Learning & the Web

Online learning means that you can gain knowledge and skills (often for free) to help you complete your GED, get a job or help in getting a better job.  Some courses can lead towards degrees and certifications, while others are where you can simply learn something new. 

Click on the sections below to get answers to your questions and get resources to help you becone and online learner!

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What do I need to get started?

While online learning is easily accessible and often free, there are a few things you will need to get started:

  • A computer or tablet
  • Access to the Internet
  • The ability to use a web browser and email
  • The ability to download and install additional software, if needed
  • 5 to 12 hours per week on the class depending on the difficulty and your abilities

For a more in-depth self-assessment to see if you are ready for an online learning experience, visit Washington Online, a service of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, and take their "Is Online Learning for Me?" quiz. 

Do you need home access to the Internet and a computer?  You can visit our Low Cost Internet and Computers page for affordable options.

Where can I learn online?

Online Learning Sites

Now that youeLearning're ready to experience online learning and take your first class, where do you go?

There are several eLearning sites that offer classes towards a degree or to learn a new skill.  The ones listed here offer free courses, but there are many on the web that require payment, especially if there is a degree at the end.  Online classes are also available at the following Seattle Colleges: North Seattle, Seattle Central and South Seattle.  You can visit the Seattle Colleges website for more information about courses offered through their programs here.

GCF Learn Free
Here you can take online classes and self-paced tutorials in Microsoft Office applications and other technologies, as well as tutorials in math, career, reading and everyday life.  You can also get a certification of completion for the Microsoft Office classes and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) as well.


Lynda.com
Free to people who have a Seattle Public Library card.  Offers an opportunity to learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve your personal and professional goals.

Coursera.org
Partners with top universities and organizations worldwide to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.

Alison.com
Every course is standards-based, certified and free.  Here you can access and develop essential, certified workplace skills.

Khan Academy
A personalized learning learning resource for all ages.  This site has a parent portal in addition to a student portal so you can track your child's progress and help with lesson planning.

Resources to help me with school, GED or college prep

Resources for school-age children

There are several online resources for students and supporting adults available for free on the web. 

One of the most important link for Seattle School District students is the Source.  If you have a student in the Seattle School District, you can set up a Source account with the following information:

  • A valid email address
  • Each child's 7 digit SPS student #
  • Each student's school; and
  • Date of birth

You will receive an email with each student's unique Access ID and Access Password to complete your registration.  Here is the link to the Source How to Register Page and the Registration Page.

The Khan Academy provides a personalized learning learning resource for all ages.  This site has a parent portal in addition to a student portal so you can track your child's progress and help with lesson planning.

GED Assistance

The GED (General Education Development) is a group of four tests that certify that you have achieved high school-level academic skills.  There are four subjects covered: Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and Math.  The test can only be taken online and varies in cost by state.  Washington State test takers will need to pay $30 per subject and they can be taken at separate times on separate days.  The official site for the GED is www.ged.com.  Once you have registered on the site (free), you have access to the following free resources:

  • GED Ready (official practice tests)
  • Find nearby Adult Education Centers for testing sites and financial assistance
  • Register for each test subject

Adult Education Centers who may offer discounts on study materials, classes or the tests in Seattle are: