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|OTHER FREE ONLINE LEARNING RESOURCES|
|Courtesy of the RI Department of Labor and Training|
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.
| 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, career 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)|
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 1,900 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.
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|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|
| 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).
About.com Distance Learning - Languages - About.com's Distance Learning site provides links to resources that offer free online instruction in a variety of languages, including the common (French, German, Italian) to the uncommon (Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew).
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 Information - The website for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services lists free and low-cost services to immigrants, including Citizenship Classes. Information is organized by state, and includes contact information to get started. The site also links to a Citizenship Class finder that offers users the ability to search for classes by zip code.