Subpages within this site include:

  • People’s Resource Center Course Material – instructor-led course material on a variety of computer topics from Introduction to Computers, Window Fundamentals, Excel, Word, Powerpoint, email, miscellaneous.
  • RAILS Training Material from Reaching Across the Illinois Library System. Many topics including Android tablet, Cloud Computing, Cutting the Cable, Excel, Macbook, Photoshop, Windows
  • NDIA training suggestions – links to a wide variety of classes, some of which require subscriptions which may be available through local public libraries or state library systems (noted as such)

Links to other general training sites:

  1. Digital Inclusion Resource Library – a collection of documents, reports, teaching aids and other assets used by digital inclusion practitioners. The platform can point to interactive content as well. Can sign up to participate here.
  2. Peer to Peer University has put together a handbook for virtual learning circles to help with running virtual community-based education programs
  3. Chicago’s Digital Learn – Short video lessons (in English and Spanish) on a variety of topics. Registration required, but open to everyone.
  4. Digital Learn– Tools and Resources for Trainers
  5. Skills Commons – Department of Labor’s free and open online library, containing free and open learning materials and program support materials for job-driven workforce development which can be downloaded. This collection of workforce-related Open Educational Resources (OER) created by over 700 community colleges across the nation can be freely reused with the attribution. Example searches of “digital skills” yield items like this Basic Computer Skills course which includes course overview, units, and tests.
  6. CourseDuck – programming courses and tutorials with ratings based on user reviews and includes course duration and difficulty
  7. NDIA training suggestions – links to a wide variety of classes, some of which require subscriptions which may be available through local public libraries or state library systems (noted as such)
  8. Connected Nation’s Drive Your Learning (self-paced on-line courses in computer and life skills- requires registration)
  9. Denver Public Library has posted the course material from their technology classes, including a subset of Computer introduction classes in Spanish
  10. GCF LearnFree (on-line self paced courses on computer, education, life skills). See also the GCF Learnfree South American websites: for Spanish, and for Portugese.
  11. TechBoomers (a set of material introducing a variety of popular web-sites)
  12. Generations On Line – tutorials for seniors
  13. Tech Goes Home has a set of material (in English and Spanish) for:
  14. Northstar has assembled a collection of publicly available learning resources
  15. Khan Academy is a nonprofit with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Course material is general education tutorials, from introductory to advanced in a wide range of subjects.
  16. Microsoft Digital Literacy Curriculum – A set of 2-3 hour courses in over ten languages introducing topics in computer literacy.
  17. Excel Easy, a rich set of instruction pages on Excel, from basic to advanced topics with 300 examples. Or check out this list of The World’s Best Excel Courses in 2020 from CourseDuck.
  18. New York Public Library tech guide handouts in English, Spanish, French, Chinese and Russian.
  19. New Mexico digital literacy resources include training toolkit, and training materials supporting their curriculum
  20. Common Sense Media is a San Francisco-based non-profit organization that provides education and advocacy to families to promote safe technology and media for children. It includes a section highlighting concerns for parents.
  21. A set of technology classes from Gail Borden Public Library, which uses the “Gail’s Toolkit” framework.
  22. For financial literacy, the FDIC provides instructor-led curriculum at Money Smart for Adults and Money Smart for Young People.

Spanish Language Instruction

Biblioteca Centro para Puerto Rico – Fundación Sila M. Calderón has put together a list of Spanish Resources for Digital Inclusion Training Classes

Targeted toward seniors

These resources are specifically focused on digital literacy for seniors:

  1. TechBoomers – a set of material introducing a variety of popular web-sites
  2. Cyber-Seniors– membership is free to seniors and provides access to the Senior Resource and Training Center, as well as Awards and Contests. Young People can register for free to take the online Cyber-Seniors Mentor Training Program and then volunteer to help a senior connect with loved ones and essential online services.
  3. a membership fee provides access to the training material for mentors or organizations that support training of seniors
  4. Generations On Line is a free program (for tablet and PC) to assist older users in basic on-line access, including support materials for families to get older loved ones online –
  5. Oasis Mobile Accessibility Guide

Tools to help with training

A couple of good resources for people involved in computer literacy training include:

Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment – a website providing computer skill assessment tests and can allow partner organizations to provide certificates to end users.

Peer 2 Peer University provides a framework for peer to peer learning using on-line courses. There is a wealth of information to help plan for and run a peer to peer class. It also includes tools for developing on-line courses and to help with the mechanics of enrollment for a class.

Gail’s Toolkit, a structure for technology classes developed by Gail Borden Public Library, now owned by, with templates for instructor guides, activity sheet, handouts, plus presentation and additional material.

DITTO is a cloud-based data collection program created to help community organizations collect participant demographics, class information, enrollment tracking, staff management, participant attendance, training hours, and completion status at a cost of $300-400 per year.

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