Durham County Library is excited to announce the launch of Brainfuse – on demand, anytime, anywhere eLearning for all ages and levels. Brainfuse eLearning suite consists of HelpNow and JobNow. HelpNow offers a personalized, state standards aligned live homework help in core subjects (math, reading, writing, science and social studies) including SAT preparation. Live tutoring is available everyday from 2 – 11 p.m. Adult Learning Center is included in the HelpNow suite. JobNow is a real-time resume and interview coaching/career service.
DCL patrons can access Brainfuse from any internet-enabled computer with their 14-digit library card number. Complete details about both Branfuse services are listed below. If you need any assistance, you can contact your DCL location or click “Contact Us” at the bottom of any Brainfuse page.
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HelpNow provides differentiated learning solutions for users of diverse needs and background. Students communicate with live tutors using an interactive whiteboard to chat, write, draw, copy/paste text or images and graph homework problems. HelpNow offers live tutor access for homework help, skills building and test preparation where after taking a quiz, the user can connect directly to a live tutor from the test center without having to return to the main page. Because HelpNow is personalized, both the student and the tutor can access quiz questions to do an intensive test prep which may include loading lessons on the whiteboard. All live sessions are saved and can be replayed as well as shared with friends and teachers by email. Using the CloudPack feature, students can store and upload MS Word, Excel, JPG and other accepted file types directly onto the whiteboard.
The Writing Lab and the 24/7 Center options give users the freedom to receive assistance at any time of the day without connecting with a live tutor. Users can submit papers through the Writing Lab for a detailed feedback. 24/7 Center is for non-writing assignments such as math or science. All reviews and comments from our tutors are found and stored in the Message Center which is found on the student homepage. For students who prefer to work independently and form their own online study group, HelpNow offers a set of collaborative tools – Meet and Brainwave. Meet allows students to schedule their own online sessions using the Brainfuse Meet whiteboard which is specifically designed for a group setting. Brainwave is a recordable whiteboard where students can draw, write on the whiteboard and chat then save and email it to others for feedback.
Adult Learning Center is the adult learners’ version of HelpNow where patrons can access GED prep, U.S citizenship test prep, resume assistance, Microsoft Office support, and Career Resources which lists popular job search links. Microsoft Office support allows patrons to ask questions about Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Writing Lab, 24/7 Center and the Skills Building are also included in the Adult Learning Center suite. Access Adult Learning Center through HelpNow.
JobNow provides library patrons with a host of services to help in every step of the job search process. Job coaches are available to help patrons with any and all job search related questions. In addition to helping beginning job seekers pinpoint their desired career field, coaches can also provide constructive suggestions on resumes, help write a professional cover letter, and give live interview practice and feedback. If you do not have time for a live session, simply submit your resume at any time of day through the Resume Lab and a job coach will send it back to you generally within one day with detailed feedback and suggestions for improvement. The JobNow service also comes with an extensive collection of resources, including resume/cover letter templates, interview tips, sample interview questions, industry-specific sample interview questions, and a diverse array of online resources and links.