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By Starshine Roshell | Friday, December 05, 2014

Professor Gives Students 'Bang for Buck': Swaps Books for lynda.com

John Drake adopts flipped classroom to give students more value

“I’m doing it. Next semester, I’m going all in with lynda.com.”

So begins a recent blog post by John Drake, a web development professor at East Carolina University.

“I plan on chucking my existing textbook and instead requiring students to use the training videos to learn HTML, CSS, and PHP. … I am done lecturing in the classroom for this course.”

By Starshine Roshell | Saturday, November 22, 2014

lynda.com Helps TV Editor Find Time to Be Stay-at-Home Mom

Stay-at-home mom Clare Childs

Clare Childs was a successful video editor on high-profile TV shows: “Wife Swap,” “The X Factor,” and “The Secret Millionaire.”

“I was at the top of my game,” she says. “And then I had children—which is a real game-changer.”

No longer willing to work 50+ hours a week in an editing bay, she needed a family-friendly way to keep her mind active and generate  income. She found it with lynda.com.

“I learned how to build websites,” she says. “Completely.”

Now she’s a stay-at-home mom who spends evenings building WordPress sites for clients, and days cavorting with her kids.

“I am one happy lady,” she says.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, November 09, 2014

She Built Lifehacker's #1 Meal-Planning App with lynda.com

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Diagnosed with a life-threatening illness as a teen, Jess Dang promised herself that if she lived to age 30, she would do something to help people lead healthier lives.

So at 30, she quit her job at a high-profile company and launched a website that teaches folks how to cook simple meals using real food.

And she credits lynda.com with helping her do it.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, November 02, 2014

Our Biggest Fan? He Completed 100 Courses in 10 Years!

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People come to lynda.com for different reasons. Some come to learn a particular software. Some come to master a skill. Some come to complete a project.

David Black came to learn InDesign and Photoshop for his printing business 10 years ago—and, well, he never left.

By Starshine Roshell | Monday, October 27, 2014

Stop Boring Your Audience! It's Time to Kill the Cliche

Injecting a cliche into your copy tells readers there's nothing new here.

It’s a busy time in a busy world and people aren’t as patient as they used to be. We want what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next—not the same old information we heard about yesterday.

Why, then, are you still stuffing your copy full of been-there-heard-that phrases?

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, October 19, 2014

This Photographer Needed an App — So He Built One

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Mike Wong didn’t want to build an app. He really didn’t. All he wanted was to take awesome long-exposure photos.

But he could never figure out what shutter speed to use for those trial-and-error pictures.

“I thought, ‘There’s got to be a better way than having 50 shots that didn’t work for every one that did,’” says the hobby photographer.

There ought to be an app for that, he thought, as so many of us do these days.

And then—much to his own shock—he built one.

By Starshine Roshell | Friday, October 17, 2014

Visit to lynda.com Studios Surprises First-Time Author

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Ever wonder what it’s like to record a course at lynda.com?

Flying out to our seaside California studios from his Pennsylvania home, first-time author Karl Kapp was surprised by the overt friendliness of the staff, the exotic afternoon snacks, and the intense recording pace (he shot 29 videos in a single day!). So surprised, in fact, that he blogged about it.

During the five days he spent recording his new course, Gamification of Learning, Karl learned a lot about lynda.com that you’d never know just from watching our videos.

Here’s what surprised him most:

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, October 05, 2014

Barriers? Ha! Web Design Expert Champions Accessibility

UX accessibility expert Derek Featherstone

Derek Featherstone has spent his life leaping over barriers—and helping others do the same.

“I was born with a club foot,” says the accessibility expert, “but I never let it get in my way. I’ve been in sports all my life and try never to make excuses.”

Though his left leg has always been weaker, and occasionally in casts, he teaches fitness classes and played competitive rugby for many years.

Oh, yeah—and he completed the Ironman Triathlon (a 2.4-mile swim and 112-mile bike ride followed by a marathon run) three times.

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