Online training courses for everyone

Our tablets, smartphones and computers allow us to do all sorts of things, to communicate and be entertained, of course, but also, to learn. But an Internet connection is all you need to learn from the world’s top experts in just about any field.

I’ve always been interested in photography but never took any formal training in it. But then, I found Creative Live, which offers top notch and very in depth video seminars on all aspects of photography, software, web design and lots of other topics. The instructors are the best in the business. You can watch courses on your computer live for free, or pay a fee for on-demand access.

online-learningA similar service called also offers great live and on demand learning with more than 2,000 courses, offering lots of technology and graphic design tutorials and classes. To get these you need to purchase a membership, which starts at $25 a month.

Apple, of course, has its famed iTunes U. This is a free app for the iPhone or iPad and it offers complete courses from leading universities and other schools and what Apples boasts is the world’s largest digital catalog of free educational content. There are more than 500,000 free lectures, videos, books, and other resources on thousands of subjects.

One more online training company to consider: Coursera. They have hundreds of free courses ranging from computer science to economics. You can watch by computer or an Apple or Android app.

About the Author:

Mike is a veteran journalist whose video "PC Mike" reports have been distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations since 1994, making him one of the most experienced tech reporters in the country. His tech stories and videos have appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, the Today Show, The New York Times, USA Today and in numerous national newspapers and magazines. In addition to the PC Mike tech blog, he also publishes the RV Travel Blog in which he travels North America in an RV reporting about interesting people and places.
  • Jesse

    We appreciate your website. You have helped to broaden my horizon of the computer world.

  • Jesse

    We appreciate your website and it’s nice to be able to get a education on PC operations etc etc.

  • Doc

    Don’t forget about Scott Kelby’s photo site

  • Susan Adame

    Great article! I completely agree with you about the classes at CreativeLive being great. Then again I may be prejudice since my son is a cameraman and boom operator for the company in their SF office. They are a great organization and treat their employees extremely well!

  • Cat

    Another good resource is The courses seem to go on sale throughout the year so sometimes it’s good to wait for a sale.
    I came to this page from reading your RV newsletter. If you watch videos from your RV, wouldn’t it require a lot of data? The mobile internet plans I’ve looked at seem to charge by the amount of data you download. Do you download on to a USB drive or something like that before you leave home? Just wondering what you use (or do) while you’re on the road to avoid having to pay high costs when watching videos.

  • futurelife

    PC Mike… is there a learning lessen where one can clean their own computers? Every time I turn around, something comes on my PC and before you know it, something goes wrong… I like playing the games that are on my computer but sometimes play the games that PCH has on it’s page. I would love to learn how I can go and clean our my own computer unless it gets really bad. So far, that hasn’t happened. Right now, it needs cleaned as something keeps coming up at start up saying I am missing something. HELP