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Lynda The MOOC

 

Lynda was established in the mid-90’s. It is based in California, and it wasn’t originally created to be a massiv indexe open online course (MOOC) website. Online courses began to make an appearance in 2002, and by 2008 Lynda Weinman (the founder) was producing and creating her own series of documentaries on learning, art, and education. Check out more amazing education oriented content at Edumuch.com.
Lynda is international, and it has offices in England, Australia, and the United States. In 2015 it was acquired by linkedIn, and it is still helping many students improve their situation in life. Whether they are learning for business or pleasure, Lynda is a wonderful platform for learning and training.

Lynda has its own in-house team of experts, and they produce videos which are easy to use with varying degrees of skill and know how. There is a 10-day free trial, for those who want to see what it is all about, and there are three main categories to choose from:

Business
Creative
Technology
Within each of these are many sub-categories. There are also learning laths tailored towards reaching a specific goal, such as becoming a digital marketer, project coordinator, or graphic designer. Lynda has some 600 expert teachers, and the site enables the student to learn anywhere, and to switch between devices (computer, tablet, phone) quickly and effortlessly with their designated app.


Lynda also provides educational services for companies, and offer group memberships for those who are interested. There are over 4,000 videos on Lynda.com, with more being added every week. There are two individual membership options: Basic membership – the monthly fee is $24.99. There is also the option of a single annual payment, which comes out to $239.88 ($19.99 per month).

Premium membership – $34.99 per month, and here there is also the option of an annual payment, which comes out to $359.88 ($29.99 per month)

Lynda can sometimes feel too big for a first-timer, but you get used to the platform and the design quickly. Once you choose your courses and are up and running, everything runs smoothly. Lynnda is also supposed to have great customer service, though I never used it personally. I may have, had there not been a video titled “how to use Lynda.com”images

The interface of the Lynda platform is very well-designed. You can tell that the creators of the website have a keen eye and attention to detail. The courses can be view in a number of resolutions, and the player is easy to use. Alongside the player is often a transcript of the course, which makes following much easier. FAQs created by students are also available, and there is a vibrant community of users on the Lynda website. Learning becomes a much more social and pleasant experience, which is something which a lot of MOOCs have in common. Lynda’s goal is “to help you learn the skills you need to achieve your full potential.” Plain and simple, it is a place where people can grow and evolve. Lynda is doing a great job at educating those who frequent its digital halls. It provides students with the tools they need to really advance themselves, and that is no small feat.

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Getting My MOOC On With Udemy

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are one of the hottest and greatest phenomenon online. These sites are guided by the notion that education cannot and should not remain in the halls of academia or other establishment. Knowledge is power, and MOOC websites seek to spread that power around.

Udemy was founded in 2009 by three individuals who sought to make education easier, and to reach a wider audience. They wanted content that will be produced by the websites users, unlike MOOC websites like Lynda or Coursera.

learn yesThere are over 8 million students subscribed to Udemy. The website hosts thousands and thousands of courses, on nearly every topic imaginable. These courses are taught by instructors. Some of these instructors are certified, and others are merely experienced. Udemy has quality standards, and as long as you can uphold them, you can teach.

Because of this method of user-generated content, the website does have some disadvantages when it comes to quality assurance and control. Udemy relies heavily on student feedback, because hundreds of new courses are added each and every month.

Whether you are interested in learning a new language or programming skill; starting a business or getting ahead at work; become more productive around the office or the house – Udemy can make all of that happen. It is a way for you to improve yourself, at your own pace, on your own terms.

The courses on Udemy are either free or paid. Sometimes, certain instructors will open up tutorials and intro courses free of charge, so you can get an idea of the course and who its instructor is. Some courses are similar in nature, and they are taught by different instructors. It is up to the student to figure out what works best.

Udemy is constantly growing, and its staff is always updating the database, removing low-quality content and/or instructors, and improving on what is there.great

If you are looking for a way to learn a new skill, or perhaps develop an existing one, Udemy is a great starting point, and with it, you really feel as though the world – and its wealth of knowledge and wisdom – are all at your fingertips. Not everything can be taught online, but those things that can? Well, Udemy is where you will find them. Want more information? You can find great reviews on all the online learning websites at Edmuch.com and other education blogs.

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Get Online and Learn Something New

moversHello again from Brandknewday.comThey say knowledge is power but that only goes so far. Get into a fight with a boxer and we’ll see how far your knowledge goes. I suppose you could talk him out of the fight but I digress. Physical power aside, the more you know the better off you are in today’s society. The jobs of yester-year are evolving. People in today’s work force need a broader set of skills. While manual labor jobs like moving may not require more than physical strength I would add that if you own a moving company you may want to know how to market online or create a website for yourself. My point is having these skills can only be an advantage for you and your business.

So further education is a must if we want to grow in whatever field we may find ourselves working. The prospect of going back to school scares most people. I mean, can you recall the last time you had to sit in a classroom and listen to a teacher blabber on about math or philosophy? For me its been years. Thankfully there are more choices out there for people looking to further their knowledge. In recent years there has been a explosion of websites offering courses from the very academic (philosophy, calculus, etc…) to the more practical (graphic design, computer programming, etc…) These websites have re-invented how we can learn and how knowledge can be dispersed. Don’t want to have to sit in a classroom? You no longer have to, you can take classes in the comfort of your own home. The classes are pre-recorded most of the time so you can also learn at your own convenience.

photoshopI personally have had an interest in graphic design for some time and wanted to start learning how to use programs like Adobe Photoshop. My busy schedule would constantly make me have to push off taking the classes. It left me frustrated and unhappy. I did some research and found a couple of tutorials on one of these E-learning sites. I signed up and blocked out the 20 minutes or so I would need to watch the video and begin learning. This was a month ago and I have begun working on my ow projects via Photoshop. The ease of taking the class and the flexibility of being able to learn when I could allowed me to begin working on a passion of mine. This is just one example of how online courses have improved my life.

So if you’re looking to start a new hobby or get into a different field of work or even just trying to up your game in your current work situation, online courses can be a great way to get a move on. They are affordable and the array of choices are nearly endless. Get on the internet and start learning something new!