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The e-LIFE e-Training Course Package contains following modules for supplying complete training for those who would work from their home as a virtual assistant. Modules also implicitly cover hints for our target group - people bearing physical disabilities. e-LIFE model pilot curricula is as follows:

Module 1

e-LIFE Virtual Assistant

Module description
Section 1: basic concepts
1.1. What is virtual assistance?
1.2. Who is a virtual assistant (VA)?
1.3. Who is a virtual employer (VE)?
1.4. What does a virtual assistant do?
1.5. Benefits of working with a virtual assistant
Section 2: preparing a virtual assistant business from home
2.1. Make sure you have the relevant set of skills
2.1.1 Self-assessment
2.1.2 Bridging the skills gap
2.2 What types of equipment do you need to become a virtual assistant?
Section 3. How the virtual assistant start up his/her own business
3.1 How to find potential clients – in general
3.1.2 Make a business - marketing plan
Section 4. Using the web to recruit clients
4.1 Create your own website and blog
4.2 Use social media
4.3 Information – seeking behavior on the web
4.3.1 Web search essentials
4.3.2. Potential job opportunities on the web
4.3.3. Contact target clients
Section 5. Begin customization
5.1 Contract issues
5.2 virtual value: Establishing your rates

Keywords: virtual assistant, virtual job, data entry, internet research, writing, blogging, desktop publishing, freelance jobs, online work.

Career opportunities: Skilled independent contractors who perform a wide range of administrative and business service.

Aims of Module 1: This module provides participants practical, comprehensive knowledge on how to successfully start and operate a virtual assistant business. And behaviors necessary for successful careers development with the necessary knowledge, resources and networking opportunities.

Learning outcomes: Up on successful completion of the Module, the participant will learn how to become a virtual assistant, that is learning the general principles of home office business; how to work as self-employment or as virtual assistant in general; how to find clients and how can help them; how to gain information skills using the internet. Acquiring and organizing communication information.

Learning hours: 9 hours

Module 2

Improve your skills in MS Office 2010 (Word, Excel, Power Point)

1. Module Description
2. Introduction
3. MS Office 2010
3.1. New user interface
3.2. Do Everything With the Keyboard
3.3. Primary features of the ribbon
3.4. Other features of the ribbon
3.5. Customize the Ribbon
3.6. What happened to Tools | Options?
3.7. Creating ribbon tabs or groups of your own
3.8. Live preview
4. Word
4.1. Handy tips for Word 2010
4.2. Long Word documents? Use the function overview
4.3. Change language in MS Office 2010 applications
4.4. Using of mail merge in Word 2010
5. Excel
5.1. Useful Excel steps and hints
5.2. Customizing the work environment
5.3. Conditional formatting in 2010
5.4. Advanced table sorting
5.5. Text to columns
5.6. Verification of cells
5.7. Filter
5.8. The most common functions-IF, VLOOKUP
5.9. Pivot Tables
5.10. Setting a page
5.11. Graphs/Chart update
5.12. Introduction to macro creation
5.13. Filtering and removing duplicate values
6. PowerPoint
6.1. PowerPoint 2010: screenshots, transitions, animations and video
6.2. PowerPoint 2010: multimedia presentations with a minimum size
6.3. PowerPoint advertisement
7. References

Keywords: MS Office 2010, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Video, Ribbon, Tabs, Slide, Card, Group, User Interface, Compatibility

Career opportunities: ICT oriented people, graphic designers, managers, trainers, mentors

Aims of Module 2: This module is meant for advanced users of MS Office, who had been familiar with older versions. The latest version of MS Office 2010 user interface look has changed. Therefore, this module aims to describe the new environment and the types and tricks that you use in your work.

Learning outcomes: After studying this module, it is assumed that the participant will be able to use the new user interface of MS Office package; learn about new MS Office; will learn useful tips in Word, Excel, PowerPoint; will discover a lot of fun facts about Word and Excel; will test their new knowledge.

Learning hours: 5 hours

Module 3

Other Office Utilities

1. Module description
2. Introduction
3. Basic concepts on database management
3.1. What is a database
3.2. Database development process
3.3. Steps
3.4. Introduction to database management systems
3.5. Types of database management systems
3.6. The role of a database manager
3.7. Training and other skills
3.8. Further training and online employment opportunities
4. Basic concepts on marketing management (e-mail manager)
4.1. Types of e-mail marketing
4.2. Tasks, related job positions and skills needed
4.3. Further training and online employment opportunities
5. Basic concepts on media follow up (community manager)
5.1. From web 2.0 to web 3.0
5.2. Social media platforms
5.3. Social media marketing
5.4. What is a community manager?
5.5. What is a social media strategist?
5.6. Further training and online employment opportunities
6. Basic concepts on professional scanning
6.1. What is a scanner?
6.2. Application programming interfaces
6.3. Scanning resolution
6.4. Format and files size
6.5. Jpg versus tiff
6.6. Scanography
6.7. further training and online employment opportunities
7. Basic concepts on professional translation
7.1. What is a professional translator?
7.2. Main tasks of a professional translator
7.3. Skills and equipment needed
7.4. Translation and computer
7.5. Kind of translations
7.6. Professional language translator
7.7. Proof reading
7.8. Further training and online employment opportunities

Keywords: virtual assistant, virtual job, professional translation, database handling, community manager, professional translation

Career opportunities: Database management, professional translation, community manager, e-mail manager, professional scanning

Aims of Module 3: This module will provide participants with a basic approach to different professional roles.

Learning outcomes: Up on successful completion of the Module, the participant will have a basic approach to the different roles.

Learning hours: 15 hours

Module 4

Graphic Design Course (Adobe Photoshop and CorelDRAW)

1. Module Description
2. Introduction
3. Graphic Design
3.1. Adobe Photoshop Menus
3.1.1. File
3.1.2. Edit
3.1.3. Image
3.1.4. Layer
3.1.5. Select
3.1.6. Filter
3.1.7. View
3.1.8. Window
3.1.9. Help
3.2. Adobe Photoshop Toolbox
3.2.1. Crop
3.2.2. Rectangular Marque Tool
3.2.3. Elliptical Marque Tool
3.2.4. Lasso Tool
3.2.5. Slice Tool
3.2.6. Brush Tool and Pencil Tool
3.2.7. Clone Stamp Tool
3.2.8. Gradient Tool and Paint Bucket Tool
3.2.9. Blur Tool
3.2.10. Type Tool
3.2.11. Eyedropper Tool
3.2.13. Hand Tool
3.2.14. Zoom Tool
3.2.15. Foreground Color and Background Color
3.3. List of keyboard shortcuts for Adobe Photoshop CS6
3.4. Few things about CorelDRAW
3.5. List of keyboard shortcuts for CorelDRAW X6
4. Web-Site Layout Creation
4.1. Web-site layout creation with Adobe Photoshop
4.2. Web-site layout creation with CorelDRAW

Keywords: graphic design, layouts for web, virtual job, raster graphic

Career opportunities: Highly-skilled independent contractors who can create layouts for web-pages, advertisement graphic, etc.

Aims of Module 4: This module provides participants practical, comprehensive knowledge on how to successfully start and create advertisement graphic and layouts for web-pages. They will learn what it is necessary for successful career development with the necessary knowledge, resources in graphic design.

Learning outcomes: Up on successful completion of the Module, the participant will learn "how to become graphic designer" and will learn how to do this.

Learning hours: 44 hours

Module 5

e-LIFE web-design (Dreamwaver, Flash and Joomla!)

1. Module Description
2. Introduction
3. Basic Concepts
3.1. First Step: Define Objectives
3.2. Formulating a vision
3.3. Design Web page
3.4. Structure Web page
4. Constructing your Website Using Joomla!
4.1. Joomla!Facts and Figures: Why use it?
4.2. How to built a website using Joomla!
4.2.1. Step 1 : Planning a Joomla! site
4.2.2. Step 2: How to install Joomla with JSAS or Fantastico
4.2.3. Step 3 : Building and Managing your Joomla Web site Content
4.2.4.  Step 4 : Moving your Joomla site from JSAS to a Web Server
5. Useful Tools and Resources to Help you Build, Finalize and Maintain your Website
5.1. Free Web Host suggestions
5.2. Paid Web Host suggestions
5.3. Virtual Domain Name
5.4. Choosing your Domain Names
5.5. Upload Web Page
5.6. Promote Web Page
5.7. Monitor Web Traffic
5.8. Generating Revenue
5.9. Website Evolution
5.10. Global Marketplace
5.10.1 Choosing partners
5.10.2 Web Analytics
5.10.3 Banner Makers
5.10.4 Dead Link Checkers
5.10.5 Directory Services
5.10.6 Domain Name Searches
5.10.7 Domain Acquisition
5.10.8 Competitor Searches
5.10.9 Page Hit Trackers
5.10.10 Programming Guides
6. Dreamweaver CS4
6.1. Exploring Dreamweaver
6.2. Creating a document
6.2.1. Testing our Website
6.2.2.  Creating definitions for the website
6.2.3. Dreamweaver and Text
6.2.4. Dreamweaver and Images
6.2.5. Inserting pictures to Dreamweaver through the file system
6.2.6. Images and alternative text
6.2.7. Placeholder images
6.2.8. Inserting Flash movies
6.2.9. Structuring our web page content
6.2.10. HTML and CSS view of the property Inspector
6.2.11. Paragraphs, headings and preformatted text
6.2.12. Style Menu
6.2.13. Tables
7. Introduction to Animation with Flash
7.1. Key Frames and the Timeline
7.2. Layers
7.3. Frames and keyframes
7.4. Tween layers and automatic keyframing
7.5. Actions-Frame
7.6. Making smoother animations
8. References

Keywords: website, design, basic skills, web page structure, Joomla!, installation, web host, domain, upload, promotion, web traffic, web banners, tracking, ranking, Dreamwaver, html

Career opportunities: Highly-skilled independent contractors who perform a wide range of administrative and business service.

Aims of Module 5: This module offers general instruction for people wishing to build a specialty website themselves, or with minimal professional assistance, for the purpose of running their own business from home. The Module is structured so that you can easily construct a website with no prior technical knowledge of website design, and it also offers other resources that will allow you create it successfully and effectively.
The main content management system (CSM) for the basis of this guide is Joomla! CSMes give you a complete framework of a website and allow you to manage it professionally with minimum effort. Your main requirement will be to provide the content (text, images and videos).

Learning outcomes: Up on successful completion of the Module, the participant will learn to: define objectives and site planning; construct a website; locate an appropriate web host; market and promote a web-site; track, evaluate and maintain a web-site.

Learning hours: 20 hours

Module 6

CADD Course (Computer aided drafting detailing)

1. Module Description
2. Introduction
3. Freecad
3.1. 2D Drawing
3.2. 3D Drawing
3.2.1 Primitives
3.2.2 Modifying objects
3.3. Architectural objects
4. Cademia
5. Librecad
6. Sweet Home 3D
6.1. Sweet Home 3D bars
6.2. User interface
6.3. Starting a new home
6.4. Drawing walls
6.5. Drawing rooms
6.6. Editing walls
6.7. Adding doors and windows
6.8. Adding furniture
6.9. Importing 3D objects
6.10. Adding levels
6.11. 3D photo
6.12. Creating a 3D video
6.13. 3D view editing
6.14. Drawing dimensions
6.15. Adding text
6.16. Print
6.17. Export to OBJ format
7. Punch! Home Design
7.1. Punch! window
7.2. Drawing walls
7.3. Adding doors and windows
7.4. Adding floor
7.5. Adding objects
7.6. Adding roof

Keywords: computer-aided design, computer-aided drafting (CAD), computer-aided drafting and design (CADD)

Career opportunities: Highly-skilled independent contractors who can use CAD for creation, modification and optimization of a design.

Aims of Module 6: This module provides participants practical, comprehensive knowledge on how to successfully start and create 2D or 3D drawings. They will learn what it is necessary for successful career development with the necessary knowledge, resources in CAD.

Learning outcomes: Up on successful completion of the Module, the participant will learn: how to design geometrical models; how to develop their technical skills in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, etc.

Learning hours: 40 hours

Pilot e-Learning infrastructure presented in e-LIFE portal will be the model for adaptation and modulation of pilot curricula in new topics on which virtual assistants can work and sustain their home based employment. These can be translation, telephony, Internet search services, etc.

Therefore, when new e-learning modules will be developed on the theme of virtual working of virtual assistants, pilot curricula contained in this project will be followed and be used as the model for new topics.



This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This Web site reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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