LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

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LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)

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8 out of 10
December 26, 2018
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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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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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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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The most common users of LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com) are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees) and the Computer Software industry.

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Arthur Kegerreis | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 2 out of 10
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  • 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.
Cedric Allen | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • 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.
Matt LeMaire, B.A., M.A. | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • 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.
Viveka von Rosen | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • 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.
Sara Rogers | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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  • 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
Irina Danilova | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • 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)
Rocky Kev | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • 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.
Score 10 out of 10
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  • 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.
Score 10 out of 10
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  • 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.
Michelle Braun | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • 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.
Score 8 out of 10
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  • 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.
Score 8 out of 10
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  • 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.
Collin Berg | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • 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.
MaryAnn Jackson, MA | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • 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.
Joshua Henke | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • Certificates of Completion. New feature that does what you think.
  • Videos at a faster pace! There are a lot of speakers and topics conducive to making that 2 hour course take only 90 minutes. Love that!
  • LOTS of topics.
  • Live-captions available, or you can read all of it.
  • I actually can't think of anything bothersome, not even interface problems. It works great.
Chris Salles | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • 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.
  • Knowledge checks are infrequent - as of this writing, they have begun to beta-test adding in a "How much do you know?" knowledge check at the beginning of some courses.
Alexander Perrigo | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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  • Concise video segments that allow for easier knowledge absorption.
  • Associated with the continued education process for all manner of certifications and knowledge obtainment.
  • The continually updated knowledge base to choose from in the Lynda Library.
  • Needs more options for practical examinations for learning paths.
  • Options for Audio only learning.
  • Upon successful completion of an examination, I would like to see discounts available for CE. This, I understand, is dependent upon partners.
Score 7 out of 10
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  • An in-depth tutorial, training, and reviews.
  • An influx of information and specialists/experts available to help.
  • Online courses for a multitude of topics—we're talking hundreds of videos.
  • Able to take this on the go. Don't have to be in a desk at work to use lynda.com.
  • Different results depending on each person's learning style or each expert's teaching style. Like in school, not all matchups will be beneficial and totally, completely informational.
  • Sometimes the videos can be long, which means it can be easy to get distracted/not pay attention. Sometimes long videos are warranted, sometimes they're not. Lynda is best for candidates with the self-discipline to stay committed.
Rocky Banks | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Their customer service is superb. They have always been willing to solve any technical challenges and follow-up.
  • The sale representative always contacts me ahead of time in the renewal window. He does everything to help.
  • Their site is well designed, easy to administer, and it is easy to track learning paths.
  • When they were acquired by LinkedIn, the next invoice barely noted the invoice was for Lynda.com. I at first thought it was a phishing attempt using LinkedIn as a front.
  • The invoice should be from the lynda.com domain and NOT from LinkedIn.
  • Account administrators should be able to change passwords, and see passwords, for the license entities they manage. Also, all email notices to users should be duplicated to account administrators.
December 13, 2017

Review of lynda.com

Ai Ashe | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • The training is clear, you can access it on any device.
  • The instruction covers all areas of the software in question. It is updated on a regular basis to keep up with software updates.
  • Files from the course can be downloaded and used for practice.
  • Able to link students directly to another valuable resource for learning (only the free videos)
  • Lynda.com pretty much covers all of what I need.
  • The only thing is that it is not free and many students don't have the means to subscribe to the training. Perhaps a student price?
Benjamin Brogdon | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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  • Variety: the lynda.com library is enormous. In fact, it can be a little overwhelming when you sit down and search.
  • Depth: lynda.com training videos are very detailed.
  • High quality: videos are delivered by knowledgeable experts who have great screen presence.
  • Passive content: I would like to see training that is more interactive. Lynda.com videos are purely passive. They do provide source code so that you can follow along. But this source code does not take the place of skill checks.
  • Learning plans: I think that lynda.com can do a better job of providing users with more direction when it comes to selecting related training. Most people do a search for the software they need to learn to use, such as Photoshop. And, lynda.com has hours and hours of Photoshop training. But, it would be great if the platform asked you to identify the projects you need to do and recommend relevant supplements. If you need to learn Photoshop, you probably also need to know how to use Illustrator, InDesign, etc.