Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the structure of the Lynda.com library, part of Teaching with Lynda.com.
- To get us started, we're going to explore how the Lynda.com library is structured and better understand how to find content that may be relevant to you and your students. For right now, we're going to stay very high-level and then as we move throughout this course, we're going to get even more granular to finding and using specific movies from specific courses inside of your teaching. Let's go ahead and open up a web browser and navigate to Lynda.com and let's dive into this. Getting access to Lynda.com is like walking into a library. There are vast amounts of content, and it's strategically organized.
The same ways you should know how to locate books in a library, you should also know how to locate content in the Lynda.com website. Now, the good news here is we've created some navigation tools that are way easier to use than the Dewey Decimal System. Let's go and take a look at how content is organized on Lynda.com, so that you can find the right content for your course and for your students. I'm going to get started by hovering the Library tab in the upper left-hand corner. Here on the left-hand side, you can see all the different segments that Lynda.com offers content lenders. The segments are much like a section in the library. There's going to be a variety of content, or courses, as we call them, that will relate to these particular segments.
If I come down and hover on a segment such as Business, I can then see a breakdown of the top topics and softwares that are offered inside of that segment. Now please keep in mind that just like a library, we may actually have some overlap in these areas. For example, under topics I can see that there's something called Presentation. I can also see under Software that there's PowerPoint. If I just click on PowerPoint, I'm going to get every single PowerPoint course that's out there. However, if I click on Presentations, I am going to get some PowerPoint classes coming back to me, but they're only going to be PowerPoint courses that deal with presentations.
On the left-hand side, let's say that I wanted to use Keynote for Presentations, I can go ahead and select that software under the Presentations landing page, and I can now see Keynote courses that also relate to Presentations. For example, the first course is Delivering Keynote 6 Presentations with Rich Harrington. This is a great way to drill into content that's exactly what you're looking for. It's the right tool and the right topic. Let's go ahead and look at another form of content that's on the Lynda.com website. I'm going to come back to Library, but this time, let me go and click on Business or the segment tab.
Here we can see all of the Business courses at Lynda.com. On the left-hand side I can still choose to filter these by their software title or even by their topic. Here I can also choose to show more and see all of the topics that are available in this particular segment. At the very top of the screen, some of our segments also have documentaries with them. Documentaries are inspirational content, and they're a great way to engage your students. I highly recommend that you take the time to browse, not only the segments, but also the topics that you are interested in, and take a look at some of the documentaries or inspirational content that might be related to those particular areas.
Use the knowledge checks and Lynda.com's built-in note-taking tool to practice what you've learned and remember ideas for your own teaching practice.
- Finding courses in the Lynda.com library
- Refreshing student skills
- Extending learning with a flipped classroom
- Supplementing Lynda.com training with your own videos
- Increasing digital skills
- Mapping curriculum to skills
- Creating learning playlists
- Assessing student learning
- Adding Lynda.com content to Canvas and Moodle