Recently I was introduced to a website that offers a wide variety of training on not only Microsoft office, but Microsoft operating systems as well. They have 3 separate levels of memberships to choose from, each one offering something a little bit better than the last. Today, I will briefly walk you through what is offered, and show you just how easy it is to use the lessons.

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First things first are the three membership options you have to choose from. The first is the Free membership.

clip_image002 This membership includes just the basics, but rest assured, their basic lessons are anything but basic. You get 15+ video lessons that I will discuss more later on in this review. This is unlimited access as well, no time limits. This includes Free Microsoft Office Training which includes Microsoft Office 2003, 2007, 2010, Computer Fundamentals and Much more.

The next membership option is the Standard membership.

clip_image004 This membership includes Office 360, Microsoft Office Specialist, Microsoft Office 2003, 2007, 2010, Internet and Computing Core Certifications, Operating Systems, along with live mentoring support on all of these.

The last membership option is the Premium membership.

clip_image006 This last membership includes everything in the last two along with one very special extra feature called a Webinar. A Webinar is a live course taught by the instructors that is not available anywhere else, and you have the ability to interact with the instructor.

To become a member, log onto learning Gate, then place your mouse over the memberships link and choose “Become a Member”. Once you have answered a few simple questions, and added all of the important information, you will be sent an email asking you to confirm your membership choices. Once you respond, you’re all set.

Open the site back up again, log in and click on “Access OnDemand Training” on the right hand side of your screen. This will take you to your learning page and show you all of the available courses you can choose from. While they said that there were only 15+ courses available for free, there are more than just 15 short lessons to choose from.

Each course is broken down into a number of units, for example, Microsoft Excel2110 has 9 units, and each unit has a number of individual topics to look at as well. This gives a minimum of 159 lessons to choose from with each one offering many more sub lessons. This is way more than I have seen offered for free anywhere else.

I watched the “Getting Started” lesson for Word 2010. I found the instructor to be well spoken, professional, and very knowledgeable. The information and presentation were easy to follow and easy to use. Each lesson not only includes valuable expert instruction, but also a printable study guide as well. Each lesson shows and tracks your progress and helps you know what you have and have not studied.

This is one program that I highly recommend to everyone. From the beginner to the advanced, each of the courses offered will enrich your knowledge, improve your performance, and give you a greater understanding of each software program and operating system presented.

Raymond Stapleton
I have worked in and around many different types of computers. In the Navy, I used a magtape drive computer that was a step down from pen and paper. I later worked for a big computer company and after that, taught computer class’s nation wide. I had the privilege of teaching 14,000 students in a 2 years period of time. Afterwards, I owned a small computer training and repair shop for a few years. I have owned C-64’s, Pc’s of various types, Amiga’s, and even Mac’s. I now have included the android to my collection. At any time, I have close to 15-20 computers or combinations of computers and game systems in the house. I look forward to more.
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