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LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

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What is LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)?

Lynda.com (now offered as part of LinkedIn Learning) is an elearning course library acquired and now supported by LinkedIn in May 2015.

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Lynda.com, now part of LinkedIn Learning, has been widely used by individuals and organizations for a variety of educational purposes. …
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June 10, 2022
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2 out of 10
April 22, 2021
I have used Lynda.com since they first opened, prior to online course offerings. Their initial classes were delivered on CD-ROM and I was …
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What is LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)?

Lynda.com (now offered as part of LinkedIn Learning) is an elearning course library acquired and now supported by LinkedIn in May 2015.

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Lynda.com (now offered as part of LinkedIn Learning) is an elearning course library acquired and now supported by LinkedIn in May 2015.

Reviewers rate Progress tracking & certifications highest, with a score of 9.

The most common users of LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com) are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Lynda.com, now part of LinkedIn Learning, has been widely used by individuals and organizations for a variety of educational purposes. Users have found it useful for personal development, such as refreshing previous training in programming, infrastructure, or business practices. It has also been utilized for business productivity applications training, including graphics design. Moreover, Lynda.com has expanded into programming and IT operations support, serving as a resource for software training for both instructors and students. Instructors have found value in the completion certificates offered by Lynda.com as professional development points. The software is not only used within the workplace but also outside of work to brush up on software skills and improve professional capabilities. Additionally, organizations have utilized Lynda.com for department-wide professional development, focusing on specific topic areas to enhance professional and educational skills. One of the key benefits of using Lynda.com is that it helps solve the issue of providing professional development with a limited budget. Whether it's learning Excel, project management, creative design, IT programming, or computer basics, users have found Lynda.com valuable in improving their skills in various areas. Furthermore, LinkedIn Learning, formerly known as Lynda.com, is available to all employees and encourages self-directed learning for various disciplines. With a wide range of courses and high-quality content available, LinkedIn Learning is seen as a valuable tool for learners of all ages.

Comprehensive Database: Many users have praised the database of trainings on lynda.com, stating that it is great and comprehensive. They appreciate the wide range of topics covered, providing ample learning resources for different needs.

Accurate and Efficient Search Feature: The accurate and efficient search feature on lynda.com has been highly appreciated by users. It allows them to quickly find the specific courses or topics they are looking for, saving them time and effort in their learning journey.

Availability of Exercise Material: Users have found the availability of exercise material on lynda.com to be very helpful. Some reviewers mentioned that depending on the course, these exercises can greatly reinforce their learning experience and enable them to apply the concepts in a practical manner.

Confusing User Interface: Many users have found the user interface of LinkedIn Learning to be confusing and counter-intuitive, making it difficult to navigate and use effectively.

Account Migration Issues: There have been numerous complaints about the account migration process to LinkedIn Learning not working properly. Users have expressed their dissatisfaction with the technical support, stating that they were unhelpful in resolving the issues faced during migration.

Lack of Clarity in Courses: Several users have expressed frustration with the lack of clarity and direction in the courses offered by LinkedIn Learning. They feel that there is a lack of clear learning outcomes, which hinders their ability to track progress and achieve specific goals.

Users commonly recommend .com as a training option when it is offered as part of a company-wide benefit or if individuals can commit to taking several courses per year. For small businesses, users suggest considering Udemy due to its lower-priced courses. It is also recommended to provide recommended content to help employees familiarize themselves with the system and periodically suggest additional training videos or series throughout the year. Furthermore, users advise encouraging employees to explore a wide range of trainings, even those not directly relevant to the business.

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Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
I've been using LinkedIn Learning for years (I started with Lynda.com). The course information is always fantastic, and the instructors give me helpful insight into areas where I need help. I am a web designer, which has helped me improve in areas for use in my business. I highly recommend it!
  • Instructors are fantastic.
  • You can search for just about anything you want to learn.
  • I send clients here when they need to learn a topic.
  • How up to date are the courses.
  • Sometimes it's hard to understand the instructor if they have an accent.
It is great for learning business and technology. It is also good if you want to get a taste of a topic before you commit to taking an in-person class.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
I use LinkedIn Learning to create learning paths and assign quarterly trainings to employees. This product assists with keeping employees on track and in compliance with company policies as well as employee growth.
  • LinkedIn Learning has user friendly searching capabilities. It is very easy to find courses you are interested in.
  • LinkedIn Learning seamlessly updates training status in their system as well as our LMS.
  • LinkedIn Learning has a variety of reporting tools that are easy to use.
  • Terminated employees are not automatically removed from the system. It would be nice to eliminate this manual process
  • The interface with our LMS sometimes requires employees to have a personal profile as well as a professional profile. It would be more user friendly if the accounts could be combined.
  • It would be nice to have a chat feature for employees who need a quick response to general questions without having to read articles.
LinkedIn Learning is well suited for ongoing, adhoc, refresher training, etc. In the same token, I don't think it's well suited for state specific compliance trainings.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
I use LinkedIn Learning, previously Lynda.com, to compliment my overall career development. I personally am a fan of LinkedIn Learning in comparison to some of the other providers in the market due to the expansive catalog of courses, articulate teachers, and thoughtfully curated content. It allows me to further my understanding of several different topics that pertain to my career.
  • Expansive Catalog of Courses
  • Articulate and Educated Instructors
  • Meaningful Content
  • Lack of Advanced and Professional Courses
  • Somewhat Outdated Content
  • Recommended/Next Up Content Engine
I think LinkedIn Learning is an excellent choice for any professional looking to advance their understanding of topics that pertain to their career. There are courses for all levels of understanding with the opportunity to complete them in chronological order at your own pace. It makes learning a new subject, or becoming a subject matter expert, a breeze for working individuals who might not have the time or bandwidth to devote to a firmly structured learning regimen.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
My organisation uses LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com) to provide us courses and certifications for career growth, necessary compliance certifications and product expertise. I work in Sales and to me the most important aspect of LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com) is that it provides short but comprehensive courses that explains a technical topic with ease and efficiency
  • Short courses
  • Multiple courses and topics to choose from
  • good recommendations
  • Trying to buy and cancel subscription is not easy
  • To check bills of our past payments you have to do multiple things to get there
  • They don't provide a dashboard with all current courses and progress
It is well suited if you want to choose a course just for your understanding sake, it does not cover everything comprehensively. It has less hands-on projects and more of just theory lectures. But they do provide good examples and sometimes the instructors are good orators as well so they are very easy to understand.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
LinkedIn Learning is used to learn emerging and used technologies in detail. It helps business by providing this platform to the resources so that they can learn the things directly and improve themself.
  • Course content is good
  • Short , Medium and long courses are available to learn
  • Certification on course completion which can be shared to showcase your skills
  • Topic or course based discussions
  • FAQ sections and way to get answers quickly from course creator
  • Adding more courses from other domains
For example when organization is using Azure technology and new resource which is hired or existing resource who is not good in that, they can use LinkedIn Learning to learn this skill. It will be less appropriate in scenarios where an organisation has already have set courses available on their intranet site for resource improvement.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
In my work we use Linkedin Learning for training, with shorter and faster courses.The subjects are current and the courses are easy to be done and with simple language.In our case I think we received many indications of courses which does not allow us to access all, but we have the advantage of being able to do them anywhere even on public transport for example.
  • Simple and didactic content
  • Easy access
  • Serves multiple people at the same time
  • the search for specific subjects could be expanded, facilitating access
In my opinion this software is ideal for fast and short courses, I don't konw if this is is suitable for longer courses and in modules, do not know if didactics would be suitable, maybe it would become tiring
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We used Linkedin Learning to help supplement soft skills learning for managers. Some teams, e.g. engineering, use it to augment technical skills for new graduates as well.
  • Up to date training content
  • Very personable videos with introductions
  • a lot of soft skills training
  • content varies from instructor to instructor
  • little control from corporate on what employees learn
LinkedIn Learning is good for supplemental learning of soft skills and some technical skills. I wish that companies can curate the courses that are offered and ban certain courses where the content is not in line with the company culture or is not appropriate for the environment.
Arthur Kegerreis | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 2 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I have used Lynda.com since they first opened, prior to online course offerings. Their initial classes were delivered on CD-ROM and I was an early alpha and beta tester for them. Personally I continue to use their classes to get up to speed on new software. They no longer offer classes for legacy software versions, unfortunately, which is a terrible limitation of their usefulness to me. I also have used their classes to get a large non-profit team I work with up to speed on software we use collectively. I have frequently recommended Lynda.com to clients so we could work collaboratively with graphical assets. I have continued to subscribe because I loved the company - before it was acquired by LinkedIn. Now I'm on the verge of canceling.
  • They have progressively updated the interface for the video lessons, adding a transcript, and for some time they had several video window options. These were important because you frequently have to refer back and forth between the lesson segments, transcript, and video, which is an extra usability headache when you have to scroll constantly.
  • Their introductory "essential training" videos are generally quite good at getting an overview of software tools, functionality, and work flow.
  • Lynda.com specialized initially in DESIGN. She was the first person to author web design books oriented towards graphic designers instead of programmers. She often included videos with groundbreaking artists in their field.
  • Transcripts are an essential tool in the lessons. Once you've watched everything, there are bound to be things you need to refer to again, and the transcripts help because you don't have to watch each video again.
  • LinkedIn Learning has already made much of Lynda.com's content unusable. Where software lessons were once clearly indexed by company and title, now searches lead to every video segment that mentions a topic among all related software products. Meanwhile, it's often impossible to find courses when you know they exist. For example, Google and G-Suite courses were nearly impossible to find for some time.
  • LinkedIn's interface is already confusing and counter-intuitive. They've wrapped LinkedIn Learning into the existing over-cluttered interface, making it even harder to use effectively. As a company, they've also proven to be untrustworthy; when I first signed up for Linked In, they spammed everyone in my contact list, and there are lots of reports of them billing customers without their consent. I'm being forced to migrate to LinkedIn Learning, but the account migration doesn't work, and their tech support was clueless why.
  • Lynda.com was never terribly great for learning coding. Even if you buy the upper tier subscription with the exercise files, it can often be difficult to debug a problem when you're following an instructor onscreen. If there's something you're confused by, there's no way to ask a question for clarification. LinkedIn is even worse because it's trying to include every IT subject that certifications are available for, and they're weak on design software.
  • The class certificates are basically a joke. All you have to do to "earn one" is let all the videos in a course play through to the end. I think there may be comprehension questions thrown in for good measure, but I never found them to help comprehension or retention.
  • Just like the present site, LinkedIn targets everything towards corporate clients. A large majority of design professionals and creatives in general are contract workers and resent pop-up menus that don't even mention design among the potential departments or any related job titles. LinkedIn Learning is targeted towards IT support personnel, not creative software users.
  • Lynda.com was initially a family business. Together with Bruce Heavin, she offered easily accessible training for people without technical backgrounds. Now she's on the Forbes top 100 women list, valuing her at $310 million. Lynda.com went through a growth spurt that moved them from Ojai to Ventura, and in the process they became less and less personal. Support staff was still friendly, helpful, and responsive though. Few other businesses offered the ability to start and stop a subscription without any penalty. Now LinkedIn's purchase seems to be putting nails in the coffin. No longer is there phone support - only a chat window with uninformed people puzzled why they can't migrate [your] account.
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."

Cedric Allen | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I use LinkedIn Learning to keep up on current trends, training practices, and also new fields of study. I use LIL in understanding the current career fields and also relating to others in different fields. It addresses for me what hurdles people go through to be and remain top in their field and relate to theirs in that field.
  • It does an excellent job in relating to their audience and transferring and relating information they give in each course.
  • It always has a variety of new and relevant courses to improve your career skill set and marketability to new and possible clients and employers.
  • The price and selection of obtaining vital skills sets can not be beat. It is not just celebrity experts, but highly valued and main experts in the fields they dominate explaining to you how you can get there now and not later.
  • More deals that work within each matter of subject and add an add bonus to whatever LinkedIn package you purchase on premium.
  • Finally, combining LinkedIn Learning/Lynda in a uniformed package so people know it is the same company, especially those that utilize their library for study.
  • Expansion on other subjects or experts in certain aspects (International Languages and Religion) would be helpful. Imagine a course on Greek or Hebrew.
  • A good three month bundle price for longtime LinkedIn members would not hurt.
LinkedIn Learning is best for those that are in a particular field, but lack either the current skills or new skills to impress their future client/customer/employer. I have often recommended to people in career transition or business to utilize LIL in improving their marketability along with their monetary bottom line. It is also good in mastering skill sets where an instructor can not be there or the expense is out of an individuals price range. Where LinkedIn Learning is less appropriate would be as a sales tool. Not that it can not have some skill obtained there, but it would not be beneficial in that aspect.
Jaymason Gallien | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
LinkedIn Learning (or Lynda.com) is available to all employees of our organization. The intent was to allow users to train themselves or increase their own skill sets. Any employee is able to access it, but I find that very few are actually using it often, if at all. It is most used by our technical personnel.
  • Accessible
  • Cheap price model
  • Wide berth of available subjects
  • Technical content is surface-level at best.
  • Too many different names. Bad Branding.
  • Very basic; not very feature-rich.
LinkedIn Learning (or Lynda.com) is appropriate for groups that need nothing beyond entry-level training in their field. If you are looking to make yourself or your team into experts, then you are in the wrong place. I would absolutely recommend this to a group that needed to put minor training into the hands of many employees at once.
Matt LeMaire, B.A., M.A. | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We are using LinkedIn Learning as a means to bolster our team's development. One of our concerns as a smaller organization was finding ways to enhance our team's skillsets and attributes without a significant overall cost. Moreover, we wanted a solution that was adaptable and provided a means for our team to access both in and out of the office. Instead of looking externally for all of our training needs, we are able to keep the costs fixed for a large portion of our training through LinkedIn Learning and provide curated content to employees to enhance their skills.
  • Large amount of content - from soft to hard skills, LinkedIn Learning provides a full suite of content to make available to your learners. You'll likely be hard pressed to not find something worth reviewing.
  • User management is done well. We can suggest content, review what people have completed, and make/view suggestions to keep people engaged in continuous learning.
  • Connection between LinkedIn (standard) and LinkedIn Learning as many professional users are already familiar with LinkedIn and the interface stays similar so that the transition between the two is largely seamless.
  • I'd like the ability to upload your own content to be a standard inclusion rather than an "add-on" of sorts. If part of a standard membership, we might see more adoption of this. Perhaps even adding the option to share your content with other companies where applicable.
  • If you have created a Learning Path, the editing of courses and order/placement can be problematic as rather than being able to easily shuffle courses between sections of a learning path, you would have to delete and start over. I should be able to move course x from section c to section a without issue.
  • While there are a seemingly endless number of courses/content, I'd like to see more industry-specific content, such as that focused on the insurance industry and the various platforms utilized within.
As an organization, you should be considering how to keep your staff engaged in ongoing learning. If you're hard-pressed to find something that can provide refreshers and transferable skills, LinkedIn Learning can be a valuable resource. You may find that you can fit the entire program for your staff well within your budget instead of trying to put together a piecemeal learning plan for staff based on what you find externally from multiple sources. With that said, if you're looking for more specific courses focused on industry-specific software or practices, you may find the offerings a bit wanting. Consider reviewing the options available to you within the course content prior to committing (which you should do anyway) to ensure that what is on offer will fit the plans you have for your organization.
Viveka von Rosen | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
I'm a HUGE fan of LinkedIn Learning and have been a user since it was Lynda.com. The sheer variety of courses and the extremely high quality of the courses make it the best value on the market. For LinkedIn users who have gaps in their learning, who want to pivot and learn new skills, or who just want to round out their knowledge, LinkedIn Learning is an invaluable tool for learners of all ages.
  • Vast variety of lessons.
  • Very high quality trainings.
  • Great platform for engaging.
  • Certifications!!!
  • Ability to ask the program author questions and get real time answers.
  • Sometimes there are too many courses! Some AI intelligence to help sort courses.
  • When a course is updated I don't necessarily want to watch the whole thing again. I would love to see what is new.
  • Sometimes the platform hangs up a bit.
If there are gaps in an employees' knowledge, LinkedIn Learning is a great resource. In addition, some of the courses might not be applicable to the "job" but will help folks become better at life and their jobs (meditation courses, art courses, etc.). Some (not all) of the courses are too simplistic and don't have an advanced version. In some cases, employees need more thorough training on a particular subject.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com) is an educational tool used by everyone in the organization to upgrade their skills and knowledge in specific areas. I personally use it for education in the technological field as well as for graphic design. It is a great way to have employees trained online in their own time and considering their own availability. This is a great alternative to attending post-secondary classes.Videos are easy to follow and well instructed. The variety of information provided is an excellent way to broaden skills.
  • Well-instructed videos with examples
  • Practical files
  • I find that the videos stop when watched on a tablet.
  • I wish the videos could be played at different speeds.
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com) is great if you want to broaden your knowledge in your area of education and experience. It is also awesome if you want to learn about new trends. I find it less appropriate if you want to get certified and put the courses on your résumé. It is great only for micro-credentialing.
Jason White | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We switched our entire learning system for our company over to LinkedIn Learning, last year. It is our primary source for skills training, as well as for a lot of technical training, now. It is used for everything from basic customer service skills, to project management, to training for specific applications.
  • Technical training.
  • Soft skills.
  • Longer tracks for larger skill sets.
  • Certifications.
So far, I can't see any less appropriate reasons for using LinkedIn Learning. The catalog of available training is extremely broad and very easy to search for. The process of signing up for classes/training is streamlined and simple. And the way the training is laid out makes it very easy to go through each course, to be able to start and stop as needed, and I find it well suited for my needs.
Sara Rogers | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
There are a number of people in our marketing department that have access to LinkedIn Learning. We find it extremely valuable to be able for people to teach themselves how to do things with software that they may not already know how to do. It is useful because many times someone can watch a 20 minute training and not have to instead attend an external conference or training outside the office.
  • Easy to find what you need
  • Super convenient
  • Very good instruction
  • They could send me links to trainings they think I'd be interested in
  • Have a quick "tips and tricks" area of their site
  • Have another area that's all long term learning as well
We had an instance where one of our designers knew that there was a way to link an Excel document with fields to an Adobe InDesign template but they didn't exactly know how to make it all work. They found a training video and after a few minutes had a test page laid out and were able to show how the fields in the Microsoft Excel document were feeding into the new InDesign template.
Irina Danilova | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Lynda.com is used across the organization and allows the individuals like me to keep their work skills fresh, to learn new ones and to keep in the loop with modern technologies. Lynda.com is constantly refreshing the course offerings and provides a variety of learning paths and it is very important in the days of constantly changing technology.
  • It allows the learning at your own pace. You course history is always at hand, as well as all the exercise files.
  • It allows to practice some skills (like coding) right inside the site's editor without switching to the other programs.
  • It helps to choose classes and learning paths. I am currently on my way to complete Wordpress and photography related ones.
  • The level of instructors is anything between great and brilliant. All the courses give a very clear presentations and provide adequate exercises.
  • You will be able to use your knowledge in real life. I gained a lot from what I learned watching photography and web design classes, my skills improved significantly.
  • All videos can be watch with text overlay and played at a different speed (they really care about accessibility).
  • It would be good to have more intermediate and advanced classes
  • It wood be good to have learning path that may help in gaining certification (like Microsoft or Oracle ones)
  • It would be nice to have some individual help from instructors (for the additional payment, of course)
Lynda.com is absolutely great to jump-start learning something new or brush-up your skills. Also classes are very practical so there is always chance that you can use what your learned right away or that you can find an answer to some work questions here. It would probably be not a place to get some academic knowledge or to get to the very specific areas of advanced programming.
Rocky Kev | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
The first thing I do at any company is review their resource material. Tech moves quickly, and ensuring that they have a library of excellent resources is reflective of the type of people and culture of the company. In my team, we are constantly learn new things. And LinkedIn Learning is vital to quick training.
  • Teaching a how-to in bite sized pieces
  • Consistency of the quality of content
  • Huge library of content and education
  • Progress and tracking
  • 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.
A great scenario where LinkedIn Learning is fantastic is when working on a project where we miss specific skill sets. My coworker was skilled in Microsoft Power BI, while I was not. So I spent 3 hours going through a few LinkedIn Learning Power BI trainings to get up to speed. Another coworker was not experienced in Google Analytics, and again, LinkedIn Learning filled in the blanks.

A scenario where it's less appropriate is finding specific needs for your use case. While LinkedIn Learning is great for learning how something works and exploring test projects - don't expect it to hold your hand to do something very specific. For example - if you need to deploy a app using YOUR SPECIFIC WORKFLOW, you're not going to find a point-by-point tutorial. You'll find courses on how to deploy it in different ways, but not exactly the way you need it.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Lynda is being used by the Directors at Flambo Media to ensure we keep on top of industry-related trends.
In the near future, we would like to make Lynda courses available to all employees. It will save our company money by giving employees access to do Lynda courses instead of paying for them to attend expensive conferences.
  • Lets me learn at my own pace with 24/hour access.
  • Get certificates for completed courses that show up on my LinkedIn profile.
  • It provides a wide range of courses to choose from (beginner to expert level).
  • Introduce live courses with instructors teaching you in real-time and answering questions.
  • Make it possible to “meet” other people who are currently taking the same course.
  • Currently, Lynda has a monthly subscription plan. Per course payment option should be available.
My company is in the Digital Marketing industry and Lynda provides great courses for anyone working in that field. Classes are led by industry experts and videos are of high quality. Lynda is perfectly suited for people seeking a flexible learning platform that offers unlimited access to many courses for a flat monthly subscription fee. However, their monthly subscription model might be overkill for someone looking to only take one or two courses.
Mitchell Clements | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
LinkedIn Learning was available to individuals to further develop their skills in UX design. It was never required, however, it was available as an option along with several other resources including books. Most of us were newer to UX design at the time, so Lynda was a great resource to really help level up our skills through quality courses.
  • LinkedIn Learning offers several courses covering a wide range of topics.
  • The courses are engaging and enjoyable.
  • The pricing model isn't very good for individuals wanting to take just one course.
LinkedIn Learning is well suited for organizations and groups who are trying to "level up" their employee's skills. It's also a great resource for students looking for quality and engaging learning content. It would be less appropriate for part-time employees unless they were using it outside of their work hours. Otherwise, it can be very time-consuming.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
At a higher education institute, Lynda.com is available to students and staff for professional and personal development. Lynda.com is available across the whole institution.
  • Lynda.com has a variety of courses that can be applicable to anyone.
  • The cost of use is free for us in our institution.
  • There is access to different supplemental resources in each course.
  • Lynda.com can be overwhelming at times and the resources are not always organized in a conducive manner for learning.
  • I think there is room for additional courses on certain topics like how to use statistical packages such as R, Stata, SAS.
I would highly recommend Lynda.com to colleagues and I think it's best suited for increasing knowledge on topics that you may not be familiar with. For example, if you're working on a project that requires in-depth knowledge of Excel spreadsheets, Lynda.com would be great to provide that insight needed to complete the task. Lynda.com may not necessarily be great for topics that may need hands-on practical exercises.
Michelle Braun | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Our subscription to Lynda.com is used across the firm. Historically, the training offered at DHG has been primarily ILT (instructor-led training) that are offered in classrooms at set dates and times. So if a team member needed to learn a skill but the training wasn't available for several months, there was no option for them besides reading a book. Lynda.com provides a variety of on-demand classes that employees can access from the comfort of their computers at a time that suits their schedule.
  • The technical training is particularly useful. Technology changes so quickly - I've noticed that some of our ILT providers are out of date. Lynda.com usually has training on the most recent version of the software.
  • Those who've attained their PMP (Project Management Professional) designation, need to continue to earn a certain number of PDUs (Professional Development Units) to maintain their certification. Lynda.com has a wide variety of training (at least 100+ hours) of relevant PDUs.
  • In addition to the technical training, Lynda.com offers soft skills classes too. From communication to management to meditation.
  • The biggest challenge that we have with Lynda.com is that the courses don't yet adhere to the AICPA/NASBA training standards -so they aren't eligible for CPE (Continuing Professional Education) credits - which are needed to maintain CPA (Certified Public Accounting) licenses. If a CPA has a choice between taking mediocre training that helps them learn something AND has CPE associated with it OR taking a good class that doesn't let them earn CPE, human nature dictates they'll take the so-so class with the CPE.
  • As of 2016, there were about 42,000 accounting firms in the United States. If Lynda.com got its classes to be CPE-worthy, there's a wide variety of people who would take more of the training and a lot more potential revenue for Lynda.com. If heard Jeff Weiner (LinkedIn CEO - who bought Lynda.com) share his goal of expanding the world's wisdom (and compassion). Getting the Lynda.com/LinkedIn Learning library to adhere to those AICPA/NASBA training standards is a simple way to achieve that goal.
  • While the technical training generally includes practice files and activities, some of the soft skills training could be more interactive. While videos of instructors talking to you can provide a baseline of information, more can be done to have the students interact with the content - and do practice activities and/or action planning. The more students engage with the content, the more likely they are to retain and apply their newfound knowledge.
  • When classes are updated to a newer version, the title - and corresponding deep link - changes too. This is challenging when you have curriculum roadmaps that point to certain classes. It would be nice if the title and link stayed the same - so that we don't constantly have to update links.
Lynda.com is great for on-demand, self-paced eLearning - both technical and soft skills.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Lynda.com is an amazing instructional, educational website. We have contracted with Lynda to serve up instructional videos that our internal staff and administrators use on a regular basis. We use it for enhancing our workforce's skill sets.
  • Lynda.com has a wide range of instructional training videos on a lot of different subjects.
  • The training videos can be watched as one-off or users can enroll in specific courses giving them more in-depth knowledge about the specific studying material.
  • Filtering through the content by searching on specific tags can sometimes reveal erroneous results, and video content can quickly become outdated.
In my opinion, it is one of the best instructional education websites. If a user enrolls in a course, he/she can complete it at his own pace, while bookmarking important content as well. Overall it's been a good purchase for us.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
At my previous position at a state university, we initially signed up with Lynda.com to provide training videos for employees and staff. Lynda.com has a huge collection of educational material that is accessible in a very interactive manner. Following the success of the website with employees we rolled out a campus initiative to allow access to students as well. It was a huge success and we gained lots of positive feedback for that.
  • Has a huge collection of training videos and courses.
  • Videos are appropriately tagged and all helper files for following along with the course are available for download.
  • Overall, the content available through the website is sufficiently large for most users. However, I did feel as if the website did not have the latest courses on newer or upcoming technologies in the software development field.
It has a large library of course material and training videos. The licensing terms are not very expensive either. Some of the content for fast evolving technologies should be updated quicker in my opinion.
Collin Berg | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Lynda is one of the best one stop shops for learning new software. Lynda's unique relationship with some of the world's best professionals lets them create great learning videos that can't be matched. We use it in our on-boarding process at my work for new employees or existing employees expanding to new Adobe products.
  • LOTS of topics. There is almost an unlimited number of videos on topics. You can watch hundreds of hours of tutorials if you so wished.
  • Live-captions available, or you can read all of it.
  • Industry expert authors/instructors -- you're learning from people with pedigree.
  • Different results depending on each person's learning style or each expert's teaching style. Like in school, not all match-ups will be beneficial and totally, completely informational.
Lynda is one of the best resources a university or corporation can use. Many large cities in the US even have a relationship with Lynda, so if you have a library card you can get access to their library.
MaryAnn Jackson, MA | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Currently, Lynda is being used for department-wide professional development. We have been focusing on specific topic areas that would help us be better professionals and educators. For example, a topic we as a department were trained on was Emotional Intelligence. Our HR rep took us through a couple of modules and we were tasked with finishing modules at home to complete the course. You can see a large difference in decision making and intentional conversations that staff members have had post-Lynda training.

Lynda has helped solve the issue of providing amazing professional development for staff members with a limited department budget. Lynda offers a wide range of modules that can be taken in a group setting or at-home.
  • Lynda is user-friendly, even for those who are not as tech-savvy. This enables staff members of all ages to be able to participate in training leaving the feeling of confusion behind.
  • Lynda offers a wide variety of learning courses to its users. This is especially important for business who rely on Lynda for professional development opportunities.
  • Lynda is cost effective and makes the larger business money when they subscribe. Lynda provides an avenue for businesses to invest in their professionals which can help increase business outcome and even increase revenue.
  • Not too many cons other than some course certifications do require payment.
Again, Lynda is a great system for providing employees an opportunity to grow and develop. Lynda is well suited for professional development sessions within a company.
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