For information about computer-related events held by the Library please see our Technology Classes page
Online courses and resources.
An Australian Government initiative, Be Connected provides access to a range of free self-paced tutorials to help you learn more about technology in your own time, at your own pace. We provide a number of BeConnected Courses during the year - (see our Technology Classes webpage) but you are able to participate online at any time.
- The absolute basics, such as what is a computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone, and the Internet;
- Getting to know your device and learning how to use a keyboard, mouse, touchscreen, and computer;
- Getting started online with the Internet, using online forms, email, search engines, and an introduction to Internet safety;
- Safety first and how to create safe passwords, make online payments safely, avoid scams and tricks, how to download and save documents, and where to get help and support;
- More online skills such as shopping online, connecting with friends using social networks, how to use a digital camera, as well as how watch TV and listen to music or the radio online;
- Connecting to others with video calls using Skype, WhatsApp, and Facetime.
- An email address is needed to participate online.
Start your learning now! Sign up with BeConnected!
The Library’s subscription to the Lynda.com package expired on 30th September 2019. We no longer have access to the Lynda.com courses.
LinkedIn Learning which owns the Lynda.com package are offering access to the similar range of online video courses through LinkedIn Learning, which requires individual LinkedIn Learning accounts. After reviewing the new subscription proposal Monash Public Library Service will not be subscribing to the LinkedIn Learning package.
If you wish to access video courses after 30 September you may do this through a personal account with LinkedIn Learning or through one of the library services that have elected to subscribe to LinkedIn Learning. By selecting to utilise free access to LinkedIn Learning you will be taken to a LinkedIn learning sign in page where you will be asked to voluntarily submit your personal data to a third party organisation.
The links listed below provide access to a range of other free training programs that you may also access.
Digital Learn is a grant-funded project to create an online hub for digital literacy support and training run by the US Public Library Association. Courses include Starting Out on Computers, Skills for Work and Being Productive using a PC. All courses are free to join and no registration is required. Courses are available in English and Spanish.
Join the 18 million people from all walks of life who have come to this site to learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. All you need is an Internet connection. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, maths, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers 125 tutorials, including more than 1,100 lessons, videos, and interactive lessons, completely free.
Go to GCFLearnFree.
Where else to learn computer skills in Monash
- Our libraries: We offer free computer programs and workshops throughout the year. Check our site regularly for upcoming programs, or subscribe to our monthly eNewsletter, follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
- Seniors Broadband Kiosks These community-based organisations provide Australians aged 50 years and over with a friendly and secure environment to receive free computer and Internet training. Find your nearest kiosk.
- Neighbourhood Houses: Reasonably priced weekly courses at convenient locations around Monash. The courses are publicised in local newspapers and online through the City of Monash.
- Monash Short Courses Centre Not-for-profit service provided by the Monash Student Association at Clayton. Courses are open to all, not just to Monash students and staff. Go to the Monash Short Courses Centre.
- U3A Waverley: Located within Batesford Community Hub in Chadstone, U3A Waverley aims to provide accessible and affordable learning opportunities to people in partial or full retirement. Go to U3A Waverley.
- U3A Highvale: Located in the Highvale Retirement Village, this U3A offers a variety of courses. Go to U3A Highvale
Learning to drive
DriveSmart helps you to become a better, safer driver as you prepare to get your Australian licence.
Register on the site and follow the interactive course to improve hazard perception, scanning and concentration skills.
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