Lynda.com was formerly a subscription-based online learning site where anyone could learn new skills for a fee. In 2015, LinkedIn purchased it and renamed it LinkedIn Learning. In its heyday, Lynda was the go-to site for learning software skills, with a focus on graphic design. Lynda would be able to teach you how to use Photoshop or AutoCAD. The new LinkedIn Learning site is full of courses that teach business skills, from management training to entrepreneurship, and the old site still has some of Lynda’s best-known courses. All LinkedIn Premium subscribers have access to LinkedIn Learning, which has an enormous amount of content. Some courses are better than others, and the classification system could be improved because it can be difficult to find what you’re looking for.
It’s worth checking out what’s available on LinkedIn Premium if you have a subscription. LinkedIn Learning isn’t a compelling enough service on its own to justify paying LinkedIn’s fee if you don’t already have one. It only makes sense to pay for a Premium membership if you intend to take advantage of the other benefits, such as access to additional information about who’s looking at your LinkedIn profile or information on potential job candidates.
LinkedIn Premium isn’t the only option for online learning, but it’s the most expensive. PCMag has several Editors’ Choice picks, so it’s hard to say which is the best without knowing what you want to learn. To begin with, Khan Academy (which is free) excels at academic instruction. MasterClass is the best option if you are looking for motivational speeches and specific advice from experts in your field. However, Skillshare is starting to focus more on lessons for creative types and offers classes on everything from how to sell goods on Instagram to how to use an electric sewing machine.. Free courses from Yale and other prestigious universities are available through Coursera, which enrolls you in the courses.
How to get LinkedIn Learning
To access LinkedIn Learning, you must have a paid Premium LinkedIn account. There is no option to purchase a single course, which is a shame because there are some excellent courses for learning specific hard skills, particularly software.. If you’re a businessperson, LinkedIn has a variety of Premium options to suit your needs. All of LinkedIn Learning’s paid tiers grant you unrestricted access.
Those looking for work should subscribe to Premium Career, which costs $29.99 per month or $239.88 annually. Those who want a better understanding of how their company is perceived on LinkedIn should opt for Premium Business ($59.99 per month or $575.88 per year). Group subscriptions for sales and hiring personnel are also available. First-time Premium customers may be eligible for one-month free trials.
A paid LinkedIn account comes with a slew of other perks, including the ability to message people even if you aren’t connected to them. LinkedIn Learning is more of a benefit than a reason to upgrade to a Premium account, in our opinion.
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What Are the Costs of Competitors?
There is a wide range in the cost of online education courses. In addition, the manner in which each website’s courses are sold differs. For example, if you pay for a Premium membership to LinkedIn Learning, you have access to every class in the entire catalog. In the same way, Skillshare works. For a one-time fee of $99 a year or $19 a month, you can access everything. Teachable, on the other hand, sells access to individual courses, and the price depends on the instructor’s decision to charge. That’s how the Great Courses work, too.
Each MasterClass course costs $90, but you can buy a year’s worth for $180 if you’d prefer. Even if you have your heart set on one particular class, you will invariably find additional compelling content to watch once you are inside the doors. The yearly subscription is much better value.
Free video classes are available on Skillshare, but you must pay $19 a month or $99 a year to access the full library. Paid memberships also allow you to remove ads, as well as download videos so you can watch them at your own convenience. Scholarships and team plans are both available through Skillshare for those in need of financial assistance.
The Khan Academy website is completely free of charge. Donations are welcome because it’s a 501(c)(3) organization. During the COVID-19 crisis, Teachable has made some of its courses available for free.
Learning a new language is a whole new ballgame. Only one language can be used at a time in most subscription services. For a one-time fee, some language learning companies offer software or audio packages that can be downloaded and kept on your computer as a permanent asset. One example is Pimsleur, which is excellent if you prefer to learn languages through audio.
Courses on LinkedIn University’s Learning Platform
Courses and Instructional Material
In the upper-right corner of LinkedIn, click on the Learning button to get started. There are a few short surveys that appear when you first visit the Learning section of the site. After that, LinkedIn Learning will suggest relevant content to review.
Alternatively, you can search for content by browsing the various subcategories. At this point,
There are three main divisions at the highest level: business, creative, and technology. Subjects, Software, and Learning Paths are all subcategories of each other. Those subcategories will lead you to additional subcategories.
LinkedIn’s Learning section
All of these different groups and subgroups are a bit befuddling. After Effects, for example, should be found under Creative, not Technology, if you want to learn how to use it. Programming, development, security, and other information systems topics can be found in the Technology category. Under either Business or Technology, you can learn new Excel tricks. Microsoft Office has the same problem. Where can I find classes focused on my own well-being? For more information, see the section titled “Business”. There are no writing lessons in the Creative section, so don’t waste your time looking there. However, if you use the search bar to look for writing classes, you’ll come across dozens.
Using the search bar is the best way to find a specific skill or course type. The Learning Paths are the only reason to peruse the categories. A Learning Path is a collection of related videos that are organized into a logical sequence. Among the options, one can learn how to start a small business. LinkedIn Learning shows 11 courses total on this subject.
learning path on LinkedIn
Class Schedules: What’s the Format Like?
As of late, LinkedIn Learning appears to be a glorified slideshow presentation, with new videos being produced after Lynda.com was defunct. This is particularly relevant to business-related material. In terms of personality, the videos are on par with a PowerPoint presentation in a boardroom. Slides accompany the presenter, who speaks slowly and clearly and is clearly reading from a script in these videos. Some of the slides have animations on them. Text appears on some. Using video b-roll or photo stills, some of these cutaways are more traditional. Despite their high production values, these videos have the look and feel of low-budget slideshows.
Under these conditions, the content can still be exceptional. For example, a course on plain language writing provided clear explanations and tips on how to write in plain language. Because the presentation was presented in such a corporate manner, the presenter lost all of his or her individuality.
Overproduction was an issue with a different course on banishing your inner critic. The narrator’s enthusiastic delivery of her scripted lines feels staged. There is no doubt that she gets her message across, but it doesn’t leave a lasting impression on the learner. This could be compared to a MasterClass with Christina Aguilera as the star. The story of her licking honey off a plate with a bare finger to lubricate her throat during performances is instantly recognizable, even if you’re not familiar with the world of professional singers. Memories of Aguilera’s storytelling come to life when she uses that motion to swipe her finger across a spoonful of honey. There are few occasions in which PowerPoint presentations succeed.
Consider taking Mary Karr’s memoir writing class on Skillshare. While she may use “um” and “you know” a few times, or look away from the camera as she composes her thoughts, her genuineness makes an impression.
LinkedIn Learning’s older courses have a more lively feel to them. During Ben Long’s 2015 course on portrait photography, he may be reading his notes, but he’s more present than someone who’s simply following a script verbatim. It’s clear that EJ Hassenfratz is scripting his Mograph Techniques 2015 class, but he occasionally interrupts the flow of the presentation with a whispered “let me zoom in here.” Despite the script, you get the impression that he’s there for you. The newer videos, on the other hand, appear more rigid or corporate.
If you want to learn how to code, check out what Lynda has to offer on LinkedIn Learning. There are a wide range of courses available, from basic HTML to advanced C++, for all skill levels. You can learn everything from the fundamentals of programming to advanced topics like responsive design, mobile app development, and user interface design. A number of tutorials, some of which are free, are specifically geared toward students under the age of 18.
LinkedIn Learning’s lack of dedicated forums or live phone chat for all courses is understandable given the breadth of topics covered, not just coding. To be honest, the best you can hope for is that your questions will be answered in the video’s comments section. As a social network, LinkedIn does, however, already provide a whole, career-hungry community to which one can tap for support and assistance.
Our Editors’ Choice picks for paid and free learn-to-code courses, Treehouse and Codecademy, are missing from LinkedIn Learning’s coding lessons. For a similar monthly fee, however, they offer far more content beyond coding than the competition.
Ariana is a LinkedIn Learning instructor.
Learning Objectives and Certificates of Completion
In LinkedIn Learning, you can specify a daily or weekly time limit.
You decide how many hours a week you want to spend watching videos, and your progress toward that goal is displayed in your account. If Ariana Huffington goes on and on about meditation, you can take a break and come back to where you left off later because your progress in various courses is saved in your account.
Certificates can be downloaded as PDFs or added to your LinkedIn profile after completing many LinkedIn Learning courses. Even at Lynda.com, certificates were common, but it’s important to remember that they don’t always have any real-world significance. In the event your employer pays for your Premium membership and requires evidence that you are making use of it, these screenshots may come in handy.
For LinkedIn Members, this is a nice perk.
To learn more about LinkedIn Learning, sign up for a paid account on the social network. In order to find exactly what you’re looking for, we recommend using the search bar rather than browsing. A lot of the business courses that have been released in the last few years have come across as a little too corporate for our tastes.
On their own, these courses aren’t compelling enough to justify the cost of a Premium LinkedIn account. With Skillshare, you can learn specific skills, especially for creative people. For motivational and educational content, check out MasterClass or Khan Academy, respectively. You can also check out Treehouse and Code Academy if you want to learn how to code.