Late last week, we quietly marked a milestone in the Online Training Library®. For the first time ever, our library surpassed the 1,000-course mark.
Time Management Fundamentals is the course that took us into four figures, and perhaps fittingly so. It represents the second of a very new kind of course for lynda.com. While we’ve been known for our software training since 2002, soft skills represent a new direction that we’re exploring to support personal and professional development in and out of the workplace. Both Time Management Fundamentals and Pitching Projects and Products to Executives have been met with high acclaim from our members, and more soft-skills courses are on the way.
By the way, we’d already passed the 1,000 mark for courses published, but have retired a few courses from the library over the years. This is the first time 1,000 courses have been available to members at the same time. Amazingly, our first 24 courses are still in the Online Training Library®. Even though most of the software versions in our first 24 courses have long been superseded by newer versions (or the software shown doesn’t exist any more), it’s astonishing how basic web and graphic design principles never die, no matter what the software or medium. Animation Principles is still a hearty primer for those interested in getting started in animation, and No Pixels Harmed! still has valid lessons on maintaining image integrity. Typographic Principles is just as effective today as a basic introduction to the art of type and letterforms.
Curious about the first courses in our library in 2002? Do you remember watching them way back then? Here’s the list: