Free On-Line Courses

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Click on links below to access free Internet-based classes.
E-mail annis.barbee@ncmail.net if you find any dead links, classes that are no longer free, or other classes that we might add.
Free On-Line Course(s) Created by DHHS
Click on link(s) below to access free Internet-based classes that we have developed for our DHHS employees.
Required Course:
Solving the Puzzle of Workplace Harassment
http:// www.dhhs.state.nc.us /humanresources /harassment/

An online course that may be taken by DHHS employees, supervisors, and managers to meet the Workplace Harassment training requirement. If staff have already had a classroom session, they are not required to take this online version of the course. The entire course takes 4 hour or less to complete. A computer with Internet access and the latest approved browser is all that is required to run the course. The class consists of 4 lessons that should be taken in order, but do not have to be completed in one sitting.

Suggest that online learners read the "Course Description and Instructions" section first to learn how to:

  • go through the course using the simple navigation buttons,
  • "save your place" when you need to quit and resume the course later,
  • be successful as an online learner (i.e., setting aside uninterrupted time, checking your browser to make sure that it will "run" all of the exercises); and
  • access "help" and who to contact with harassment questions.
Free OnLine Course Developed Outside of DHHS
If you try any of these classes or get feedback from others who try them,
send us your comments and we'll post your reviews or critiques!
Computer Classes
Access

Introduction to Access 97
Go to free-ed.net

http:// free-ed.net / fr03 / lfc / course% 20030101_04 / index.html

A 20-hour course that you can complete in segments and at your own pace. Includes exercise and practice.

Excel

Excel 97
Go to Microsoft Tutorials

http:// www. microsoft. com /education /?ID=Excel97 Tutorial

The examples are geared toward educators, but the content is generic enough to be useful to all staff.

Graphics & Layout

Mastering Adobe Photoshop
Go to free-ed.net

http:// free-ed.net / fr03 / lfc / course%20030103_05 / index.html

A comprehensive course that you can complete in segments and at your own pace. You can try the step-by-step instructions by opening and working in Photoshop as you go through the course. It looks like it is essentially an on-line version of the text book, "Teach Yourself Photoshop in 14 Days."


Paint Shop Pro
Go to BayConGroup.com

http: // www.baycongroup.com / paint_shop_pro / tutorials.htm

An online tutorial with practice exercices and an audio component.

Internet

The Web at a Glance
Go to Learn the Net

http:// www.learnthenet.com / english / web / 000www.htm

Access this tutorial from a link on this page. A 20-minute tutorial that gives you the basics on getting around, printing, and copying from the web.


How to Be a Webhound
Go to A Community College Site

http:// www. mcli. dist. maricopa. edu / webhound / index.html

A "getting started" class for people who are new to searching for information on the Internet! Looks like an interesting and comprehensive class that may contain some tips for more experienced searchers, also. Contains practice activities and an extensive listing of links to more articles and tutorials on web searching (at the bottom of the welcome page).


The Interactive Search Engine Tutorial
Go to Learn the Net

http: // www.learnthenet.com / english / html / 78tutorial.htm

A comprehensive walk-through of an "advanced" search process to show you how to go from frustration to success!

Powerpoint

Introduction to Powerpoint 97
Go to free-ed.net

http: // www.free-ed.net / fr03 / lfc / 030103 / 123 /

A comprehensive course that you can complete in segments and at your own pace. You can try the step-by-step instructions by opening and working in Powerpoint as you go through the course. The total course should take about 24 hours to complete. The topics include the basics as well as working with images, charts, and running a slide show.


Powerpoint 97
Go to Powerpoint '97

http: // www.microsoft.com /education /default.asp? ID=PPT97Tutorial

The examples are geared toward educators, but the content is generic enough to be useful to all staff.

Programming

Introduction to HTML
Go to free-ed.net

http:// free-ed.net / fr03 / lfc / course030204_04 / Default.asp

A comprehensive course that you can complete in segments and at your own pace. You can try the step-by-step instructions by opening and working in Notepad as you go through the course. Each of the 18 lessons should take between one and two hours to complete. The topics include basic HTML, inserting graphics, using tables and frames.


HTML Programming
Go to I-Training.com

http:// www.i-training.com / train / htmpro.htm

This is an online set of step-by-step instructions without the interactivity and practice of a well-designed class, but the content looks useful. (If you have sound, watch out for some annoying auto-play music!)

Windows

Windows 98
Go to Microsoft Tutorials

http:// www.microsoft.com /education /default.asp?ID= Win98Tutorial

The examples are geared toward educators, but the content is generic enough to be useful to all staff.

Word

Word 97
Go to Microsoft Tutorials

http:// www.microsoft.com /education /default.asp?ID= Word97Tutorial

The examples are geared toward educators, but the content is generic enough to be useful to all staff.

Computer Tutorials:
Learnthat.com
http:// www.learnthat.com /courses /computer/

A set of various software and programming tutorials and "mini-lessons" that may be useful. Generally not interactive like true training, but some of the lessons look valuable. They are generally broken down into specific topic areas, so this may be a good place to go for help in just one area rather than a full course.

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If you try any of these classes or get feedback from others who try them,
send us your comments and we'll post your reviews or critiques!
Professional Development Classes
Employee & Team Skills

Workplace Harassment
Go to Solving the Puzzle of Workplace Harassment
http:// www.dhhs.state.nc.us /humanresources /harassment

This DHHS-developed online course contains the information previously presented in Workplace Harassment classroom sessions.

The following basics are covered:
  • What is Workplace Harassment? Is it the same thing as Sexual Harassment?
  • Why should I care about this?
  • What happens if I'm accused of harassment?
  • What should I do if someone harasses me?
  • Can I do anything to prevent harassment in my office?
  • What if a situation gets scary?
  • We have added examples and activities to help make this a personal learning experience for you, and put it online so that you can take the course without traveling or waiting for a scheduled class.

    Be sure to read through the "Course Description and Instructions" section to learn how to:

  • get credit for this course,
  • go through the lessons so that you don't miss anything, and
  • bookmark (save your place) if you have to leave the class before you finish.

  • Customer Service Excellence
    Go to Computer Based Training

    http:// www.dhhs.state.nc.us /dss /cbt /cbt.htm

    This page will take you to a download site for a Customer Service class developed for our own Division of Social Services. Just follow the instructions on the site to download the "Customer Service Excellence" course. It is saved on your computer and works a lot like a CD-Rom based course.

    Personal Development

    How to Master Stress
    Go to Mind Tools

    http:// www.mindtools.com / smpage.html

    "A guide to understanding stress, finding your best level of stress, and reducing unproductive stress with a variety of situation-specific stress management techniques." Does not contain any exercises, but gives suggestions and directions for completing your own stress management plan.


    Public Speaking Website
    Go to Allyn & Bacon

    http:// www.abacon.com / pubspeak/

    Information and practice on how to prepare your speeches, assess your speechmaking situation, analyze your audience, research your topic, organize and write your speech, and deliver your presentation. Without the "accompanying text book" and "professor" you can work through the materials alone, share the exercises with an experienced speaker for crtiques, or use their "Ask the Speech Doctor" e-mail link to get further assistance.


    Presentation Skills for the "Unprofessional" Speaker
    Go to Presentation Skills

    http://members.aol.com /QuoteNotes /PresentationSkills.htm

    It covers four basic components of a well-planned presentation:

  • The Situation - determining the purpose, occasion, and environment in which your presentation will be made.
  • The Audience - identifying ... the needs and expectations of your audience, then exceeding those expectations ...
  • The Speaker - understanding, controlling and conquering your fears and developing a unique presentation style.
  • The Presentation - planning, preparing and delivering a dynamite presentation."
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