Educational Opportunities

lynda.com

Decatur Public Library (DPL) is pleased to offer its cardholders access to lynda.com’s library of instructional videos. Normally, using lynda.com requires a paid subscription, but as a DPL library cardholder you can access lynda.com content from any computer with an Internet connection simply by entering your 14-digit DPL library card barcode and 4-digit PIN.

Log into lynda.com using your barcode and PIN.

(Please note that you can only access course content through the DPL’s lynda.com login page, and not by directly visiting the lynda.com homepage. Bookmark accordingly. Please also note that while the DPL’s lynda.com accounts are accessible through mobile devices, they are not accessible through lynda.com apps. Use your mobile device’s browser.)

Once you have logged into lynda.com with your library barcode you must create a personalized lynda.com account by entering your name and e-mail address. This account can help you manage your course history, playlists, bookmarks, and Certificates of Completion. Many courses also featured exercise files, so that if you’re watching a tutorial about Microsoft Excel you can follow the activity with downloadable, pre-populated Excel spreadsheet files.

What is lynda.com?

lynda.com is an online learning site that hosts a constantly growing library of over 3,000 courses that include over 130,000 videos. Courses cover a variety of topics (including business, design, web development and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications) that can help you pursue personal and professional goals. These courses are delivered by expert instructors and feature searchable transcripts that make it easy to find quick answers to questions. They also feature Certificates of Completion that can be uploaded to a LinkedIn profile.


Tutor.com –  Improve your math skills.
Review a writing project.
Study for an upcoming exam.
Prepare for the GED/HiSET/TASC.

 

Tutor.com To GoTM for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch

Tutor.com To GoTM for Android

Types of homework help available:

  • K-12 students can get help either in English or in Spanish in a wide range of subjects including math, science, English, social studies and essay review. Tutors are also available to assist with GED preparation.
  • College students can get help either in English or in Spanish for their college level courses including English, science, math, social studies, and essay review. , Tutors also provide career services such as resume review, job searching and interview preparation.
  • Adults can get help in either in English or in Spanish with career services including resume review, job searching and interview preparation. Tutors can also help with GED and Citizenship preparation, and essay review. Additionally tutors can help adult learners with back to school needs.
  • Hours: 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. every day

Mango Languages – an online language-learning system

Mango is free for all library patrons and can be accessed anywhere with an Internet connection. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application by focusing on the four key elements of language learning: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture.

Mango offers access to 60 foreign language courses and 17 English courses taught completely in the user’s native language. In addition to traditional language courses, Mango also offers the opportunity to learn through foreign film with Mango Premiere™ and access to a variety of specialty mini courses, like Pirate, Medical Spanish and romance courses. Mango can be accessed at the library, remotely, or even on-the-go with apps for iPhone®, Android™, Kindle® and Nook®.

We are thrilled to join the growing list of libraries across the country that offer Mango to their patrons. Some people need to learn a second language for business or travel. Others want to for personal or professional development. No matter the reason, learning a language should be fun. With Mango, it definitely is. Get started now!


 Gale Courses – Online learning anytime, anywhere… just a click away!

Gale Courses deliver hundreds of engaging, instructor-led online courses focused on professional development, technology skills, and personal enrichment to transform your life. Course offerings are tied to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ fastest-growing occupations and include:

 

  • Courses to support business professionals, such as business law, human resources, management, manufacturing, and marketing
  • Computer and technology courses that suit skill levels from beginner to advanced
  • Courses in parenting, the arts, hobbies
  • A multitude of health and wellness offerings

The six-week courses are taught by college instructors and experts in the field, ensuring a high-quality, high-impact educational experience for all ages. Additional benefits to you, the patron, include:

  • Easy – Signing up with your library accounts
  • Free – Courses are free to patrons with a Decatur Public Library card
  • Accessible – Courses can be accessed anywhere, any time, on any computer with internet access.
  • Engagement – Online discussion area bring you and the instructor together for feedback and encouragement
  • Flexibility – A 10-day extension period is available if needed
  • Recognition – Patrons receive a “Record of Completion” certificate after successfully finishing a course

Let the Learning Begin!

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