Learn new skills during Covid-19 pandemic

Learn new skills during Covid-19 pandemic

Learning new work skills and strengthening those you already have are important for your career success.  It will increase your self-confidence and can even be fun. So set aside time to build on the skills you have.  First, decide on the skills you want to learn or strengthen. Then plan on how to follow through.  There are now thousands of courses and webinars freely available online in many different areas including assistive technology during the Covid-19 pandemic. Check out some of these exciting sites below.


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https://www.ablenetinc.com/resources/live_webinars have some webinars scheduled over the coming weeks, but also have access to a large bank of recorded webinars at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnqbFTy0VIQ6fVxXY2HiOJw/videos


https://abilitynet.org.uk/free-resources/webinars  Abilitynet are planning weekly webinars (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) over the next month of live online events to help share useful information for disabled people and their carers and employers.



 https://www.ahead.ie/conference2020  have moved their conference online, with a series of webinars over the next 10 weeks.  They also have an archive of past webinars https://www.ahead.ie/Digital-Accessibility-Webinar-Series


Gain INSIGHTS into the Mind of Someone LIVING WITH AUTISM, Exclusive Once-off Webinar with Dr. Temple Grandin


Call Scotland

also have scheduled and archived webinars available https://www.callscotland.org.uk/professional-learning/webinars/

Closing the Gap

Closing The Gap provides assistive technology (AT) resources to professionals, parents and people with disabilities.

Perkins learning

Perkins School for the Blind has been a leader in the field of blindness education has some prerecorded webinars https://www.perkinselearning.org/videos/webinar/assistive-technology


have an extensive list of archived webinars – https://www.pacer.org/webinars/archive-listing.asp

Online learning sites

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Udemy released the Udemy Free Resource Center,  a collection of more than 150 free Udemy courses to help students adapt to working from home, search for a job, maintain balance, and more.


The Open University offers courses at all levels.
OpenLearn gives you free access to learning materials from The Open University.

Future Learn

Courses from a range of topics; from Science & Technology to Arts & Humanities, from Body & Mind to Business & Management.

Class Central

Class Central is a free online course aka MOOC aggregator from top universities like Stanford, MIT, Harvard, etc. offered via Coursera, Udacity,edX, NovoED, & others


P2PU is a learning community that runs on the web. They run courses and organize webinars.


Online courses that are built in partnership with technology leaders and are relevant to industry needs. Upon completing a Udacity course, you’ll receive a verified completion certificate recognized by industry leaders.


The course comprises ten modules. Each module is designed to consist of five learning hours, including a one-hour live webinar


EdX offers interactive online classes and MOOCs from the world’s best universities. Online courses from MITx, HarvardX, BerkeleyX, UTx and many other universities. Topics include biology, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, electronics, engineering, food and nutrition, history, humanities, law, literature, math, medicine, music, philosophy, physics, science, statistics and more.

MIT OpenCourseWare

MIT OpenCourseWare makes the materials used in the teaching of almost all of MIT’s subjects available on the Web, free of charge. With more than 2,200 courses available


Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.

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