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    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 31st Oct 06, 11:44 AM
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    The Great Free Online Courses Hunt (merged)
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    • 31st Oct 06, 11:44 AM
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    The Great Free Online Courses Hunt (merged) 31st Oct 06 at 11:44 AM
    Update November 2017

    Well, this Great Hunt has been going over 10 years now. It means early comments and links may now be out of date but if you click to the last few pages forumites are still adding courses they've spotted. If you've seen one join the Forum and add it to the list.

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    The internet is a mine of free information and can be especially useful when wanting to learn a new skill. So I thought I'd tap MoneySavers pool of knowledge to find out free online courses. Whether it's a language you want to learn, PC skills or something random like juggling share your gems of info!

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    We need to know a bit about the course and please include a hyperlink to where it can be found.

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  • GeDink
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    • 31st Oct 06, 12:26 PM
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    • 31st Oct 06, 12:26 PM
    I know Vision2learn runs free online courses in various qualifications.

    Here's the blurb:

    The only website where you can learn new stuff, gain skills, study for fun and achieve a national qualification online for FREE!

    Become a learner
    If you havenít already discovered vision2learn take a look at our range of practical, flexible, FREE online courses.

    Courses lead to UK-recognised qualifications
    E-learning from the comfort of home or work
    Receive expert help from a college tutor online
    No classes to attend Ė itís all online
    Freedom to learn at your own pace, in your own time


    Here's the link:

    http://www.vision2learn.com/

    I have a feeling it's only for people that live in England but I may be wrong!

    Hope this helps someone
    • anji1979
    • By anji1979 31st Oct 06, 12:34 PM
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    • 31st Oct 06, 12:34 PM
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    • 31st Oct 06, 12:34 PM
    I know Vision2learn runs free online courses in various qualifications.

    Here's the blurb:

    The only website where you can learn new stuff, gain skills, study for fun and achieve a national qualification online for FREE!

    Become a learner
    If you havenít already discovered vision2learn take a look at our range of practical, flexible, FREE online courses.

    Courses lead to UK-recognised qualifications
    E-learning from the comfort of home or work
    Receive expert help from a college tutor online
    No classes to attend Ė itís all online
    Freedom to learn at your own pace, in your own time


    Here's the link:

    http://www.vision2learn.com/

    I have a feeling it's only for people that live in England but I may be wrong!

    Hope this helps someone
    by GeDink
    Just to add a comment on vision2learn. Your tutor is based at a college which may not be in your home town, so if your course is one which has an exam at the end of it then you may have to travel to that college to sit the exam.

    I did an IT course with them a few years back and had to travel to the college which was 30 miles away. I dont know if this is still the case but I thought is was worth pointing out as some people may not have the means to travel.
    • Snoopy_rules
    • By Snoopy_rules 31st Oct 06, 12:44 PM
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    • 31st Oct 06, 12:44 PM
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    • 31st Oct 06, 12:44 PM
    I have just completed a vision2learn first steps in IT course. I didn't have to attend college at all, college was listed as Bristol which is about 70 miles away from me. You receive a certificate at the end of the course once you have passed all your online assessments. I would highly recommend this course and once it is completed you can then study for the more advanced level.
  • PinkPunter
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    • 31st Oct 06, 1:34 PM
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    • 31st Oct 06, 1:34 PM
    FYI Greasypalm give £3.75 for signing up with Vision2Learn http://www.greasypalm.co.uk/goto.php?retailer=752
  • towertradersuk
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    • 31st Oct 06, 1:49 PM
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    • 31st Oct 06, 1:49 PM
    well theres nothing available in my area lol
  • smog
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    • 31st Oct 06, 2:37 PM
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    • 31st Oct 06, 2:37 PM
    I use about.com's spanish resources as an aside to the taught course I'm doing.
    They've got online resorces for languages, arts, history and sciences.


    http://www.about.com/education/

    • batvink
    • By batvink 31st Oct 06, 3:27 PM
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    • 31st Oct 06, 3:27 PM
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    • 31st Oct 06, 3:27 PM
    I did a Vision2Learn course, about 100 hours of work, loads of assignments. It was very thorough, not simply a case of getting a certificate for nothing. Well worth it, I learnt lots, reinforced what I already knew and got a nationally recognised certificate in the process.
    Thanks in advance,

    Steve V
  • merlinormartin
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    • 31st Oct 06, 3:44 PM
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    • 31st Oct 06, 3:44 PM
    BT have a learning zone, its not exaclty free but you can enrol on unlimited courses from £2pm http://new.btlearningcentre.com/info/
    • Sooler
    • By Sooler 31st Oct 06, 9:06 PM
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    Sooler
    One for web developers ...

    10-Week (Actually 13-week now) Free AJAX Programming (with Passion!) Online Course by Sang Shin of Sun

    http://www.javapassion.com/ajaxcodecamp/
    • jeppy
    • By jeppy 31st Oct 06, 9:27 PM
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    jeppy
    vision2learn is great, i have done first steps in IT and webdesign entrepreneur, at the moment I am studying further steps in it.

    it is all done through the internet, you are assigned a tutor and all mine have been extremely helpful.
    • Sooler
    • By Sooler 31st Oct 06, 9:35 PM
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    Sooler
    Free crafting courses - some with free graphics

    Advent Calendars, Various cards, ... and more


    http://www.craftycomputerpaper.co.uk/computer%20crafting%20course.htm
    • Steve_xx
    • By Steve_xx 31st Oct 06, 9:54 PM
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    Vision2Learn is excellent. I've just completed the online web Entrepeneur course. It teaches you the basics about the web, emailing etc, and then progresses on to writing hypertext markup language which enables you to design and structure a website. The tutors are excellent and I cannot praise their knowledge base and helpfulness enough.
    • Sooler
    • By Sooler 31st Oct 06, 10:36 PM
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    Sooler
    More webby courses - I do not know how good they are

    Free HTML/XHTML class
    http://webdesign.about.com/c/ec/9.htm

    Free CSS class
    http://webdesign.about.com/c/ec/30.htm
    • Sooler
    • By Sooler 31st Oct 06, 10:38 PM
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    Sooler
    Free Adobe Photoshop course
    http://graphicssoft.about.com/c/ec/1.htm

    "Learning Adobe Photoshop can be a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be! Adobe Photoshop Basics is a free online class consisting of eight self-paced lessons that will give get you up and running with a good start. It won't teach you all there is to know about Photoshop--that can take years--but it will give you a solid foundation that you can build on though online tutorials, third-party books, or other training."
  • Claire DC
    Brilliant thread, very useful to have all available free courses in one post.

    www.learndirect.com have some free courses available.. they also have heavily discounted ones too i believe. Worth having a look on their site to check out what is available though.
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    • Sooler
    • By Sooler 31st Oct 06, 10:50 PM
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    Not courses as such but free online teach yourself techie books

    All Sams Reference Library Books
    http://www.samspublishing.com/library/index.asp

    Browse the Reference Library books online
    • Steve_xx
    • By Steve_xx 31st Oct 06, 11:23 PM
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    Steve_xx
    Brilliant thread, very useful to have all available free courses in one post.

    www.learndirect.com have some free courses available.. they also have heavily discounted ones too i believe. Worth having a look on their site to check out what is available though.
    by Claire DC
    How do you fiind the free courses on learndirect, please?
    • Middlestitch
    • By Middlestitch 31st Oct 06, 11:41 PM
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    The BBC has good stuff, including some excellent beginners' language courses:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/
    • Middlestitch
    • By Middlestitch 31st Oct 06, 11:45 PM
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    Not totally free, but very cheap - you need to belong to a local branch of U3A to sign up and there's a small further charge for courses:

    http://www.u3a.org.uk/courses/online/index.htm
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