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Learning for Life with Gale Courses

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Meghan, Queen's Square | August 1, 2017

It’s only August and for students, there’s still time to savour long summer days before hitting the books again. However, for those of us who haven’t stepped foot in a classroom for a while, there may be a certain nostalgia to the prospect of returning to studies.  While there’s plenty to be thankful for in an existence without homework or pop quizzes, there are times I miss taking a fascinating course for the sheer pleasure of stretching my brain.

For those interested in going “back to school” as an adult, the Idea Exchange offers Gale Courses, a service that allows you to choose from over 100 free online classes. It’s an excellent option for anyone who wants to learn a new skill or is seeking a fun way to flex those mental muscles.

The first time I logged into Gale Courses with my trusty Idea Exchange membership card, I was excited to see the variety of courses one can take. Whether you’re interested in creative endeavours, STEM fields or workshops focussing on career skills and personal development, it’s likely you’ll find something to pique your interest.

After poring over the full catalogue and some serious deliberation, I opted to start out with a course on the computer programming language, Java. So far, I’ve loved the combination of lessons, concrete examples and hands-on assignments. Each of the courses lasts six weeks and you learn at your own pace, asking questions or sharing experiences in the forum’s online community of students. At the end, students have the option to complete a final test to acquire a certificate demonstrating their knowledge.

If you’re like me and in the mood to try something new, Gale Courses may be the first step on your journey. Check it out to find a rewarding hobby or explore career possibilities you never even imagined.