Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Searching the Lynda.com library, part of Learning with Lynda.com.
- As you explore the lynda.com navigation menu, if you're not able to quickly identify what segment your learning goal fits into, that's okay. Lynda.com has a great search feature that will allow you to narrow in on the right course for your learning goal. When searching on lynda.com, there's several things to keep in mind, all of which relate back to the learning objective you're trying to achieve. In this video, we're going to explore some of the structure of lynda.com courses and understand how each part may be returned to you in a search and include how to recognize them.
Then we're going to look at some of the naming conventions used in courses so you can more quickly find the content that meets your learning need. So here in my web browser, I'm at the lynda.com home page, and we're going to go ahead and search for some various content on the lynda.com site. The search bar is at the top of the screen, and if we go ahead and click in the search bar, we can go ahead and type out something that we're looking for. I'm going to start with Photoshop. Now you'll notice that there's seven different items that have appeared directly below where I was typing. The first one is Photoshop, and it has a small icon next to it because it's telling me that this is a software title.
If I click on this link, I can see every course or movie that has to do with Photoshop. Directly below that I can also see some small variations that have a search icon next to them, such as searching for Photoshop CC or even Photoshop CS6. At the very bottom of the drop-down, there's three different courses that have been returned, which are the three most common courses people use when searching for Photoshop, and they all happen to deal with Photoshop CC. I'm going to go ahead and search for something a little bit different than a software title, such as a skill. Let's search for editing video.
Here you can see we've got a different set of results, and they have some different icons with them. Again, I see this course icon, and I could choose to select one of these three courses that have to do with editing video. However, directly below that, I have this play button icon. Now, next to the play button icon is a lock pad. This lock pad is here because I'm not signed into lynda.com. If you are signed into lynda.com, you'll see just the play button. This play button is indicating a video or part of a course that's dealing with my particular search term. Now, one thing to keep in mind is even though I'm only getting six to seven results when I search for a particular term, these are just representing the top most commonly needed six or seven results from someone looking for, let's say, video editing.
This is far from holistic set. If I type my word in the top search bar and I hit the enter key, here I can pull up the entire result of everything that lynda.com offers about editing video, and, as you can see, that's over 15,000 results. Again, I can use the icons to quickly identify whether I'm looking at a video or a part of a course or an entire course itself. From the search landing page, I also have the ability to filter this content. On the left-hand side, I can choose to filter these results by either playlists, courses, videos, articles, and even site pages.
For example, if I wanted to get into video editing as a career, I may want to start with a playlist, a more comprehensive set of instructions, which is a collection of courses that will guide me to understanding what it is to edit video. If I click on Playlist as a filter, I can see that there's four options, or four lynda.com curated playlists that will help me become a video editor. I'm going to go ahead and click back on the All section so we can take a look at the few of the other filters. If you're brand new to video editing or whatever skill you're searching for, it's a good idea to sometimes filter by beginning level courses.
These are courses that are specifically targeted to someone who's new to this particular skill or topic. I can also choose to filter by various subjects that have to do with video editing. For example, maybe I'm editing video that has visual effects in it. Well, I can come down and click on Visual Effects and just see those videos that pertain to both visual effects and editing video. Maybe I want to learn how to edit video in a particular software program. Using the software filter, I could select, let's say, Premiere Pro, and I would see only videos that pertain to editing video in Premiere Pro. This is a powerful way to find the content that you're looking for quickly and efficiently.
I highly recommend that you take a few minutes to go back to your learning objective, pull out a few of the key skills or key terms from your learning objective and find some content that would be appropriate to helping you reach that learning objective. When you're looking at course titles, lynda.com uses some naming conventions to help you quickly find the courses that will best fit your need. If you're just starting out on a subject or in a specific software title, then focusing on Up and Running, Essential Training, and Foundation courses are a good starting point. Up and Running courses are usually shorter than Essential Training and Foundation courses.
These courses are designed to quickly give you the necessary skills and knowledge you need for a particular skill or software title. Essential Training courses are just that. They focus on the essentials and are usually longer than the Up and Running course. Our Foundation courses, which may pertain to a specific industry topic or skill or even possibly a software program, are designed to be holistic training covering the key knowledge points for proficiency in that topic. If you've determined that a topic is critical to reaching your learning objective, you may want to dive into a Foundation or Essential Training course.
However, if you're not sure, starting with an Up and Running course is a great way to see if this is a specific topic or software program that's right for you.
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