Area libraries now offering online classes

Area libraries are joining forces to offer access to hundreds of online classes through their websites and the Monarch Library System catalog.     

The library system has acquired Gale Courses from Centage Learning and is offering more than 360 instructor-led classes.     

“Patrons of our member libraries will be able to enroll in courses covering all types of topics or subjects,” said Monarch Library System Director Amy Birtell.     

“Whether someone is considering going back to school to pursue a degree or is just interested in digital photography, the course catalog offers something for everyone.”     

The courses cover everything from health and wellness to creative writing, computer programming and GED test preparation.     

The classes are developed by experts, many of whom work at universities around the county, and there are continuous enrollment dates.     

Library patrons can use their library cards to enroll at no cost. The courses run for six weeks, with two new lessons released each week.     

New sessions begin every month.     If people enroll but can’t complete a course, they may sign up again for a different session.     

The courses are web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes and assignments. Instructors are available to answer questions, give feedback and facilitate discussions.     Before signing up for a class, interested patrons can read a detailed course description and a biography of the instructor, see the class syllabus, review the course requirements and see what previous students have to say about the class.     

For more information, visit the website education.gale.com/l-monarchls/.

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