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- [Voiceover] Learning Paths are a great avenue for answering the question, where do I get started? Whether you're looking to transform your current career path, jump into a brand new career, or sharpen your skills in your current job, Lynda.com Learning Paths can be your guide to success. The Lynda.com Learning Paths are a group of courses, quizzes, and practice sections, that are carefully curated by Lynda.com content specialists. If you're not already a member of Lynda.com, that's okay.
In this video, you can still view a preview of the Lynda.com Learning Paths to help get an idea of what type of Learning Paths are available, and the quality of Lynda.com content. There are several ways to get started with Learning Paths. To see the listing of all the Lynda.com Learning Paths, go to Lynda.com/learning-paths. From here, you can scroll and see the content laid out in alphabetical order by subject. We have 3D and animation, audio and music, business, and so on.
Going back up to the top, you can also filter these paths by clicking on this button and selecting a subject from this drop-down menu. Once you find the Learning Path that interests you, clicking on it will take you to that Learning Path's main page. At the top of the page, you'll see a brief description of the Learning Path you have chosen. There are also three outcomes associated with this path. What you can learn, what you can earn, if you choose a career in this field, and, how many jobs are available in this specific job type on LinkedIn? If you want to preview the content in the Learning Path, click on the Preview the first video button.
Now, my volume is muted here in this video player, but you can adjust this slide to turn the volume up or down. You can also use this video control to make this full screen, or choose it again to go back to the default screen. You can also toggle between play or pause in the video player down here in the bottom-left. As you watch the video, it will give you a quick introduction explaining what will be covered in this first course.
To view all of the content contained within this Learning Path, close out, and you can scroll the entire list of the Learning Path here. Down at the bottom, you can also choose this arrow button to scroll through and see all of the authors that have contributed to this Learning Path. If you want to view some other content within this Learning Path, you can click on any one of these thumbnails to watch a quick preview.
When the course preview window pops up, you'll also see a panel showing information about who the author of this course is, the amount of views the course has, and the course duration. To see how long it will take to complete all of the content in this Learning Path, close out of this window, and here in this banner, you'll see that this particular learning path has 23 hours of content. To dive in and start watching this Learning Path, you can select Try for free to create a free trial.
Or, if you're already a Lynda.com member, first, sign in. Now that I'm logged on as a Lynda.com member, on my member homepage, I see there are eight recommended Learning Paths to choose from laid out for me. If you're not finding the path you want to take, you can click See All to go back to that longer list of Learning Paths. You can also find Learning Paths by hovering your mouse over the Library button, selecting the subject you're interested in, and on the far right panel, you can browse through the list of Learning Paths associated with that subject.
Another way to find Learning Paths is by simply typing it directly into the search bar. Say I'm interested in becoming a manager. In the search bar, I'll type Become a manager, and press Return or Enter on the keyboard, and here the first search result that shows up is Become a Manager Learning Path. I can click on either the thumbnail, or the title of this Learning Path, and go directly to the Learning Path main page. Click on Start Learning, or Watch Now, to start watching the content.
To begin the course, you can click directly in the video player, or you can click around anywhere within this contents tab to start any one of the videos within the course. The course page will load for you, and you can begin watching the course. Each Learning Path is a little different, and some have challenges and solutions you can participate in, and some have quizzes that you can take directly in the video player to test your knowledge, like this one here. These are optional and not required, but we encourage you to participate and interact with these assessments so you can find out how much you've learned from taking a Lynda.com course.
When you get to the end of a course, you will see options to watch the course again, which will start this course over from the beginning, and continue learning, which will start the next course in the Learning Path. If you want to continue to watch, but not necessarily in the order laid out in the Learning Path, you can navigate back to the Learning Path's main page by selecting the Learning Path's title up here right under the navigation bar. From here, you can choose any course to watch next.
Going back to the Learning Path main page after you've started watching that, you'll see there's different icons and numbers associated with each course here on the left. You'll see that they start out as dashed numbers, and when you start watching a course, like we just started watching this one, that dash line will turn yellow, and when you've completed a course, you'll get this check mark for a certificate of completion.
Once you complete an entire course, you will earn a certificate of completion for that particular course. You can share this individual course certificate of completion on your social networks, which we explore in another video in this training. Because most of the Learning Paths have over 15 hours of content, it's likely that you will log out after completing a certain amount of work, but whenever you log back in, or go back to your member homepage, you'll see a banner here encouraging you to continue on your path.
You'll see how much you've already accomplished on your path, and how much you have left to go. Additionally, you can quickly jump right back to your course work by selecting Resume Learning. This will take you right back to where you last left off, so you can begin learning again without skipping a beat. Once you have finished an entire Learning Path, this is a huge accomplishment, and you should share this update on LinkedIn, or your other social networks. You will see a congratulations note here in the video player once you've finished the final video in the Learning Path.
You have the option to return to the Learning Path, or watch it again. You also have the options to share your accomplishments on your social networks listed down here. If you click Return to path, you can post an update sharing your accomplishments directly to your LinkedIn profile by selecting Post To My Profile. This will take you to your LinkedIn profile. You will be asked if you want to add your Lynda.com certificate to your profile, so click Save to confirm your post, and this will show up as a Learning Path certification on your certification feed on your LinkedIn profile, which is a little different than an individual certificate of completion for one single course.
Going back to the Learning Path, you can also share with your other social networks by clicking on the Share button, and choosing Twitter or Facebook. We hope Learning Paths will help lead you in the right direction for developing your career path, and sharpening your skills.
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