Online learning

Online learning is the use of computer and telecommunications technologies to deliver and receive learning materials as part of an education program. Online learning provides course materials such as workbooks, course guides and references online or via digital media. An integral part of online learning is the creation of learning communities where students can interact with each other and their teachers using online technologies such as video conferencing, webinars, forums and chat rooms.

Online learning is the use of computer and telecommunications technologies to deliver and receive learning materials as part of an education program. Online learning provides course materials such as workbooks, course guides and references online or via digital media. An integral part of online learning is the creation of learning communities where students can interact with each other and their teachers using online technologies such as video conferencing, webinars, forums and chat rooms.

When it comes to learning, there are a lot of great resources online. Many of the companies that produce software are producing guides and hints online. Where you can’t find it offered by the company, someone else may have created a tutorial. Below are some options for free or low-cost training online:

Microsoft Virtual Academy - https://mva.microsoft.com/

The Microsoft Virtual Academy offers online training on a broad range of their products. Some of these may be more advanced for what your staff are looking for. If you need training on office software, have a look at the Office Training Centre.

Lynda.com – https://www.lynda.com

Lynda offers a range of high quality training videos and resources. While it usually has a monthly fee, many libraries across Australia participate in the LyndaLibraries program where library card holders can access the resource for free. It may be worth encouraging staff to get a library card!

Some of the topics covered include project management, website development, Microsoft Office products, programming and much more.

Webinars

Webinars are online seminars that can be attended via a computer or mobile device. This means your staff don’t need to leave the office but can still interact with a trainer in real-time. If you’re looking for webinars on a specific topic, you can search for training providers online. Webinars are often recorded and you may find a recording on a video sharing site such as YouTube.

YouTube

YouTube is a popular video sharing website with people uploading a huge variety of content including instructional videos. Videos will vary in length and quality but your staff will have access to a lot of different resources developed by people who may see an issue or a piece of software from a different perspective.