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3 New Online Courses Now Available In All Major Languages On ICANN Learn

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The online learning platform developed and maintained for the ICANN community has been growing thanks to the input and participation of many dedicated members around the world. Since inception in late November 2013, online students have taken more than 44,000 lessons and enrolled in more than 40 online courses available in all major UN languages.

The goal of ICANN Learn is to make courses that are highly relevant and useful to a global audience. That's why we're pleased to announce the creation of three new courses that have just been launched. They're designed to be highly engaging, useful, and worth your time. Each course should take less than two hours to complete. The courses feature visuals, quizzes, in-depth descriptions about important topics, and more.

The Beginner's Guide To ICANN
This course is designed for those with all levels of knowledge about ICANN. It contains a beginning level of information about ICANN but can be a useful refresher course or as a starter course for newcomers. The ICANN Learn staff will be updating this course on a regular basis so please feel free to recommend topics for future lessons to be added. Thanks for taking the course! View it at http://learn.icann.org/course/view.php?id=5

A Visual Guide To The Internet
This course is designed to be a simple way to quickly grasp how the Internet was started, how it runs, and who is behind the ongoing maintenance of the powerful service available around the world. Each lesson consists of an interesting and relevant chart as well as a brief explanation. View it at http://learn.icann.org/course/view.php?id=97

Introduction To LACRALO
Getting to know what the Latin American and Caribbean Islands Regional At-Large Organization (LACRALO)  as well as ICANN is critical for all members. This course is designed to help inform newcomers and those in search of general information about ICANN, the multi-stakeholder model, the At-Large community, gTLDs, and more. View it at http://learn.icann.org/course/view.php?id=57

Every course on ICANN Learn is completely free and designed to help students of any technical skill level. Ready to get started? Create a free account and start enrolling in as many courses as you like!

Visit http://learn.icann.org for more information.

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