Is it worth your time and money to subscribe to LinkedIn Learning? If your job or life demand that you learn software applications that instructional designers use, then you will probably be interested in this LinkedIn Learning review. If you need to expand your design, business or programming skills, this review is also relevant.
I’d been a subscriber to the Lynda.com training library for years and their courses have now been transferred to LinkedIn Learning. There were many times in the past when I found their software courses to be a life saver, such as 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 a latte, eating pastries (only the healthy ones) while learning advanced techniques in Storyline, Photoshop, Illustrator with LinkedIn Learning’s excellent online software tutorials.
For a reasonable monthly fee and no long-term commitment required, LinkedIn Learning gives you access to all of their well-designed courses. These tutorials teach how to use a wide variety of software programs as well as delving into topics like: gamification, web development, business, design, game design, photography, and audio and video production.
The Best Features of LinkedIn Learning
To start this LinkedIn Learning review, here are the positive features of the service.
- The courses are organized into short segments.
Even though many courses are long, they are organized into short lesson segments. A particular lesson might only last five minutes. That means you can use the courses to quickly learn one procedure. Or you can use the courses for comprehensive training. I often go there just to get the answer to one problem. I have heard complaints that the courses are dull. Since I use them in short increments, that’s not my typical experience.
- Most courses are instructionally sound.
I’ve found that the software tutorials use effective instructional strategies. They progress in a systematic fashion, use realistic examples, are organized logically, and assume the intelligence of the audience. Though I have come across the occasional sub-par experience, I’ve most courses are instructionally sound. And many courses provide exercise files.
- The selection is broad.
LinkedIn Learning states that it offers around 13,000 courses in business, technology and creative skills. There are courses on: animation, audio, authoring tools, business, gamification, interactive design, photography, video and user experience design. 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, 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.
Therefore, you don’t have to make a long-term commitment to LinkedIn Learning. 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 have done in the past.
- There are a variety of subscription options.
There is also special pricing for multi-user corporate and educational options.
- You can preview courses.
Most if not all courses allow you to preview a few lessons without joining.
- 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 Few Things You Should Know About LinkedIn Learning
- Relevance to the Learning Industry. LinkedIn Learning continues to expand its options for tutorials needed by learning experience designers. As our field expands into social media, information design, usability and other areas, an increasing number of the tutorials become relevant. Still, I find their software tutorials to be the most valuable. The courses on other topics, such as instructional design subjects, may or may not be comprehensive.
- Specific Courses. In terms of the eLearning specific courses, you’ll find courses on Storyline, Captivate, Lectora, Camtasia and Learning Management Systems. Other related courses include HTML5, Mobile Development, Moodle, Photoshop and PowerPoint. There are tutorials on nearly all the peripheral products and topics that eLearning designers and developers might want to learn.
- Annual Plan Reduces Price. It is less expensive if you sign up for a year. The monthly charge in the U.S. is $29.99, which is reduced to $19.99 if you pay for the annual plan.
- Preventing a Charge. LinkedIn Learning has a 30-day free trial. Your membership will automatically renew at the end of your free month. Be sure to cancel at any time prior to the renewal date.
- Who Will Benefit. You will benefit from this service if you find yourself frustrated because you can’t keep up with all the skills and knowledge you need, if you find that you only use a few features of the software you own and want to expand your level of competence, 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.
If you have anything to add to this LinkedIn Learning review, please do so in the comments below. Check out the course previews here and see what you think.
[Note: I am an affiliate for very few products and LinkedIn Learning is one of them because I think most of their software courses are high-quality.]