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June 26, 2019

Lynda.com is changing to LinkedIn Learning

Filed under: Elearning, IT Training, Lynda — sgswaine @ 10:19 am

We’re upgrading your Lynda.com account to LinkedIn Learning on Wednesday 10 July.

The main points

  • It will take roughly 18 hours to complete and you won’t be able to access Lynda while the upgrade takes place.
  • You’ll receive emails from LinkedIn prior to the upgrade and after the upgrade with instructions for activating your new LinkedIn Learning account.
  • All your historical data, including certificates and playlists, will be transferred over as part of the upgrade.
  • There are some new features such as adding your own video content to collections (formerly playlists).
  • You have the option to bind your new LinkedIn Learning account to your LinkedIn account.
  • You have control over your data via the privacy settings inside of the LinkedIn platform.

Why are we upgrading?

Lynda.com was purchased by LinkedIn in 2015. They have now combined the two platforms to create a more personalised and interactive learning experience powered by the LinkedIn network. This offers the benefits of both a social media platform and a learning content website. As well as the same great Lynda.com content (over 11,000 courses), some of the new features and benefits include:

  • Personalised course recommendation based on trending skills in your field
  • Multiple quiz types added to courses so users can test their knowledge
  • Adding your own custom content to collections (formerly known as playlists)
  • Creating custom or using pre-built learning paths made easier

If you’d like more information, you can read this key features and benefits document; take a sneak peek at the new interface; or watch the Advance your skills with LinkedIn Learning video.

What will happen during the upgrade?

The process for upgrading is automatic and will carry over all the data from Lynda.com to LinkedIn Learning.

On the upgrade day, the service (Lynda.com) will be offline from around 13:00pm. During this time all of the users details on Lynda.com (including playlists and learning history) will be transferred over to LinkedIn Learning. The upgrade process should be completed by midnight that night. When the transition is complete, all users, who already have a profile on Lynda.com, will be contacted by Linkedin Learning to let them know their new account is ready to activate. Your login details will still be the same (authenticating through your university credentials), but you will need to use a different link to get to LinkedIn Learning.

For those who don’t already have a Lynda.com account, messages will be sent out once the upgrade is complete to explain how to access the new service.

Optional binding to LinkedIn

When you use LinkedIn Learning for the first time, you’ll be given the option to bind your LinkedIn Learning account with your personal LinkedIn account. If you don’t already have a personal LinkedIn account, you’ll be able to create one (don’t use your Essex email for this). Joining LinkedIn is completely optional and you can add or remove it at any time.

Binding your personal LinkedIn account with your LinkedIn Learning account will:

  • give you an enhanced user experience by using public elements of your profile to suggest relevant courses and insights into learning trends
  • allow you to add certificates and completed courses directly to your LinkedIn page to show your skill progression
  • let you share courses directly with other members of LinkedIn and LinkedIn Learning
  • mean that should you leave Essex, you’ll be able to print your certificates of completion and view your historical data

NB: If you choose not to bind accounts, you should print your certificates of completion before you leave Essex and lose access to your LinkedIn Learning account.

If you can transfer your LinkedIn Learning account to another institutional account within 1 year, you will regain full access to courses/videos, your certificates of completion and historical data. If you disconnect your account, your previous learning data will still be available on the platform, so you’ll need to make a request if you wish for this data to be removed.

Essex can only see your LinkedIn profile photo. We won’t have access to any other information from your LinkedIn profile. For more details see the Privacy Information for LinkedIn Learning Learners web page.

Data Use

Keeping your information safe is important to us and to LinkedIn. When you connect your LinkedIn account, only your learning activity will be shared with your employer. No other activity or data from your LinkedIn account will ever be accessible or shared with your employer. See the details of our Privacy Information here or watch the short video below to get an overview of the privacy policy from Linkedin.

Moodle integration

Staff who have Lynda.com content in their Moodle courses will receive a separate communication about this after the upgrade is complete.

More information

I’ve you have more questions about the upgrade, please visit the LinkedIn Learning FAQs web page or contact it.training@essex.ac.uk.

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January 24, 2019

The IT Training Room has moved!

Filed under: Audio Visual, Computers, IT Training, Uncategorized — sgswaine @ 11:31 am

New location and facelift for IT Training Room

Building work is complete on the new IT Training Room (6.327) and it’s officially open for business. The room is located in the old Maths corridor and is kitted out even better than before.

Room features

We’ve upped the capacity to 14, added two 79″ touch screen LCD panels, a visualiser and a break-out space for brainstorming and collaborative working. The full list of features is as follows:

  • 14 learner PCs with dual monitors
  • 1 lecturer PC with dual monitors and lectern for anyone with an Essex.ac.uk account (externals will need a temp account, requests can be made through the helpdesk@essex.ac.uk.
  • Laptop loom, for connecting any laptop by HDMI or VGA and an audio cable for sound
  • Visualizer for displaying any paper or notes on screen
  • Two 79” wall-mounted touch screen LCD panels
  • Break-out space with wall mounted whiteboards for brainstorming and collaborative working
  • Air-conditioning (centrally controlled) and black out blinds
  • Catering table

The easiest way to get to the room is via Square 2 (behind Zest), take the lift up to level 6 and the room is on your right as you exit the lift. You can also get to it by going through the Estates corridor. For alternative routes check out findyourway.

Can I book the IT Training Room?

You can check availability and book the room for staff related learning via Outlook using the instructions below:

  1. In Outlook, create a new Meeting (Ctrl + Shift + Q).
  2. Click on Rooms…, search for IT Training Room (6.327), click on Rooms > OK.
  3. Use Scheduling Assistant to select an available timeslot.
  4. Click Appointment, then in the Subject field write your name and what the room will be used for eg [Sally Swaine: Excel training]. You can also include the iTrent course code here if you have one, then press Send (Alt + S).
  5. You’ll receive an automatic message to say your booking is Tentative – this is NOT confirmation of your booking.
  6. IT Services will then respond to confirm or decline your request within 48 hours.

NB: All Learning Activities should be entered into iTrent so attendees can keep a record of their professional development. If you wish to advertise your learning event(s) via HR Organiser you will need to complete the iTrent Learning Request Form and submit to Learning and Development (ldev@essex.ac.uk). You’ll also need to attach 6.327 as a resource to your learning activity in iTrent after you’ve booked it through Outlook.

Upcoming IT training courses

Thu 7 Feb, 13:00-15:00 – Excel: further functions
Fri 8 Feb, 10:00-12:00 – Outlook: managing a busy inbox
Thu 14 Feb, 13:00-15:00 – Excel: conditional formatting
Fri 15 Feb, 10:00-12:00 – Excel: pivottables

If you have any questions or would like more information about the room, contact ittraining@essex.ac.uk.

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January 5, 2018

FASER drop-in sessions

Filed under: Elearning, FASER, IT Training, Uncategorized — sgswaine @ 2:37 pm

Lunch and Learn drop-in sessions for users of FASER

To coincide with the release of the new and improved version of FASER due to be released on Monday 22 January, IT Services is holding a series of drop-in sessions designed to help users understand and transition to the new system.

The drop-in sessions will run over a two week period from 22 Jan to 2 Feb and take place over the lunch hour. Participants will discover what key improvements have been made and have a chance to ask questions.

To book simply follow the link to Lunch and Learn: FASER via HR Organiser and login with your UserID and password.

If you’d like more background information about the update, check out the FASER update blog or if you have any questions about booking a place or session content, please don’t hesitate to contact it.helpdesk@essex.ac.uk.

We hope to see you there!

 

Update:

A recording of one of the sessions is now available (login required).

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June 26, 2017

How Lynda helped Mandi Maripise get a Frontrunner role

Filed under: Elearning, IT Training, Lynda — sgswaine @ 10:01 am

JobReadyHeadshot_Mandi_1_Cropped-WebMandi Maripise is a Philosophy, Politics and Economics student and, until recently, a Digital Revolution frontrunner for IT Services.

We talked to Mandi to find out how she used Lynda to enhance her CV in preparation for the Frontrunner role; and also how videos like Design thinking: Lead Change in Your Organisation, which talks about mapping customer journeys and user-centered problem solving, helped during her placement.

The Lynda Team
IT Services
E lynda@essex.ac.uk
www.essex.ac.uk/it

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June 5, 2017

Find out how our students are using Lynda to get job ready

Filed under: Elearning, IT Training, Lynda — Tags: , , — Alyson Wilson @ 3:25 pm

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We spoke to three students to find out how Lynda has helped them prepare for postgraduate study, secure a UROP placement and land a frontrunner role.

In our new video series, Drew, Mandi and Ivana talk about how Lynda has helped them gain confidence, knowledge and skills by watching Lynda courses like Human Design Thinking, 3D Printing, HTML and financial markets.

If you’re preparing for a new job, why not check out our JobReady playlist in Lynda. 

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