Want to improve your computer skills? Looking to start your own small business? Need to prepare for the ACT and/or SAT? Gale Courses can help with all of these topics and more! Gale Courses is a platform with free online classes that you can access anytime at the library or from home with a valid FRVPLD library card. Let’s take a look at how to access Gale Courses, how the online classes work, and how to find and enroll in a class.
How to Access
To access Gale Courses, go to our research page. The list of databases will be in alphabetical order, so scroll down to the ones that start with “G” and click on “Gale Courses.” At this point, if you are doing this from home you will be asked to provide your library card number. Then you will be taken to the Gale Courses homepage.
About the Classes
The classes for Gale Courses are free and are entirely online. Every class has one start date each month and runs for 6 weeks. Every class has an instructor that is an expert in their field. The instructor will make coursework available each week, but you can complete everything at your own pace. A final exam will be published with the last lesson and you have 2 weeks to finish it in order to fully complete the course. Once you complete the course, you will receive a certificate of completion that can be printed.
Finding a Course and Enrolling
There are a couple of ways you can find a class in the Gale Courses catalog. First, you can use the “Browse Catalog” menu on the left side of the screen. You can look at featured courses, popular courses, or new courses or you can click on a subject area. If you click on a subject area, it will open up another menu with subcategories to help narrow down the topic even more.
The other way to find a course is to use the search bar on the top right side of the screen. You can search for a topic and it will list all classes that relate to that topic. As an example, I’m going to search for “algebra.”
If you click on the name of the class, you can get more information about it. As an example, I'm going to click on "Introduction to Algebra" from my search results shown above. You’ll see class details, a syllabus outlining what will be discussed each week, class requirements (which is usually just a web browser and access to the internet), and student reviews. You can also see a list of start dates on the details page.
Now let’s take a look at how we enroll in a course. As you can see in the image above, there is a blue “Enroll Now” button towards the top right. Click on that button to begin the enrollment process. First, you’ll be asked to select which session you want to do (i.e. which start date).
Click on “Continue Enrollment.” You will then be asked to either sign in or create an account. If you’ve created an account already, just sign in and you’ll be good to go. If this is your first time enrolling in a course, you will need to create an account. Type in an email address and then click on “Create A New Account.”
Then you just have to follow the steps and type in some information, such as a password, name, and address. Then click on “continue.” You will then be asked to verify the information you provided and to provide a library card number. After that you will get a confirmation that you are enrolled, and you will get a confirmation email as well.
Accessing the Online Classroom
To access the online classroom, click on “My Classroom” on the top left corner.
You will see a list of classes that you are enrolled in. Click the one that you want and it will take you to that online classroom. This is where the instructor will post coursework and there is also a discussion area where you can talk with the instructor and with other students.
If you have any questions about Gale Courses or if you would like any help with it, please feel free to come to the Information Services desk and we’ll be glad to help! You can also call us at 847-428-3661, option 3, or email us at email@example.com.