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By Starshine Roshell | Friday, June 12, 2015

Crushing It in Wine Country — with lynda.com

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Jeanette Tan was a single mom looking for the ideal place to raise her teenagers.

Passionate about sunshine, food, and wine, she dreamed of making a new life for her family in Sonoma, California’s stunning coastal wine country.

“It’s beautiful,” she said. “I figured if there’s enough sun to grow grapes, there’s enough sun for me.”

So in 2009, she uprooted her brood and made the move—but work was hard to come by.

“I sent out resumes almost every week for two years,” says Jeanette, an accountant and QuickBooks whiz.

But thanks to her DIY spirit—and the inspiration and education of lynda.com—Jeanette now teaches wine-industry finances and accounting to lots of wineries. And soon she’ll be teaching many more.

By Jolie Miller | Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Instructional Design at lynda.com: How We Do What We Do

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One of the most common questions we get here at lynda.com is: How do you do what you do?

While there’s a certain amount of magic that happens on our campus (it’s impressive, I’ll be honest), a lot of our process boils down to simple instructional design principles for teaching adult learners.

Whether you’re teaching a friend how to knit, creating online instruction, or just want to be able to better communicate—these strategies don’t disappoint.

Here are my 10 favorite tips:

By Koreen Pagano | Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Lessons from DevLearn: How Characters Help Us Learn

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Have a message you want people to associate with your product, organization, or educational experience? Consider using characters to strengthen the lesson.

When we associate what we’ve learned with a strong character—say, Smokey the Bear or even Darth Vader—we learn better.

At the DevLearn conference in Las Vegas this week, I’m presenting several sessions on immersive learning and how interactive characters have incredible potential to teach.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, September 28, 2014

Mom and Daughter Bond — by Learning to Code!

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In May, after announcing with some shame that only 17 percent of its tech employees are women, Google dropped $50 million on a new campaign to encourage more girls to study programming.

Meanwhile, in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Rhea Hebert and her daughter Josephine were cozied up on a sofa together watching lynda.com videos on an iPad—and learning to code.

You know. Just for fun.

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