Free Online Courses & Open Learning Resources

Here is a list of great websites providing free online courses and open learning resources worldwide. These, some of the best providers of e-learning content and services for online education and training, are listed in alphabetical order.   Apple – i-tunes U http://www.apple.com/education/itunes-u/ A potential game changer from Apple, providing a large number of learning resources to be delivered through their devices and offering one of the world’s largest libraries of e-learning content from universities and museums etc…. Teachers can create their own content that can be distributed privately for their students, and now with a publishing toolkit as well. With the i-pad attracting such interest and excitement in the education market, and with more and more institutions considering equipping students with i-pads, this learning platform will become very influential. The content is aimed principally at the Higher education end of the market, but we are convinced it will evolve and the offer will percolate down into all levels of education.   Coursera https://www.coursera.org/ Representing 16 Universities, mainly in the US, but including the University of Toronto, the University of Edinburgh, and Swiss Bases Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, provides open access to a range of courses across 17 topic areas. Sites like these will without doubt change the face of Higher Education, and are partially responses to the growing indebtedness of many students in the USA, as well as extending reach and innovation to Higher Education.   Ed Ted from TED http://ed.ted.com/ Following on from the hugely successful TED Talks comes TED ED, covering a range of topics – Arts, Business, Design Engineering and Technology, Health, literature and language,...

The Business Game + free business elearning

This is the Business Game, an exciting and engaging business simulation in which the learner plays the role of an entrepreneur who has just been given £1m. Your challenge is to use this £1m to start a successful business and make a profit. You must make many decisions during the game which will impact your business’ profit, market share, cash flow etc. You choose a product to sell, how to distribute it, and how to market it. The game is a highly effective way of ensuring a deep understanding of fundamental business concepts. By giving you the control of your virtual business’s outcome, you learn fundamental business concepts through experience, and have fun whilst doing it. It is ideal if you are looking to start working in a business; are a tradesperson, creative or entrepreneur who would like to know more about business basics, or if you are a senior manager who would like your workforce to understand what drives your business. The five stages of the game are as follows 1.      -Introduction to the scenario and learning the interface 2.      -Review your market research and select your product quality variables 3.      -Decide your marketing strategy 4.      -Choose your sales strategy and prepare to trade 5.      -Complete three years of trading In addition to The Business Game, when you purchase this course you get 5 free units of elearning which introduce –          Marketing –          Business Finance –          Customers –          Management –          Ethics and Policy on Business These units use interactive materials, videos and quizzes to introduce you to core business concepts. They make the perfect companion and introduction to The Business Game. You can also download a free Android glossary app: ...

The Business Game Advanced + Free business elearning

This is the Business Game Advanced. It is an updated and more challenging version of The Business Game, which you can find in our course store. It’s perfect if you’re already familar with key business concepts, or if you have finished The Business Game and are looking for the next challenge. The Business Game Advanced is an exciting and engaging business simulation in which the learner plays the role of an entrepreneur who has just been given £1m. Your challenge is to use this £1m to start a successful business and make a profit. You must make many decisions during the game which will impact your business’ profit, market share, cash flow etc. You choose a product to sell, how to distribute it, and how to market it. The game is a highly effective way of ensuring a deep understanding of fundamental business concepts. By giving you the control of your virtual business’s outcome, you learn fundamental business concepts through experience, and have fun whilst doing it. It is ideal if you are looking to start working in a business; are a tradesperson, creative or entrepreneur who would like to know more about business basics, or if you are a senior manager who would like your workforce to understand what drives your business. The five stages of the game are as follows 1.      -Introduction to the scenario and learning the interface 2.      -Review your market research and select your product quality variables 3.      -Decide your marketing strategy 4.      -Choose your sales strategy and prepare to trade 5.      -Complete three years of trading In addition to The Business Game Advanced, when you purchase this course you get...

The Business Game + Advanced game + Free business elearning

This is our Business Game Bundle. It contains The Business Game, The Business Game Advanced, and some free supporting materials. By buying the games in this bundle, you save £15 compared to buying them individually The Business Game Advanced is an updated and more challenging version of The Business Game, which you can find in our course store. It’s perfect if you’re already familar with key business concepts, or if you have finished The Business Game and are looking for the next challenge. The Business Game is an exciting and engaging business simulation in which the learner plays the role of an entrepreneur who has just been given £1m. Your challenge is to use this £1m to start a successful business and make a profit. You must make many decisions during the game which will impact your business’ profit, market share, cash flow etc. You choose a product to sell, how to distribute it, and how to market it. The game is a highly effective way of ensuring a deep understanding of fundamental business concepts. By giving you the control of your virtual business’s outcome, you learn fundamental business concepts through experience, and have fun whilst doing it. It is ideal if you are looking to start working in a business; are a tradesperson, creative or entrepreneur who would like to know more about business basics, or if you are a senior manager who would like your workforce to understand what drives your business. The five stages of the game are as follows 1.      -Introduction to the scenario and learning the interface 2.      -Review your market research and select your product quality variables...

Review of School Jotter

Our review of SchoolJotter from Webanywhere – a great school website builder with useful e-learning and communication features. School Jotter is an innovative tool from Webanywhere which enables schools to create personal, functional, user-friendly websites and much more including an app store for schools.   Making it simple, that’s why School Jotter works for 3000 schools The main message of the School Jotter suite is ease of use. It enables both staff and pupils (with access control) to easily create and contribute to a website which not only represents their school’s ethos, but also facilitates learning. School Jotter is not only about ease of use when it comes to creating a website, however, it is also easy for staff to constantly update and modify their website to reflect the evolving needs of their school and its students. School Jotter was created in 2008 and was one of the first school-specific Content Management Systems. Now School Jotter websites are mobile and tablet friendly, and are optimised to maximise search engine presence. School Jotter websites are entirely web-based, which allows changes to the websites to be made from any location, and the package is part of a website-hosting service. It currently has over 3,000 customers, most of which are Primary schools. So what makes School Jotter unique, and why should a school choose School Jotter if they want to build a website? Bringing Learning Apps to schools The strength of School Jotter lies in its apps. Apps, in this context, are pre-made add-ons which can be easily plugged into any School Jotter website via the included App Store. These apps enable schools to...

Twitter for Business

Twitter is a social media platform that is used by a wide range of people, from celebrities, who use it to communicate with their fans to companies and brands who can use it to engage with customers and attract new ones. This Twitter for Business online course begins by teaching you what Twitter is and how to use it: from setting up an account, to what Handles are, to the features such as hashtags and trending topics. It teaches you how to use these mechanics to tap in to the millions of twitter users, find new customers, get people interested in your business, and expand your online profile, making your business well known. This course also teaches you about third party software which helps you manage your social networks. The course teaches how to use this software, which enables you to spread your brand message and identify potential customers with ease by using all of your social networks in one application. All in all, taking the Twitter for business online course enable you to tap in to a huge customer base and turn that base in to sales. The course consists of four bite-size modules which can be completed, paused and resumed at any time, making this course convenient to your schedule. After each module you will be presented with some questions to ensure that you are learning effectively. This course is created by Video Tile, who specialise in producing online video content to help business communicate internally and externally. Their courses are all high quality, modern and engaging. By completing this course, you will be awarded with a Video Tile Certificate. This courses lasts for 60 minutes and costs £90 Buy the Twitter for Business Course Contact us to to find out about enterprise...

LinkedIn for Business

LinkedIn is a very valuable tool to find the key decision makers within certain companies. It’s used for finding the best point of contact, gaining familiarity with their background before a call or sales pitch and a lot more. Find out how it can be used to enhance your business. LinkedIn is social media  for professionals. This course will teach you all about what LinkedIn is and how to create effective profiles which will increase your web presence. By taking this course on LinkedIn for Business you will therefore learn how to effectively reach the kind of people with whom networking is extremely valuable, and who can provide valuable opportunities for your business. You will also learn how to manage the profiles of other people in your organisation in order to provide a business-wide presence and avoid any pitfalls. This course will enable to to provide yourself with a professional and attractive profile which will benefit you for years to come. The course consists of four bite-size modules which can be completed, paused and resumed at any time, making this course convenient to your schedule. After each module you will be presented with some questions to ensure that you are learning effectively. This course is created by Video Tile, who specialise in producing online video content to help business communicate internally and externally. Their courses are all high quality, modern and engaging. By completing this course, you will be awarded with a Video Tile Certificate. This course lasts for 60 minutes and costs £90 Buy the LinkedIn for Business Course Contact us to to find out about enterprise licenses....

Facebook for Business

Facebook is the world’s largest social network. With over a billion users it’s very likely that a proportion of your target customer audience will have a Facebook account. Facebook is an effective way to reach your target market: Learn how to effectively reach the customers you want and how to get them interested in your business. This course teaches you what Facebook is and how to use Facebook as a business tool. Most importantly, it walks you through how to set up a business account on Facebook, making using Facebook easy, and ensuring that you maximise your chance of acquiring customers and business, and avoid any pitfalls that using social media can present. By taking the Facebook for Business online course you will learn how to effectively reach a whole new customer base, and turn social media in to sales. The course consists of eight bite-size modules which can be completed, paused and resumed at any time, making this course convenient to your schedule. After each module you will be presented with some questions to ensure that you are learning effectively. This course is created by Video Tile, who specialise in producing online video content to help business communicate internally and externally. Their courses are all high quality, modern and engaging. By completing this course, you will be awarded with a Video Tile Certificate. The course lasts for 60 minutes and costs £90 Buy the Facebook for Business Course Contact us to find out about enterprise...

Search Engine Optimisation for Business

This course focuses on the anchor point of your digital marketing strategy which is your website or micro-site. The course explores search engine optimisation (SEO) and how you can use this to drive traffic to your website. The course begins by teaching you what SEO is, why you need to use it, and how to use it effectively. It teaches you about what search engines want from your website and proven techniques which help you reach and maintain the number one ranking in a Google search. It also teaches you about the ways in which the Google ranking system works, and useful tools which you can use to help you improve your rankings, such Google AdWords. By teaching you these things, the Search Engine Optimisation for Business course will enable you to make your website more popular, do more business and increase your business profile. All in all, by learning about SEO, you can ensure that you make more money. The course consists of six bite-size modules which can be completed, paused and resumed at any time, making this course convenient to your schedule. After each module you will be presented with some questions to ensure that you are learning effectively. This course is created by Video Tile, who specialise in producing online video content to help business communicate internally and externally. Their courses are all high quality, modern and engaging. By completing this course, you will be awarded with a Video Tile Certificate. The course lasts for 80 minutes and costs £149. Buy the Search Engine Optimisation Course Contact us to find out about enterprise...

Social Media for Business

This course is all about how to get the best out of social media in a business. It looks at business strategy, business development and the practicalities of employing people and agencies to support your social media activity. The course teaches you about theory behind using social media to promote your business, and how to use it to reach customers and clients effectively. It teaches you about Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Blogging, and how their use can benefit your business, enabling you to reach more quality customers, and spread your business message and profile. The course consists of eleven bite-size modules which can be completed, paused and resumed at any time, making this course convenient to your schedule. After each module you will be presented with some questions to ensure that you are learning effectively. This course is created by Video Tile, who specialise in producing online video content to help business communicate internally and externally. Their courses are all high quality, modern and engaging. By completing this course, you will be awarded with a Video Tile Certificate. The course lasts for 100 minutes and costs £149 Buy the Social Media for Business Course Contact us to find out about enterprise...