Universal Class - for Library Staff

Universal Class is an online learning platform offering over 500 continuing education courses on a diverse array of topics. All Vermont public libraries and their patrons have access to Universal Class through the Department of Libraries.

Screenshot of Vermont Online Library
(click to enlarge)

What does Universal Class Offer?

The site offers a wide-range of courses, from office skills to algebra, baking to self-help, and spiritual studies to painting. The classes are generally meant for high school-age patrons and older. Though classes are not for college credit, they are led by a real instructor with whom you communicate through the site. Courses allow you to proceed at your own pace, working on assignments anytime, day or night. They have up to six months to complete a class and can enroll in up to five classes at a time.

How Do Patrons Register?

To get started, patrons will go to the registration link - http://vermontstate.universalclass.com/barcode-login.htm?enter+code or the short version - http://bit.ly/vtlib_uc

Next, patrons enter the number on their library card, and then fill out a registration form with their name, email address, and password. Patrons will receive an e-mail with a link to confirm their registration. Note - If your library uses short library card numbers, and you notice a problem with registering, please contact Josh at joshua.muse@vermont.gov to figure out an approach.

Screenshot of Vermont Online Library
(click to enlarge)

How do They Use the Service?

Patrons login by going to https://vermontstate.universalclass.com and using their email address and password. They can search through available classes by title or topic area. Each course will show the number of assignments and estimated amount of time it should take. Once they join a course, they can reach it under My Classes.

Problem - Asking for a Fee?

If a patron ever encounters an issue where the site looks like it's going to charge them to take a class, they probably registered as a general user rather than a library user. Please contact Josh with their email address, and we can transfer them over.

Categories of Courses

Accounting, Alternative Medicine, Arts, Crafts & Hobbies, Business, Career Training, Computer Training, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Education, Health & Medicine, History, Homeschooling, How To / Do It Yourself, Language Arts, Law/Legal/Criminal, Mathematics, Office Skills, Parenting and Family, Personal Development, Pet and Animal Care, Psychology, Real Estate, Science, Self-Help, Social Work, Special Education, Spiritual Studies, Teacher Resources, Test Preparation, Web Development, Writing Skills

Where can Librarians Get Marketing Materials?

Universal Class offers a wide range of logos and printable bookmarks and handouts here - https://www.recordedbooks.com/About-Us/Resources/Marketing-Materials/Digital-Resources/Universal-Class

Who do I contact with Questions?

Please start by getting in touch with Josh at joshua.muse@vermont.gov .