How to use
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A quick overview of our site


How to use

with Garrick Chow

Video: A quick overview of our site

When you visit, chances are you've come to learn something. to see all the courses related to editing video. If you're looking for a specific software product, you If you'd like to see a listing of all And here under New courses, you can page You can also use the tabs found at the We also have a powerful search feature.
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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
    5. Subscribing to the Latest Releases RSS feed
      4m 23s
    6. Using the site map
    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
    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
  5. 4m 8s
    1. Updating your member profile information
      1m 14s
    2. Setting your news and email preferences
    3. Updating your billing information
    4. Changing your membership plan
    5. Canceling your membership plan
    6. Reactivating a previous membership
  6. 2m 42s
    1. Searching FAQs
    2. Contacting client services and tech support
      1m 21s
    3. How to request a course and training topic
  7. 22s
    1. Goodbye

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1h 21m Beginner Feb 18, 2011 Updated Jul 03, 2014

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Learn how to find, access, and view courses in the 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 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
Garrick Chow

A quick overview of our site

When you visit, chances are you've come to learn something. So how do you find what you're looking for? At the top of nearly every page on our site, you'll find the Browse the library button. From here, you can browse by subject and click on a subject's name, or click a specific course topic or software package within that subject. For example, I can come here to the Video subject and choose Video Editing to see all the courses related to editing video. If you're looking for a specific software product, you would go to the Software menu at the bottom here. And here, you can see the icons for the most popular software courses on our site.

Or you can click a letter to search for a specific software package or publisher. For example, under the letter A, you'll find a link to courses covering Acrobat as well as Adobe, the company that publishes Acrobat and many other software products. If you'd like to see a listing of all of our latest releases, you'll find them on the homepage, which you can always get to by clicking the logo at the top of any page. And here under New courses, you can page through our recent releases in reverse chronological order. You can also use the tabs found at the top here to browse the new releases by subject. We also have a powerful search feature.

Simply type the topic you're looking for, such as CSS menus, click Search. And every course in Video with that topic will appear in the list. The more specific you can be with your search terms, the better results you get. You can also filter your results as well. For example, I come over here and select Courses to show just courses that match the search term rather than individual videos. And I'm seeing just 15 results, and it'll be much easier to find what I'm looking for. I can further narrow down the results by adding another filter, such as Intermediate, to see courses aimed at viewers with more experience with CSS.

If you'd like to see a results for individual videos rather than an entire course, click Videos. And now, I can see the names of specific videos within the resulting courses. Now let's go look at an actual course. Let's say I'm interested in learning Adobe Dreamweaver CC. I'll go to the Browse the library menu, go down to Web, and I'll find Dreamweaver under the Software column. That gives me 66 results. So I'll filter the list to just show me the Dreamweaver CC courses. Then I'll click the link to the course I'd like to watch. And that takes me to the course's page. You can scroll down the page to see the table of contents of the course.

As you scroll through, you'll notice that some of the links in the table of contents are active, and others are not. If you're logged in as a member, all links will be active. If you're just visiting, you'll find that 10% of every course on has content available for free. Doing these free movies will give you an idea of the quality of our courses. Simply click a movie name in the table of contents and the video will begin playing. Now if you have a premium membership to and you're logged in, you'll have access to the exercise files for each course. Exercise files are the same files that each instructor uses in his or her respective courses.

Being able to download the exercise files means that you'll be able work along with the videos, using the exact same assets that you see on screen. We also offer closed captioning on select courses. If the course you're watching includes closed captioning, you'll see the CC icon here. You can also view the entire transcript of a movie, to skim through to see if it contains the information you're looking for by clicking the Transcript tab. Clicking any line of text will jump you to that point in the video. You're also able to search for text within the courses by typing a word or phrase into the Search this course field. Our system also tracks the movies you watch, so you can keep track of the courses that you've started and completed, and you can also see where you've left off.

While logged in, you can go to the homepage and go to your Course History. Here, you can see the most recent courses you've watched, or click View All to see a longer list. Toggle open any titles to see which movies you've watched in that course. And you can click on any course or movie name to watch it. So there, you have a brief overview of how our library works. Throughout the rest of this course, I'll be getting into more details about several of the features we just looked at, as well as many other features and components of our site.

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