5 Free Online Courses For Social Media Beginners

modern lessons macWhether you’re new to technology, just getting started with a social network, or looking for some useful tips then these courses are for you. They’re part of a new idea that I’ve been working on with a few friends. We’re calling it Modern Lessons and it’s essentially a ‘Khan Academy for real-world skills’ where a small handful of people build free online courses designed to help you learn some important things.

But it’s more than just a few useful videos about Twitter. There are customized certificates, quizzes, prerequisites, and more. But that’s not important. The important part is what YOU can expect to learn. Since many Edudemic readers are teachers, there’s a whole area devoted to teachers, don’t worry. Adam Webster, an Oxford-educated teacher just outside London, has lovingly crafted a series of useful (and free!) courses designed to help you integrate technology into your classroom. More on that later.

For now, let’s focus on how to improve your social media skills. Becoming a savvy social media user isn’t easy. But the first steps are the hardest and these mini-courses are designed to help you take those steps. They were made (by me) to not be too daunting, lengthy, or advanced. So I hope you find some of these courses useful and get started using Modern Lessons (launched as of today!).

facebook1The Beginner’s Guide To Facebook

Facebook dominates the web. It’s the most-visited social network by a large margin and has more than a billion users. Quite a feat for something started out of a Harvard dorm room. But the past is history and it’s time to figure out how to use Facebook to help you make a better life for yourself. That’s the Modern Lessons goal, after all. So let’s take a look at the basic ways to use Facebook that might help you out.

pinterestThe Beginner’s Guide To Pinterest

Pinterest is one of the fastest-growing social networks in the world. It’s big for a reason: it’s useful and has a devoted following of people pinning resources that you should probably know about. Here’s a very basic guide to Pinterest – perfect for any beginner wondering what all the pinning fuss is about!

learnist-420x294The Beginner’s Guide To Learnist

Learnist is one of the hot education-oriented social networks you should know about. If you’re a teacher, student, administrator, or anyone who wants to learn while browsing the web, you should know about Learnist. Founded by the folks behind Grockit (the test-prep company), I’ve been following Learnist since inception. This course is a quick overview of all the key points to know about!

twitter1-420x283The Beginner’s Guide To Twitter

In this course, we jump into the world of Twitter feet first. Whether you know how to use the social media service or are just starting out, we’ve got you covered. This free course is perfect for anyone looking for tips, tricks, and to re-learn why they started using Twitter in the first place. If you’re a newbie, fear not! We have an entire set of lessons devoted to you.

youtube-420x273The Beginner’s Guide To YouTube

In this course, you’ll learn the most important ways to properly use YouTube. From the safe search option to how to download videos, there’s plenty in here for newbies, teachers, students, and lifelong learners of any age. Whether you’ve never used YouTube, watched a cat video or two, or are already uploading videos, this course is perfect for you!


  1. Nikolaos Chatzopoulos

    May 28, 2013 at 7:27 pm


    Thank you so much for creating such a wonderful resource! The courses look AMAZING!

    • Jeff Dunn

      May 28, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      Just thought it’d be useful. Adding more to it on a regular basis – stay tuned!

  2. Sarah Ahsaan

    May 29, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    It looks amazing

  3. Deborah Giorgi

    May 29, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    How about an Instgram lesson?

    • Jeff Dunn

      May 30, 2013 at 11:05 am

      Great idea! Thanks Deborah – have a great day.

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    June 1, 2013 at 9:03 am

    G+ in the wings, I hope? Lots of educators there.