Learn New Skills Online by Steve Harrold

There are so many ways to learn online for free! Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Thinking of doing an online course but don’t know where to start? For nearly 20 years the GCFlearnfree.org have being equipping people with the skills they need to cope in the 21stcentury. From IT skills, like Word and e-mail, to English and Maths, GCF offer thousands of lessons to choose from and the best part is it’s free! 

What can you learn there?

This website covers a range of IT skills for devices including computers, smartphones and tablets. It takes you from what a computer is, how to turn it on and maintain it, to using e-mail and the internet. Microsoft Office and Google software is covered.  Everything you need to get online is included and it’s entirely self-paced, no need to create an account either.

And it’s not just computer skills that are covered. You can learn basic English and Maths skills, how to take and edit digital photographs and skills for the workplace. The website makes it easy to see what can be learnt there but you can also use a staff-pick to jump straight in.

How well does it work?

If you are looking for work the website can goes into quite some detail on subjects like Microsoft Word, how to write a CV and cover letter and format it, then learn how to set up e-mail and look for the job of your dreams.

The majority of lessons include a explanatory video followed by text which gives more insight on the subject. A lot of lessons include some practice. For example the Word lessons include practice documents so you learn by doing.

Even when there is no lesson on a subject, it may link to another website which can explain the subject to you.

Your progress through each topic is marked by a tick on the tutorial list and you can start the next lesson by clicking a button at the end of your lesson. Most topics end with a little quiz to test your knowledge.

There is no diploma on completion just the satisfaction of learning. So visit https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/ to start learning today.

Pros & Cons


  • It’s free, all you need is a internet connection
  • Courses cover everything you need to set up a computer and look for work
  • It uses both videos and text is a well designed manner


  • The website is American therefore some information is American specific
  • You don’t get a certificate and the quizzes are quite easy if you’ve got a little prior knowledge

So visit https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/ to start learning today!

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