Ideas | February 5, 2015
Never stop learning. Whether you’re looking for academic, professional or personal development courses, you will find them Gale Courses. With well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with fellow students these free, online courses are a great resource to inform, improve or entertain.
Choose from hundreds of different courses – covering everything from computers and software to photography or writing, from professional development to personal enrichment. The full list of courses can be found here and the number of courses you can take is limited only by your own available time.
Courses start once every month and run for 6 weeks with two new lessons released each week. The courses are entirely web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes and assignments. A dedicated professional instructor writes and coordinates every course, answers questions, gives feedback and facilitates online discussions. Sign up using your Idea Exchange Member card.
What courses are available? Where can I find more information?
Click here for a full list of courses and course descriptions.
How do I enroll in a course?
When you have found a course in which you wish to enroll, click the Enroll Now button. Then, select the course start date of your choice. Create an account as a new student or sign in as a returning student. Once you’ve signed in, complete your enrollment by entering your member card number with no spaces or dashes on the submit page. Remember to access your course as soon as possible after the course start date.
I have enrolled in a course, why can’t I access any course materials?
Course materials are not available until the course start date.
How long are the courses?
Unless otherwise specified, all courses run for six weeks. You will be granted access to two lessons each week for six weeks. Each lesson will be accompanied by a short, multiple-choice quiz, and some lessons may include a hands-on assignment. You are expected to try and complete each quiz and assignment within two weeks from when the lesson is released. The course will conclude with a final exam. You will have two weeks from the last lesson and final exam to complete your studies and submit the final exam.
What happens if I have a question during class?
Each of the lessons is accompanied by an interactive discussion area. When you need help with a lesson, all you have to do is post your question or inquiry in the appropriate course discussion area. The instructor, his or her teaching assistant, or one of your fellow students will respond.
Why can’t I access this on my tablet?
The software required to run Gale Courses is not compatible with some tablets.
Need More Help?
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