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Self taught Word and Excel?


Is it possible to get self-teach CD-Roms for basic/intermediate Word and Excel? Are there any other alternatives to classroom teaching, for example online courses?
Dina Berry

9 Responses

  1. On-line packages
    Hi Dina,

    We looked into using on-line learning through Learn Direct, but unfortunately found the courses very dry and not user friendly. Im sure Learn Direct would be happy to let you try the packages for yourself if you contact them…if you do decide to go down that route they are a cost effective way of delivering on-line learning to small numbers of staff.

    Good luck

  2. Thanks!
    Thanks for this. We are indeed considering Learn Direct – but you’re the first person I’ve come across who’s actually used them for IT training!

    I remember in a previous company I worked for we had CD-Rom packages for Excel and Word, but can’t remember how we got hold of them and I’ve not seen them since. Any ideas?

  3. CDs for It learning
    I went on an Access course with “New Horizons” a couple of years ago, and they also did offer me a CD of the course – I don’t nbow if I could have had the CD without doing the course first. It might be worth a look as the course itself was quite good. The email address was and i had a helpline number of 0121-233-6025. Give them a try. This is not a recommendation, but a lead. Dave Griffiths

  4. Training through CD or the Internet.
    There are a number of companies with good off-the-shelf content for these subjects and many others. They have been around for years, and the content can give you a good understanding very quickly.

    Have a look at Interquad, traditionally a classroom training company with some excellent e-learning partnerships. (my preferred supplier for nice easy people to deal with. Call them on 01753 53 44 21 and ask for Tanya Thomson)

    Good Luck.

  5. Self teach courseware
    Have a look at I have been using their courseware for more than 5 years it is virtually self teach and excellent. I have no connection with Sanscrip other than being a customer. I run my own IT training company and both my clients and I like the products

  6. e-Learning is a good option.

    This is not an advertisement.
    We have free demos of the courses you want and they are without obligation.

    If you are not familiar with e-learning then a demo is a good place to see if this type of study is for you.

    To help you, also feel free to download a copy of ‘The Consumer’s Guide to e-Learning’ from our site. It will give you advice on e-learning as a training channel and in choosing an online provider.

    We are licensed publishers of the guide as it is part of our ‘Quality e-Learning Certified’ Mark and therefore is free to download without obligation.

    I do hope e-learning suits you.

    Tony Treacy.

  7. Self Learning Tool

    I too have introduced the use of Sanscrip Computer Based Training to our organisation and it has proved to be very successful. The package is also very flexible allowing you to provide the training in a tutor led classroom environment or as a self learning tool. We adopted the latter and it has been really well received across the company.

    Good luck!

  8. Self taught Word and Excel?
    Hi Dina,

    Are you looking to get Certification or just to learn the packages at your own pace.

    I ask this above question because this will greatly affect the advice as to what package may be of use to you.

    Electric Paper – CBT
    NETg – CBT

    Non – Certification
    Take your pick of whichever you like.

    You really need to get some CBT demos in so that your potential students can try them and see what they think.

    I take it from your question that all instruction has been from the classroom. ???

    CBT works very well for instruction but blended learning would provide the best solution.

    Get all the boring bits done by CBT but tailor the learning to your companies requirements by practical hands-on lessons to tasks that your students are most likely to come across within the workplace. This will benefit both the students and the company so you will be in the best Win-Win situation possible.


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