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Roanoke library now offering instructed online courses

Roanoke Public Library has acquired Gale Courses from Gale, part of Cengage Learning. Through this program, Roanoke residents can access instructor-led, online courses through the Roanoke Public Library website.

“Part of our mission at Roanoke Public Library is to inspire and engage life-long learning in our community,” said Celia Bandelier, library director. “With Gale Courses, Roanoke residents will be able to enroll in courses covering all types of topics and subjects. 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.”

Gale Courses, developed as a result of Gale’s position within the library, classroom and adult learning markets, offer patrons access to hundreds of instructor-led online courses covering everything from health and wellness to creative writing, computer programming, GED test preparation and more. Gale Courses are developed by expert instructors, many of whom are currently working at universities around the country, and have continuous enrollment dates.

Patrons can enroll at no cost. Courses run for six weeks, with two new lessons released weekly (for a total of 12), and new sessions beginning every month. The courses are entirely web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes and assignments. A dedicated professional instructor coordinates every course by pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback and facilitating discussions.Roanoke residents can enroll and participate in courses from library computers or remotely from home computers. For more information about the catalog of courses offered or to enroll in a course, residents should visit the library website, www.roanoke.

For questions or more information, contact Bandelier at or call 672-2989.