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Bowen Library Resources

Access these video course databases using your Bowen Island Library card.

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Access over 70 self-paced language learning courses and dialects. Learners are introduced to vocabulary, cultural insights, grammar and more. The courses are delivered by native speakers. They include critical-thinking and memory-building exercises.

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Or use “Mango as a guest” to access the resource.

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Explore and learn a wide-range of arts and crafts, from beginner to advanced, through video tutorial classes (free of advertisements). For all ages with over 1000 classes. Set-up a daily challenge, craft with a friend, watch CBTV to learn about your favourite artists and studios. Themes include Art & Design, Sewing, Quilting, Paper, Knitting, Crochet, Jewelry, Food & Home, Holiday, and Kids.  Learn more here.


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LinkedIn Learning is a collection of over 16,000 online courses in business, computer technology, software, business, personal development, and creative skills, all conducted by experts in their fields. This popular, professional, video learning database has a wide selection of online video courses to help you gain skills for your career and life. Login with your Bowen Library barcode and password for free and complete access! (Formerly known as


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Other Resources

These courses on the internet are available to anyone.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

What is a MOOC? A wide range of free not-for-credit (some fees apply for credit courses) courses commonly offered through universities and colleges, and open to anyone. Course length and time commitments vary. Teaching is through video lectures, podcasts, online discussions and links to articles and ebooks. Here are some examples where many courses are free (look for auditing options):

  • Cognitive Class is an initiative by IBM to spread data literacy through free classes for students and experienced IT professionals alike. Users can pursue coursework at their own pace with no time restrictions for completion. Covers topics like Python for data science, reactive architecture, and digital analytics and regression.
  • Coursera – courses that span the humanities, medicine, biology, social sciences, mathematics, business and computer science. Notable courses offered through the University of Alberta & Coursera are Indigenous Canada and Science Literacy.
  • EDX – partnership between MIT, Harvard, Berkeley and University of Texas. McGill University, the University of Toronto and others, offering courses “designed to be interesting, fun and rigorous.”
  • Kadenze - focuses on music, visual arts, creative technology
  • MOMA - hear directly from artists and designers, look closely at works in our collection and exhibitions, and join a global community of learners unlike any other. Enroll any time and complete the course at your own pace.