School is Cool

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Have you always wanted to go back to school? Want to brush up on your computer skills or learn about HTML and website design? Maybe you want to devote more time to your hobbies and perfect your ability to make delicious Spanish tapas, paint seascapes, or take beautiful photographs? Thinking about adopting a puppy? Check out Dog Training 101. Whether it’s professional development, hobbies, or general educational enrichment you’re interested in, you can find it all at Universal Class. Read on to learn more about how it works!

The sheer number and variety of classes available in this database is very exciting. Take the time to create an account and explore all of the categories of classes that are offered. Keep in mind that all of these classes are completely free! If you’re looking for creative writing clubs or groups, you might be interested in an online class where you can receive feedback on your writing from a live professor and an international student body. The writing classes vary from creative genre writing to professional business proposal writing techniques. Trying to figure out how to sell things online? That’s the perfect opportunity to check out the “How to eBay 101” class under the Web Development category. Cake decorating has also seemed pretty popular lately, and there is an extensive class on that topic, complete with lessons on marzipan, icings, glazes, and fillings. More often than not, it seems like there is a class that will fit in nicely with a variety of interests. If you look at the Universal Class website without accessing it through the library, you can see that courses typically cost between $50-$90, with some as expensive as $154!


Now that we’ve established that Universal Class has a great variety of fun and useful courses to offer, let’s take a look at the fundamentals. Below are some details about actually taking a class through this database.

*Universal Class is authorized by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training to provide Continuing Education Units, but these classes will NOT transfer as college credits

*The Universal Class interface works with most browsers that accept Java script, but Firefox is recommended for Mac users

*English, reading, and writing skills must be at least at a high school level to successfully complete courses

*Classes are both self-paced and instructor-led

*Courses must be completed within a 6 month time period for credit

*Most courses can be completed within 10-20 hours. Simply multiply the number of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by 10 to determine the number of hours a course will take. For instance, a 1.4 CEU class will take about 14 hours to complete

*Most classes do not require textbooks, although some Algebra and Geometry courses are an exception

*Yes, classes are graded!

To give you a better idea of how Universal Class operates I’m going to report from the inside! I signed up for a class on digital photography, so stay tuned for another blog post in the next couple of months where I will discuss the ins and outs of continuing education with Universal Class.


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