Online Courses & Lectures

Explore the world of online learning

Whether you are looking to expand your knowledge, advance your career, or enjoy stimulating lectures, the opportunities have never been greater.

Skills Related Courses and Practice Tests 

Lynda.com

An outstanding resource for online learning with over 3,000 videos created and continually updated by subject experts. Classes range from accounting to web conferencing. Exceptional at teaching technical skills such as software for video editing, photography, coding, and even animation. Learn new applications, enhance your skills, advance your career. 

You can also download the Lynda.com app. Under the “Organization” tab type in westvanlibrary.ca and click on Login. You’ll be taken out of the app to login through the website with your library card number and pin. Use the app like you would the website, or download videos for offline viewing.

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Learning Express Library

Provides practice tests, tutorials and courses for math, reading, writing, computer skills, LSAT, TOEFL, citizenship exams, jobs, career development and more. Please note: lessons will not display unless your browser allows pop-ups. If you need help, please ask us. 

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Mango Languages

Lessons in 65 languages (including English). Once you've signed up for an account on our website, you can download Mango's app for iOS or android and learn on your mobile device.

Tip: Check out Mango's voice comparison feature - available on some slides. Just look for the the microphone icon next to the word or phrase.

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 Online University Level Courses - also known as MOOCS

A wide range of free and low-cost courses awaits anyone eager to pursue a subject in greater depth.

Short for massive open online courses, MOOCS are leading the trend in distance learning in higher education. Most commonly offered through consortiums or partnerships between universities and colleges, they are open to anyone. 

You'll be impressed at the learning tools MOOCs use - video lectures with interactive quizzes; podcasts; online discussions; links to articles, ebooks and other course materials' and peer review of assignments.

Course length and time commitments vary. Though most MOOCS are not-for-credit, some institutions offer certificates of completion for a fee.  

The range of partnering institutions and the subject areas covered is vast. Start by browsing the catalogues of the MOOC providers below, or use an aggregator like Class Central or OnlineCourses.com to search by subject across multiple MOOC providers.

Tips to help you decide if a MOOC is right for you

  • Watch the instructor's introductory video.
  • Check the course outline for pre-requisites and the level at which the course will be taught.
  • Look at the instructor's college webpage and search the web for course reviews. 

Coursera

Coursera has over 33 international partners and courses that span the humanities, medicine, biology, social sciences, mathematics, business and computer science. 

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EdX

The first MOOC -  an MIT course in electrical engineering - led to the creation of edX, a partnership between MIT, Harvard, Berkeley and University of Texas. McGill University, the University of Toronto and others have since joined, offering courses "designed to be interesting, fun and rigorous." 

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MIT OpenCourseWare

The pioneer of MOOCS, MIT puts lecture notes, exams, and videos from more than 2,200 courses online for free (no registration required). Since many of these courses only include written material, you need to look under the heading "Audio/Visual" at the bottom of the website to find courses that include audio or video lectures.

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Open 2 Study

Free 4-week courses in Education, Science & Tech, Marketing, Business, Health & Medicine, Management and Arts & Humanities. An initiative of Open Universities Australia.

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Stanford Online - Lagunita

Lagunita hosts many of the free online courses taught by Stanford Univeristy faculty and made available to lifelong learners around the world for self-enrichment. Click on a course for a full description, to see when it's offered, and to find reviews.    

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Udacity

Another Stanford initiative, Udacity is funded by Google and other tech firms and is chiefly technology oriented. Course materials are available to anyone, but to enrol in the full course experience, there is a monthly fee (approximately $200/month on average). "Nanodegrees" in specific areas are granted to those who enrol and pass the necessary courses.

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Tutorial or Mini-lecture Style Learning 

Challenge yourself with first rate tutorial style lectures from the Khan Academy.

Khan Academy

With a library of over 4,200 high quality short videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice, they are on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace. 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.  

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Stimulating Lectures

Enjoy lectures by internationally acclaimed experts.

TEDx Events

"Created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading," the TEDx program is 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. 

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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.

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The Library is here to assist!

The Library is a natural learning environment and our staff can help you navigate the vast array of online offerings to find the perfect course, tutorial or lecture. Watch  lectures on our public computers, or set up your laptop or tablet in one of our study carrells. Need help with the technology needed to participate in your online learning environment? Just ask us!