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Online Learning Comes to Farmington Community Library

Open houses planned April 16-17 to familiarie residents with the web-based lerning environment and platform.

The Farmington Community Library has acquired courses that will allow library users to access instructor led, online courses. (Patch file photo)
The Farmington Community Library has acquired courses that will allow library users to access instructor led, online courses. (Patch file photo)

Farmington Community Library (FCL) has acquired Gale Courses from Gale, part of Cengage Learning. Through this unique program, Farmington Hills residents can access instructor-led, online courses through the FCL website.

“National Library week is a celebration of the Library’s ability to change lives,” said Library Director Tina Theeke. “Education is also life-changing, so we felt it is the perfect time to launch Gale Courses and expand lifelong learning opportunities for our residents.”

FCL will host two events to showcase Gale Courses dedicated to six topics: business, computer applications, design & composition, language & art, personal development, and teaching & education. These open house events will allow patrons to learn about the different courses FCL offers, the entirely web-based learning environment and program format.

  • Wednesday, April 16, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. at the Main Branch: 32737 W. 12 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills, MI, 48334-3302
  • Thursday, April 17, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Farmington Branch: 23500 Liberty St., Farmington, MI, 48335-3570

Courses run for six weeks and are free to Farmington Community Library cardholders. Whether someone is considering going back to school to pursue a degree or just interested in digital photography, the course catalog offers something for everyone. A dedicated professional instructor coordinates every course by pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback, and facilitating. Many instructors also teach at universities around the country. The next scheduled courses start on April 16.

For more information about the catalog of courses offered or to enroll in a course, residents can attend an open house event or visit the Library website: http://www.farmlib.org/. For questions or more information, please contact the library.

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