Published: Mar 31, 2011 8:00 PM EDT
Updated: Mar 31, 2011 5:01 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla - The Lee County Library System has introduced another exciting new service - UniversalClass, a free online service for Lee County Library System full use card holders.

UniversalClass offers over 500 online classes utilizing streaming video, website avatars, insightful instructional content, real tutors, and a social networking experience.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for anyone who desires to learn,” says Sheldon Kaye, Lee County Library Director.  “With so many courses and areas of study I feel confident that the majority of the population will find a course subject they will benefit from.”

All the classes offer a syllabus, or summary of the course topics.  The courses range from, Adobe Flash and DreamWeaver, Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel to Feng Shui, cooking, parenting, contract law, medical technology, estate planning, accounting, painting, genealogy, canoeing, dog grooming, gardening, yoga and on and on.  “It is vast,” says Sheldon. 

Links to the UniversalClass are available from the Lee County Library System web site at library.lee-county.com. The service requires a Lee County Library System full use library card and a PIN.  You can enroll anytime--day or night. The class starts when you enroll. Courses are self-paced and everyone works according to his/her own timetable. The online classroom will be open and accessible, once you're enrolled, 24 hours a day--every day of the week for up to six months. The class ends when you complete all the coursework and the instructor graduates you from the course, or when your six month registration expires.  There are online lessons, assignments, and graded exams to take, in order to successfully complete the course.  Certificates of achievement and continuing education units are available for completion of selected courses.  Don’t have a Lee County Library System library card? Getting one is free and easy. Visit library.lee-county.com to apply online, or stop by any branch.