New Resource: Universal Class

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New Resource! Universal Class

Durham Tech Libraries is happy to announce a new database with exciting professional development opportunities: Universal Class, a learning platform that hosts full-length courses and offers accredited continuing education certificates upon successful completion.

Durham Tech students may have heard of other online continuing education platforms such as Khan Academy or Goodwill's GCFLearnFree. The course topic variety and assessment structure offered by Universal Class makes it an excellent alternative to those platforms. Class topics range from personal finance lessons to soap making, making it an exciting addition to the professional and educational skills gained in Durham Tech programs.

Durham Tech students and faculty will need a Durham Tech library card number in order to access this database. This can be obtained with a Durham Tech ID card at our Main Campus Library or Orange County Campus Library locations.

Continue reading this blog post for an in-depth look at utilizing Universal Class to reach and expand your lifelong educational goals.

Landing page for Universal Class. Features a text box that prompts the user to search a topic they want to learn about
Universal Class offers a convenient and easy search interface to find new continuing education opportunities

Getting Started With Universal Class:

  1. Follow the link in our database list
  2. Click the large green "Register Now!" button
  3. Register with your 14-digit library card number
  4. Enter your first and last name, along with an email address you have access to
  5. Start searching for educational opportunities!

Once users are signed into Universal Class, they are greeted with a landing page that offers personalized course recommendations that will update depending on the courses chosen. Users can keep track of certificates earned and course progress on this screen.

The user landing page for Universal Class. It features user menu options on the left-hand side of the screen and course recommendations in the center
Universal Class offers a customized landing screen that adapts recommendations according to the classes being taken

Once a class of interest is found, users can see the total number of lessons, the number of assessments, and the average time required to complete the course. Students can find the course description, author, student testimonials, and more information further down on the course page. For classes with the video audit option, users can opt to just watch the video instruction instead of committing to the version that requires coursework and assessments for a certificate.

The universal class course Applied Statistics 101, which showcases it has 14 lessons, 17 exams, requires 21 hours on average, and offers 2.1 continuing education units. It also offers a video audit.
Course descriptions offer in-depth information including course evaluations from other Universal Class users and related areas of study

What are you excited to learn about with Universal Class? Acrylic painting, or maybe Business Writing? Add a new skill to your repertoire and a new certificate to your resume with Universal Class. As always, please reach out to your friendly Durham Tech librarians if you have any additional questions about using Universal Class.