We are excited to announce that we are now offering Lynda.com to all of our cardholders! Lynda.com is an online learning platform with over 6,600 courses covering hundreds of topics. Lynda.com can be accessed for free in the library or from home with a valid FRVPLD library card. The steps below show you how to access Lynda.com and then we’ll take a close look at the courses themselves.
How to Access
- From the library’s homepage, click on “Research”
- You’ll get a list of resources in alphabetical order. Scroll down to the “Ls” and click on “Lynda.com.”
- If you are accessing from home, you will be asked to type in your library card number at this point. Then you’ll be taken to a login screen on the Lynda.com website.
Creating an Account/ Logging In
The first time you access Lynda.com, you’ll have to click on the blue box that says “Create a Profile” on the login screen. You’ll then be asked to type in your library card number and to create a password. Once you’ve created a profile, you can then just log in using the card number and the password you created from now on. Logging in will take you to the Lynda.com homepage.
Finding Courses on Lynda.com
On the homepage, you’ll see the newest and most popular courses. Also, on the left side of the screen there is a box that says “Continue Watching” and this will have the course that you last watched so that you can easily click on it and go right back to where you were in that course. Below that box is another box that says “My Playlists.” When you’re browsing through the courses, you have the option to add them to your playlist to watch later. This is a helpful way to keep a list of courses you know you want to look at some time down the road without having to go through and search through the course catalog again to find them.
To find courses, you can either use the search bar at the top of the screen or you can hover your cursor over “Library” just to the left of the search bar. Hovering over “Library” brings down a menu with a list of categories that you can click on to browse through Lynda.com’s course catalog.
Once you click on a category, you’ll get a results list that you can narrow down even further using filters on the left side of the screen.
A Closer Look at the Courses
Lynda.com uses video based online courses, however many of the courses also have supplemental files you can download to use while watching the videos. These files can be additional notes/information, practice exercises and activities, and more. Lynda.com also has Learning Paths which are packages of courses designed to help users improve skills in certain areas or prepare users for specific jobs. Courses range in length of time and are available to anyone any time. Clicking on the title of a course will take you to the course page. Below is an example of a course page.
The video is in the middle of the screen and on the left hand side is a table of contents that lists everything that’s covered in this video-based course. The video is broken down into chapters and sections within the chapters so that, if you want, you can choose to just look at specific content rather than go through the entire video. Next to each section in each chapter is a bookmark icon that you can click on to save your place in the video. Beneath the table of contents is a spot where you can provide feedback about the course. Below the video there is an overview with a description of the course, the name and photo of the author/instructor (and a link to view the author’s profile), the skill level the course is intended for, the duration of the video, and the number of times the video has been viewed. There are other tabs you can click on in this area, including transcript, view offline, and exercise files. These same tabs are there for every course, except not all courses will have exercise files. The transcript tab will show you a written transcript of what’s being said in the video, the view offline tab gives you a link where you can download the video so you can watch it without needing to be connected to the internet, and the exercise files tab has a link to download files provided by the instructor (i.e. notes, practice exercises and activities, etc.). Whenever you watch an entire course video, you get a certificate of completion for that course. You can access that certificate and download and/or print it by hovering your mouse over the top right corner of the screen where your name is (this is the menu to access different information about your account) and then click on “Certificates.”
Lynda.com is an extremely useful online resource that provides opportunities for lifelong learning and that helps you learn new skills or improve existing ones. It can be accessed in the library and at home as well. Have questions, want more information, or want help using Lynda.com? Please stop by the Information Desk, call 847-428-3661 and ask for the Information Desk, or send an email at LibraryHelp@frvpld.info and we’d be happy to help you!