What is Lynda.com

Lynda.com is a website designed to help you gain new skills in a variety of different subjects. As well as supporting your own learning it is possible to share courses, create playlists, embed courses into Moodle, all making it easy to support the learning of students and staff. All staff and students at the University of Portsmouth, have unlimited access to Lynda.com which contains a library of high-quality instructional videos covering a vast range of skills.

What does Lynda.com look like and how do I use it?

Lynda.com homepage imageWith more than 5,000 courses taught by industry experts – and more added every week – Lynda.com is designed for all levels of learners, and it’s available whenever you’re ready to learn. You can access from www.port.ac.uk/lynda, directly from Lynda.com or you can view courses on your mobile device by downloading the Lynda.com app.

Searching for a course in Lynda.com is as easy as using the search bar to find a specific course, or you can browse through categories if you aren’t looking for a course on a specific topic. You can then watch the lesson that you’re after.

As mentioned above, a Lynda.com app for iOS and Android is also available, and this enables you to learn on the go, it’s perfect for using that train journey to learn something new, or even refresh a topic you’ve learnt in the past.

Across the University, students and staff have accessed Lynda.com and viewed nearly 2000 hours of learning so far. Content from Lynda.com has been embedded into Moodle as part of provision by the Graduate School, it has also been used in the Enterprise toolkit. Many students are using Lynda.com to support their studies, for example the top course in Creative and Cultural Industries is for 3DS Max, animation software directly relevant to some of the courses. In Science statistics tools such as SPSS are popular, while general skills such as Excel and Time Management are popular overall.

How could Lynda.com help me?

You can use Lynda.com to access learning at anytime on any device to support your learning, professional development or teaching. It is possible to share courses, create playlists, embed courses into Moodle, all making it easy to support the learning of students and staff.

With Lynda.com you’ll get:

  • Unlimited access – Choose from more than 5,000 video tutorials covering business, creative and technology topics.
  • Relevant recommendations – Explore the most in-demand skills based on your interests.
  • Expert instructors – Learn from industry leaders, all in one place.
  • Convenient learning – Access courses on your schedule, from any desktop or mobile device.
  • Helpful resources – Reinforce new knowledge with quizzes, exercise files and coding practice windows.
  • Relevant content – Map content to support the learning of your students and staff.
  • Link certificates of completion to online profiles like LinkedIn.

To find out more and log into Lynda.com, visit www.port.ac.uk/lynda

Please also join our Lynda.com Google Community, keep up to date, get ideas and it would be great to share how you’ve used Lynda.com in your own learning and to support others

Check out ‘Lynda.com – Online training for everyone‘ written by our very own Lynda.com guru – Adrian Sharkey.