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November 17, 2016

Who’s using Lynda? Bonus

Filed under: Computers, Elearning, IT Training, Lynda — Alyson Wilson @ 10:39 am

As a bonus video to our six part series, we see Jo Carrington, Health & Safety Adviser for HR who has been working on a project, looking at ways to improve engagement with the Health & Safety community here at Essex. She is running a monthly webinar series for all the Health & Safety Liaison Officers and DSE Facilitators, and has been learning how best to do this through Lynda.com videos.

Jo CarringtonHello, my name is Jo Carrington and I’m a Health and Safety Adviser at the university.

I used Lynda to learn how to host my own webinar on risk assessment. I chose the Lynda course, Webinar Fundamentals, because I was starting from absolute scratch. The nice thing about it was broken into 5 and 10 minute chunks, because the whole course was about 2 hours long and it meant that you can dip in and pick up bits when you have a spare moment. The other nice thing about the course was that it came with a resources pack that you could download, and that actually helped me plan my webinar. The information it gave me was enough so that I could ask the right questions of the right people at the university to learn how to host, how to promote it and I ran the webinar in September and I had about 24 people on the day, but since then I’ve had about 60 views. I really like the idea of using webinars because they’re cross campus, everyone gets the same information at the same time and I’m definitely going to use the medium again. I recommend Lynda to others because it gives you the right information, at your desk, in easy to digest, bite-size chunks, and it really did set me up and give me confidence to host my own webinar, and using the technology.

 

Since filming this video, Jo has also watched and learned from Building Templates in Word and Word 2014: Templates in Depth to help her make her department’s online word document resources easier to use and standardise format. “I could watch and apply as I went along. Great! It was a nice update on my last word training about 10 years ago!”

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November 9, 2016

Who’s Using Lynda? Part 6

Filed under: Elearning, IT Training, Lynda — Alyson Wilson @ 10:50 am

The last video in our 6 part Lynda.com series, features Matt Burch, Lecturer in Philosophy & Art History. Matt explains how useful Lynda is to him as a lecturer in maximising his engagement with students and expanding the reach of his teaching in different learning environments.

M.Burch

You’ve been watching some Lynda videos, which videos have you watched?

“So far I have used it to learn how to use Prezi, which is a presentation software, it’s kinda a competitor brand to PowerPoint, and I’ve also watched some videos on Camtasia which is a screen casting software. And basically I’m going to use the two of them in conjunction with each other to create online content for my modules. So one of my frustrations is I’ve had limited contact hours with my students, so this is going to allow me to expand the amount of contact that I have with them.

Do you have any other plans to integrate these into your teaching further?

“Well it’s something I’m thinking about and I want to start encouraging them to take advantage of the basic skills videos that are available on Lynda so they can learn those in conjunction with a philosophical education, I think that would be extremely useful for them.”

What did you think of the videos and how easy did you find them to follow?

“The videos were excellent quality they were up-to-date. The prezi video for example it just took me step by step through all the elements of the software and taught me how to use it in a very straight forward way. I think one thing that prevents people from learning how to use new tools like that, is that just jumping on and trying to make sense of it on your own, it’s very difficult to navigate, and plus it can be a real time waster if you’re just sitting there tinkering with it hour after hour. So it was nice to have these instructional videos take me through it point by point in a logical way and then also allowed me to practice it.”

Would you recommend using Lynda to others?

“I have already recommend it to others and I will continue to do so. I think it’s really useful for these reasons. I mean it has its limits, like any tool but if you want to acquire new technical skills that can allow you to expand the reach of your teaching to your students in different learning environments, I think it’s extremely useful and I would recommend it.”

How are you planning on using Lynda next?

“Well the next thing I want to do is develop a YouTube Channel where I can upload the videos that I’m creating and that’s another thing that’s going to save me a lot of time doing that. So I think I would be intimidated to do it if I didn’t have instruction, I don’t want to burden some friend of mine to sort of get them to teach me how to do it, and I don’t want to just try and do it on my own and waste a whole bunch of time because I’m busy like everyone else. And so I’m going to use it for that, I just already found that there are videos that will teach me how to do that. And also down the road I want to improve my ability to use Excel. And I’ve also taken in the past in statistic and I learnt how to use SPSS, but that skill is very rusty and they have great modules, full modules on Lynda that will help me, sort of, dust off those skills. So that’s where I’m planning on using it next.”

 

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November 3, 2016

Who’s using Lynda? Part 5

Filed under: Elearning, IT Training, Lynda — sgswaine @ 12:56 pm

In part five of our Who’s using Lynda? series, we meet Kaez Condon, a student until last year and extensive user of Lynda. Kaez tells us how useful he found the videos for learning new techniques for work and also personal interest. Click on the image to see the video or view the transcript below:

CondonKaezHave you used Lynda.com?

“I have. Quite a lot.”

What sort of videos have you watched?

“Quite a few. In a work context I’ve done courses on video editing, on instructional design, on eLearning, that sort of thing, Moodle essentials courses. Outside of a work context I’ve done art and graphic design courses.”

What did you think of the videos and how easy did you find them to follow?

“Generally speaking I found them very easy to follow. I mean, the quality, it did vary because I was doing videos by a lot of different people so some people I found their styles explaining things mesh more with my brain better than others, but that’s to be expected with that variety of content. I did find them very useful, I learned a bunch of techniques I didn’t previously know about and principles that I’m glad to know.”

Would you recommend Lynda to others?

“Yeah I would.”

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October 21, 2016

Who’s using Lynda? Part 4

Filed under: Elearning, IT Training, Lynda — sgswaine @ 11:22 am

Alex Porter, a Performance Volleyball coach, is fourth in our video series. He uses and recommends the Lynda.com app to download and watch videos offline and loves the fact that he can watch videos in 1.5 x speed to save time. Click on the image to see the video play or view the transcript below:

PorterAlexYou have used Lynda.com for training videos, what sort of videos have you watched?

“I’ve used Lynda to help me with a number of different areas to help me with work. I’ve used it for management tips, also the science of learning and overcoming certain areas such as procrastination and study skills so it’s not just been for myself but also for the students I work with.”

What did you think of the videos and how easy did you find them to follow?

“I found the videos really useful I also found that actually I didn’t have to watch them I could just listen to them at the same time, almost like an audio blog, and I found that they flow together quite nicely.”

Would you recommend Lynda to others?

“Definitely, I recommended them to my students that I work with to help them especially in stressful times, and exam times to make sure that they’re able to maximise their time, their learning but also to explore different areas that they might not learn as part of their degree, but around the outside of their degree.”

Are there any other features that you like about Lynda.com?

“Two of the best features that I found is that the videos were quite short in length so that if you’ve only got twenty minutes, half an hour to spare, you’re able to get through four or five videos and then pause it and come back another time that is convenient for you. Which means that some of the courses which are five to six hours long you’re able to do over a longer period of time. The second feature I found that was really useful was using the app on the mobile phone, which allowed me to listen to certain course when I was driving, sat at home, without having to watch the video the whole time.”

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October 19, 2016

[Service Alert] Scheduled maintenance on Lynda.com this Saturday

Filed under: Elearning, Lynda, [Scheduled], [Service Alert] — sgswaine @ 10:42 am

Please be advised that Lynda.com have notified us of upcoming maintenance scheduled for:

EMEA: Saturday, October 22, 5:00 a.m. (BST) thru Saturday, October 22, 10:00 a.m. (BST).

NAMER: Friday, October 21, 9:00 p.m. (PDT) thru Saturday, October 22, 2:00 a.m. (PDT).

During this maintenance window, users will be unable to access Lynda.com. Please be assured that Lynda.com will do their best to minimize any downtime associated with this maintenance.

Lynda.com apologize for any inconvenience.

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