Join Lynda.com Staff for an in-depth discussion in this video A quick overview of our site, part of How to use Lynda.com.
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- [Voiceover] In this video, we'll take a look at a broad, high level view of the entire Lynda.com site, its layout, and how it all works. Then, in the following videos, we'll go over individual items and features in greater detail, so when you come to visit Lynda.com, you've likely come to learn something, so how do you find the content you're looking for? Well, at the top of nearly every page on our site, you'll find this Library menu. By hovering your mouse over it, you'll find you can browse content by Subject in the left column, Subject Topic in the middle column, or by the Softwares associated with that subject on the right.
For example, I can come here to the Business Subject and select the topic Leadership to see all the results for courses related to Business Leadership. Now, if you're looking for a specific Software product rather than a Subject or a Topic, you can come straight over to the Featured menu and select Software. Here, we'll see a list of all the softwares and software publishers listed in alphabetical order. For example, under the letter A, you'll see a link to courses covering Acrobat, as well as Adobe, the company that publishes Acrobat, so we can either scroll this long list to find what we're looking for or scroll to the top and select a single letter to jump to that letter's list of software and software publishers.
If you're more interested in seeing the newest releases we've published and you're logged in as a member, like I am here in this view, you can view the list of all the latest releases by going to your Profile Homepage, which you can always get to by selecting the logo up here at the top. Here, we have a section called New Courses, and you can customize the view by selecting the default All content, or you can choose to view only the newest releases by subject. You can further customize your settings by reviewing and updating your Profile Settings.
Just hover your mouse over your Profile Name and a drop-down menu will appear, where you can select your Profile information, navigate to any Playlists or assignments you might have, see your viewing History, view and update courses Recommended for you based on your interests, view your Certificates of completion for courses you have finished, see a list of any videos you've Bookmarked, or from here, you can also Log out. Next to the Profile Settings, we have a powerful Search feature. Simply type the topic you're looking for, such as Business Management.
A list of suggestions will populate under here, or if you just wanna stick to what you've typed, you can click Enter or Return on the keyboard or click the Search icon, and every bit of content related to that topic will appear in the returned list here. The more specific you can be with your search terms, the better results you'll get. You can also filter your results as well. For example, if I come over here and select Courses, now we're only seeing course titles that match that certain term, rather than all of the individual Videos, Site pages, or Playlists in which those terms are also related.
I can further narrow down the search results by adding another filter such as Advanced under Skill level to see a list of courses aimed at viewers with more advanced experience in Business Management. Selecting filters will significantly help pare down the search results, which will make it much easier to find what you're looking for. Now, let's take a look at an actual course. Let's say I'm interested in learning about Adobe Dreamweaver CC. I'll go to the Library menu, go down to Web, and navigate over to Dreamweaver in the Software column.
This gives me a long list of results, and I'm only interested in the CC version of Dreamweaver so I can narrow down my results to only show courses related to that CC version, and now I only have nine results. You have the option of viewing these results in either this default detailed view or you can switch over to the basic view. You can also sort these by clicking on the menu option and choosing release date or course title in alphabetical order.
You can also remove filters by clicking on this X on the item in the selected filters list, but once you've found the course that you're looking for, simply click on it and it'll take you to that courses homepage. On each Course page, you will see the Course title, the Contents of the course listed by Chapter and Video titles, the Overview of the content within the course, and the video player itself, which clicking directly on will start the video.
Once the video has started, you'll notice that the Control Bar appears down here at the bottom of the video player. The Transcripts have also begun, and appear at the bottom under the video player, and the title of the video you are watching is highlight in the Contents list. You'll notice the system will also track the Content you've already started watching, indicated by this eye icon. This is a really helpful feature for remembering what you've already covered, so if you ever leave the course or logout before you've completed watching it, whenever you log back in and visit this course, you'll have a visual indicator of where you left off so you can easily pick right back up from where you left off.
If you're not logged in as a member, you'll notice that some of the Content titles are active and some are not, indicated by a grey lock icon. Only logged in members will have access to all the Content. Nonmembers still have access to 10% of every course on Lynda.com for free. Watching these free videos will give you an idea of the quality of our content, and Premium members also have the option to download Exercise Files. Exercise Files are the same files the author used to create the course, and Premium members have the option of downloading and gaining access to those exact same files, which means you'll be able to work alongside the author, using the same files you see being used on-screen.
Below the video player in the Transcripts area, you can skim the entire course Transcript to see if the course contains the information you're looking for. You can also click directly on any line of text in the Transcript to jump directly to that point in the course. Each course also has a course Overview tab with information on the Release Date, Course Description, Skill Level, the Duration of the entire course, the number of Views it has, and the Topics included in the training, as well as Author information, and you can click on the Author name to get further information on them and see the listing of all the courses they've published on Lynda.com.
You also have the option to Follow that Author to get an at-a-glance update on your homepage, including updates on when new courses are released by that Author. Going back to the Course Page, you also have the option take notes on each course by clicking in the Notebook tab. This feature can help you keep your thoughts and ideas organized and tracked with quick reference links back to any point in the course for later review, and just under the Content and Notebook tabs is an area for Course Feedback.
If you'd like to comment on this content, you can do so any time by clicking on the Course Feedback button, and this'll take you to a short survey, where you can rate your experience with the course. Any feedback you give will help us improve your experience in the future. Now, going back to the Course homepage, under the Details section is an area where Lynda.com experts have curated a list of Suggested content to watch next. You can scroll through these selections by clicking on these arrow buttons, and at the very bottom of each page is a Footer, with Quick Links to information About Us, our products, Support links, details about our Apps, and the different ways you can Connect with us, so there you have it, a brief overview of the layout of our website and how it works.
Throughout the rest of this course, I and other staff authors will be covering more details about several of the features we just looked at, and we'll be going over the different options available for finding further information to help support your learning goals.
First, find out about the types of videos we offer at Lynda.com, including in-depth software training, first looks at up-and-coming technology trends, courses to help you develop critical business skills, techniques for creative pros, and inspirational documentaries. Then get a demo of special library features such as bookmarks, playlists, notes, transcripts, certificates of completion, and FAQs, and learn where to turn for help when you need it. Plus, find out how to access Lynda.com on the go, using our mobile apps and offline viewing capabilities.
- Choosing a membership plan
- Finding the latest releases
- Downloading and using exercise files
- Searching the video transcripts
- Choosing the right video player
- Creating and sharing playlists
- Taking notes
- Printing and sharing certificates of completion
- Updating your member profile
- Changing or canceling your membership plan
- Contacting customer support