Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Following a learning guide, part of Learning with Lynda.com.
- Let's think about our learning goals for a second. If you're considering a change in careers, starting a business, getting into drawing or painting, or even simply making a website, none of these skills can be mastered by watching a single Lynda.com course. In fact, if you enrolled in these tracks through a college or university, you would take multiple classes to gain a collection of skills needed. These curated set of skills are often put together by professors or industry experts in order to help guide you through your learning. Well, here at Lynda.com, we're also curating learning tracks that combine these essential skills from across the variety of topics in order to help you reach your learning goals.
You can move through a university style learning experience without ever having set foot in a classroom. In this video, we're going to look at the Lynda.com learning guides, which are specially curated playlists that contain parts of Lynda.com courses and written articles. These are designed to guide you through a specific learning goal while providing teaching from a collection of the top industry thought leaders. To get started, let's go and take a look at the learning guide for starting a business. The learning guides are organized by segment.
In order to get to this learning guide on starting a business, we can go to Browse the library, select Business, and on the right-hand side under Business resources, we can see the Guide to Starting a Business. Now since I clicked on that link, you'll notice that it automatically jumped me down to the last place that I left off. That's one of the great things about using these guides, is that they keep all of the learning for your particular goal in a single place. But let's go ahead and scroll back up to the top and become familiar with how the guide is laid out. Here, at the top of the guide, I have a list of all the different authors that have contributed ideas to this particular learning guide.
Next to each other's pictures is a small bio and I can click on this to go to an overall profile of everything that that author has done with Lynda.com. As I scroll down the page, I can now see the guide itself. The guide is broken into multiple parts. Each part has an objective that you're trying to work through as you complete that part. The part is then broken into subparts that are lettered. Each subpart has an idea or question that you're tackling, as well as the time that it takes to move through that particular subpart. As I click on the subpart, for example, here I'll click on the A, I can see the videos that make up this particular subpart.
If you're logged in to Lynda.com, on the left-hand side, as you complete various sections, they'll be marked off as watched. This allows me to quickly see what videos I need to continue to watch in order to move through this particular section of my learning goal. As you click on a video, it's going to automatically start playing in the same window. - Let's talk a little bit about failure. - The learning guides are a great example about how we can pull various parts of Lynda.com courses together, in order to help you reach your learning goal.