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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.
Each course page in our library is organized into a series of tabs, making it simple for you to quickly browse through and find the information you're looking for. When you first arrive on a course's page, the Table of Contents tab is opened by default. And to the left is the 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 and release date. Using the table of contents you can browse through the chapters and movies contained in the course. If you're not a member of our library you'll be able to sample a handful of free movies in each course. The free movies will be listed in blue, if you are a member and currently logged in you'll have access to all the movies.
I'll go ahead and log in. So to view a movie, simply click its name. This course teaches you how to effectively hold two types of meetings. When you're done viewing the current movie, close this window, and select another movie. Clicking the arrows next to a chapter title 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 overview of the course as a whole. Use the collapse all and expand all buttons to collapse and expand all the chapters at once. Be aware that clicking a chapter's name however is a short cut for playing all the movies in that chapter continuously. So make sure you're using the arrows to expand and collapse. And click the chapter name only if you want to play the entire chapter. Notice here the auto play chapters setting is set to on. And this can be convenient if you intend on watching all the movies in a chapter, and don't want to have to open and close each movie individually. If exercise files for the course are available, you'll find them under the exercise files tab.
If the course doesn't use exercise files you won't see this tab, but your a premium subscriber to our library the exercise files tab is where you'll be able to download the images, video clips, filters, and other sort of files the author uses in the course so you can work along with each movie using the exact same assets you see on screen. If your a monthly or annual level subscriber or if your not a subscriber at all and are just browsing through our library. This is where you'll find information on subscribing or updating your subscription to premium level, which will then allow you to gain access to the exercise files. Exercise files are in a compressed zip format for easy downloading, and clicking on the file will begin the download. Next we have the transcript tab, in courses that have closed captioning available you can view the text transcript of each movie simply by clicking on the movies name.
From here you can read through the content of the movie, which can often give you a better idea of whether or not the movie contains the information you'd like to learn. If you find what you're looking for note the time code, and then click on any of the time codes to open that specific movie and then fast forward or jump to the point you want to watch. As in the table of contents tab you can use the collapse all and expand all buttons to collapse and expand the list of chapters and movies. If you've opened up multiple transcripts, clicking collapse all and then expand all is a fast way to close them all and start with just a list of chapters and movies together,.
Under the transcript tab you can also search the transcript for specific words or phrases. This search this course field is identical to the one you find under the header here. Just type a word or phrase and click Submit. For example, let's say in this course on leading productive meetings, I want to learn more about the principal of time management as it relates to meetings. I'll type time management, and click Submit. And in just a couple seconds I receive a list of all the movies within this course that contain the phrase I'm looking for. With each movies name accompanied by a number indicating how many times that word or phrase appears in that movie.
Toggle open a movie to see your phrase in context, and determine if that movie contains the information you're looking for. Notice each instance of the phrase is highlighted, being able to read the transcript is a great way to figure out whether a movie is relevant to your interests before you take the time to open and watch it. The next tab is the author tab. Here, to find a profile of the course's author, and a list of all the titles he or she has recorded for the library. The author tab is also the place to go if you enjoy the teaching style of a particular author, and would like to watch other courses about him or her.
Next, we have the preferences tab, and here you can choose which type of player you want to use to watch our videos. Each option let's you watch all the movies from the course, but some players offer additional playback features. You can find a chart showing the differences between the players by following this link. So, for example, you can see the flash player is the only one that allows you to make the window movie as large as you want. All the players support closed captioning. Quicktime Custom has playback speed controls, and Quicktime Standard doesn't support bookmarks.
Just pick your player, and click update. And I'll click the back button in my browser to go back to the course page. Also under preferences, you can turn closed captioning on or off. Note that these two settings, video player and close captioning, apply to all the couses and movies you watch on our site, and not just to the course you're currently watching, so these are global settings. And lastly we have the Clear Viewed Icons button. You've probably already noticed that as you make your way through a course.
An eye icon appears next to the movies you've already watched, making it easy to see which movies you've already gotten through and which movies you still need to watch. If you've completely finished a course and want to watch it again using the icons to keep yourself organized, or if you just find the icons distractions, simply visit the course preferences tab, click clear viewed icons, and the icons will be removed. Note that clearing viewed icons doesn't affect your movie history. Our system will still remember which movies you've watched, and you can still access your entire list of movies you've watched by going to My Courses and Course History.
Lastly, we have the FAQs tab where you'll find any frequently asked questions, errata or 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. This particular example, we can see information about what was changed in the last update to this course. So there's an overview of the tabs you'll find on the course pages.
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Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.
Search within course videos and transcripts, and jump right to the results.
Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.
Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.
Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.