This page contains links to websites that offer a variety of free online learning and training courses that you can use to expand your knowledge and skills. The links are grouped into the following sections: Workplace Skills, Education (K-12 and College), Business and Technology, Writing and Languages, and Miscellaneous.
- Workplace Skills
ALISON Online Courses - ALISON is the world's leading FREE Learning Resource for Basic and Essential Workplace Skills online. ALISON provides engaging, interactive multimedia courseware for certification and standards-based learning. All courses on ALISON are accessible for free.
GCFLearnFree.org - Funded by the Goodwill Community Foundation, GCFLearnFree.org provides free computer, technology, and life skills training online. Users can sign up for scheduled online classes, or take any of the free tutorials at their own pace. Popular topics include computer technology, math and money basics and workplace development, and other everyday life skills.
Vocational Information Center - The Vocational Information Center website is a directory that provides links to online resources for career exploration, career and education, work opportunites, trade and technical schools, and career-related references.
ERI Human Resources Distance Learning Center - ERI offers more than 50 different free courses in human relations topics such as health insurance and retirement investment plans, employee benefit programs, tax issues, compensation and salary administration, and online recruiting.
LINCS Workforce Education LAB - The Learning Activities Bank collects and distributes high-quality learning activities that focus on the basic skills and knowledge adults need to be effective in the 21st Century workplace.
- Education (K-12 and College)
EDUCATION (K-12 and COLLEGE)
Open courseware programs are designed to give students free online access to course materials that are actually used in university classrooms. The project was started in 2001 by the Massachusettes Institute of Technology (MIT), which currently provides access to over 1,800 of its courses. Participating colleges post syllabi, assignments, calendars, lecture notes, readings, and other materials online making it easy for self-learners to study the topic on their own terms. Video and audio of course materials is often available. Open courseware programs do not require registration or charge tuition. However, they also do not award credits or allow for interaction with a professor.
Visit the following college websites to learn more about the classes they offer as open courseware:
- Massachusettes Institute of Technology
- Open University (UK)
- University of California - Berkeley
- Carnegie Mellon University
- Harvard University
- Standford University
Open Learning Initiative - Through the OLI project, Carnegie Mellon University is working to help the World Wide Web make good on its promise of widely accessible and effective online education. The project currently offers interactive, college-level coursework in topics such as French, statistics, chemistry, etc.
Sofia Project - The Sofia Project is a collaboration of California community colleges that provides community college-level courses on the Web. Content includes lessons, study guides, quizzes, discussion questions, video clips, and interactive exercises.
Annenberg Media - Annenberg Media distributes educational video programs with coordinated Web and print materials to K-12 schools across the country. Several of their courses are available in their entirety online, free of charge.
University of Washington - Computer Science & Engineering - UW has placed syllabi, lecture notes, and other resource information online.
Open Educational Resources Commons - OEW Commons is a clearinghouse of links to online learning resources organized by both subject (arts, science) and grade level (K-12, college, post-graduate). Examples of online content include: full courses, course modules, lectures, homework assignments, quizzes, lab and classroom activities, games, simulations, and much more.
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) - FREE, a service of the U.S. Department of Education, makes it easier to find learning resources from the federal government. More than 1,500 resources are included from dozens of federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Science Foundation, and the Library of Congress.
- Business and Technology
BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY
Microsoft Office Online- Microsoft offers free online training tutorials to help you learn how to use the popular suite of Office products, such as Excel (spreadsheets), Access (databases), and Word (word processing).
Small Business Training Network - The Small Business Training Network is a service provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The website provides targeted online training to meet the information needs of prospective and existing small business owners. The courses are self-paced and take about 30 minutes to complete.
HP Learning Center - HP offers free online classes, available 24/7, on topics including software & technology (Microsoft Office, web skills), IT professionals (networking, data management), and business skills.
Adobe Knowledgebase - The Adobe website provides free tutorials that help you learn how to make the most of out the company's products, such as Photoshop, Flash, Illustrator, and FrameMaker.
Basic Computer Skills Tutorial - This tutorial helps new online users familiarize themselves with the Windows operating system and basic computer tasks.
- Writing and Languages
WRITING AND LANGUAGES
OWL - Online Writing Lab - Purdue University provides over 200 free online writing resources for students, parents, English as a Second Language learners, and professional writers. Topics of interest include assistance in creating an effective resume and cover letter, and a section on writing for the workplace.
Word2Word - Word2Word provides links to a variety of websites that offer free classes in language instruction, including the common (French, Spanish, Italian) to the uncommon (Croatian, Thai, Vietnamese).
BBC Languages - The British Broadcasting Corporation offers online instruction in a variety of popular languages, including French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Mandarin Chinese. Learners can move at their own pace.
U.S. Citizenship Preparation Course- Naturalization is an important milestone in the path toward U.S. citizenship. The decision to apply for citizenship is a very personal one. To help you prepare, many community organizations and social service providers, including USCIS grant recipients, offer citizenship classes and assistance with the naturalization process.
Learn CPR - Learn CPR is a free public service supported by the University of Washington School of Medicine. Learn the basics of CPR - cardiopulmonary resuscitation - using instructional guides and video demonstrations.
Checkbook Basics- Checkbook Basics is an online interactive training program that will help you to effectively manage your checkbook...it's easy, interactive, and fun!
WorkKeys- The Work Keys Program is for both employees and employers. The Employee side helps match an individual and their traits to the correct employment. The Employer side helps the employer define what skills are critical to the company's success.