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Computer Training Resources

Mon, February 02, 2015 8:00 AM | Ranelle Maltas (Administrator)

If you are a frequent reader of this blog, you know I'm all about things that are free (it's my favorite adjective). I worked hard to advocate to offer free computer training at UNL for the software we support. I believe if you are required to use the software as a part of your job, you shouldn't have to pay to learn how to do your job. That said, I know you can't always get something for nothing. There are several excellent computer training companies in Nebraska. Take advantage of them if you can. It is worth the investment. If you don't have the budget, but still need the help, there are several online resources. (HINT: the free ones are at the bottom.)


The big player in the game is Lynda.com. They have excellent quality videos on a huge variety of topics. The downside is that they are pricey. On occasion they will offer certain topics for free for a limited time, but you have to stay on it to catch these offers.


Skillsoft.com is similar to Lynda and another cost option. The quality and variety of topics is great and the pricing options are plenty.


The Virtual Training Company (www.VTC.com) has over 1,000 titles and their videos are broken down into small topics which make it easy to learn and review using their videos. They are not as interactive as Lynda or Skillsoft, but the quality is still good. You may find the pricing a better option as well.


If you are looking for Microsoft Office training, check out the end user training resources for Office 2013 and Office365 from Microsoft. This is free (HURRAY!) and covers the essentials needed for learning these programs. If you need a little more, check out the Microsoft Virtual Academy. There is technical as well as end user training available for free.


I love Myelesson.org for a variety of quality tutorials. There is lots of end user learning. I recently found tutorialstree.com where there are a few, but nice quality instruction. It's not video, but more like job aids for the tasks you learn.

This list is small, but I only listed resources I or my colleagues in Big Ten Universities have recommended and used. I'd love to hear about your experiences and list of resources you trust for online learning. Thank you for the feedback!

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