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    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 31st Oct 06, 10:44 AM
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    The Great Free Online Courses Hunt (merged)
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    • 31st Oct 06, 10:44 AM
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    The Great Free Online Courses Hunt (merged) 31st Oct 06 at 10:44 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 It means early comments and links may now be out of date but if you click to the last few pages forumites are still adding courses they've spotted.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!

    What to post

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

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    Last edited by Former MSE Andrea; 15-11-2017 at 8:50 AM.
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    • angelatgraceland
    • By angelatgraceland 31st Oct 06, 10:55 PM
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    angelatgraceland
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/french/mafrance/
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/french/lj/
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/learn
    http://www.w3schools.com/
    http://www.htmlgoodies.com/
    http://www.webmonkey.com/
    http://www.creatingcareers.net/channels/channels/400.asp
    I'm using the BBC courses at present to learn French but they offer most other popular languages. They are very good as you can watch the programmes which were televised online at any time and save your progress online. They are also interactive so you can do written work online and other activities also.

    Last edited by Former MSE Natasha; 07-11-2006 at 3:03 PM.
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  • Claire DC
    How do you fiind the free courses on learndirect, please?
    by Steve_xx

    I think it depends on what you want to do.. i found that calling them and then going into a local learn direct centre was more worthwhile and informative than looking through the website for the courses i was wanting to do.

    They have actually put me onto a CompTIA A+ course (specialist IT) which would usually cost a few thousand pounds with some providers, for free with Business Ventures who are at my local college. Through these, i will also be able to take a number of microsoft qualifications for free.. again, saving me thousands of pounds.

    The only requirement there was for this was that i lived in the local postcodes, which was fine anyway, as i wouldn't want to be travelling too far out of my way for a course.


    0800 101 901

    http://www.learndirect.co.uk/personal/centres/
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    • iamsam
    • By iamsam 1st Nov 06, 8:20 AM
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    iamsam
    I'm currently doing the Great2Run 20wk running programme:
    http://www.great2run.org/about/

    It even gives you a national qualification - a BTEC First Certificate in Sport. All for free.
  • Murray
    I might be pushing my luck here but are there any free language courses that lead to qualifications/certificates?
    • Iffy_Wallet
    • By Iffy_Wallet 1st Nov 06, 8:54 AM
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    Iffy_Wallet
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Welcome to MIT's OpenCourseWare:

    a free and open educational resource (OER) for educators, students, and self-learners around the world. It is true to MIT's values of excellence, innovation, and leadership.

    MIT OCW:

    * Is a publication of MIT course materials
    * Does not require any registration
    * Is not a degree-granting or certificate-granting activity
    * Does not provide access to MIT faculty
    [ Eat, Drink and be Merry - for tomorrow we get the bill ]
    • Iffy_Wallet
    • By Iffy_Wallet 1st Nov 06, 9:03 AM
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    Iffy_Wallet
    intelligentedu.com
    Free Computer Training and Courses Online

    Mainly computing subjects.
    [ Eat, Drink and be Merry - for tomorrow we get the bill ]
    • Iffy_Wallet
    • By Iffy_Wallet 1st Nov 06, 9:05 AM
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    Iffy_Wallet
    Murray - was there a particular langauge you were interested in?
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  • Ginger_Prince
    Before you Know It
    Try a free download in any of 41 languages.
    I have started to learn Polish (very useful in the UK now ;-)
    http://www.byki.com/ download the freebie which is basic vocab and then you can pay for the harder stuff - a great starter course or holiday intro tool to a language.
    • Sooler
    • By Sooler 1st Nov 06, 10:04 AM
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    Sooler
    Learn typing skills free online ...


    http://www.goodtyping.com/

    http://www.typeonline.co.uk/

    http://www.sense-lang.org/typing/

    Last edited by Former MSE Natasha; 07-11-2006 at 3:02 PM.
  • Murray
    Murray - was there a particular langauge you were interested in?
    by Iffy_Wallet
    Beginners Spanish or French would be best. I know a little bit of French (GCSE level) but I think I'd be better to start from scratch because my GCSE's were a bit longer ago than I'd care to remember!
  • jax
    How do you fiind the free courses on learndirect, please?
    by Steve_xx
    I think it can also depend on which local authority you live. I got free courses in one town that weren't free in another.
  • barri
    Vision2learn not available in Scotlan, Wales or Northern Ireland yet.
  • enor
    Wikiversity is a sister project to Wikipedia. It has loads of learning materials on a wide variety of subjects.
    • Aril
    • By Aril 1st Nov 06, 12:32 PM
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    Aril
    From personal experience some learndirect courses are free but terms and conditions apply.
    Aril
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  • aliasgill
    If you are able to download podcasts, (I do via iTunes store) there are loads of subjects covered which allow you to learn via podcasts and/or linked websites.

    They are not recognised courses, but most of them are free and produced by enthusiastic experts who love what they do. The standard of the podcasts is variable, but I have learnt quite a bit including improving my Photoshop skills, yoga, meditation, health and fitness
    • mleonard79
    • By mleonard79 1st Nov 06, 1:19 PM
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    mleonard79
    Not entirely free but if you live in Scotland you can get an Individual Learning Account (ILA) which gives you £200 to spend on courses if you earn under £15k or £100 if you earn over £15k. All you actually have to pay is the first £10 of the cost of the course. I'm currently taking a night class at a uni (so a good quality course) which costs £120 and with this it only cost me £10 - pretty good! I'm not sure if they run a similar scheme in England, Wales or N Ireland though. You can use the grant for pretty much any course at any college or uni as far as I know. Link for Scottish one pasted below:

    http://www.ilascotland.org.uk/ILA+Homepage.htm

    Regards

    Michelle
    • PeterTheBike
    • By PeterTheBike 1st Nov 06, 2:05 PM
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    PeterTheBike
    The Open University has financial support for their courses if your circumstances are applicable. This can mean a course is free in some cases.

    Also, they have now started making educational resources freely available through OpenLearn.

    OpenLearn provides:
    • online free learning material taken from Open University courses
    • state-of-the-art learner support
    • tools connecting learners with learners and learners with educators
    • learning media and technologies on a large scale

    OpenLearn does not:
    • require you to become an Open University student
    • grant degrees or award credits
    • provide access to the services available to students registered on Open University courses
  • Seraphim
    Welcome to MIT's OpenCourseWare
    by Iffy_Wallet
    The Open University have launched their version of OCW. It's available here -> http://openlearn.open.ac.uk

    It's only been up for about a week, and the number of modules available is still growing. There's a mix of both undergraduate and post-grad materials If you are feeling particularly clever, you can also visit their sister site labspace and help improve the modules that are already available
  • angoraki
    Learn Greek
    There is a very good Greek language course on the web at:

    http://kypros.org/LearnGreek/
    • liz545
    • By liz545 1st Nov 06, 3:06 PM
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    liz545
    Beginners Spanish or French would be best. I know a little bit of French (GCSE level) but I think I'd be better to start from scratch because my GCSE's were a bit longer ago than I'd care to remember!
    by Murray
    CoolGorilla do free phrase packs that you can download to your computer or mp3 player, if you have one. You can get them here: http://www.coolgorilla.com/free-ipod-software-languages.html
    The 'Teach Yourself' cd's are quite good, your local library may have them? I recommend 'Instant Spanish' by Elizabeth Smith.
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