Meet Sally

This week, we’d like you to meet Sally Swaine, the University’s IT and Digital Skills Coordinator. Sally is based in Innovation and Technology Solutions (formerly IT Services). In this short video, she talks about the two big IT training projects that you might not be aware of. The first one is the re-location of the IT Training Room, completed earlier this year,  and the second is the migration from Lynda.com to LinkedIn Learning (scheduled to take place this Summer).

The University has subscribed to Lynda.com for a few years now. It provides us with a vast, and ever-growing library of instructional video courses. The courses cover a wide variety of topics. This includes a lot of learning content on popular IT software packages like Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and the Adobe suite of creative applications, such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. There is also a wealth of material on creativity, entrepreneurship, project management and social media marketing. All of the courses are taught by industry insiders. Best of all, this service is FREE to all students and staff currently studying or working at the University of Essex.

Check out the video courses on Lynda.com now.  Go to the organisational login page, then type “essex.ac.uk” into the box and press the “Continue” button. You will then be able to sign in using your  usual Essex ID and password.

In 2015, Lynda.com was bought out by LinkedIn, the world’s most popular professional social networking site. (Subsequently, LinkedIn was acquired by Microsoft in 2016 for more than 26 billion dollars.) Over the last two years, the website has been further integrated into the LinkedIn network and re-branded as “LinkedIn Learning”.

The University will be upgrading to LinkedIn Learning this Summer (the specific date has yet to be decided). All of the content currently on Lynda.com will still be there, along with a whole host of new features. This will include an improved user interface and personalised course recommendations related to your profession. You can take a sneak peak at the new platform on the LinkedIn Learning website now.

For those of you that don’t already know, IT Training provide classroom-based training as well as online instruction. They specialise in teaching you new ways to improve your day-to-day use of IT. The team can help you manage a busy inbox in Outlook, or create intelligent application forms in Word. The team offer intermediate Excel training, perfect for anyone wanting to get to grips with PivotTables. You can also polish your digital presentations skills by attending a PowerPoint training session.

Usually, face-to-face sessions are based at our Colchester campus, although training at Southend or Loughton can be arranged if there is enough demand. You can browse a full list of available courses on the Staff Directory. Most sessions can be booked through HR Organiser. However, a few are available on Proficio (some of these courses may require payment).

The IT Training team can also provide bespoke training sessions for small groups and teams. Contact IT Training for more information.