Here are some sites that offer a wide variety of on-line courses including some computer courses. Some courses are free and others have a cost. This list is posted on the Vancouver Public Library site. Note that you need a VPL card to log into the VPL site. You can get the card at a VPL branch.
|Lynda.com||web design, business/marketing, software development, photography, video/music/audio editing, 3D animation, graphic design and more.||$19.99 per month basic, $29.99 and up, premium level or accessible at no cost through the Vancouver Public Library site online if you log on with a VPL library card.|
|Coursera||Most content comes from universities, so their course offerings are mainly academic, with a heavy focus on business and entrepreneurship. Many of their courses are introductory, so no previous college experience necessary.||Free|
|Creativelive||photography, design and audio-visual production.||Some free, others free if you sign up for account|
Mainly academic. One content partner, the Open University, provides introductory level courses that have broad appeal
|Free if you sign up for an account|
|Udemy||Udemy has a technology focus, but plenty of fun options like cooking and crafts.||10% are free|
|Udacity||Udacity has a heavy focus on advanced technology, as well as business and workplace applications.||Free if you sign up for an account.|
|Open2study||Australian. Introductory college courses with popular appeal, such as World Music and Chinese Language & Culture|| Free if you sign up for an account.
Credit courses available at a cost.
|EDX||Mainly academic, business and technology courses.||Free if you sign up for an account.|
|Canvas||Business, design, academics, art – broad range of topics.||Most are free.|
|Kadenze||Art mostly from art institutions in the US.||free for some courses, $ 10.00 a month for premium level including credit courses.|
In person courses
Emily Carr University of Art and Design– single course and certificates in art and design. Seniors discount. Narrow window for registration for each semester, some courses fill up. Classes include both novices and professionals. On line registration can be prone to technical glitches.