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Cora J. Belden Library - E-Learning

Choose from thousands of online courses to learn in-demand skills from real-world industry experts. LinkedIn Learning contains all of the courses from the previous, plus many more! Explore tech topics such as coding and web development, business topics such as leadership and analytics, and creative topics such as graphic design and computer animation.


Northstar Digital Literacy is a great online resource where you can take online classes on many technology related topics, such as Basic Computer Skills, Email, Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Career Search Skills, and more. Having built your new skills, you can then take online assessments which will provide a certificate and / or a digital badge to certify that you are qualified to pursue more advanced training, certifications, or career pathways elsewhere.

My Niche Academy is a great place to learn about all the different online services that the Cora J. Belden Library offers, made possible through the use of easy to follow video tutorials. Each online service or database has its own course that talks about what the resource is, what it offers, and how to access it and use it. In addition, there are several tutorials regarding popular topics such as Microsoft Office, social media, Gmail, and more.

The Great Courses Library Collection is a lecture series taught by world-renowned college professors. Developed and vetted by award-winning experts, the Great Courses cover subjects like history, economics, health, art, and science. Each course includes a series of half-hour lectures and a comprehensive guidebook. The Great Courses’ content is navigable using the video interface, so you can pause, play, and review information as often as you’d like. Courses come with a supplementary guidebook that highlights key points from the lecture, poses questions, and suggests sources for further reading. Best yet, you can take a Great Course entirely at your leisure. No matter where you want to go, or what you want to study, the Great Courses will have something for you. Immerse yourself in a new course today!

JobNow, powered by Brainfuse, provides live interactive online help combined with online resources to guide you through the necessary tasks to get a job. It includes services such as a Live Interview Coach service to help you prepare for your interview, a Resume Builder Lab that provides the resources you need to craft a winning resume, and informative, easy-to-use, and free Internet career resources for job seekers, including personality and career assessments.

Video courses are the fastest and easiest way to learn how to use a computer. Use the materials in this Computer Skills Center to learn the basics of computers, from searching the Internet to using popular programs for word processing, creating spreadsheets and databases, implementing design, and more. Skill level goes beyond basic to advanced.

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