LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com) vs. Udacity

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
Lynda.com (now offered as part of LinkedIn Learning) is an elearning course library acquired and now supported by LinkedIn in May 2015.N/A
Udacity
Score 6.9 out of 10
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Udacity aims to change lives, businesses, and nations by creating job-ready digital talent. With over a decade of experience creating digital talent at scale, Udacity addresses the global talent shortages impacting growth, productivity, and innovation. Udacity's curriculum, personalized mentor support, and measurable outcomes strive to create expertise with a focus on the in‑demand competencies that ensure workplace relevance.
$399
per month
Pricing
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)Udacity
Editions & Modules
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Starting Price
$399.00
per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)Udacity
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)Udacity
Considered Both Products
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
Chose LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
I preferred Lynda.com because it provided me with better choice of classes I am interested in. I also like the interface better and the overall experience, from quality of material presented to the complexity of exercises. Also, Lynda.com is integrated with LinkedIn and I feel …
Udacity
Chose Udacity
Udacity is one of many online learning platforms our organization has utilized to train our workforce. Overall, I would say Udacity is most well-suited for technical training on marketing and IT teams. Courses are very specific and hands-on projects really help give this …
Chose Udacity
Udacity has more structured learning that provides lots of practice and challenges you to create projects by a certain deadline. Udemy has very reasonable prices however, the courses do not challenge you. Pluralsight is almost the same as Udemy but at a higher price. LinkedIn …
Chose Udacity
Udacity's has more structured learning, practice, and projects. And, that's lacking in Lynda. Udacity uses Slack channel to strengthen the community. And, this is lacking in Coursera.
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)Udacity
Learning Management
Comparison of Learning Management features of Product A and Product B
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
7.5
9 Ratings
12% below category average
Udacity
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Ratings
Course authoring8.38 Ratings00 Ratings
Course catalog or library8.39 Ratings00 Ratings
Player/Portal8.39 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning content8.69 Ratings00 Ratings
Progress tracking & certifications8.69 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning reporting & analytics5.28 Ratings00 Ratings
Social learning8.07 Ratings00 Ratings
Gamification3.92 Ratings00 Ratings
eLearning Content
Comparison of eLearning Content features of Product A and Product B
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
6.2
3 Ratings
29% below category average
Udacity
-
Ratings
Multi-Lingual Support6.63 Ratings00 Ratings
Structured Learning6.93 Ratings00 Ratings
Course Searches6.73 Ratings00 Ratings
Historical Metrics5.23 Ratings00 Ratings
Cloud-Based Content7.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Automation & Integration5.02 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)Udacity
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(36 ratings)
9.0
(10 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
9.6
(3 ratings)
9.6
(7 ratings)
Support Rating
3.1
(12 ratings)
8.7
(9 ratings)
User Testimonials
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)Udacity
Likelihood to Recommend
LinkedIn
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."
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Udacity
It's suited well to support on developing a project and following a set curriculum to get things and material in order. Also it has the idea of a nano-degree as the mini-certification to focus on working through a program over a course of a few months. It's more of an interactive course and best for having access for a set period of time. It helps to prepare well for exams but less beneficial when it comes to more applications I find, and should not be used to supplant any resource, but to use in conjunction with.
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Pros
LinkedIn
  • 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.
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Udacity
  • Courses are very high quality and updated regularly.
  • Instructors and Mentors are available for live tutoring.
  • Relevant projects are assigned in order to keep learning material fresh and top of mind.
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Cons
LinkedIn
  • 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.
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Udacity
  • Slack channels were a little disorganized.
  • The prices are a little bit higher compared to other platforms.
  • Some courses and tooling for the projects were outdated.
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Likelihood to Renew
LinkedIn
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.
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Udacity
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Usability
LinkedIn
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.
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Udacity
For the most part, site usability is great. I would say the only shortcoming from my end was when I needed support. Support responses were typically very slow, the few times I needed it.
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Support Rating
LinkedIn
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.
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Udacity
I didn't personally have any issues with the program, but scheduling time to review the final project was easy, and the assistant was pleasant to work with.
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Alternatives Considered
LinkedIn
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.
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Udacity
I combined my learning from various platforms and did on exclusively reply on any one. However, the free courses in Udacity lacks the comprehensiveness as Coursera.
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Return on Investment
LinkedIn
  • 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.
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Udacity
  • I am already in a great position as a CTO with a great company. I hope to be able to build some new technology with what I am learning, but I haven't applied any of it yet to my own real-world problems. I will though.
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