About Stepping UP

Microsoft Unlimited Potential logoStepping UP computer and internet training was launched in 2009 with support from Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential programme. Initially concentrating on Computers in Homes graduates, it is now available to all New Zealanders in a growing number of locations.  Over 8,500 people have participated in the programme and successfully completed digital steps.

Our great tutor Bec South at work with CIH students.The programme modules (called digital steps) are designed to help anyone gain basic computer
knowledge. The first 10 basic steps in the box cover core skills, while the other steps reflect the specific topics of most relevance to participants signing up to these classes.

Stepping UP is a partnership including the

When you book on a Stepping UP course, you will be contacted by your training provider. Arrangements vary with each community, but all are supported by a consistent set of professional materials and standards.

Open/Download Stepping UP Brochure (double sided A4, 1.49 MB pdf)

Digital Steps

DS1 – Computer Basics
DS2 – Word 1 (Text formatting)
DS3 – Word 2 (Editing documents)
DS4 – Email 1 (Setting up a account)
DS5 – Email 2 (Using email)
DS6 – Google & the Internet
DS7 – Internet security & safety
DS8 – Intro to Social Media
DS9 – Classroom e-Learning
DS10 – Slideshows
DS11 – TradeMe
DS12 – Employment 1 (Preparation)
DS13 – Employment 2 (Find jobs online)
DS14 – Intro to Spreadsheets
DS15 – Home Finances
DS16 – Facebook
DS17 – Skype
DS18 – Digital Design
DS19 – Digital Photos
DS20 – YouTube
DS21 – Windows 8
DS22 – Intro to Chromebooks
DS23 – Into to Tablets
DS24 – RealMe
DS25 – My Account
DS 26 – Google Drive
DS 27 – Pinterest
DS 28 – Photo Editing Basics
DS29 – Ancestry – Library Edition
DS30 – Photo Books
DS 31 – Spark Jump

Stepping Up in Libraries

Blenheim Mums on Stepping UP

We’ve partnered with public libraries, to make these digital training opportunities available in their local communities.

Stepping UP programmes are now running in over 52 public libraries, community centres and schools, with more joining all the time.

Some libraries have developed their own modules and many share these new steps with other providers

Participants are asked to complete a short online survey at the end of each module, with 2,409 surveys completed in 2016. Most participants take more than one class and are older, with 66% over 50. Participants rank highly the ‘friendliness’ of the instructor, having a mentor, small classes and the local venue. 93% rate the module as useful, with 74% saying extremely or very useful.

The next step from Computers in Homes

All Computers in Homes graduates are given the opportunity to take Stepping UP modules, and 16% did so in 2016. Many have recognised this as a way to extend their competency with computer and internet applications.

You’ll find more feedback on the Computers in Homes website, in annual reports.

Dora LaunchDORA the mobile classroom

It was exciting to launch DORA, our mobile digital learning centre, in Christchurch on 18 October 2012. We greatly appreciated the support from InternetNZ and our other partners, including Meridian, Microsoft and Farmside, who together have made DORA possible. DORA has a busy life travelling the streets of Christchurch and the South Island offering digital literacy training and attending local events.

Award winning programme

Winner, ANZIA Internet Access & Digital Skills Award, Canberra 2012

DORA Award 201220/20 won this Australia and New Zealand Internet Award (ANZIA) for the DORA digital bus, our mobile classroom built for Computers in Homes and Stepping UP training in Christchurch.

The judges said DORA and the work of the 20/20 Trust stood so far ahead of other entrants that they did not award a ‘highly commended’ in this category.

Read the press release or visit the ANZIA 2012 Winners page here.

Human Rights Commission 2010 – Superior Award for Computers in Homes and Stepping Up

te rangi tahi - together we grow - NZ Diversity Action ProgrammeThe Trust also participated in 2014, 2013, 2012  and 2011.