if given some basic education in a computer operating system rather than just in an application or suite (like MS Word)? How does a subject learn an application best? Would it be better to start with the learning Operating System basics (Like MS Windows Operating System) and then build to more complicated concepts (MS Word)?

The Social Cognitive Theory (Bandura, 1977a; 1986;1989) and Self Efficacy Theory can help explain the stages of learning. I believe a solid basic knowledge of Operating Systems is a tool to achieve skills that are more advanced.  

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