Here at the Fountaindale Public Library we have a vast selection of databases in which one can choose from. These include ones that fall under specific categories of research as pertaining to such topics as Articles & Research, Arts & Entertainment, Auto & Home, Business & Employment, Consumer Information & Finance, Education & Homework Help, Genealogy, and Government & Law…just to name a few.
Today I will be looking at those that fall under the category of Education& Homework Help. These include Universal Class, Mango Languages, Lynda.com, and Gale Courses. Specifically, I will be discussing Universal Class and my experience with it and using it.
Universal Class is an excellent resource for anyone looking to further their knowledge and education. Universal Class offers a staggering 500 online continuing education courses with real instructors. Some of the courses include such diverse subjects as: Computer Training, Personal Finance, GED Training, Business, Pet and Animal Care, Professional Development, Health Services Training, Music and Painting, and many others.
The course I took and will be discussing in this blog is Bartending and Mixology 101. To start you need to register as a new user. After you have created an account, you then can decide on one of the 31 subjects listed. Once you have decided on what subject you would like to pursue, below each one is an estimate of how many online courses each subject details. You can also choose to search through the Course Catalog in the Find Course search box. I typed in the word “Bartending” and with that it came back with 1 match found. It could also be found under the main subject area of Arts, Crafts & Hobbies and under the subheading of Cooking and Baking. It shows that there are 7 Lessons, 11 Exams & Assignments, 3 Hours average time, and how many CEUs. The 7 Lessons were broken down as Alcohol Awareness, Bar Essentials – Alcohol, Bar Essentials – Additional Requirements, Cocktails, Beer, Wine, and Heated Drinks, Types of Establishments, and Employment. I joined the course and began. Each lesson included text, photos, videos, as well as links to certain recommended/essential sites as well as glossary of terms. Each part is divided into sections that need to be completely in order to proceed further through the course. After going through the specific lesson each portion would go turn from a red color to becoming highlighted with a checkmark and turning green. Finally each lesson would end with an exam that would be either multiple choice, essay, or sometimes a combination of the two. After which, would be sent to the instructor to be graded. Sometimes it would take a few days other times it would only take a few hours to get your grade back via email to see if you passed to move forward through to the next portion of class. Eventually, I reached the conclusion of the course and when I received the final email that I had passed and completed the course, I was presented with a Certificate of Course Completion.
The whole class and experience was very rewarding. I found it to be entertaining, informative, and even fun. The materials were presented in a way that was very easy to understand. I also found navigating through the course very easy and user-friendly. I also liked how the instructor would back all the grades in a very timely manner. I cannot recommend Universal Class highly enough. Cheers!