Instructor-Led Courses

  • Professional development and personal enrichment
  • Sessions start monthly
  • Convenient six-week format
  • Interactive learning environment
  • Instructors lead each course
  • Award of completion with passing score

About Gale Courses

Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive courses that you can take entirely online. As a library card holder, you can take an unlimited number of courses at no cost. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month. View a tutorial to learn more.

To enroll in a course, go to Gale Courses and follow the steps below.

  1. Browse the Catalog or search for a course.

  2. When you find a course you would like to take, click Enroll Now.

  3. Chose a start date and click Continue.

  4. If you have never taken a Gale Courses course:

    Enter your email address in the New Student area, and click Create Account. Complete the Account and Student Information page and then click Continue to Payment Options.

    If you are a returning student:

    Enter your account email and password and then click Sign In.

  5. At the Payment Options page, enter your library barcode with no spaces or dashes. Remember to access your course as soon as possible after the course start date.

Learn more about enrolling for Gale Courses with this short video.

Frequently Asked Questions

What courses does Gale Courses offer?

To see a list of all the courses, under Browse Catalog on the left side of the screen, click a subject area, and select a sub-subject. As a library card holder in good standing, you may take as many classes as you like.

Where can I find course descriptions, requirements, and other information?

Click a subject area under Browse Catalog on the left side of the screen, select a sub-topic, and select a course.

How do I try out a course to make sure it is right for me?

When you find a course you would like to take, click View Demo. You will be able to take a pretest for the course and view the entire first lesson.

I have enrolled in a course, why can’t I access any course materials?

Course materials are not available until the course start date. After the course begins, you must remain active in the course. Students who do not access lessons one and two by the Tuesday two weeks after the course start date will be automatically dropped from the course.

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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