Lynda was established in the mid-90’s. It is based in California, and it wasn’t originally created to be a massiv e 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:
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”
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.