Courses tagged with "Free to Access" (801)
The free online course Change Management - Organizational Capacity for Change presents you with a range of factors, which if implemented effectively, can result in an organization developing a positive capacity for change. A positive capacity for change is perhaps one of the most valuable traits that an organization can possess in today’s market. It helps assure management and stakeholders that if the organization encounters a period of change, they have the necessary means in place to deal with it. It also reminds staff of the fact that change is unavoidable and needs to be embraced rather than feared if organizations wish to remain relevant. This course will help you develop the skills necessary to develop such a capacity within an organization. First you will learn about the factors that must be in place for an organization to possess a positive capacity for change. You will study eight key factors that research suggests helps develop a positive organizational capacity for change. Each factor focuses on a different element of the organization such as: the role of middle management, the creation of a culture of accountability, and the role trust plays in the process. Next you will study a range of tools and processes that help implement change across an organization. By studying these tools and processes, you will develop the skills necessary to help individuals, teams, and large systems, come to terms with change when it has been implemented. This free course will be of great interest to professionals working in an industry that is currently experiencing, or will soon be experiencing change, and wish to play a prominent role in the change management process. The course will also be of interest to small business owners who wish to learn more about guiding their business and employees through a period of change.<br />
The free online course Change Management – Guiding Principles and Practices will introduce you to the principles of change management while also providing you with examples of change management in practice. Even though change management is a relatively new field it possesses a significant body of theory. You will learn the key terms and phrases used within the field and study how the discipline has evolved over the past decades. You will then be presented with a range of scenarios that include how the culture of an organization can affect the implementation of change and various approaches to implementing organizational change. Next you will study a range of factors common to successful change management. Even though change management is a complex process, some common factors for implementing successful change exist. By studying the principles and practices of change management you will develop an ability to have a positive input into any change process, regardless of the industry. You will gain a greater understanding of how to successfully implement organizational change, while also developing your own change management skills. This free course will be of great interest to professionals working in an industry that is currently experiencing, or will soon be experiencing change. The course will also be of interest to small business owners who wish to learn more about ensuring that their businesses can successfully transition through periods of change.<br />
Jeff Hawkins is the co-founder of Palm and Handspring and is the architect of many computing products such as the PalmPilot and the Treo smartphone. In this course he will take you on a journey through his career, how he became an entrepreneur and the importance of believing in your product. He teaches valuable lessons about the importance of experience, following your passions and how to keep a work/life balance. He discusses how to design successful products, the role of market research and the need to continuously test products. In terms of the company workplace, he talks about how a good business culture and a strong human resources policy are vital. You will also learn about the importance and inevitability of portable technology. This course will be of great interest to business professionals who will learn much from the experience, knowledge and wisdom Jeff Hawkins has gained over his career. It will also be of interest to business students setting out on their careers, in particular those who would like to become technology entrepreneurs.<br />
Two fundamental aspects of chemistry are, firstly, the structure of the atom and the role of the subatomic particles neutrons, protons and electrons, and, secondly, the atomic structure of the known elements that make up everything and how their place in the Periodic table of the elements determines their chemical properties. This free online course will give learners a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of these two core building blocks within chemistry. The course starts by examining the structure of the atom and subatomic particles, and then discusses the elements, and breaks them down into their subatomic structure of protons, neutrons and electrons. You will learn how the structure of each element determines its place in the Periodic table and its chemical properties. This course will be of great interest to all students who wish to pursue a career in any of the sciences such as chemistry, physics, biology or geology, or the individual learner who simply wants to learn and understand what the world around us is made up of.<br />
Gases behave differently from either solids or liquids, so there are different methods for understanding their behaviour. Having neither fixed volume nor shape gases are moulded entirely by the container in which they are held and from this it is possible to measure their behaviour by measuring properties such as pressure, volume, temperature and number of molecules. This free online chemistry course will introduce the concept of the ideal gas and the ideal gas law which is a good indicator of the behaviour of gases under many different conditions. The various components in the ideal gas law are explained in clear terms and you will see that by using equations you will understand how the impact of a change to one property, for example temperature, will impact on the other properties. Where there are multiple gases in a container you will be shown how to work out their partial pressure relative to the total pressure. This free online chemistry course will be of great interest to all students who wish to pursue a career in any of the sciences such as chemistry, physics, biology or geology, and to the individual learner who simply wants to learn and understand how gases behave.<br />
A molecule is a group of two or more atoms that bind together using chemical bonds. They may be from one or multiple elements and it is the ratio, or mass composition, of each molecule that gives the molecular compound its chemical characteristics. In this free online science course, you will learn about molecules and how they are composed of various elements, in mass, atoms and ratios. The course introduces the student to Avogadro’s number or the Mole, which is used to convert between atomic mass and grams, so that you will be able to work out ratios and weights of molecules. You will also learn how to balance chemical equations, and by balancing the reactants within equations, get viable chemical reactions. This branch of chemistry is known as Stoichiometry. The course will be of great interest to all students who wish to pursue a career in any of the sciences such as chemistry, physics, biology or geology, or the individual learner who simply wants to learn and understand how atoms form the molecules which make up all the material surrounding us. <br />
Matter exists in four states - solid, liquid, gas and plasma and it will change state depending on the temperature and pressure applied to the matter. In this free online chemistry course about states of matter you will learn about the characteristics of each of the four states and the amount of energy that can be added to or taken from a substance before it starts to change state. As all substances change state at different temperatures and pressures you will learn how to use phase change diagrams to plot the energy and pressure levels, the triple point, critical temperature, boiling and melting points associated with different substances. You will also learn in a step by step manner how to calculate the change in energy needed to move a substance along the state of matter spectrum. This free online chemistry course will be of great interest to all students who wish to pursue a career in any of the sciences such as chemistry, physics, biology or geology, or the individual learner who simply wants to learn and understand what is happening when matter changes from solid to liquid to gas.<br />
The amount of energy required to change the state of a substance depends on how strong or weak the bonds between the molecules are. For substances with strong bonds at standard temperature and pressure, like diamonds, it is extremely difficult to separate the molecules, whereas substances with weak bonds, like helium, remain in a gaseous form and do not condense into liquid or solid states. In this free online chemistry course you learn more about factors that affect the chemical nature of substances. You will learn why substances changing state can also be affected by mixing substances together. The course explains about using water as a solvent and mixing in different substances to see the effect on the boiling and melting points of the solution. This is followed by step by step examples of working out what the change in boiling or melting point will be based on the amount of solute added. This free online chemistry course will be of great interest to all students who wish to pursue a career in any of the sciences such as chemistry, physics, biology or geology, or the individual learner who simply wants to learn more about factors that affect the chemical nature of substances.<br />
Graphic designers, artists, photographers and all those involved in the visual arts need an accurate understanding of colour theory. This free online course from ALISON presents aspects of colour and light perception such as hue, lightness and chroma, brightness and saturation, visual perception of colour, mixing paints, and additive and subtractive colour mixing. The comprehensive text is accompanied by interactive graphics that further explain the concepts. This course is ideal for any learner who practices the visual arts, either professionally or as a hobby, and who wants to greatly enhance their knowledge and understanding of colour theory.
This free online course Communication Skills - Group Work and Networking will help you to understand the most effective way to work in a group, including theories on group dynamics. The course will look at how you deal with conflict, and how you network. <br /><br />First, you will be introduced to the basics of building and maintaining relationships. Theories surrounding group dynamics will be examined in detail, including group structures and different types of group. You will also look at the different factors which can affect groups. <br /><br />You will also examine the important aspects of conflicts, including conflicts within groups. You will look at verbal and nonverbal communication strategies, as well as looking at conflict handling styles. Networking is a vital part of today’s society, and this course will walk you through networking in relation to social media. <br /><br />This course will be of interest to professionals who are required to communicate as part of their job, either to customers or colleagues. It will also be of interest to anyone who is hoping to enhance their daily lives through improving their group and networking skills.
This free online course Communication Skills - Perception and Nonverbal Communication will help you understand how you view and hear the world around you. You will also explore nonverbal communication skills to help you become a more effective communicator.<br /><br />The course begins by introducing you to the basics of perception. Concepts such as visual culture and visual perception will be explored, and you will also learn about the basics of auditory perception. The course discusses the impacts which these types of perception can have as part of interpersonal communication.<br /><br />You will also examine important aspects of nonverbal communication. You will look at the ways in which the body communicates nonverbally, including concepts such as space and gestures. Facial expressions are also a vital part of nonverbal communication and the course will show you how to interpret facial expressions effectively.<br /><br />This course will be of great interest to all professionals who are required to communicate as part of their job, either to customers or work colleagues. It will also be of interest to anyone who is hoping to enhance their daily lives through improving their nonverbal communication skills. <br />
This free online course Communication Skills - Persuasion and Motivation will introduce you to the art of persuasion, and motivation techniques for both yourself and others. The course will look at how persuasion impacts our daily lives, and discusses the differences between persuasion and manipulation. The course will also guide you through motivation theories.<br /><br />The course begins by introducing you to persuasion, how it impacts our daily lives, and the differences between persuasion and manipulation. Theories surrounding the art of persuasion will be examined in detail including manipulation, brainwashing, and Stockholm syndrome. You will also look at the role which persuasion plays in negotiation, and the difference between the two.<br /><br />Next, the course will introduce you to motivation theories, and you will also review techniques for motivating both yourself and others. You will look at the importance of motivation in leadership, and the motivation techniques which team leaders can utilize.<br /><br />This course will be of great interest to professionals who need to develop and use effective communication skills as part of their job, either with their customers or work colleagues. It will also be of interest to anyone who is hoping to enhance their daily lives through improving their persuasion and motivation skills. <br />
Community Development - Planning Promotional Programs and Seeking Funding is the last in a series of free online courses that will help you plan promotional programs for your community project and assist you in getting funding for the project. <br /><br />Using community health as a springboard for understanding community development you will be taken through the process of planning a health promotion program. Starting with a situational assessment and goal setting you will learn how to create specific promotional objectives and outcomes, choose appropriate strategies and resources, and set indicators for measuring the success of the promotion. <br /><br />The course then takes you through the process of seeking funding for your community development project. You will learn to how identify possible sources of funding and develop a project plan to use as a basis for applying for that funding. You will also learn how to manage the process of developing the funding proposal, how to package the proposal, how to submit it for consideration and how to follow up after submission. Sample documents and worksheets for the various steps are included with the course. <br /><br />This course will be of great interest to professionals or volunteers working in community development and with community organisations. It will also be of interest to learners who would like to know more about community development and its role in changing and improving local communities. <br />
This is a continuation of our series of accounting courses that will greatly increase your knowledge and understanding of the theory of accounting and accounting practices. This free online accounting course explains the processes used to close your accounts at the end of an accounting period, from creating a worksheet that facilitates the generation of the Income Statement and Retained Earnings statement to the generation of the Balance sheet. You will also be shown how a Classified Balance sheet is broken down into current and long-term assets and liabilities. The important Current Ratio figure is calculated and explained in context. You will also learn a little about the history of accounting systems and the impact of computerization on the process. This free online accounting course will be of great interest to entrepreneurs and business professionals who would like to get a thorough introduction to accounting principles, and to any learner who is interested in accounting as a future career.<br />
Une nouvelle éruption du virus Ebola a été enrégistrée dans les pays de l’Afrique de l’Ouest les semaines passées. Le taux de mortalité du virus Ebola est extrêmement élevé et une nouvelle éruption du virus peut avoir des consequences graves sur la santé des individus atteints par ce virus mais aussi sur les ressources des communautés et les pays dans lesquels l’épidémie survient. Ce cours sanitaire d’instruction mis en ligne vous expliquera clairement et en de simples termes: ce qu’est le virus Ebola, l’endroit où l’épidémie est apparue, les signes et symptômes d’une infection, comment une infection est traitée et comment prévenir une infection. Il expliquera aussi quelques incompréhensions portant sur le virus Ebola qui peut attaquer les communautés dans lesquelles surviennent les éruptions. Ce cours sera d’un grqnd intérêt pour les apprenants qui vivent dans ou près des regions où une éruption du virus Ebola est déjà survenue une fois et qui aimeraient apprendre plus sur le virus et comment éviter une éventuelle infection. Ce cours sera aussi d’un grand intérêt pour tous ceux qui travaillent dans le domaine de la santé et qui voudraient des ressources libres pour aider les individus et les communautés à avoir une meilleure comprehension du virus Ebola and de la manière dont une eruption de ce dernier peut être controlee.<br />
The free online course Computer Networking - Digital Network Security introduces you to the network architecture and protocols used in network security.<br /><br />The course begins by describing the features and functions of VPN protocol: Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP). You will learn how Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) encapsulates Point-to-Point (PPP) frames into IP datagrams for transmission over an IP-based network. You will learn about L2TP and how it relies on IPSec in Transport Mode for encryption services.<br /><br />You will then learn about Firewalls which are the most commonly used type of security device in an organization's perimeter and how they protect a network from malicious attack and unwanted intrusion. You will learn about the role of a Perimeter network that keep certain information open to specific users or to the public while keeping the rest of an organization's data secret.<br /><br />You will learn about the two types of Packet filtering (Stateless and Stateful) and their functions. Next you will learn about Application-level gateway functions and how it supports address and port translation and checks whether the type of application traffic is allowed.<br /><br />Finally, you will learn about the Network Intrusion Detection System (NIDS) which detects malicious network activities by monitoring network traffic, and the Network Intrusion Prevention System (NIPS) which inspects network traffic and can remove, detain or redirect malicious traffic.<br /><br />This course will be of interest to all learners who would like to learn more about computer networking, the network architecture and protocols used in network security. It will also be of great interest to all learners who are considering computer networking as a career or who are considering doing professional computer networking exams. <br />
The free online course Computer Networking - Local Area Networks and the OSI Model introduces the key devices found on local area networks (LANs) and the structure of different types of LANs. It also explains the seven layers of the OSI model that allow devices on networks communicate with each other. <br /><br />The course begins by introducing you to the key devices found on LANs such as hubs, switches and routers, and how each of these devices functions to allow for effective and efficient communication on the LAN. You will then learn about the functions of IP addresses and how they are broken down into Network ID and Host ID components. You will be introduced to the different network topologies such as Star, Bus, Ring and how they function. Next you will learn about Ethernet which is the de facto standard and most widely installed LAN technology. You will learn how devices on an Ethernet network communicate with each other using Frames. <br /><br />The course then moves on to explain the seven layers of the OSI Model. You will learn about the structure and function of each layer and how data is passed through the seven layers to allow two devices communicate with each other. You will also be introduced to the TCP Model and you will learn about the similarities and differences between the OSI Model and the TCP Model in terms of their structure and functions.<br /><br />This course will be of interest to all learners who would like to learn more about computer networking, in particular the structure and function of LANs, and how the OSI Module allows devices on a LAN communicate with each other. It will be of great interest to all learners who are considering computer networking as a career or who are considering doing professional computer networking exams. <br />
The free online course Computer Networking - Wired and Wireless Networks and Protocols introduces you in a step-by-step manner to the structure and function of wired and wireless networks and their protocols. The course begins by introducing you to cabling systems for wired networks, in particular the twisted-pair cable, and cable speeds and the cable types. You will also learn about the tools needed when making the connections between patch panels and RJ45 jacks. <br /><br />You will learn about the structure of Internet Protocol addresses in detail, including IP Ranges and their classes. You will compare and contrast the structure and function of IPv4 and IPv6 addresses and will learn about the role of Default gateway and DNS server in networking.<br /><br />Finally, the course introduces you basic TCP/IP tools such as command prompt, ipconfig and ping, and the use of these tools will be demonstrated. Next, you will be introduced to advanced TCP/IP tools such as Netstat, Pathping, Nslookup, Telnet, NbtStat and Netsh. Again, these tools and their uses will be demonstrated.<br /><br />This course will be of interest to all learners who would like to learn more about computer networking, in particular the structure and function of wired and wireless networks and their protocols. It will also be of great interest to all learners who are considering computer networking as a career or who are considering doing professional computer networking exams. <br />
This module explains the Safety Management Pack for construction contractors with 20 or less employees (SMP 20). SMP20 will help you to plan your work in a safe way and protect your employees and the people around you. By following the simple steps outlined in this module, you can develop your own safety statement and improve how you carry out your work. A detailed look at risk assessment is also provided. This module was developed by the Construction Safety Partnership to help you, and will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. Afterwards you will be given instructions how to purchase your copy of SMP20 from the Construction Safety Partnership.
Conversational German – First Contact is a free online course which is designed for anyone who wants to learn to speak basic German. The course is broken down into pronunciation of the alphabet, numbers and words and the basics of conversation covering hello, goodbye and introductions. Audio segments will let you hear the sound of each letter in German, as well as how the various letters are pronounced in words. The course lays down the foundations of the spoken language by introducing learners to the pronunciation of words and phrases through text and audio. Short audio segments let you hear how the words and phrases are pronounced. You will learn how to greet people and address them correctly, both formally and informally, with multiple examples for listening to. You will learn how a sentence is formed in German and become familiar with basic grammar. This course will be of great interest to anyone who wants to learn to speak German for use in business or social occasions, and for those wanting to travel to any German speaking country or region in Europe.