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Upgrade Your Skills with the Best Microsoft Office Courses Online

Gavin Phillips 19-02-2015

Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs, serve as an example of information sharing on the Internet. Leading universities around the world publish MOOCs to the Internet, enabling us to access the world-class education on offer at these establishments for free.


You’re bound to find something to engage you, from web-security, to game-development, to writing courses, and even Underwater Basketweaving.

MOOC Definition

Today we’ll look at the range of MOOCs dedicated to learning Microsoft Office, the ever present, ever useful Windows suite most computer users are exposed to in their computing lifetime. Learn more, discover new applications, or just brush up your tech skills Get Tech Skills You Need At These Top 7 Online Course Sites It's not only about learning programming languages, but also the little unnoticed tech skills that could take you further in your career. Iterate to the next version of you. Class is in session. Read More before starting a new project with these X free MOOCs.

Udemy: Microsoft Office Training

Udemy offers professionals or experts the opportunity to create an online course Udemy: Create Online Courses & Teach Online Read More of their choice, making the gamified platform slightly different from its academic counterparts. The range of courses is fantastic, each one vetted for quality by users and other experts.



The Microsoft Office Training course offers an introduction to the main Office applications: Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint, in bite-sized tutorials. You quickly cover basics for each app. For instance: using the Quick Access ribbon in Word, formatting cells in Excel, creating your first database in Access, and how to start and theme a new PowerPoint presentation.

For instance: using the Quick Access ribbon in Word, formatting cells in Excel, creating your first database in Access, and how to start and theme a new PowerPoint presentation.

This is followed by progression onto more advanced features: mail-merging, adding comments to financial reports, designing database forms, and PowerPoint media functions. Complete each assignment to earn a “Master” badge for your Udemy profile.

Best for: New Office users, those wishing to brush up their skills.


Saylor: Word and Excel Spreadsheets provides two Office orientated courses focused on improving your computer skills 3 Best Websites To Get A University Level Education For Free The idea that you are never done learning has never been more true than today. The Internet has revolutionized the way we access information and knowledge - formerly a luxury accessible only to the rich... Read More whilst learning some basic functions, too. The courses fall under Saylor’s Professional Development section.

The content of the Word course leaves a little to be desired, but the course aims to teach how to use any word processing program, rather than exclusively promoting Microsoft Word. By the end of the course you should be competent with Word Ribbon functions, business letter and memo design, and the associated writing styles.

The Spreadsheet tutorial focuses on learning core Excel competencies like manipulating data with simple formulas, structuring your data, and using spreadsheets for organisation. It is more detailed than its Word counterpart, but is still aimed at educating absolute beginners to the software suite.

Best for: Office newcomers.



Alison’s world of free, certified online learning features a comprehensive Microsoft Office list, with 14 individual courses covering core applications Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and SharePoint.


There is also an umbrella course aimed at expanding your Office operating knowledge, covering some 60 modules and taking over 15 hours to complete. It is worth the time for the detailed tutorials on everything from Microsoft Office 2010 Security, to Sparklines: Use Tiny Charts to Show Data Trends, to Create Relationships and Queries for a New Database and Making the Switch to Outlook 2010.

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It is directed at those aged 16+, but I think this could be a valuable resource for younger minds already comfortable with their computers, especially as each application features its own module assignments and assessments, with a downloadable PDF following completion.

Best for: Newcomers and skill brush-ups.

ExcelMOOC [No Longer Available]

ExcelMOOC is a useful, information-packed MOOC that you can complete within a dedicated day of study. Despite the slightly odd computerised voice-over, the tools covered represent great coverage of core Excel functions that anyone looking to enhance Excel skills 5 Microsoft Word & Excel Skills You Must Have to Succeed at the Office "Get that report to me, ASAP!" A core set of Microsoft Excel and Word tricks can make this task less stressful and help you whiz up a stylish report in no time. Read More will find handy.

Excel MOOC

Particularly useful are the rapid tutorials on Hiding and Freezing, and the entire Analyzing Data unit [No Longer Available].

Best for: Rapid brush-ups, newcomers to Excel, quick advanced tutorials.

GCF Learn Free: Office

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GCF Office Tuts

As a bonus, it covers all editions of Office back to Office 2000. Worth a shout for almost everyone.

Best for: All comers.

Microsoft Learning

Microsoft offer their own learning resources, albeit not in the form of a MOOC. As you would expect from Microsoft, given the range of Office applications 6 Ways You Can Get a Microsoft Office License for Free Free Microsoft Office licenses are hard to get, but they do exist. This article covers six ways to get Word and Excel for free. Read More the list of available tutorials is exhaustive, even featuring Office Training for Your Mac, for Your iPad, for Your iPhone, Office 365 Business and Home Students Can Get Microsoft Office 365 for Free Starting on December 1st, Universities that license Office Education for their faculty and staff can offer students Office 365 ProPlus for free. Read More , and a huge trove of tutorials for previous Office versions.

Microsoft Learning

For those requiring verification of their new found skills, Microsoft also offer an exam series with 3rd-party vendor, Certiport. These are aimed at knowledge verification for potential educators, clerical staff, or Microsoft experts. However, they do come at a cost and exams are held at an official testing centre.

Best for: Anyone looking to learn almost anything about Office.

Microsoft Virtual Academy

The Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) is perhaps the online knowledge repository for all things Windows Boost Your Productivity With Windows PowerShell Scripts What if you could bring the productivity of Linux over to Windows? Most Linux distros come packaged with the powerful Bash shell. PowerShell is an equally powerful terminal for Windows. Read More , Office included. The MVA focuses on delivering accessible tutorials for some of the more complex functions of Windows, such as Deploying Office as a Service, CODExist: The Birth of a Bot, and Windows Server Administration 15 Windows Command Prompt (CMD) Commands You Must Know The command prompt is still a powerful Windows tool. Here are the most useful CMD commands every Windows user needs to know. Read More Fundamentals. There are also Live Events in the form of virtual sessions or webinars, such as the upcoming Universal Windows App Development with Cortana and the Speech SDK.

MVA List

Courses are searchable by Product or Topic, and with around 450 available at any one time, you’ll find something to pique your interest.

Best for: Heavy Windows users, programmers, developers, or those looking to understand more about the Microsoft ecosystem.

Your Favorite Learning Resources

This list of Microsoft Office resources isn’t exhaustive, but following anyone of the suggested courses will enable your Office skills to shine in any environment. Our selections are not time-dependent, but there are new MOOC courses beginning all the time across the digital sphere that require signing up for a specific start-date.

MOOCs are a fantastic learning resource for hundreds of subjects, so get searching, and get learning!

PS: The Underwater Basketweaving MOOC was an April Fool’s joke by Coursera!

Have you used a Microsoft Office MOOC? What are your favourite Office learning resources? Let us know in the comments below!

Related topics: Education Technology, Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Office 2013.

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  1. Imaduddin
    March 15, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Perhaps you'd wanna improve this post, or make a new one.

    Microsoft has officially partnered with the edX platform too !