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How to use lynda.com

with Garrick Chow

Video: Navigating a course details page

Once you've located a course you'd like to watch, clicking its name or thumbnail takes you to that course's page. Here's an overview of the course page layout. Under the course title, you'll see buttons for adding this course to your playlists, downloading exercise files, and sharing this page with others. I'll cover these options in upcoming movies. Below that is the video player area. This is where each video in the course will be displayed. If you like, you can click this area to immediately start playing the first movie in the course. Below that, we have a search field for searching the text of the course.
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  1. 7m 6s
    1. Welcome
      1m 14s
    2. Choosing the membership plan that meets your needs
      1m 19s
    3. A quick overview of our site
      4m 33s
  2. 19m 20s
    1. Browsing the library
      4m 51s
    2. Finding content with the search feature
      3m 36s
    3. Searching by author
      1m 9s
    4. Finding the latest releases
      33s
    5. Subscribing to the Latest Releases RSS feed
      4m 23s
    6. Using the site map
      47s
    7. Exploring the mobile site
      4m 1s
  3. 18m 24s
    1. Navigating a course details page
      3m 26s
    2. Downloading and using the exercise files
      1m 32s
    3. Searching the video transcripts for a specific word or phrase
      1m 49s
    4. Choosing the right video player for your needs
      2m 18s
    5. Using basic video player controls
      4m 21s
    6. Providing feedback about the content you've watched
      33s
    7. Finding courses to watch next and defining your interests
      1m 50s
    8. Watching courses with AirPlay and the iOS app
      2m 35s
  4. 29m 56s
    1. Creating and managing your playlists
      5m 48s
    2. Sharing your playlists
      4m 5s
    3. Using curated playlists
      2m 39s
    4. Bookmarking videos, chapters, or courses that interest you
      6m 20s
    5. Starting where you last left off with Course History
      1m 31s
    6. Using My notes
      5m 48s
    7. Printing and sharing Certificates of Completion
      2m 49s
    8. Keeping yourself logged in
      56s
  5. 4m 8s
    1. Updating your member profile information
      1m 14s
    2. Setting your news and email preferences
      52s
    3. Updating your billing information
      27s
    4. Changing your membership plan
      33s
    5. Canceling your membership plan
      35s
    6. Reactivating a previous membership
      27s
  6. 2m 42s
    1. Searching FAQs
      43s
    2. Contacting client services and tech support
      1m 21s
    3. How to request a course and training topic
      38s
  7. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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Watch the Online Video Course How to use lynda.com
1h 21m Beginner Feb 18, 2011 Updated Jul 03, 2014

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Learn how to find, access, and view courses in the lynda.com training library. Staff author Garrick Chow explains how to find the "need to know" material quickly and browse other subjects you might be interested in. A full rundown of the types of training offered is included, from in-depth essential training on specific software packages, to first looks at up-and-coming technology trends, to inspirational documentaries following creative professionals working in a variety of disciplines. Garrick also shows how to use special library features such as bookmarks, the queue, certificates of completion, frequently asked questions (FAQs), and more, as well as where to turn for help when you need it. Plus, learn to access lynda.com on the go, either through our mobile site, or the iOS app, which also supports playing videos on your TV via AirPlay and an Apple TV.

Topics include:
  • Browsing the library by subject, software, or author
  • Finding the latest releases
  • Downloading and using exercise files
  • Searching video transcripts
  • Choosing the right video player
  • Understanding types of courses
  • Using your training history
  • Printing and sharing certificates of completion
  • Logging in from multiple computers
  • Updating your member profile
  • Setting site preferences
  • Changing your membership plan
  • Searching the FAQs
  • Contacting customer support
  • Viewing content on an iPhone, iPad, or other mobile device
Subject:
Business
Author:
Garrick Chow

Navigating a course details page

Once you've located a course you'd like to watch, clicking its name or thumbnail takes you to that course's page. Here's an overview of the course page layout. Under the course title, you'll see buttons for adding this course to your playlists, downloading exercise files, and sharing this page with others. I'll cover these options in upcoming movies. Below that is the video player area. This is where each video in the course will be displayed. If you like, you can click this area to immediately start playing the first movie in the course. Below that, we have a search field for searching the text of the course.

We close caption all of our courses, and this field can be useful for helping you find specific information. To the right of the search field, we have three tabs. The Course Details tab is currently selected, which displays a description of the course so you can see what the course covers, who it's designed for, and other relevant information, such as the course's duration, release date, as well as how many members have watched the course. In the left column, you'll find the table of contents, where you can browse through the chapters and movies contained in the course. If you are not a lynda.com member, you'll be able to sample a handful of free movies from each course.

The free movies will appear in the standard blue link while the members only videos will have a lock icon next to them. Of course, if you are a member and you're currently logged in, you will have access to all the videos. So, to view a video, simply click its name. So, the movie starts playing here in the player. And also, notice that the Transcript tab is open down here. From here, you can read through the content of the entire movie, which can often give you a better idea of whether or not the movie contains useful information you'd like to learn. And it might also be useful if you want to quickly scan ahead to find the information you're looking for. The text in the transcript will also dynamically highlight along with the movie, so you can see exactly where in the movie you are at any time.

So if I jump forward in the movie a bit, you can see the text also jumps forward, and the words the author is currently saying are highlighted. You can also click within the transcript itself to jump to that point. Clicking these arrows next to the chapter titles or the chapter titles themselves alternates between showing and hiding that chapter's contents. Some chapters are quite lengthy, and temporarily collapsing their contents makes it easier to browse the chapter titles and get a better overall view of the course as a whole. You can use the Collapse all and Expand all buttons here to collapse and expand the chapters all at once. Under the FAQs tab, you will find the frequently asked questions, errata, and other useful information about the course.

Whether you see any information in this area is going to vary from course to course. But we do frequently add answers to common questions we receive about our courses. In this particular example, we can see information about what was changed in the last update to this course. Scrolling down towards the bottom of the page, you'll find suggested courses to watch next. So this area displays related content you might find useful to watch after viewing this course. And under that, you'll see a scrollable list of courses that other members have watched after viewing this course. So there, you have the layout of the course page.

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