New library resource grants access to over 300 online courses

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published November 6, 2018

ROCHESTER HILLS/ROCHESTER/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — The Rochester Hills Public Library recently unveiled a new electronic tool that staff says will provide patrons with lifelong learning opportunities in the comfort of their own homes.

The new service, called Gale Courses, provides over 300 free six-week online courses in the categories of business, computer applications, design and composition, technology, health care, law, personal development and education.

Library Director Christine Lind Hage expects the service to be popular with the library’s patrons, whom she said are education-focused.

“Gale Courses are a step for self-instruction on practical things like computers and other subjects. Lifelong learning is really important to our community. … People really want to take a class, so this allows them to do that on their own,” she said.

The library’s adult services manager, Jessica Parij said Gale Courses are a series of online classes led by real instructors for personal and professional enrichment.

“The service offers everything from learning digital photography to Spanish to mastering public speaking and the Adobe Suite. There’s just a huge variety of different classes,” she said.

New courses, which begin every month, are offered at no cost to library patrons. The first six-week session begins Nov. 14, followed by sessions beginning Dec. 12, Jan. 16 and Feb. 13. Lessons are typically assigned twice a week and often feature text, video, interactive games and images.

Parij said the service is a great additional learning tool that library patrons now have at their disposal.

“If you want to learn Photoshop, the Photoshop class with Gale Courses has an actual instructor, and you can discuss things with your classmates in a message forum, so it’s a great way to learn a new skill,” she said.

For more information on how to access Gale Courses, visit rhpl.org or call (248) 656-7195.