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Nottingham City Libraries new online courses


Discover new hobbies, improve your digital skills, find new strategies to manage your health and wellbeing or learn new skills to help career opportunities or find a job.  

Our courses are delivered via our new eLearning platform, which will enable you the flexibility to learn from the comfort of your home and at your own pace. In addition, our courses offer either Zoom sessions and/or written feedback from our experienced tutors giving you valuable learning feedback and support. 

We are running courses throughout the year on a variety of subjects - all designed for people who are looking to learn something new, fill skills gaps, explore an interest, build up confidence, or those considering voluntary work or moving into employment.

The great thing is, you don't need any prior skills or qualifications to sign up - plus the courses are free if you're in receipt of certain benefits or on a low income.

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A practical step-by-step introduction to learning photo editing techniques.

In this fun course for beginners learn the essential skills, tools and tips to create great images using photo editing software. This course will give students a step by step introduction on how to use image editors to change the brightness, contrast and saturation of images. Starting from the basics, students will develop image editing techniques such as filters, magic wand tools, splicing and gain knowledge of different software programmes they can use to alter images.

Flexible learning at your own pace available online over 5 weeks with a mixture of self-led learning and Zoom webinars with the tutor.

This 5 week online course runs weekly on Tuesdays 4 - 5 pm from 20 October to 17 November.

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Let’s build your computer confidence in this fun and interactive six-week beginner’s course. We will introduce you to computer programming concepts and the skills and knowledge to design and write simple computer programmes.

Explore Python programming using Raspberry Pi’s and much more. If you’ve never seen or worked with programming languages before and always wanted to, then this course is for you!

Basic experience of using computers and web browsers is required.

Flexible learning at your own pace available online over 5 weeks with a mixture of self-led learning and Zoom webinars with the tutor.

This 5 week online course runs weekly on Tuesdays 2pm -3pm from 27 October to 24 November. 

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In this fun and interactive five-part online learning course you will be introduced to skills and ideas to help rebuild your confidence in being a parent or carer, and look at some of the common issues you may face.

Parenting Teenagers is a course that supports parents and enables them to add and develop their skills to be the best parent they can be when faced with challenges as teen years approach and develop. This course will support and help develop existing skills and develop confidence for challenging times ahead.

This course affirms our parenting skills and helps us as parents to build up a set of additional skills to use when faced with the challenges our teenagers present.

It is a course all about positive relationships and communication which enables any relationship to develop and thrive. Attendees will be able to share their own skills and best practice as well as learning skills around the following - parenting styles, active listening and communication, managing conflict, boundaries and negotiation, managing stress and self-support.

This 5 week online course runs weekly on Thursdays 10am - 11am from 22 October to 19 November. 

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Mindfulness is proven to help with stress, anxiety, unhappiness and depression. This is a gentle introductory course for those with little, or no knowledge about mindfulness. We will learn about the basic principles of mindfulness, including how to use it in our everyday lives.

All learning will take place in a supportive, encouraging environment, with highly experienced tutor Lydia Weston. Lydia teaches and lectures in Counselling and Mindfulness at Central College, Nottingham. Lydia's passion is to help others learn how to empower their own wellbeing by using mindfulness in their everyday lives.

This short course is an ideal way to learn, be inspired and make new friends.

Note: This course is not suitable for anyone experiencing extreme psychological distress.

This 5 week online course starts runs weekly 6.30pm -7.30pm  on Tuesdays from 27 October to 24 November. 

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Drawing for Beginners guides you through the basic fundamentals to start you on your own creative journey with the opportunity to exhibit work online. This course is perfect for those with no experience at all or those wanting to fill gaps in their knowledge to progress. 

Techniques that will be learnt include: observing and building shapes, lighting and tones; applying fundamentals of portraiture and exploring creative style, finalising with a Zoom meeting to discuss work with your tutor and submission to online exhibition.

This 5 week online course runs weekly on Mondays 5pm- 6pm from 19 October to 16 November.

There will also be an option to submit your artwork into an online exhibition which will launch on 23 November.

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In this five-part course you will explore how to look for ideal job and training opportunities, be able to set realistic and workable targets and develop the confidence to produce successful applications and come across professionally at interviews. This course is one day a week for five weeks and will include:

  • Discovering your skills, achievements, attributes and interests
  • Exploring opportunities, sources of support, information and job sectors
  • Career planning and setting realistic, achievable targets toward your dream job
  • Creating a professional-looking CV and help to produce a winning covering letter
  • Activities to build your personal confidence in order to impress at interview

Flexible learning at your own pace available online from 19 October until 18 December. It is self-led allowing you to work at your own pace each week and includes tutor engagement, as you will submit activities and receive learner feedback throughout. 

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For children at Key Stage 2.

Do you have a children aged between 8 and 11 and are struggling to help them with their homework? If so, this is the course for you!

This fun and interactive course is one you can enjoy, along with your child/children, doing interactive maths games and equations, whilst learning the theory behind the maths to help you build the skills to help your child as they progress with their maths homework.

 The course will cover the following

  • Helping adults with maths to support family learning
  • Encouragement and confidence building
  • Understanding curriculum maths for primary children (unlocking the mysteries of homework)
  • Basic number skills, and building an understanding of number skills (including decimals, percentages and real life examples i.e. family budgets etc.)
  • Parents to engage with children to support learning and skills development
  • Parents to be signposted for further skills development opportunities.

Flexible learning at your own pace available online over 5 modules of self-led learning. Starts Monday 26 October and runs until Monday 23 November.It is self-led allowing you to work at your own pace each week and includes tutor engagement, as you will submit activities and receive learner feedback throughout.

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Nottingham City residents who meet the following criteria are entitled to our course free of charge if they:

◆ Are 19+
◆ Are unemployed and in receipt of benefits
◆ Are jobseeking or working and earning below £16,009 annual gross salary
◆ Have lived in the UK or an EU country continuously for the last three years on the first day of their intended course

Learners who haven’t lived in the UK or EU for the required three years are eligible if they meet the selected criteria.This criteria is set by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

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How To Register

To register and book onto any of these courses you will need to enrol on our eLearning platform. You will need your library card number and password to access the courses. Click here to go to our learning platform: https://learn.nottinghamcitylibraries.co.uk/

Not a member of the library? It’s free to join the library and you can either join online or by visiting one of our reopened libraries or you can apply online. Applying online for a library card is quick and easy, we’ll email your library card within one working day so you can start using our free online services straight away. https://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/libraries/join-the-library/

What’s my password? Your password will be the pin number you set up when you first joined the library.

Forgotten your password? If you have a card, but have forgotten your pin then click here to request a new pin. https://emlib.ent.sirsidynix.net.uk/client/en_GB/nottcity/search/patronlogin

Lost your library card? Please email reception.centrallibrary@nottinghamcity.gov.uk with your name, address and date of birth and we’ll check our records and email you a new card.

New to eLearning? .....

If you are having any problems with accessing the portal or want to speak to someone further then please email Library Development Officer Jasmin on Jasmin.Laing@nottinghamcity.gov.uk