Online courses from easyLearning by Serebra provide busy nonprofiters with access to more than 1,500 technical and professional courses. And, organizations that provide workforce and job skills training can share easyLearning courses with constituents.

These courses are great for someone like, say, me, who doesn't have the time to enroll and attend evening classes, but still wants to learn more advanced writing for the web:

Courses are all self-paced and online, so you can learn at your convenience: take them at the office, at home, or even at a coffee shop. Courses are also pre-recorded, generally run two hours, can be paused as needed, and usually include small assignments and suggested reading to reinforce what you've learned.

For those looking to build skills in a specific area, easyLearning provides courses from beginner to advanced instruction. Let's say you have someone on staff who wants to learn more about Photoshop to improve your print publications, or more about web design to help develop your online presence. First, congratulations on having such awesome people on staff. Second, easyLearning offers six levels of Photoshop courses, from simple navigation to detailed color correction and layering, and dozens of web design courses, including in-depth breakdowns of html, xml, Javascript, and Flash.

Though many easyLearning courses focus on growing technical and professional skills, they also offer such diverse courses as retirement planning, how to run a business from home, and how to develop resumes and interview for jobs.

Through TechSoup, organization can request an unlimited number of discounted courses in blocks of 10. Check out the course catalog. One note: these courses are presented in a Flash format, so you need Internet Explorer or Firefox to view them. They don't work on Safari.


Patrick Duggan | TechSoup Digital Marketing Manager