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Highlights

Coursera and LinkedIn Learning are eLearning content providers used to train employees. LinkedIn Learning offers a wide variety of courses that can be taken at any pace, while Coursera is more similar to a traditional classroom.

Features

LinkedIn Learning and Coursera both offer basic eLearning features, but they also have some standout features that set them apart.

Linkedin Learning provides content, including creative courses, technology courses, and management courses. Additionally, LinkedIn Learning has robust accessibility features and social features using LinkedIn.

Coursera offers courses created and curated by universities. As a result, Coursera can provide many degrees and certifications. Coursera also allows users to only purchase the classes they want.

Limitations

LinkedIn Learning and Coursera both have a diverse suite of features, but they also have some limitations that are worth noting.

LinkedIn Learning can take some time before updating courses for recent technologies. Additionally, LinkedIn doesn’t offer the same amount of degrees and certifications provided by Coursera.

Coursera can quickly become very expensive if you need access to many courses. They do not have a package that includes all or most of their classes, like LinkedIn Learning does. Coursera also has less flexibility for faster learners.

Pricing

LinkedIn Learning and Coursera are both priced depending on the organization, but offer free demos so organizations can try them before purchasing.

Attribute Ratings

  • Coursera is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating
  • Coursera and LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com) are tied in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew

Likelihood to Recommend

9.3

Coursera

93%
17 Ratings
6.8

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

68%
33 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

Coursera

100%
2 Ratings
10.0

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

100%
1 Rating

Usability

10.0

Coursera

100%
1 Rating
9.6

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

96%
3 Ratings

Support Rating

9.0

Coursera

90%
4 Ratings
5.5

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

55%
19 Ratings

Implementation Rating

10.0

Coursera

100%
2 Ratings

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Coursera

The Coursera platform can be a useful part of your overall learning content portfolio if utilized correctly. It's fantastic for asynchronous courses that don't necessarily need a dedicated faculty member (though I'd highly recommend at least having some discussion moderators/student workers) and for offering MOOCs. The ability for the learners to contribute translations really makes it ideal for the international learning community - I am always amazed to see a course we launched with 2-3 languages to quickly have 10-12 more added. This feature really helps expand the audience reach and Coursera has such a large following already that it can grow seemingly overnight.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

I've learned hundreds of software applications over the last several decades, and trained teams in offices and one-on-one. At one point, books and trade magazines were a great way to get up to speed with an application, but they've become less and less effective for getting started. Video lessons have some strengths; you can get a rapid overview of a program's capabilities and watch an experienced user using its tools efficiently. On rare occasions they'll even point out bugs that could trip you up, but I wish instructors shared more of those issues. However, it takes a very self-motivated learner to sit through training sessions. Most people don't fit that category, and a subscription may end up gathering dust like a pandemic gym membership. My account is sometimes dormant for months, but then I'll be watching lessons continually the following month. I've often wondered if it was worth it for that reason. I have some friends that voraciously devoured class after Lynda.com class, and built successful careers on that training. But many others never use their account. It's helpful to consider whether you're a self-motivated learner. If not, it may not be the best format for you. More complicated software often can't be adequately introduced in a several-hour-long series of videos. I found Final Cut Pro (7) hard to learn online, also Logic Pro. Other somewhat complicated programs like DVD Pro were a snap to learn, and I learned a lot about PHP and Actionscript programming from Lynda.com. Some web and graphics software is exceptionally explained by real experts, such as Lynda's Photoshop classes, which are the best I've seen on that subject. Many of her web production courses will take you every step along the way to creating your own website, even if you haven't coded before. Adobe and Apple have both published similar project-based tutorial classes in book form, and I think they're a bit more polished, but the video instructor can help move you along through all the content more easily. Learning software seems to work better from an online video than a book these days; it's helpful to already be sitting at the computer where you're able to try everything out as it's explained. Most people don't seem to retain software principles unless they're trying them while learning. A bad instructor can make it difficult to sit through a video class. Lynda.com and others generally have a large variety of content creators, so you're not as limited with instructors as you might be at a University, where the same instructor may teach several related applications. Departmental faculty may have much more targeted and creative applications for your software though, while paid corporate software training can be mind-numbingly bad. Continuing ed classes that I've taken usually seemed to just focus on learning the tools in a software product. They often don't or even can't show you how to apply the software for your purposes as full time faculty at a University might. Some Lynda.com instructors weren't great, but most seemed a cut above the continuing ed and corporate software trainers I've learned from or contracted. The majority of the classes seemed to apply the software for an impressive final project. Redundancy is a real drawback among the online lessons. Often the advanced classes repeat many of the concepts from the introductory "Essentials" courses. If you know an earlier version of an application and just want to learn new features, a book may be a faster route to your goal. I originally suggested the "New Features" lessons that Lynda began to offer for updated releases, and I think they're especially helpful. It's much harder to skim through a video than a page of text, so I'd anticipate having to complement your Lynda.com lessons with other instructional materials. Lynda.com didn't have as many of the "fluff" courses that LinkedIn is now offering. These titles read like articles from Cosmo. They might be better served to offer "How to respond to a connection request from a recruiter who works in a field completely unrelated to you."
Arthur Kegerreis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Coursera

  • Interaction: the student learns by doing. For programming courses, this means programming!
  • Assessments: the courses I'd taken ask students to grade each others work with a rubric. This is hugely effective and permits tests and quizzes to be other than multiple choice.
  • Creativity and enthusiasm of the instructors. Some of the approaches demonstrated real out-of-the-box thinking by the instructors. For example, the Rice Python course was a self-contained website requiring no installation of IDE on one's computer, and the final project was a working version of Asteroids.
  • Low cost of entry: most of the course I enrolled in were free, with an optional fee for certifications. This really gives people the freedom to explore learning. It's almost like a Public Library of Learning.
  • Coursera forces a weekly discipline on the user with lectures and assignments and this really motivates one to put in the effort.
Rei Shinozuka, CFA®, FRM® | TrustRadius Reviewer

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

  • Industry expert authors/instructors - you're learning from people with pedigree.
  • Breadth and depth of catalog - not only is there a wide range of topics and disciplines, but there are frequently several levels of depth within each (eg. Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced).
  • Time needed to complete each course AND each section of a course are included - you know what you're getting into from the first click.
Chris Salles | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Coursera

  • Some of the courses (very few) have some old information (more than 2 years), and in some areas like technology the information has to be very new and updated.
  • Some professors or people doing videos are not good in front of the camera, they should train their people a little bit more for those things.
Alejandro Matheu, MD, MBA, MSc in Digital Marketing | TrustRadius Reviewer

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

  • LinkedIn Learning provides learning paths, but it's left much to be desired. Not enough direction about the why, or learning outcomes.
  • Some courses provide exercises/quizzes. Others do not. There's definitely a missing piece to test comprehension.
  • The library is so large, it's difficult to really build your own learning. I find it better for just-in-time learning.
Rocky Kev | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Coursera

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

$0

Coursera Editions & Modules

Edition
EnterpriseContact Sales
Team400.002
  1. none
  2. Per User Per Year
Additional Pricing Details

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com) Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Likelihood to Renew

Coursera

Coursera 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Constantly renewing already. One of my favourite MOOC platforms.
Andrew Starodubtsev | TrustRadius Reviewer

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com) 10.0
Based on 1 answer
It can help all employees learn to strengthen current skills or to learn new skills and then can learn to excel in their current department or they learn a new skills in a new department creating interconnection and cross-departmental value in a company.
Erika Schaefer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Coursera

Coursera 10.0
Based on 1 answer
User-friendly and developer-friendly Web UI.
Andrew Starodubtsev | TrustRadius Reviewer

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com) 9.6
Based on 3 answers
Very user friendly, easy to copy and/or download notes offline, and follow up with your instructor is easy as pie. You can even LinkedIn with your instructor and follow up with questions/concerns online and in several forums. Very cool concept and easy to use.
Cedric Allen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Coursera

Coursera 9.0
Based on 4 answers
I’ve used it a couple of times and... that did great. They take their time, but in the end they solve your issues.
Alejandro Matheu, MD, MBA, MSc in Digital Marketing | TrustRadius Reviewer

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com) 5.5
Based on 19 answers
The technical team behind LinkedIn Learning (or Lynda.com) knows their job, and they usually solve problems very quickly. While I haven't had many run-ins with them (thus the low rating), I do find that when we call them, the problem gets resolved in a reasonable amount of time. The flip-side of this comment is that we never have needed to call them with a high-priority issue.
Jaymason Gallien | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Coursera

Coursera 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Coursera is familiar, intuitive, compatible and easy to use and implement.
Andrew Starodubtsev | TrustRadius Reviewer

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Coursera

I think Coursera has the best overall interface. I think you will find that different platforms go in different directions, and have different specialities. For the most part the differences are more in the types of courses they offer than one being particularly better than the other, so it comes down to content for me.
Donovon Carter | TrustRadius Reviewer

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

Our organization has used different webinars, including ones on LinkedIn, to provide similar insight. But it's a totally different ballgame. Lynda.com offers in-depth tutorials rather than just a 2-hour video broadcast. With lynda.com there are more information and experts, as well as so many different courses fit for every need/want. There is also a lot more flexibility with lynda. You can take it on the go, watch on mobile and at anytime, rather than being tied to a certain time slot.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Coursera

  • The greatest benefit of Coursera is access to quality courses on various subjects that you can either browse or dive in deeply. Customizable, flexible and accessible.
  • Helps our department to recommend trainees courses on this website and gain important knowledge. Also, the courses are provided by big-name universities which helps students in their careers
  • Developing and exploring professional skills.
Ilia Tarasov | TrustRadius Reviewer

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

  • I can't think of a negative impact that Lynda.com has when it relates to the extensive library of training software that is available to subscribers. I'm lucky that my job provides a free subscription for instructors. I use Lynda.com to hone in on my technical skills.
Ai Ashe | TrustRadius Reviewer

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