We’ve all been there, using software to create a file, but what happens when you don’t know how to make the software do what you want? Lynda.com to the rescue!
Lynda.com is an online education company offering thousands of video courses in software, creative, and business skills. Founded in 1995, the company produces video tutorials taught by industry experts, and we are fortunate that UGA has partnered with Lynda.com to allow us to have full access. To begin, go to www.lynda.com.
Once you click ‘Log In’ in the upper right corner of the Lynda.com home page, you will see the ‘Log in to lynda.com’ box.
Click the ‘Organization Login’, then enter www.uga.edu for the organization’s url. You will be taken to UGA’s Central Authentication page. Enter your MyID and click ‘Log In’.
Once you’ve logged in, you will be taken back to the Lynda.com website. Notice on the site, 1. You are logged in as a ‘member’; 2. You can access ‘My courses’; 3. You can search for a specific title or skill; 4. You can browse the library; 5. You can view courses you’re currently watching; and 6. You can view recommendations.
Let’s look at ‘My courses’ and see how you can use it to manage your training titles. You can create ‘Playlists’ to allow you to organize your titles. In my courses I have several Playlists, such as Excel, Windows 7, and Adobe. When I come across a title related to these topics, I simply add it to the Playlist so I can go back to it at another time.
The wonderful thing about Lynda.com is how they have titles broken down into small topic segments. You can choose exactly the topic that relates to what you want to learn. So you can spend as little as 5 minutes learning a specific skill, or several hours learning a complete software title.
In the last image you can see how the Excel course is broken down into small topics such as ‘Creating simple formulas’, which is only 7 minutes long, or ‘Inserting and deleting rows and columns’, which is only 6 minutes long. Easily customized to meet your needs. It’s all up to you, you control the content and the time involved.
Hope you take the time to invest in your knowledge, and you use Lynda.com to help you.