Free online courses @ Alison
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Free online courses @ Alison

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Found 14th May 2012
Choose from over 300 free interactive home study courses on Alison.com and start learning today!

ALISON provides 400 free interactive multimedia courses.
Includes courses in Computers, IT Literacy, Languages, Health and Safety and Liberal Arts and Sciences.

All the courses are free, and interactive. They contain audio, video, Adobe Flash, online quizzes, assessments and SCORM compliant content. After successfully completing a courses, you can download a Certificate of Completion.
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hot!
Thanks...will need to give it a try...heat added...
any hidden charges?
biagrin

any hidden charges?



"Complete a course by obtaining an 80% or more grade average in the assessment(s) and 100% of course study progress.

Check your My Account page, then click on My Certificates tab, you will see the courses you are certified in. Any course you just finished will be there.

Click on the quoted price of the certificate you wish to purchase. (Note: some courses have free PDF certificates.) You will be taken to the PayPal website. If you wish to pay by an alternative method, scroll down the My Certificates page for details.

Once you have purchased the certificate, you can save a soft copy, or you can print it. (Note: Diploma parchments are not available in PDF form, but only as printed parchments.)"
Courses appear to be free to do but charges apply to print certificates (each one)

Site is heavily ad supported with option to PAY to have it WITHOUT ads??
great find, hot hot hot
Legitimate for a CV or more for just building up skills?
so how much is to print dipoma once its done? anyone did this before? any feedback about this site?
I have to do a online Course, so... looking for one that actually gives me a qualifaction. Piece of paper with my name on it etc
IDeal, there are dozens of courses on the site that I am interested in Thanks OP.
I just took one of the English tests for a laugh.It took me all of 10 minutes.
They wanted 15 euro for a pdf downloaded certificate and 25 euro for a parchment certificate.
No thanks.oO
Even without accreditation, these are probably worth a look. You can't beat the price. Thanks.
Diploma in Psychology <- Really interesting, going to sign up but not sure if this actually stands as a "Diploma" its only 10-15 hours learning and your done? Says its equivelant to a Level 3 qualification. Is this really recognised, for example if it was on my CV? oO
"For example, if a potential employer wants to check the validity of your certificates, you can provide him or her with the Pin code in addition to the certificate validation link, and he or she will be able to check it online."

Certificate Info
so basicly you have to pay for the certificate. so they clever on working round your brain to take money off you.

LOL

dufc

I just took one of the English tests for a laugh.It took me all of 10 … I just took one of the English tests for a laugh.It took me all of 10 minutes.They wanted 15 euro for a pdf downloaded certificate and 25 euro for a parchment certificate.No thanks.oO

Can you do more than one free course??
Answered my own question as it blatantly says on the website:

"You may enrol in as many courses as you wish at one time."
dufc

I just took one of the English tests for a laugh.It took me all of 10 … I just took one of the English tests for a laugh.It took me all of 10 minutes.They wanted 15 euro for a pdf downloaded certificate and 25 euro for a parchment certificate.No thanks.oO



There is no such thing as a free lunch ..... unless you manage to creep in through the back door!

On a serious note, if you manage to learn something and get recongnised accreditation for it then its got to be worth some money.
Markate

Can you do more than one free course??



It states clearly on top of the web page : "You may enrol in as many courses as you wish at one time."
After hours of hard work, they try to compel people to pay for the certificate because you would want something in return. No thanks.

Might be worth it just for gaining skills and knowledge.
Polly_P

I have to do a online Course, so... looking for one that actually gives … I have to do a online Course, so... looking for one that actually gives me a qualifaction. Piece of paper with my name on it etc

Have a look at vision2learn.co.uk who offer free online courses to NVQ Level 2 in IT Skills and Business Management - RECOGNISED qualifications!
This came in handy for me as I need to get some worksheets created for work and it is handy to recall some of the features offered. The one I have looked at was an older version, but worked for me, thanks
Cool! courses are free - not obilged to buy a certificate of completion, as you still can download the learning record and prove that you completed the course online anytime for free
Persian_Gu1f

It states clearly on top of the web page : "You may enrol in as many … It states clearly on top of the web page : "You may enrol in as many courses as you wish at one time."



Cheers for the heads up, I did reply to my original query with that quote 60 seconds later. Glad it isn't just me :P
Had a look at this free learning resource. Absolutely amazing. You don't have to purchase a certificate - its optional - the learning is really free. Well done ALISON. My wife and kids just went through the site together - very impressed.
Yes amazing, a great way to learn stuff, and also for people who can get very good sense of what stuff is about, without incurring any fee..
Just been through the Understanding Mental Health & Illness, working in this sector it would be great to add this to my CV.

Dont think about it as paying around £12 for a certificate, think about it as paying around £12 for the actual course content including a certificate? Works better that way lol

The mental health & illness is taken from Open Learn, its a genuine course. Looks really good. Thanks OP
I just finished diploma in project management, this con man want me to pay 100 euro for cert. that is not recognised anywhere.
I did the Business English test for a laugh. Looks like I need to work on my spelling or get that prescription change for my contacts! to be serious I am going to get my children to do some of these. It makes it a fun to to do something they might learn from

Your performance score is: 99%

Your performance in the "fluency" aspect is: 99%
Your performance in the "vocabulary" aspect is: 95%
Your performance in the "spelling" aspect is: 92%
Smaybelline

Diploma in Psychology



This course is equivalent to study level 1 on open university, I can vouch for this as I have just completed it.
Did the photography course just for hobby use and found it quite good.
Don't really care about a piece of paper at the end but as a learning resource - for free - you can't reallly knock it.
Thanks OP. Oh what to try...venture capitalism?
Very good place to learn! HOTT!!
sooo, anyone did some studies??
These tests are a joke surely, I completed one level 3 module in 11 minutes!!!! In real life a equivalent module consists of minimum 3 assignments and takes at least 20 - 30 hours to complete.

The certificate is completely useless as it has no certifying signature or institution validating the award.
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