LinkedIn Learning 2020: Is It Worth It?

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LinkedIn Learning is an online education portal that – you guessed it – is created and managed by LinkedIn, the business-oriented social network. But does that mean it’s worth your time, or are you better off seeking a different learning solution?

I signed up and took a thorough look for you. Here are the details.

What is LinkedIn Learning?

LinkedIn Learning is an education platform featuring online videos from experts around the world, teaching an immense variety of skills, ideas, and approaches.

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Everything is video-oriented, so there’s no text to learn or memorize. While Learning is connected to the LinkedIn social network in some important ways, it’s not required to be a part of the network to use.

Currently, the platform offers more than 16,000 different courses available in seven different languages, and more courses are added all the time. They are all subscription-based, which means you have to pay to view them (except for preview snippets).

However, everything is on equal footing, so you don’t have to pay more for higher tiers of videos: A single fee gives you access to everything.

The LinkedIn Learning videos may be learning-oriented and often structured as lectures or classes, but they aren’t classes in the traditional sense.

There is no required homework, no tests, no grading or requirements (although some videos may be tied to lessons where such coursework is present, it’s just not needed to actually watch and learn from the video, and not offered on the Learning site)

Over time, LinkedIn Learning has updated its site in some truly remarkable ways, which I’ll touch on below, but at its core it’s designed to help you browse through large numbers of videos to find those useful to you, much in the same way that YouTube or other video platforms work.

Quality: 5 out 5 Stars

Education and Writing Tools

What sorts of courses does Learning actually offer?

There are a lot, and you can spend a great deal of time simply browsing through your options and finding things to try later. But while that can be enjoyable, it doesn’t mean much if you can’t find what you are looking for, or if the videos are low-quality and not really worth spending the time to watch.

Fortunately, LinkedIn is well aware of this challenge and does serious quality control for all videos published on Learning. These are top-notch productions that can range from around 30 minutes to several hours worth of instruction.

When users start browsing, there are three different primary categories to choose from:

  • Business: Business includes training on various subjects and departments like marketing or accounting, training for specific software related to business (Excel, Office 365, etc.), and “learning paths” that teach people how to fulfil a particular role, like small business ownership, entrepreneurship, or an expert in SEO. Learning paths in particular tend to be longer courses designed for beginners in these areas.
  • Creative: Like Business, Creative is also divided into subjects, software, and learning paths. It deals with topics like animation, photography, graphic design, how to make videos, and so on. It’s also a great place to learn specific design software like Photoshop or Revit. It’s great for web designers and artists of all kinds.
  • Technology: Here, the subjects are things like data science, cloud computing, and IT work, with lessons for all kinds of software from very basic courses on Microsoft Word to tackling more complicated coding languages. The learning paths focus on coder and IT positions.

The videos employee different tactics, but they can all roughly be divided into two broad types. The first is a visual type of course that uses plenty of graphs and walks the viewer through a processes (how to add media on WordPress, for example) or a tool (like how to use Photoshop in 2020).

You really need to be paying attention to these courses to absorb the information, so it’s important that they stay on your primary screen or at least a nearby secondary screen you can consult for information.

The second type is a more audio-oriented course that usually takes the form of a lecture and has relatively few visual materials. They tend to deal with more abstract concepts, and are useful because I found you can easily listen them as you would a podcast, without the need to always have a screen in front of your eyes – ideal for more casual use.

But what about courses specifically made for writers and writing projects? If that’s your main focus, then you’ll be glad to know that there are many courses available for writing subjects as well, especially in the Creative section.

Writing Courses
There are many writing courses available

It would take too long to go over all the available options, but you will find that writing and publication categories include courses such as:

  • Learning to Write for the Web
  • Editing Mastery: How to Edit Writing to Perfection
  • Writing Personas (a technique helpful to many marketers)
  • Grammar Foundations
  • Writing with Flair: How to Become an Exceptional Writer
  • Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
  • Sell Your Novel to a Major Publisher (a particularly long course over five hours)
  • Publishing an eBook
  • ….and much more

Note that Learning does have a basic search system that allows you to search for tags that will bring up any related videos, which does make it easier to find what you need.

Pricing and Availability

LinkedIn Learning offers two basic pricing options. The first is to pay by month, which means you can stop your subscription whenever you want, and it costs $30 per month to begin.

The second is purchasing a year subscription, in which case it only costs $20 per month. LinkedIn will email you a receipt at the end of your subscription that you can use to expense the cost of the subscription if that’s something you and an employer discussed.

No matter which payment option you might choose, you can take a free monthly trial first to start learning and see if you really need the service in the long term.

Customization and Social Learning

I already praised the intuitive and speedy interface of LinkedIn Learning, but I wanted to point out that there are also ways to personalize your experience. The easiest and most effective way is to simply have an active LinkedIn profile that’s updated for with your latest information.

While that account is not required, it does allow LinkedIn to use your skills, job experience, and associated tags to recommend a large number of videos that you may find useful. In my experience these recommendations were more useful than any single search I tried on my own.

LinkedIn Learning also offers a Q and A section for many of its course videos. Here, viewers and students can ask questions or request clarification. LinkedIn may occasionally pop up a popular question on the video, which you can click to learn more.

There isn’t a guarantee that the professor or creator will provide an answer, but it does create a space to discuss anything that was confusing or look for answers.

Ease of Use: 4 out of 5 stars

Interface and Design

The design in LinkedIn Learning is incredible in comparison to other learning platforms. The interface is smooth, simplified, and highly focused on the video content itself.

It provides information in a very organic way, showing the basics of a video at a glance (title, length, date, author, what category it belongs too, and more), and then allowing you to mouse over a video to see more information like how many times it has been viewed, what level of expertise it requires, and a summary of the learning experience.

You also have plenty of readily available tools for searching that never become confusing or overwhelming. Every video has a quick option to “Save” it to your account so you can keep on looking and revisit it later.

If you’re searching in a particular category or for a certain topic, LinkedIn provides a set of additional categories for you to narrow down your search even more.

You can also sort by type, level of expertise needed, time to complete, specific software training, or continuing various types of industry education.

In addition to these search tools, LinkedIn Learning also gives a variety of tags to many videos to make searching through them even easier.

The Featured tag is for videos LinkedIn wants to advertise, and the New tag is for videos that only showed within the last week or so.

The Popular tag means lots of people have watched the video. You can also see if a video has been upvoted by registered business owners.

All this would have been clunky and time-consuming on another website, but LinkedIn’s design decisions make everything easy to absorb and use as you go.

They also have remarkable performance, with fast loading times, no slowdowns, and reliable video quality. Captions are available for all videos, and video sections are clearly divided into modules that you can skip between or revisit if necessary.

Watching on Different Devices

I also try to mention if a service works differently on a mobile device compared to a desktop computer, and if there are any noteworthy issues. Fortunately, LinkedIn is a large platform with the resources to design a mobile version of the Learning site that works great.

The only downside is that some information-rich videos are a little frustrating to watch on a smaller screen.

Safety and Privacy

When creating a paid online account, it’s always a good idea to consider privacy and if there is anything to worry about, like companies using or selling your personal data.

Unfortunately, LinkedIn (currently owned by Microsoft) doesn’t have the best track record in this department. The company has been known to collect the information of its social media users before for advertising purposes, and while that isn’t exactly uncommon, it’s not a great look.

Even worse, the company is currently being sued because it was taking advantage of an iOS bug that allowed LinkedIn to spy on clipboard data (along with Reddit, TikTok, and others).

However, as a counterpoint I’ll point out that no direct issues with LinkedIn Learning itself appear to have surfaced. LinkedIn also provides a somewhat limited guide on exactly what Learning information is available to your LinkedIn Network of associates as well as any organization you are taking classes through.

Value for Money: 4 out of 5 Stars (For the Right Users)

This is one of the most important questions for any education platform: Is the content actually worth the price? Do you get something here that you can’t get anywhere else?

LinkedIn Learning is somewhat unique in this respect. There is a lot of generalized online learning content that’s highly condensed and presented by experienced professionals.

You could spend a few hours on your with internet research and find out “How to Write a Thrilling Fiction Plot,” or you could watch the LinkedIn Learning video while brainstorming ideas. In other words, it helps save a lot of time, and that can be important!

However, there’s another aspect to the business-friendly LinkedIn Learning platform, which is studying for specific credits or certifications that can help you qualify for new positions or stay current with what your business role demands.

That adds a lot of value, because many of these opportunities are on courses in LinkedIn Learning (on demand at any time, too), and are otherwise more difficult or expensive to find.

To be clear, LinkedIn does not offer accreditation or certifications itself. It offers “cert prep” courses designed to prepare you for certification exams, and classes that have to be watched while working on study materials and quizzes, also not provided by LinkedIn.

Cert Prep
LinkedIn Learning offers “cert prep” courses designed to prepare you for certification exams

You can find a full list of cert prep options here, including Cisco, Google, Scrum, Adobe, Autodesk, SAS, Six Sigma, and a bunch more. They aren’t directly related to writing, but they may add great value for you in a business situation and help you plan for the future.

This may be a dilemma for those who are strictly focused on writing opportunities. Some of the courses are a good way to master specific skills you may want for your job or personal goals, like SEO, social media marketing, using WordPress, and more.

Other more general videos can also help writers with time management, creating goals, SWOT analysis, and other common skills. However, the platform is not focused on writing itself, and that’s not where most of its value lies.

Is LinkedIn Learning Worth It?

LinkedIn Learning offers most of its value through highly specialized learning opportunities.

If you or your team at work needs to learn a specific app, software suite, coding language, method of optimization, or specific department knowhow, it’s one of the best platforms around.

The same is true for those seeking certification for specific software courses or business degrees, albeit LinkedIn is only a facilitator in this case and you’ll still have to arrange for the certification process on your own.

However, if you are only interested in writing, then LinkedIn Learning is a far more limited prospect. It doesn’t really offer any certifications or degrees for writing experience.

While some of its writing courses are excellent for brushing up on a topic or learning more about a specific writing niche required by a new job, most of the information is beginner-level content and it’s difficult to square this with the $20 to $30 per month you would have to spend to access it.

Where courses on LinkedIn Learning really shines is for writers that want to add new business or software-oriented skills to their experience and qualify for more art and design-focused job opportunities.

For example, if you’ve never written a business blog before but are interested in signing up for it, then you can.

It’s also a much better deal if you have a clear end goal for your own education and a learning plan that will last for at least a few months.

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Summary

Where courses on LinkedIn Learning really shines is for writers that want to add new business or software-oriented skills to their experience and qualify for more art and design-focused job opportunities.

It’s also a much better deal if you have a clear end goal for your own education and a learning plan that will last for at least a few months.

Pros

  • High-quality videos with excellent information
  • Massive content library covering all business topics
  • A great way to prep for a variety of business and software certification exams
  • Ideal for long-term work goals and preparation for dream positions
  • Includes advice on writing techniques and publication, as well as important writing concepts like SEO, social media writing, and more
  • A strong option for writers that want to expand their skillsets into design, animation, video, or other related areas

Cons

  • While writing courses are available, the platform isn’t focused on writing and tends to specialize in more technical aspects of business
  • $20 to $30 may be too much to spend for education videos

-Some issues with privacy and trust

59 thoughts on “LinkedIn Learning 2020: Is It Worth It?”

  1. Hi, Bryan,

    Thank you for an informative and balanced review. I’m happy to know that this is a good place to learn WordPress in particular. As a tech writer/editor, I’d like to point out a minor typo in your post: “When I first wrote this review, I criticised the price of Lynda.com. I’ve since taking a number of…” I’m guessing you can spot the error. Wishing you all the best for a productive and happy new year.

  2. Two things you don’t mention in your updated review are that they have now updated the free trial from 7 to 10 days. Not sure if that’s only through certain affiliate advertising, such at TWiT, or over all. Also, the Android app has support for casting programs to your television via the Google Chromecast dongle! Pretty cool to be able to bring up the program on your big screen TV, and then have your computer free to run the program during the learning.

    1. Hi Robert,

      Being able to watch videos on a TV using an Android phone and the Chromecast is a fantastic addition.

      Also thanks for pointing out about the new free trial, I’ll update the review shortly.

  3. Not worth it really. You can get this, that and more for completely free if you know where to look for it. Plus Lynda seems really slow at loading video’s. I lost patience with it in the end.

    1. Bryan Collins

      Hi Yoyo,
      Yes you can find a lot of useful info for free online, but Lynda.com do a great job of condensing and organising it. I didn’t have problems with slow videos, but I’m sorry to hear you did.

  4. Igor Soudakevitch

    Thank you for this review, Bryan. Looks like you sold me on it; Lynda should pay you some finder’s fee, I guess. Or better yet, talk them into giving you a discount for your next course. 🙂

  5. Useful review! Is it easy to cancel membership? I want to try a free trial and I’m a student so not got much money.. Would I have to pay for 1 month in order to get the free trial? Thanks for your help!

    1. Hi Jem,
      You can cancel anytime during or after your free trial. Also no, you don’t have to pay for the free trial. I used Lynda.com when I was a student to learn more about WordPress and blogging.

  6. Bryan,

    I sure appreciate your post! I just learned of Lynda.com from an email I received from LinkedIn announcing their purchase of Lynda.com … I had literally never heard of it before this morning! In the email, LinkedIn is offering a 21 day free trial of Lynda.com, so that caught my attention, and I decided to search online for more information before giving it a try. Your blog is the BEST information I have run across, so thanks again! I am licensed real estate agent in Texas, and I have big plans for my website plus a of couple of app ideas. I need to become educated on both, and it looks as though Lynda.com could be the ticket. I also wanted to let you know that I appreciate your mentioning Alison.com, as that is generous of you and so helpful!

    With kind regards,

    Trish

    P.S. I am looking forward to digging deeper into your blog … want to check out the Free Guide to Twitter, as I have a couple of accounts but do NOT know what I am doing so I very rarely tweet!!

    1. Glad I could help Trish. LinkedIn recently bought Lynda.com for a tidy sum, which is why you probably received that cross-promotion. I didn’t know about the 21 day trial. That’s a good deal.

  7. Thank you

    I have always seen lynda.com and was on their site a couple of times but there price always made me just skip joining.Lately i have started playing around with after effects and want quality tutorials to learn.I have been on youtube and there is some great ones and then some horible ones.After reading your review it has tempted me again.I will try there 7 day free trial and i think i will joing them.

    Thank you for your review

    1. There are some good videos on YouTube but it’s really just a question of how much time you want to spend looking for them and how quickly you need quality materials. Plus Lynda offer downloadable coursework alongside some videos.

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  9. Maria Cruz Guimaraes

    I didn’t try in the past Lynda.com due to I had to enter payment info. Thanks for your amazing page here about Lynda.com. I will give it a try at the free trial and probably I will pay a year subscription. I have a paid version of WordPress that I would like to improve, and I also have a personal project of writing my family history only to leave it for my children (and grand-children, one day). I hope this time I can get the needed knowledge to advance with my website project. Did you took the PhP course also? Do you do the plug-ins yourself? This was my problem, in the past.

    1. I took the WordPress course and I learnt how various parts of WordPress work. Actually, I looked at the first part of the PHP course but then I realised that I was getting into a technical side of WordPress that I’ve less interest in. Lynda.com will definitely teach you all you need to know about WordPress, but there comes a time when you must write!

  10. John O'Sullivan

    Thank you for the informative review, you need to supply credit card or paypal to avail of the free trial, this deterred me from signing up. I think relative to other services that Lynda is very expensive. $10 a month would be reasonable, its just too expensive given the quality and quantity of information that is available for free particularly in the technology space.

    1. Hi John,
      I agree, you can certainly learn all this for free using YouTube. However, I prefer paying for information occasionally, as the teachers do the hard-work of gathering quality materials in one place and keeping it all up to date.

      Personally, I don’t think USD10 a month is much to pay, as I’ve saved a lot of time from the lessons by the teachers at Lynda.com, particularly when I was new to blogging and didn’t know how to use WordPress.

  11. I’ve been a premium member of Lynda.com since 2009. I’ve finished over 50 courses. When I learn something, I want to learn it in an organized, thorough manner. Lynda.com does that. Sometimes I do have to go on YouTube for items that aren’t covered on Lynda.com, but by and large, I find what I need to know on Lynda. And it’s getting better: Interactive Transcripts. Tests. Playlists. App. All that on top of (generally) good tech support when something isn’t quite covered in the course.

    It’s well worth the money, and get the premium membership with access to files if you’re studying web design or coding. You really don’t want to be assembling these files yourself.

    1. You really don’t want to be assembling these files yourself.

      This is a key reason why I like services like Lynda.com.

  12. JunePhilippines

    I’m currently viewing the Illustrator Essentials 2015 and I’m on Chapter 9 already. It’s really a big help. Better than attending expensive classes and physical seminars. I’m really learning stuff from it. I already downloaded some of their video instructions to watch in the future:
    – WordPress Essential Training
    – WordPress Plugins: SEO
    – Adobe After Effects Essentials
    – UX Design Techniques Implementation
    – Object Oriented Programming with PHP
    – Adobe InDesign Typography
    – SolidWorks 2016 Essential Training
    – Building Mobile App with Angular JS and Ionic
    – iOS App Development Essential Training
    – Creating a Responsive Web Design with Chris Converse
    – Creating a Responsive Web Design: Advanced Techniques
    – HTML5 Structure, Syntax and Semantics
    – Introduction to PHP
    – Maya 2016 Essential Training
    – Cinema 4D
    – Photoshop for Web Design

    1. I learnt the basics of WordPress and blogging from Lynda.com. I also enjoyed some of their design courses and used what I learn to create images for this site.

    2. Hypothetically if one downloads course onto computer , will he be able to see them even after the membership is not renewed ?

  13. Hi, thanks for the post. Very helpful for me to know more about Lynda.com. I have been a subscriber of Udemy.com for the past 2 years. Udemy.com make me learn a lot of new stuff. But some of the courses are really a bit of disappointment to me. Some are really good. But I want a better quality platform. I am planning to learn about creative design for my business. Is Lynda.com suitable for me? Any better options?

    1. There are a lot of differences between Udemy and Lynda.com.

      Almost anyone can post a course on Udemy if they are approved, whereas Lynda.com hires professional instructors. Also, you subscribe to Lynda.com for a monthly free whereas you buy Udemy courses on a once-off basis. Lynda.com is geared towards programming, design, marketing, business etc. whereas Udemy includes courses on almost everything as it’s user-generated content.

      Both are good but they’re very different. I’d suggest considering what you want to learn first and then evaluate the course before you buy.

  14. Wow… I ‘tried’ a trial, but why do you have to put in your creditcard information if the trial is free? Because it ISN’T! That is: If YOU don’t cancel your account after thirty days YOURSELF, they just start billing your creditcard, which cost me $100,- total.

    1. Hi Simon,
      A lot of online subscription services request card details to get started. You can always cancel before the 30 days are up.

  15. Hi Bryan
    Thanks for the post. Im having trouble finding out the different options for buying acces to Lynda. Do you know if it is possible to share the profile with others? I want to be able to use the account on different devices and to share the account with others in my team at work. But the price is in a hole new ballpark, if I sign up as a team member in a business.
    Thanks 🙂

    1. Hi Maria,
      I’m afraid I only reviewed this from the point of view of a single person (blogger, writer etc) rather than business person managing a team.

      I don’t think you can share your profile with others, but you could always ask Lynda.com for demo.

      From what I can see it’s USD350 per seat per year for business users, with one free seat included.

  16. Hello Bryan,

    I´m tempted in trying it out. Do you know if the videos can be downloaded and saved ?. Im currently leaving in Mozambique and the internet here is very slow and not cheap…

    great work

  17. Awesome review, I had the same doubt like you on why not youtube. I am pretty convinced that you get what you pay for, to gain something useful lynda seems to be a better choice than youtube. Thanks for this post!

  18. Hi

    Came across your blog while figuring out any way to get cheaper access to Lynda.com. While I dont deny the quality of courses on the site , there are a few things which have got my goat

    1) Restriction on having multiple learning path open at one time – I may be in a position to say learn MS Excel and big data at same but Lynda doesn’t allow that
    2) Offline viewing only available on annual premium plan – This costs close to $360 which is way too high to be spent in one go.
    3) No community support or feature to ask questions to the faculty presenting the lectures – so the learning is basically a one way dialogue.Basic MOOCs like coursera address this for free.

  19. I appreciate your honest review about lynda. Good to see that the content is considered high quality. I’d advise people to check with their public libraries. There are some libraries that have subscriptions with lynda, allowing patrons free access to the courses with the use of their library cards. Thanks again for the post!

  20. I cannot believe you cannot write comments after the videos. The comment section is a huge part of the learning process where people can interact and ask questions!

  21. “The materials and Lynda.com are first-rate and affordable (in comparison). If you have time to learn and you put the work in, it’s money well-spent.”
    Are you paid to write this nonsense? Compared to what? If you spend some time even on YouTube you’ll find much better videos, of much more qualified people, much more substantial and concise.
    “First rate” only if you don’t know anything about the industry practice you are about to explore!
    I watched some videos on Maya 3D, and not only that narator was always in rush, like: “I don’t have time to show you all…”, “I’ll just give you a hint…”, “You’ll figure the rest by exploring…”!!!!! but also the videos are so superficial that any other help, including the one included with the program, is so much more helpful that Lynda should be considered as the greatest ripoff in the online learning industry!
    They are simply the worst!!! All their mechanisms are only set to take you the money, not any is set to teach you what you paid for!

    1. I haven’t take that Maya 3D course. The courses I took were helpful, but I’m sorry to hear you had a bad experience.

  22. Be very wary of getting a years subscription with Lynda.com. In the terms and conditions when you to them you agree them, Lynda.com to automatically takes the money out of your account yearly there after. No recompense, you agreed to terms and conditions. The courses are often good but there are better on You tube.

    I would say they are underhand and scammers. I did not read the terms and conditions, I expected to get a reminder.

    Obviously I am pretty pissed off at having blown $427.00 AU on a courses I hardly use.

  23. I’ve come back to Lynda after discovering I have access to the site through my local library with my library card # for no additional cost. I’ve done extensive training on-line with different tech training sites. The one thing missing on Lynda is the ability to get questions answered about course content or leave comments on courses. This is a huge deficiency in my mind. For example, I’m working on a technical JavaScript course, and one of the examples does not produce the results the instructor predicted – even her example files did not work – so that lesson was a waste of time.

    Now that Lynda.com is owned by Microsoft (via their acquisition on LinkedIn) , there are definitely resources available to address this shortfall.

    Design courses like the Photoshop content maybe OK for this type of learning concept, but programming courses really do not work without an interactive aspect of the training. The instructors are very high quality, but if this training resource was not provided to me for free, I would not be a member.

  24. Hello,
    I am considering signing up for Linda.com but I am uncertain how the payment / cost works.
    Do you pay a monthly fee of $19.99(basic) or $29.99 (premium) just to be able to access the various courses? You then still pay the cost of the course (s) you decide to take?
    Thank you,
    Tanya

    1. Hi Tanya,
      It’s a monthly subscription, once you sign up you can access what you like apart from the downloadable materials.

  25. Dr. George Rambacher

    I’ve tried 3 different (BRAND NEW) android phones, have spent over 30-33 hours and approximately 3 weeks of “trouble shooting” the OFFLINE ACCESS PROMISE directly with Lynda’s customer support, including LIVE GEOGRAPHICAL MOBILITY TESTING “out in the field”.
    The consistent denial of access OFFLINE, the consistent inability to access course material while not having an INTERNET ACCESS, even “after” having PRE – DOWNLOADED course material, is simply suspicious of potential FRAUD.
    A support tech even ran through a TROUBLESHOOTING process with me, LIVE, over my landline phone, WHILE USING AN ANDROID GALAXY 6.O SAMSUNG DEVICE, to try and solve the issue of “why” the Lynda.com app would randomly shut my android out of the PRE-DOWNLOADED course material, with NO ABILITY to access what “I’VE ALREADY PAID FOR” within a full year premium pre-paid subscription.
    The “only recourse” was to drive around, go all the way back to my office, or HOPE that i’d be approaching a hot spot to RE-ACTIVE the “lynda.com” application, that had been coded to become DORMANT, within my android device.

    Lynda.com support tech QUOTE : “it really shouldn’t be doing that, I can understand your problem, and there’s no reason this should be happening”.
    “I’m really not the guy that can help you, cause it simply doesn’t make sense, especially after what “I just ran through with you”.
    You’ll just have to call back cause I HAVE NO IDEA !

    My impression, after much consulting, and LIVE troubleshooting with “my own” tech support engineer, and geographically TEST MARKETING their claim of OFF-LINE VIEWING is this : Lynda.com advertises OFFLINE VIEWING, but has the APPLICATION “coded” such that there is a random check within their app (on YOUR DEVICE), THAT FORCES YOU to continually “check in” and source the material ON-LINE and further requires you to find a nearby INTERNET CONNECTION to “log in”, on an ONGOING BASIS, which is highly “dysfunctional and degrading”.
    Consider the following :
    Lynda.com FAQ: “HOW CAN I DOWNLOAD COURSES FOR OFFLINE VIEWING”?
    Answer : Annual Premium members can download courses on Lynda.com apps to watch offline where Internet connection is not available.

    I can not explain the dilemma, however, after VERIFYING with “their” customer support that
    it “just doesn’t make sense” as to the inability to have continued “uninterrupted access”, I’ve come to the conclusion that even if the service was FREE, and even if THEY PAID ME to use it, it would literally be WAY TO DYSFUNCTIONAL and COUNTERPRODUCTIVE to have to deal
    with,…………as I have now proven to myself through much diligence !

    1. Dr. George. Next time you TALK to TECH SUPPORT you should PROBABLY also ask them WHY your keyboard RANDOMLY types some WORDS in all CAPS.

  26. I would like to point out that some libraries (mine in particular) pay for a subscription to Lynda.com which is available at no additional charge to our patrons. Yet another advantage of your local library, and an example of how libraries are not obsolete.

  27. Lynda.com has a lot of great stuff and a bunch of garbage.

    The biggest problem is everything works perfectly, the first time in the lessons, but following along, you will find that your system has different settings than the presenter and there is no way to stop the lesson and say, why is my screen different?

    Sometimes they skip complete steps assuming the user knew about the steps and performed them without prompting. This is especially true when you are in a beginners course and they are talking about something that requires you to be intermediate at.

    Each course needs an FAQ and a comments stream so other users can help out other uses when the presenter fails. Nothing beats a live person who can help troubleshoot in real time.

    If you are going to get it, go in on a corporate license so a bunch of you can enjoy it. Its not worth it for the individual user considering YouTube exists as well as documentation for every product in the world is out there, for free.

  28. Darlene Nethery

    Check your local library. Many have subscriptions for their customers so all you would need is a library card to have Lynda.com (and other neat stuff) for FREE!

  29. I have free access to Lynda via work so I’m checking it out. It does seem to be just videos (e.g. no quizzes or other things to facilitate learning) unless I haven’t found them yet. It does seem have better curated videos than YouTube, but I’m not sure I’d pay out-of-pocket for it.

  30. Be WARNED. I subscribed for the free month. I used Lynda for about two weeks and decided to go to the library and YouTube. I forgot to cancel the membership. It’s been going for 4 years now. I didn’t get email updates just as a courtesy thank you for being a longtime customer. Not a single email for anything. Four years later, I check my credit card and LYNDA subscription was in it. Didn’t know what it was. Had to call them up to be reminded. $1800 down the drain. They could only refund $120.

    Bad experience. You can go to the library and get the same help for free.

  31. I liked ❤ your article and blog, I’m following your blog. Thanks for writing the helpful stuff!
    Yet another wonderful post!
    A great comparative study!
    Lot of confusion removed.
    Keep sharing
    Thanks for sharing.
    Regards
    acison

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