Some free online training courses are available for anyone with a computer, as in the cases of the Microsoft Virtual Academy and Khan Academy. Others, such as Alison, require registration.
Microsoft Virtual Academy has a free library of course videos on subjects ranging from beginning computer courses to game design. Users can simply click on the category in which they are interested and choose their courses. The courses break down into several modules, many of which have free educational videos accompanying them. Those with Microsoft accounts can sign in to the website to personalize the experience.
Khan Academy has free videos on subjects encompassing the typical school curriculum, including algebra I and II, biology, chemistry and economics. Many of the videos are free for viewing for anyone with a computer connection. A login page is available for those wanting a website account.
Alison also provides online training courses for free, but students need to register before viewing the material. Students can sign up with their email, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo or LinkedIn accounts. The courses are free, but students can also opt to pay for a certificate or diploma upon course completion. Training course subjects include financial and economic literacy, health literacy and languages.