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These sites offer one-stop WBT shopping

With the growth of online learning opportunities, it's easier than ever to expand your professional and technical skills. And now it's easier still to find the training you need with these four Web sites that serve as mega-stores for WBT resources.


Convenience is one great advantage of Web-based training (WBT), so why not look for convenience when shopping, too? While many sites offer a variety of courses, few act as one-stop shopping sites. These training mega-stores can help you get the most for your training time and dollars.

The superstores of online training
Offering courses from many of the world's most respected companies, Intraware has e-learning covered. Intraware's "Everything Java," "Everything XML," "Everything E-commerce," and "Everything Linux" pages provide links and information on e-learning options. Intraware's Training Center provides the resources you need for tackling issues like customer service, database management, project management, and preparation for certification exams. Intraware lets you compare products using Radarscope and Compariscope before you buy.

Another one-stop learning site, Fatbrain, features books, videos, software, and training. Use their search engine to zero in on the training you need. Pursue technical subjects or soft skills, get help with a job search, or take a course at the Internet's most comprehensive professional bookstore.

Click2learn is a comprehensive e-learning portal. Among the services and learning tools on this site, you will find Click2learn’s all-encompassing selection of online courses. Choose from business and management courses, or computer and IT skills. Click2learn also offers courses that help you along the path to promotion, teach you entrepreneurial skills, or prepare you for certification exams.

With over 575 courses to choose from, SmartPlanet has a lot to offer IT professionals. SmartPlanet has technical and computer courses, business and career courses, and lots of courses promoting personal and professional enrichment.

Karen Cangero writes about training and career development for a variety of Web sites and publications. She has completed graduate work in education and counseling and has several years experience in post-secondary education.

Have you taken a particularly good course online? Is there an online source that never fails you in your search for good IT education? Send us your recommendations so we can share them with other TechRepublic members.

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