If one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to become a little more tech savvy, whether that means becoming more comfortable with unfamiliar technologies or finding new tips and tricks for ones you’re already using, online courses are a great way to get started. You can find classes in whichever format that works best for you (text, video, professor-led, etc.), work at your own pace, and repeat lessons as often as you need to.
Note: If you’re reading this post and it’s nowhere near New Year’s, just remember it’s NEVER a bad time to learn a new skill!
Online Course Providers
Here are three of the most popular providers of online classes for techie (and non-techie!) topics.
Disclosure: I haven’t personally taken courses from these companies so I can’t endorse any particular provider or class. Also, the descriptions below come from their own marketing materials and the links are affiliate links.
“Udemy is a global marketplace for learning and teaching online where more than 13 million students learn from an extensive library of 40,000 courses taught by expert instructors in 80 different languages. Whether learning for professional development or personal enrichment, students can master new skills through self-paced, on-demand courses, while instructors have a way to share their knowledge with the world.”
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“Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Through individual, corporate, academic and government subscriptions, members have access to the lynda.com video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts.”
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“The ed2go network consists of more than 2,100 top colleges, universities, and other organizations. We offer you hundreds of engaging online courses, covering every topic from Accounting to Web Design. Each course comes equipped with a patient and caring instructor, lively discussions with your fellow students, and plenty of practical information that you can put to immediate use. Our instructors include some of the most well-known and trusted names in online education, and our dedication to customer service is second to none.”
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Not into online courses?
The [X] for Dummies and Idiot’s Guide to [X] series of books offer Luddite-level instruction on all sorts of tech topics, including computer programs, mobile apps, social media, digital photography and more.