Old dogs and new tricks


(This blog post is not about my dogs exactly, but they do play a part in it. Read on…)

The staff here at the LCOPL will be the first to tell you that, most days at work, we all learn something we did not know before. That’s one of the best things about being a librarian or a library assistant. After working here almost seventeen years (yikes) I can tell you that I am no expert in anything, but I know so much more than I did when I started this job.

When our Recorded Books representative came by for a visit last week, he told me more about a new online educational service we are offering through the library. It is called Universal Class and all a patron needs to do is have a library card to be a part of it. Here are some of the details:

  • Access to over 500 courses (everything from ABC’s of Algebra to Yoga 101)
  • Anytime, any place enrollment! No waiting for sessions to start or end
  • Friendly instructors providing assessment and feedback
  • Engaging video-based lessons
  • Lesson exams and stimulating writing assignments
  • Collaborative learning environment
  • CEU Certificates documenting course completion (online, printable and downloadable PDFs)
  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) – Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

The courses offered by Universal Class are extremely diverse. While I am terrified by Algebra, anyone that has met my two dogs (see above) knows that I could certainly use a course in Dog Training. My “sweet” Blue and Edie Beale have made my house resemble a war zone. Lucky for me, Universal Class will give me the chance to learn how to stop the destruction of my home. I was also excited to find classes on Gardening (for the library garden) and Event Planning (for Books & Lunch programs). I am only naming a few of the free learning opportunities this program provides.  And registration is very easy. All you need to do is pick a user name and a password.

Take a look at Universal Class  and see what you think. We’ve also added link to the drop down menu on this blog under “Library Links”. If you have any questions, please feel free to give us at call at (662)234-5751.


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