Online Learning Resources


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: ALISON Online Courses, Workplace Skills, Education (K-12 and College), Business and Technology, Writing and Languages, and Miscellaneous.

ALISON is one of the leading FREE online learning websites. ALISON offers courses on a variety of topics, including tutorials on Microsoft® Word, Excel and Access; Google Gmail; understanding potential workplace safety issues; basic economics; and even identity theft. Many of the courses are designed to assist individuals in the workplace, but other courses are available for personal satisfaction and enrichment. ALISON is also self-paced and structured for either workplace groups or individuals. All courses on ALISON are accessible for free.
WORKPLACE SKILLS - Funded by the Goodwill Community Foundation, 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.
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.

Visit the following college websites to learn more about the classes they offer as open courseware:
Berklee College of Music
Capilano College
College of Eastern Utah
Dixie State College
Johns Hopkins University
Kaplan University
Massachusettes Institute of Technology
Michigan State University
Open University (UK)
Tufts University
University of Alaska - Fairbanks
University of California - Berkeley
University of California - Irvine
University of Massachusettes
University of Michigan
University of Notre Dame
University of Utah
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Utah State University
Weber State University
Yale University

MIT OpenCourseWare: Highlights for High School - Highlights for High School features MIT OpenCourseWare materials that are most useful for high school students and teachers. Information is available to help users prepare for AP exams, learn more about the skills and concepts you learned in school, and sample the kind of work they'll be doing in college.

OpenCourseWare Consortium - Member List - Members of the OpenCourseWare Consortium are colleges and universities that provide at least 10 courses through free and open digital publication of high quality educational materials. Users can access courses in a variety of languages through the member institutions.

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. - Free-Ed.Net provides links to a wide variety of online training in courses ranging from Accounting to Zoology. The site offers a variety of courses that include materials completely online.

Online High School -'s Distance Learning site provides comprehensive information for teens and adults considering earning a high school diploma or GED through online instruction.

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.
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.
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). Distance Learning - Languages -'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 - The Missouri Multicultural Network offers a free citizenship preparation course that prepares non-U.S. citizens for the naturalization process. The course offers lessons in American history and government, and a sample test using questions found on the actual INS naturalization test.

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.

Checking Account Tips - Provides tips on how to effectively maintain a checking account.