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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Lynda.com at the U of M: Technology Tutorials Aid Students, Faculty, & Staff

In April 2013, University of Minnesota IT negotiated a University-wide license for Lynda.com technology tutorial videos. The service has been embraced by students, faculty, and staff for just-in-time knowledge and professional development needs. Available 24x7 and accessible from mobile devices, Lynda.umn.edu is the University's gateway to a library of more than 2,000 courses from Photoshop to Excel to MATLAB.

Since its launch, more than 6,000 University constituents have logged in to use the service and in November alone, there were over 16,000 total video views by UMN users. The Lynda license clearly fulfills a previously unmet need for a variety of University audiences.

Students can get 24x7 just-in-time help on an application, or dig deeper into a course series to gain greater proficiency with applications they need to use in their academic career or in their future work lives.

In addition to developing their own skills with applications, faculty can confidently assign coursework that relies on applications such as Microsoft Excel or the Adobe Creative Suite knowing that they can point students to Lynda's technical tutorials.

For faculty who would like to offer a list of course-relevant tutorials to their students, Technology Training & Usability services offers help in curating Lynda courses. To request this service email it-training@umn.edu.

Staff can gain efficiencies by learning new tips and tricks with the applications they know, develop professionally by taking courses to build and grow the work they do, or test their interest in a new field such as programming, videography, or photography.

To begin using Lynda on your computer, log in with your University Internet ID and password at lynda.umn.edu. To access Lynda.umn.edu via your mobile device, log in at m.lynda.com or download a free app for your iPhone, iPad, or Android tablet.

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