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Project Managment Spotlight:  Observations about Lynda.com

by Lora Bates

(reprinted with permission)

 

Lynda.com is an online education company that offers video courses taught by industry leaders. Along with courses on a variety of topics, their platform offers many courses directly related to Program and Project Management.

image002Lynda.com is a paid subscription, but many public libraries provide free access with a library card.  Some libraries, like Boston Public Library, provide cards to a wide array of people, but some require that you reside in the same town as the library.  When you have a card from a library that offers access, sign into Lynda.com through that library’s website.  If you have trouble, the reference librarian will gladly help.  After you sign in through the library, you don't have to go through the library’s website again.  Access your account on Lynda.com by selecting “Sign in with your organization portal” on the Login pull-down tab. Once there, the Lynda.com educational platform is available to you anywhere you have an internet connection.

You can select and complete individual courses, or you can browse to select a program and add courses to it.  Each course is broken into short video segments, some as short as 3 minutes.  This allows you to complete course material in between other projects.  Many Lynda.com videos have coordinating files (Excel, MS Project, etc.) to download and DIY white watching.

The content on Lynda.com (owned by Microsoft) is very similar to tutorials on YouTube (owned by Google) but with two key differences.  One difference is that Lynda.com is a Registered Education Provider for PMI so, for some Project Management courses, you receive PDUs.  If it does, you will have to report the PDUs you earn on the PMI website.

The second difference is that you receive a “Certificate of Completion”, when you complete a course.  This can be used to enhance your profile on LinkedIn and other professional networking sites.  For skills and subjects you would like to highlight on your electronic profiles, you can complete Lynda.com courses and add the Certificates of Completion to validate your knowledge.

To ensure that your Lynda.com certificate posts to LinkedIn:

  • On your Lynda.com profile button, “Hi, Name" select "Certificates".
  • Select "View/print".
  • Copy the certificate number and the title into a text file (e.g., notepad).
  • Go back to the certificate and post it. Add the certificate number and title into the pop-up form.
  • Log into your LinkedIn account and verify that the certificate with that number and title has been added.

You can earn PDU's through Lynda.com. It is a Registered Education Provider for PMI.