Inspire Adults in Your Community with a New Online Learning Portal

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| By Gale Staff |

Libraries play an essential role in offering adults in their communities resources to continue their educations, learn new skills, advance their careers, and accomplish personal and professional goals. But how do you ensure your library is connecting patrons to the solutions that fit their needs?

Provide access to the new Online Learning Patron Portal from Gale. This portal is a central hub for your Gale adult learning resources and helps your patrons find the resource that best meets their learning goals.

The Online Learning Patron Portal is a free add-on for public libraries that provide access to two or more of Gale’s adult learning resources, whether directly purchased from Gale or made available through a statewide e-resources program. Contact your rep when your library is ready to set up this new adult education dashboard.

How Does the Online Portal Work?

  • Easy Patron Access: The Online Learning Portal is easy to set up and easy to access. Gale will provide a custom link for you to place on your library’s website.
  • Branded & Configured for Your Library: Built-in space for library branding helps create cohesion between your library’s online experience and the Gale portal. The portal automatically configures to only display links to your library’s Gale adult learning products.
  • Resources & Descriptions Change Based on Goals: User-intuitive tags allow patrons to explore and compare resources based on their goals. When they choose a goal, only relevant resources and information will display. For example, if a patron clicks “Resumé & Career,” relevant resources are displayed, and the resource descriptions are tailored to that goal. These details help customize the user experience and help patrons choose the resource that is right for them.
  • Videos Help Patrons Get Started: Using a new resource can be intimidating. To help new users get started, we’ve linked videos for each resource directly in the portal to guide patrons through signing up, logging in, and finding the information they need. 

What Are Gale’s Adult Learning Resources?

Gale’s suite of flexible online resources offer a variety of ways to help every adult learner succeed. If you have access to two or more of the following Gale adult learning resources, you can offer your patrons access to the new Online Learning Patron Portal.

  • Gale Presents: Excel Adult High School: With Gale Presents: Excel Adult High School, your library can help adults in your community earn their high school diplomas and transform their lives. With self-paced learning, 24/7 access, and dedicated success coaches, this online learning platform provides a new avenue for adults to graduate with an accredited high school diploma in 24 months or less.
  • Gale Presents: Udemy: Connect patrons to Gale Presents: Udemy to upskill and advance in their careers. This leading online learning platform provides access to thousands of video-based courses with in-demand skills training across 75 categories, including cloud computing, business operations, and personal growth.
  • Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test and Career Prep:* Help learners move forward with their educations and careers with Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test and Career Prep. This resource connects patrons to courses and practice exams to help them improve test results as well as personalized career assessments and practical tools to help job seekers succeed.
  • Gale Courses: With Gale Courses, you can make continuing education accessible to everyone in your community. Connect patrons to 325 flexible, instructor-led courses in professional development, technology, and personal enrichment.

Ready to connect your community to the Online Learning Patron Portal? Reach out to your rep about utilizing this free feature now. If you want to learn more about the portal and get an inside look, sign up for our upcoming webinar on August 15, from 1:00 to 1:30 PM ET.

Not a subscriber of Gale’s adult learning resources? Explore how your library can support adult education with accessible digital solutions.

*Includes Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test Prep and Gale Presents: Peterson’s Career Prep.

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