We’ve been busy updating our Flickr Essential Training course, including three chapters on the Flickr mobile app alone. However, after this week’s announcement that Yahoo has released a better, brighter Flickr, it appears there’s more work to be done.
We hope you have had a chance to organize courses you want to watch into playlists. We’ve expanded this feature, and now you can share your playlists too (and create an unlimited number of playlists!). Give your playlist a name and description, and then email a link to your friends and colleagues or post it to Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. Share playlists to help others follow the same path, recommend a list, or to show what you’ve accomplished.
Creating a playlist
Get started by creating a new playlist. Make sure you’re logged in to your account, and then add courses to a new or existing playlist from the flyout menu on the + button. Create new playlists on the spot when you select add to a new playlist… from the flyout menu or select go to playlists to view and manage all of your playlists.
Sharing a playlist
Go to your playlists page by selecting playlists from my courses in the black bar at the top of any lynda.com page. Choose which playlist you want to share, and then click edit near the playlist name to add an optional description for the people you’re sharing it with.
Check the box next to share and we’ll generate a unique public URL for your playlist.
In our 17-year history, we have never needed investment money because our business has been profitable and self-sustaining. We’ve been approached by investors for the past seven years on a fairly regular basis, and never seriously considered taking an outside investment. Bruce and I covet the creative and financial freedom to chart our own journey, and we weren’t sure what we would do with the money.
What changed? As we’ve grown to more than 400 employees, achieved record revenue numbers, expanded with offices in the United Kingdom and Australia, and built out a stellar executive management team, we now have a clear idea of what to do with the extra funding. Our plan is threefold: increase our content scope and output, improve our delivery platform, and expand internationally.
Bruce and I still hold the majority ownership of lynda.com and continue to be grateful every day for this opportunity to do what we love—we have no intention of changing that! We are really excited to welcome Andrew Braccia from Accel Partners and Vic Parker from Spectrum Equity to our board of directors. They are great investors who share a passion for what we have built, respect our vision, and welcome our deep engagement in the business.
We are thankful to have such an amazing culture, to be part of such an important mission, and to foster the many new ideas that haven’t yet been realized.
Stay tuned for more of what we’ve always created: effective, efficient training that helps people achieve their goals and gain confidence with their skills.
Thank you for all your support over the years, and we hope to continue to earn it for many more years to come!
We’ve just added a new playlist feature on lynda.com that lets members create multiple lists of courses. Members can now build as many as 10 playlists, with the queue acting as the primary playlist.
Use playlists to set and manage learning goals. For example, if you want to master Photoshop, you might create a playlist of Photoshop and design courses to help you reach that goal. Or, create multiple playlists to organize courses already in your queue.
Add courses to your playlists
To start, log in to your lynda.com account. Add a course to one or more of your playlists from the flyout menu on the + button. Create new playlists on the spot when you select add to a new playlist… from the flyout menu or select go to playlists to view and manage all of your playlists.
Find playlists on the lynda.com homepage
Once you’re logged in, access the courses in your playlists from the my courses area on the lynda.com homepage. If you have multiple playlists, the dropdown menu will show them all. Select a playlist, and you’ll see the first five courses in that playlist. Click view all to go the playlists page, which includes your queue and all your playlists. You can also navigate to the playlists page from my courses in the top navigation bar on any lynda.com page.
On the playlists page you can see all of your playlists, create a new playlist, and reorganize the courses in your playlists. To reprioritize the courses in a playlist, click on a course, drag it, and then drop it where you like. Or grab a course, drag it, and then drop it in to a different playlist.
To learn more and to see playlists in action, watch lynda.com author Garrick Chow demonstrate how to add, find, and manage your playlists in our how-to video:
We want to know what you think!
Let us know what you think of playlists by posting in the comments section below, or contact us via the site feedback button in the bottom right corner of every lynda.com page.
Published by Tom Schultz | Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
This week, Brandon Hall Group and lynda.com present a free webinar for users in business, education, and government. In Exploring Innovation in the Learning Landscape, Laurie Burruss, senior director of education at lynda.com, and David Wentworth, senior analyst at Brandon Hall, will explain the key tenets of innovation. They will discuss the role and benefits of questioning, experimentation, observation, associating seemingly unrelated concepts, and sharing.
Join the webinar to
• Explore teaching and learning strategies that foster innovation
• Discover practical ways to incorporate innovation into your work
• See how to produce innovators, not just subject matter experts
• Discuss lessons from curious and creative risk takers and real-world leaders
Published by Tom Schultz | Saturday, October 13th, 2012
This week, lynda.com presents a free webinar for users in business, education, and government. In User Tips and Tricks: Learning with lynda.com, Laurie Burruss, a professor of interaction design and director of the Digital Media Center at Pasadena City College, explores the lynda.com library of instructional videos as an organization-wide resource for learning and professional development. Discover new features and rewarding tips and tricks—from managing course queues and bookmarks to strategies for spreading the word among employees, students, and faculty.
Join our webinar to
• Speed up projects or research
• Share courses with teams or classes
• Learn about content pedagogy and curation
• See how the site accommodates distinct learning styles
• Explore how the timecode-enhanced search engine “thinks
Topics to be covered include transcripts, video player options, course histories, meta tags, certificates of completion, and using lynda.com with a variety of desktop, laptop, and mobile devices. Q&A session to follow.
Published by Tom Schultz | Friday, September 14th, 2012
This week, lynda.com presents a free webinar for members and educators as well as corporate and government trainers. In Personalized Education: A Roadmap to On-Your-Own Learning, see how lynda.com teaches learners to evaluate where they are now, where they want to go, and the tools they need to get there.
Rising tuition costs, a volatile job market, ever-changing technology…
Today’s learners face real challenges. They want a student-centered education that gives them skills, helps them solve problems, and lets them benefit personally.
• customized, self-directed learning that reflects their interests
• dynamic, adaptable instruction for just-in-time answers
• anytime, anywhere access via desktop, laptop, or mobile device
This week, lynda.com presents a free webinar for educators as well as corporate and government trainers. In Online learning: How video changes and enhances the way we learn, discover how a great online video addresses the “why” of each lesson, presents the big picture of the subject matter, and supports the big-picture idea with granular details and steps.
In the last three decades, education has moved beyond the four walls of the classroom to the infinite possibilities of the Internet. Training resources using rich media are everywhere: YouTube, Vimeo, Open Education Resources, lecture capture inside learning management systems, and third-party rich media libraries.
Educator and digital media expert Laurie Burruss leads our free webinar, explaining how these factors affect our learning: