How do you use lynda.com bookmarks?

Published by | Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

We introduced our new Bookmarks feature in the Online Training Library® back in January, and we’re curious how you’ve been using them. How often do you use them to mark and tag courses, chapters, individual video tutorials, and to mark specific points in a video in order to find a topic or technique again later? Do you add details to your bookmarks by clicking on the arrow next to the bookmark icon, or add tags to make it easier to sort your bookmarks?

Once you’ve bookmarked a place in a course or tutorial, how often have you found yourself going back and referencing them? [Click on Bookmarks in the My Training menu to see all the items you’ve bookmarked.]

If you haven’t been using bookmarks at all, we hope you’ll try them out. Start by watching the movie on how they work. If you decide you don’t like them, you can always disable them under Preferences > Bookmarks. Note: disabling doesn’t delete all of your bookmarks, it just tucks them away so you don’t have to look at them if you don’t want to. They’ll come back once you re-enable them.

Leave us a comment and let us know how (and if) you use the bookmark feature.

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16 Responses to “How do you use lynda.com bookmarks?”

  1. Chris says:

    The idea for the bookmarks is great but it’s really subtle. I wish things you bookmark would appear on a customized homepage when logged in so you can see them and get to them easily. As great as the all the training is — the website really leaves alot to be desired as far as easy access to features and customization. The new course pages are great tho.

  2. Lily says:

    I watched the bookmark video when it came out. When I wanted to use bookmarks recently, I couldn’t remember “how” and, as much as I hunted, I couldn’t find the instructions. I think a link to the video should be large and visible whenever we log on.
    Love lynda.com – it has answered my questions and “saved my biscuit” numerous times! Thank you and please continue! You rock!

  3. Rebecca says:

    I have wanted / tried to use book marks, as I would think that they would be very helpful. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to make them happen, and I can’t find any information / training on how to use them. Please HELP!!

  4. Lillian says:

    I agree with Lily, and it’s not because of our similar names :)

    I read your newsletter today, and that’s how I came across the link to this video of how to use the bookmarks. I’d seen the bookmark feature but was using it wrong prior to seeing his.

    lynda.com and Digital Tutors really are innovative in terms of digital bookmarking. It’s a brilliant way to reinforce key learning elements.

  5. Ann says:

    I learned how to use bookmarks without watching the video. It is intuitive.

    After receiving the July newsletter, I watched the video… this presented features that I did not learn on my own. These will increase my use of bookmarks.

    I am a jack of all trades and a master of none…therefore, I have watched numberous videos on various products.

    Bookmarks save me time by allowing me to find the movie that I need to rewatch. I will be using them more often and using the features that I learned today to help be categorize them better for easier search.

    I have learned so much from this website. It is well worth the investment. Every chance I get, I recommend this site! You guys are really awesome.

    I must agree with Lily and Chris… I have had difficulty finding my way around the website. It would be nice to have a home page button…

  6. Edward says:

    I’ve found lynda.com has changed my life. What a great way for a visual (style) learner like myself to stay up on technology changes. Some courses I watch EVERY video…some not.

    This is where the bookmarks come in especially handy. I find the bookmarks allows me to “shortcut” through, if I’m visiting something for a particular use, maybe to get up on version changes OR to come back later if I feel that one view isn’t enough.

    I haven’t run across any difficulties using them…thanks for the feature!

  7. Wayne says:

    I use the bookmarks feature all the time as I am currently taking the tutorials on several videos.
    Setting a bookmark on the way past is so handy when I want to go back and revise some of the work because I haven’t quite mastered a particular technique. Its like putting a sticky note in a book. I can find stuff easily using the tags I have put there myself in my own mind-map jargon. Its great being able to drag the slider back over a segment as often as I need to get the point as well.

  8. Rebecca, the movie embedded in this post should get you started on using bookmarks. Thanks everyone for your feedback—keep it coming!

  9. Gareth says:

    I have been bookmarking overall courses, but often find myself bookmarking individual videos too. Now I have a whole ton of bookmarks! I like tagging them and find that it is a fast way for me to keep them organized. That said I think there need to be some more view options.

    What about a directory like view? Each tag would appear as a folder and clicking on said tag would reveal all the videos I have bookmarked with that tag.

  10. Gareth says:

    Oh it does do that! So yeah… I have no complaints then. Now if you’ll excuse me I have to make an optometrist appointment!

  11. Brent says:

    I find the bookmarks very useful and use them a lot. I think they’re a great idea, especially since my list of courses is getting bigger and bigger. Thanks for this feature.

  12. Steve says:

    I love the idea of bookmarks and have been trying to figure out a way to use them easily.

    I would love NOT to have to steer to a separate page for the bookmarks. In other words, on the list of movies in each course, under each movie would be my bookmark. A lot of times I need my own reminder of why that movie was particularly helpful to me and it would be nice to see that info at a glance without having to steer to another page.

  13. Ken says:

    I like the idea and use the bookmarks feature BUT there needs to be a way to reorder them.

    I would love to bookmark classes and then list them in the order I plan on taking the classes. Think of it like the Netflix Queue. Currently bookmarks aren’t very helpful to me because I would rather have it working like a work queue OR to-do list OR my Netflix queue.

  14. Haakon Sundbø says:

    We need a way to organize bookmarks. I have bookmarked selected videoes of certain courses. Now i want to delete(or archive) those bookmarks, but the only way i have found out how this is done is by manually deleting each bookmark. This is not user friendly! The reason why i would liked to delete bookmarks, is because thats the way i keep my “to view” list up to date. With old bookmarks appearing, often taking up several pages, the list is to comlex!

    • Chelsea Adams, managing editor says:

      Hi Haakon! We totally agree that it is important for our members to be able to keep a user-friendly ‘to do’ list they can reference with ease when they have time. As you can imagine, large development updates take some coordination, but we want you to know we appreciate your feedback and we are actively working on a creative solution to this problem. See you in the Library!

  15. Scott Lucas says:

    The “bookmarks” feature is not working as shown in the “How to Use Lynda.com” course. An arrow does not appear next to the bookmark icon next to each movie chapter. This means I can’t , which means I can’t tag the bookmark, add a comment, etc. Also, I noticed that the bookmarks icon does not appear under the course title (contrary to what is shown in “How to Use Lynda.com”).

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