Is it worth your time and money to subscribe to lynda.com? If your job or life demand that you learn software applications from Adobe, Articulate, Google, Microsoft and so many more, then read this lynda.com review.
I’ve been a subscriber to the lynda.com training library for years. I often find this site to be a life saver. It helps when working under tight deadlines with little time to learn something new.
There’s nothing like sitting in a coffee shop with your laptop, sipping java and eating pastries (only the healthy ones) and learning how to use Storyline, Captivate or Photoshop with Lynda’s excellent online software tutorials.
For a reasonable monthly fee and no long-term commitment required, lynda.com gives you access to a long list of well-designed courses. These tutorials teach how to use a wide variety of software programs as well as delving into topics like: web development, business, photography, and audio and video production.
The Best Features of Lynda.com
There’s a lot to like about lynda.com. Here are some of my favorite features:
- The courses are organized into many short segments.
Even though many courses are several hours long, they are organized into very short lesson segments. A particular lesson might only last five minutes. That means you can use the courses to quickly learn one procedure. And you can use the courses for comprehensive training. I often go there just to get the answer to one problem.
- The courses are instructionally sound.
The courses incorporate high-quality instructional strategies. They progress in a systematic fashion, use realistic examples, are organized logically, and assume the intelligence of the audience. I have rarely come across a course that I thought was sub-par. But it did happen once or twice. Note that the courses are not interactive. They consist of short video tutorials.
- The selection is broad.
As of 2014, Lynda.com is offering 3,145 courses on these subjects: 3D, animation, audio, business, design, developer, home computing photography, video and web/interactive. The tutorials include presentation tools and eLearning applications, graphic design software, social media tools, video and audio editing packages, web design and development, iPhone apps, business applications (Office, Google docs), content management systems and many other categories.
- The instructors are knowledgeable.
Most of the instructors appear to know their topics well. They teach in an informal and casual style and give you the sense that they can help you become competent in whatever you’re trying to learn.
- You only need to pay for one month at a time.
You don’t have to make a long-term commitment to lynda.com. You can pay for one month, take all the courses you need and end your relationship right there. Most likely, though, you’ll find yourself coming back for more. You can save money by paying for a full year, which is what I do.
- There are a variety of subscription options.
You can become a Regular monthly subscriber or a Premium subscriber. There is also special pricing for multuser corporate and educational options. Many of the courses are also available on DVD.
- The courses work on a variety of devices.
The lynda.com courses work on the PC, Mac and a variety of mobile devices.
- They often have free trial promotions.
When you sign up for one of these promotions, be sure to cancel within the time limit or your credit card will be charged for the next month.
A screen from a course teaching Captivate
A Few Things You Should Know About Lynda
Lynda.com continues to expand its options for tutorials needed by the eLearning industry. As our field expands into social media, information design, usability and other areas, an increasing number of the tutorials become relevant.
Note that as a Regular member, you are not provided with the exercise files that go along with each course. These files are reserved for Premium members. Although the exercise files are not required for using the tutorials, they do provide a way to continue learning and exploring after completing the course. And for some of the programming courses, you may find that the exercise files make it easier to follow along. Still, I’ve been a Regular member from the start and have not found this to be a hardship.
Also, if you sign up for the free trial (it is currently 10 days), be sure to cancel on time or you will be charged for the next month.
Is lynda.com right for you?
You will benefit from lynda.com if you find yourself frustrated because you can’t keep up with all the software and new versions you need to know, if you find that you only use a few features of the software you own and if you frequently need a quick tutorial on how to use a software feature any time of the day or night. People who have a passion for learning new applications and technologies will also benefit.
Check out the free tutorials to start. Look for the underlined topics in the tutorial of your choice, as they are open to the public.
[Note: Lynda.com is a site sponsor because I think their products are high-quality and helpful.]