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By Tom Schultz | Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Brandon Hall Group and lynda.com to present webinar on innovation

This week, Brandon Hall Group and lynda.com present a free webinar for users in business, education, and government. In Exploring Innovation in the Learning Landscape, Laurie Burruss, senior director of education at lynda.com, and David Wentworth, senior analyst at Brandon Hall, will explain the key tenets of innovation. They will discuss the role and benefits of questioning, experimentation, observation, associating seemingly unrelated concepts, and sharing.

Join the webinar to

  • • Explore teaching and learning strategies that foster innovation
  • • Discover practical ways to incorporate innovation into your work
  • • See how to produce innovators, not just subject matter experts
  • • Discuss lessons from curious and creative risk takers and real-world leaders
  • • View case studies and best practices

Webinar details:Tuesday, November 13, 2012 FREE

Time:1 to 2 p.m. ET 10 to 11 a.m. PT[register now]

By Tom Schultz | Saturday, October 13, 2012

lynda.com to host a webinar on user tips and tricks

This week, lynda.com presents a free webinar for users in business, education, and government. In User Tips and Tricks: Learning with lynda.com, Laurie Burruss, a professor of interaction design and director of the Digital Media Center at Pasadena City College, explores the lynda.com library of instructional videos as an organization-wide resource for learning and professional development. Discover new features and rewarding tips and tricks—from managing course queues and bookmarks to strategies for spreading the word among employees, students, and faculty.

Join our webinar to

• Speed up projects or research • Share courses with teams or classes • Learn about content pedagogy and curation • See how the site accommodates distinct learning styles • Explore how the timecode-enhanced search engine “thinks

Topics to be covered include transcripts, video player options, course histories, meta tags, certificates of completion, and using lynda.com with a variety of desktop, laptop, and mobile devices. Q&A session to follow.

Webinar details:

Friday, October 19, 2012 FREE

Choose your time:

7 to 8 a.m. PT 10 to 11 a.m. ET[register now]

11 a.m. to noon PT 2 to 3 p.m ET[register now]

By Tom Schultz | Friday, September 14, 2012

lynda.com to host a webinar on personalized education

This week, lynda.com presents a free webinar for members and educators as well as corporate and government trainers. In Personalized Education: A Roadmap to On-Your-Own Learning, see how lynda.com teaches learners to evaluate where they are now, where they want to go, and the tools they need to get there.

Rising tuition costs, a volatile job market, ever-changing technology…

Today’s learners face real challenges. They want a student-centered education that gives them skills, helps them solve problems, and lets them benefit personally.

They want

  • • customized, self-directed learning that reflects their interests
  • • dynamic, adaptable instruction for just-in-time answers
  • • anytime, anywhere access via desktop, laptop, or mobile device
  • • education that’s relevant, affordable, and fun

Webinar details:

When: Friday, September 21, 2012 Cost: FREE

Choose your time:

10 to 11 a.m. ET

7 to 8 a.m. PT

Register for time-slot one

2 to 3 p.m. ET

11 a.m. to noon PT

Register for time-slot two

By Starshine Roshell | Monday, August 13, 2012

lynda.com to host a free webinar on online learning

This week, lynda.com presents a free webinar for educators as well as corporate and government trainers. In Online learning: How video changes and enhances the way we learn, discover how a great online video addresses the “why” of each lesson, presents the big picture of the subject matter, and supports the big-picture idea with granular details and steps.

In the last three decades, education has moved beyond the four walls of the classroom to the infinite possibilities of the Internet. Training resources using rich media are everywhere: YouTube, Vimeo, Open Education Resources, lecture capture inside learning management systems, and third-party rich media libraries.

Educator and digital media expert Laurie Burruss leads our free webinar, explaining how these factors affect our learning:

• transcripts and closed-captioning

• playback controls

• anywhere/anytime access

• personalization and customization

• repetition and failure in a private setting

Webinar details:

When: Thursday, August 16, 2012

Cost: FREE

Choose your time:

7 to 8 a.m. PDT

10 to 11 a.m. EDT

Register for time-slot one

11 a.m. to noon PDT

2 to 3 p.m. EDT

Register for time-slot two

By Chelsea Adams | Saturday, July 21, 2012

Congratulations to our Adobe CS6 Master Collection winner

In June 2012 we offered our lynda.com Facebook fans a chance to win a copy of the Adobe CS6 Master Collection. Please join us in extending a big congratulations to lynda.com member Trish S., the lucky Floridian who took home the prize!

lynda.com Adobe CS6 Master Collection giveaway winner with software package. If you weren’t the lucky winner, fret not! Thirteen Adobe CS6 courses are currently live on lynda.com, including five Photoshop CS6 courses, and full-length courses covering InDesign, Dreamweaver, After Effects, Illustrator, Flash, and more. To see all 13 CS6 offerings, visit our Adobe CS6 page on lynda.com.

Interested in more? • All 13 Adobe CS6 courses on lynda.com • All five Photoshop CS6 courses on lynda.com • All Fireworks CS6 and Premiere Pro CS6 courses on lynda.com

By Starshine Roshell | Friday, July 13, 2012

lynda.com receives Green Business certification

lynda.com recently earned Green Business certification from the Green Business Program (GBP) of Santa Barbara County. The largest company ever to be certified by the program, we’ve taken critical steps to reduce the environmental impact of our Carpinteria campus. Some of our efforts include:

  • • Reduced energy use through window glazing, motion-sensor lights, on-demand water heaters, and office equipment that is programmed to shut off during inactivity.
  • • Reduced water usage. Outside, the company saves an estimated 1 million gallons of water per year with sensors that regulate the sprinkler system based on weather. Inside, low-flow fixtures and dual-flush toilets save an estimated 2,000 gallons per month.
  • • Reduced solid waste. In addition to providing reusable dishes for lunch, and compostable and recycled paper cups in place of polystyrene coffee cups, a food-scrap composting program in the lynda.com cafeteria diverts an estimated 60 gallons of food scraps from landfills each month. lynda.com also uses 100 percent recycled copy paper, encourages double-sided printing, has donated more than 7,500 pounds of office equipment and fixtures to Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County, and has recycled more than 4,000 pounds of e-waste.
  • • The instatement of an employee commuter program that includes more than 100 participants (45 percent of on-site employees). In just two months, the commuter programs collectively saved almost 600 gallons of gas and reduced emissions by more than 11,500 pounds.

“As we continue to grow, lynda.com is committed to improving its sustainability and setting an example in the community,” says Jacqueline Burge, director of facilities at lynda.com. “Our campus is in such a beautiful setting, and as a company we are striving for continuous improvement in our impact on the environment.”

The GBP of Santa Barbara County aims to recognize, through certification, local businesses that go beyond required measures to serve as models of sustainable business. Earning a certificate from the program means that a company has made a commitment to the community to go above and beyond typical green measures and stand on the cutting edge of sustainable business practice.

“We are proud to have lynda.com join the ranks of our certified green businesses in Santa Barbara County,” said Frances Gilliland, program director at the GBP. “Environmental sustainability is so obviously an important part of the corporate culture at lynda.com. Management and staff have undertaken significant efforts at their facilities, particularly in the areas of ridesharing and water conservation. We look forward to working with them well into the future, and look to them as both an example and resource for other local businesses working with the Green Business Program.”

Let us know what you think in the comments section below. We’d love to see your comments and questions!

By Colleen Wheeler | Wednesday, May 30, 2012

This week’s featured five: Going mobile! From using your device, to developing applicatons

It’s no secret that computer engagement is going mobile, with access via mobile devices predicted to surpass desktop computers in the next two years. So for this week’s collection of featured videos, I’ve chosen five free movies that focus on the theme of mobility, whether it be creating a WordPress site that behaves properly on mobile devices, learning to use your mobile phone or tablet more productively, or learning to develop your own mobile applications.

1. Customizing WordPress for smartphones and tablets In this video from chapter nine of the WordPress Essential Training course, Morten Rand-Hendrickson shows you how to use built-in responsive themes and useful plug-ins to ensure that your content is presented in a usable form, regardless of screen size. The main takeaway? With a bit of appropriate planning, you can greatly improve your overall user experience by saving your viewers from the pain of having to zoom or scroll to view your carefully constructed content.

2. Accessing Evernote on a mobile device Evernote is a great application for organizing and accessing your electronic notes, links, and other bits of critical information. (Admission: I use Evernote to collect interesting free movies from the lynda.com library that I want to use in my featured five blog posts.) In this movie from chapter one of Up and Running with Evernote for Mac, David Rivers shows you how to get Evernote set up so that you can add notes via your mobile device. If you’re primarily working in a Windows environment, there’s an analogous movie in chapter one of David’s Up and Running with Evernote for Windows course, as well.

3. Using the iPhone and iPod Touch Maps app Admittedly, using the iPhone (or iPod Touch) Maps application is a fairly straightforward proposition, but in this excerpt from chapter nine ofiPhone and iPod touch iOS 5 Essential Training, Garrick Chow shares some insights into using the compass feature that I always found confusing. Not only can the Maps app help you discover what is around you, and how to get there, it can also help you orient yourself by showing you which direction you are facing in your current location. After all, it’s always good to start out heading in the right direction!

4. Identifying the four pillars of iOS development For the developer types who have already figured out how to use their mobile devices, going mobile is more about focusing on the creation of mobile applications. As with any metaphorical or physical journey, it’s always good to have a scope of where you will start, where you will end, and how you will get there. In this excerpt from chapter one ofiOS SDK Essential Training (2012), Simon Allardice shows you how to approach your iPhone application development, and elaborates on why tools, language, design, and process are the four pillars—or, the four important areas of content—that you need to have all together in order to build the applications that you want to make.

5. Exploring the lynda.com mobile site Finally, a lynda.com collection of mobile tutorials wouldn’t be complete without a look at how you can take the lynda.com library with you wherever you go via your own mobile device. In this movie from chapter one of the How to Use lynda.com course, Garrick Chow demonstrates the features and functionality of our new mobile site, so you can get to learning wherever you are:

We’d love to know more about how you are using your mobile devices, and how mobile technology is changing the way you work, and play. Which activities have gone mobile in your computing life? Are there some jobs that still feel best done at your desk? Tell us a little about your relationship with your mobile devices in the comments section below.

By Colleen Wheeler | Tuesday, May 22, 2012

This week’s Featured Five: Training beyond the tools

The content team at lynda.com strives to create courses that continuously help you learn the key technological tools that you need to get your job done, and we certainly aim to make sure you have the best and most up-to-date information on how to use your tools of choice, from Aperture to ZBrush. Over the last several months, we’ve also been working to include more big-picture training that focuses on best practices, core concepts, and widely applicable skills that aim to help everyone, including those who may already be more well-versed in tools and techniques, take their work and skill-set to the next level.

For this week’s collection of featured free movies, I’ve picked a few tutorials that demonstrate this kind of conceptual, ‘beyond the tools’ approach. Although some of these video examples live within courses that are centered around a particular application, don’t be distracted, or deterred, by the application context—these videos all aim to give you foundational information that will prepare you to work thoughtfully before you ever touch the keyboard, and will stay with you long after you’ve stepped away from your computer.

What sorts of larger, more conceptual skills are you looking to develop? If you have suggestions or ideas about ‘beyond the tools’ training you’d like to see, please share them in the comments section below.

1. Finding and capturing a good photo In this excerpt from our Foundations of Photography: Composition course, Ben Long shares his thoughts on where to find good photos. You’ll find that the answer, if your mind and eyes are open, might be ‘anywhere.’

2. Understanding color as a signifier In this movie from chapter one of the Photoshop for Designers: Color course, Nigel French takes a birds-eye-view approach to discuss the significance, meaning, and changeability of different colors, including discussion of the connotation of colors, and how there is no such thing as an absolute color. Before you think about how to apply color to your design in Photoshop, you may take some time to consider why a particular color is right for your message.

3. Refining a concept In this excerpt from Digital Creature Creation in ZBrush, Photoshop, and Maya, Ryan Kittleson shares his practical advice for sketching and experimenting with sketches to make even the most whimsical of creatures. In this video you’ll see how Ryan approaches his doodling process, why he recommends creating lots of types of creatures to give yourself a variety of options, and what character analysis questions he asks himself to get to just the right design for a project, long before he ever launches an application.

4. Focusing and working to make yourself irreplaceable You might be the office wizz with Photoshop, Word, or Excel, but are you spending your time working on the activities that make you valuable? In this excerpt from Dave Crenshaw‘s Invaluable course, Invaluable: Making Yourself Irreplaceable, you’ll get an introduction to Dave’s system for identifying how best to employ your time and energy at work.

5. Web form structure, and considerations taken when designing In this excerpt from Luke Wroblewski‘s Web Form Design Best Practices course, you’ll get some big-picture advice on how to think about your web form’s structure, and what considerations you should keep in mind when designing forms for the web. In this video, Luke discusses the fundamentals of sequential, non-linear, and in-context forms, and why you might choose one over the other:

In this blog we talk about color, recognizing photography opportunities, the conceptual sketching process, web form design, and how to make yourself an invaluable asset to your team. These core concepts are just the tip of the iceberg—what sorts of larger, more conceptual skills are you looking to develop? If you have suggestions or ideas about ‘beyond the tools’ training you’d like to see, we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

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