What are Gale Courses?
Gale Courses offer online learning anytime, anywhere - just a click away!
Through M/RCPL, Gale Courses offer a wide range of highly interactive free courses that you take entirely online. Library cardholders in good standing can take their pick of hundreds of courses that run for six weeks; new sessions begin every month.
To enroll in a course, or to see what Gale Courses offer, click on the logo above, or go here to get started.
What courses can you take through Gale Courses?
To see a list of all the courses, look under Browse Catalog on the left side of the screen on the Library's Learn for Life - Gale Courses page, click a subject area and select a sub-subject.
Where can I find course descriptions, requirements, and other information?
Click a subject area under Browse Catalog on the left side of the screen on the Library's Learn for Life - Gale Courses page, select a sub-topic and select a course.
How do I enroll in a course?
Select a subject area, click a sub-subject, and then select a course. Click the Enroll Now button, and 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 library card number with no spaces or dashes on the Payment Options 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.
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