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Online Courses & More

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Linkedin Learning – A leading learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Check out the video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts.


Gale Courses – Offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor-led courses that you can take entirely online. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.


  • In Our Time – Episodes of BBC Radio’s popular ‘history of ideas’ show are archived here. Listen to a podcast on the age of the universe, or whether we are near to achieving the thinking, feeling computer.
  • TED Ideas Worth Spreading – TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) offers “ideas worth spreading…1500+ talks to stir your curiosity.”
  • TEDX Events –  Designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue at the local level. Check out the Editors Picks, or look for upcoming webcasts.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

What is a MOOC? A wide range of free not-for-credit (some fees apply for credit courses) courses commonly offered through universities and colleges, and open to anyone. Course length and time commitments vary. Teaching is through video lectures, podcasts, online discussions and links to articles and ebooks. Here are some examples:

  • Coursera – courses that span the humanities, medicine, biology, social sciences, mathematics, business and computer science. Notable courses offered through the University of Alberta & Coursera are Indigenous Canada and Science Literacy.
  • EDX – partnership between MIT, Harvard, Berkeley and University of Texas. McGill University, the University of Toronto and others, offering courses “designed to be interesting, fun and rigorous.”

 Tutorial Learning

  • Khan Academy – Thousands of high quality short videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice. Created by Salman Khan who began posting math tutorials on YouTube, it’s a fantastic way for high school and university students to get help with difficult concepts.

Databases & More – more online resources available with your library card