Go to the Head of the Class
July 08, 2014
Mid-Continent Public Library offers so many ways for you to learn. Most obviously, we have books on almost any subject you could think of. We also offer a wide variety of live programming. Our near 300 databases provide you access to tons of information online. And our Online Learning page presents you with all of our online learning-related resources in one place, including our newest tool for learning, Universal Class.
Universal Class offers over 500 courses. All of the courses are self-paced and instructor-led. Self-paced means that once you sign up for a class, you have 6 months to complete it. You can go as quickly or slowly as you want, and you are able to sign in and do your work at any time of the day (or night). Instructor-led means there is an instructor that you can contact with questions regarding the course content, and the instructor grades your assignments and exams.
Having over 500 options may sound daunting, but Universal Class splits them up by category so that you can find exactly what you’re looking for. For example, if you’re interested in career training, you might take Assertiveness Training 101, Business Analysis 101, or Communication with Diplomacy and Tact. For those who might prefer self-improvement courses, you could take Aromatherapy 101, Dog Training All-In-One, or Weight Loss Management. And if you are an educator or student, brush up with ABCs of Algebra, Essay Writing 101, or World War I.
I, for one, have signed up for Cryptozoology 101, the fascinating topic of researching hidden animals (Bigfoot, Nessie, et al.). The class is set up with a text version of the lesson as well as a video version. At the end of the lesson, you’re provided with announcements, links to related sites, class polls, assignments, and an exam. After finishing the assignments and exam, your instructor will grade them and email you your grades. After finishing a course, you’ll be awarded with CEUs based on the class difficulty. CEUs (Continuing Education Credits) , though not the same as college credits, are accredited through the IACET (International Association for Continuing Education and Training), which is widely regarded as the standard of good practice (find more out on Universal Class’s FAQ page).
I’m convinced that any of MCPL’s customers could find something of interest on Universal Class. When you go to their site, we recommend going ahead and registering before browsing for classes (you can only sign up for Universal Class if you are age 13 or older). Universal Class makes signing up for the site and the classes incredibly easy, so go explore now!