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A Guide to LinkedIn Learning

What is LinkedIn Learning?

LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) is an online database of over 15,000 video-based courses taught by industry experts that can help anyone learn the business, software, technology and creative skills they need to achieve personal and professional goals.

Through McMaster's subscription, students, faculty and staff members have access to this continually growing collection of engaging, top-quality courses and all the other features of a LinkedIn Learning account.

Why use LinkedIn Learning? 

  • Learn from industry experts. LinkedIn Learning courses are taught by passionate instructors with real-world experience.
  • Learn at your own pace. Choose from thousands of courses from LinkedIn Learning, and watch at a time to suit you. Confirm your understanding using LinkedIn Learning assessments, practice environments and coding practice windows.
  • Experience learning tailored to you.  LinkedIn Learning provides personalized course recommendations based on your role, skills, experience and goals.
  • Learn anytime, from anywhere. Download courses to your mobile device to view content while you're offline. Start a course on a desktop device and finish it on your smartphone or tablet.
  • Make learning social. Do you have colleagues with similar learning interests? Choose a LinkedIn Learning course, watch it and discuss.
  • Learn something new. On average, LinkedIn Learning publishes 25 new courses each week. Wondering what's new and interesting? Filter for the most recent using the main search bar.

Logging in to LinkedIn Learning

If you have not used Lynda.com before you can easily create a LinkedIn Learning account following these steps:

1. Navigate to https://uts.mcmaster.ca/services/teaching-and-learning/linkedin-learning/

2. Click on the LinkedIn Learning button under the How to Get It heading.

3. You will be redirected to the McMaster University Single Sign On page. Enter your MacID and password and click "Login"

4. Follow the prompts to set up and access your LinkedIn Learning account.

For individuals with an existing account on Lynda.co all users, groups, reports, and playlists will automatically be moved to LinkedIn Learning along with all Learner history and activity when you log in for the first time.. If you do not want to migrate your existing data, we UTS can work with you to start a new LinkedIn Learning account. 

Activate account screenshot

Use the UTS link https://www.mcmaster.ca/uts/linkedinlearning/ and click on the "Log in to LinkedIn Learning" button provided.  You can choose whether you wish to connect your personal LinkedIn account or not at this stage. You must activate your account within 1 year of the upgrade date for your individual learning data and history to carry over.

Quick Tips to Get Started

  • Use different methods to find interesting courses.You can browse the course library; search for courses on specific subjects, skills, or software; or check out courses that have been recommended for you. Watch a demonstration of how to find courses.
  • You can personalize how you view courses.The player has features such as adjustable playback speed, transcripts, full-screen viewing, volume control, and closed captions. Watch a demonstration of the player controls.
  • Save courses for later.If you discover an interesting course but don’t have time to work on it right away, you can save it and come back to it later. Watch a demonstration of saving courses.
  • Look at what is covered before you start a course.The Welcome video at the beginning of each course can help you determine if a course matches your needs. You can also see what the course covers by browsing chapters in the Contents list. Watch a demonstration of the Contents menu.
  • Take a course on your mobile device.With the LinkedIn Learning mobile app, you can download courses and watch them on the go from your tablet or smartphone.
  • Find your content in the course navigation bar at the top of the screen.This is where you’ll find your saved and in-progress courses. By clicking on your profile picture, you can also find your learning history, and collections. Watch a demonstration of the course navigation bar.
  • Build on your skills with Learning Paths.Learning Paths are a sequence of courses that cover a topic in-depth. They can help you determine what courses would help you in a certain career, e.g. digital marketing.  Watch a demonstration of Learning Paths.
  • Use exercise files for hands-on learning.Many courses include exercise files that you can use to follow along with the course and apply what is being demonstrated. Watch a demonstration of exercise files.
  • Check your progress with quizzes.Many LinkedIn Learning courses include quizzes that test how well you learned the material and reinforce what you learned. Watch a demonstration of quizzes.
  • Share your success on LinkedIn.If you connected your Learning account to your personal LinkedIn account, you can add a certificate of completion to your LinkedIn profile, along with the skills associated with that course. Watch a demonstration of certificates.