The McGrath Computer Learning Center is located on the campus of the University of South Carolina Aiken (USC Aiken). Until 2015, the Learning Center was associated with the national SeniorNet organization, but is now an independent, incorporated, 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. The Learning Center is affiliated with the Office of External Programs, Continuing Education, and Conferences of USC Aiken. Its mission is to provide adults in Aiken and the surrounding community the opportunity to improve their skills and knowledge in using personal computers, tablets, and smartphones.
The Learning Center is managed by local volunteers and classes are taught and coached by volunteer instructors. The Learning Center offers a low-cost, friendly introduction to using computers, tablets, and smartphones. The basic curriculum features courses on a general introduction to using a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Other courses present more specific topics such as word processing, use of the Internet, and email. More advanced courses cover genealogy, graphics, digital photography and photograph enhancement, and financial management using a computer. The Learning Center holds open lab time where registered students can use computers to practice their skills or to work on individual projects.
We have found that peer teaching is effective and rewarding for instructors as well as students. Teaching is primarily hands-on, with the student duplicating the actions of the instructor. Coaches, usually 2 or 3 per class, provide one-on-one help for each student at his or her computer.
The Learning Center moved to its current location in January 2008 (read the history of the LC). It is located in a single-story, brick building next to the USC Aiken tennis courts as shown on this map.
The classroom is equipped with 8 Lenovo desktop computers running Windows 10 and 5 Mac desktop computers running MacOS (Sierra). We also teach courses in using iPad and Android tablets as well as iPhone and Android smartphones. We began teaching courses for the Apple Macintosh computer in 2017.
Donations to the McGrath Computer Learning Center at USCA are tax deductible.