These courses will get you out taking photos. Teachers have impressive resumes and will critique your work.
These lesson videos are full of tips and info. Kelby has written excellent guides to the Photoshop softwares (Elements 9, Lightroom, Photoshop CS5).
Here is a free online school which also has a forum:
I have found this forum helpful:
As an avid backpacker, I frequent a website: backpackinglight.com, and was actually encourage to buy my Olympus e620 from a review I read at that site. In the forum there is a section entitled "photography", and as an example here is a book that a forum member at that site suggested: