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LinkedIn Learning

Find out how to access LinkedIn Learning resources and 
read our tips for success with LinkedIn Learning

 How to access LinkedIn Learning


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  1. Go to 
  2. Enter your university username* and password  ​
  3. You may be asked whether you have had a LinkedIn Learning account before. If you say Yes, you will ge​t the opportunity to transfer your history to the new university account.
  4. On your first visit, you will be asked to enter your job title and what skills you want to learn. This information is used to recommend courses relevant to your needs. You don’t need to be too accurate and you can change this information later.

* You can also use your full university email address instead of your username.


Using the address will save you time. Avoid going directly to the LinkedIn Learning website as you will have to follow several steps to find the University of Brighton sign-in page.

See A quick tour of your LinkedIn Learning home page

Using a mobile, you can access the LInkedIn Learning web page, but for a better experience, download the LinkedIn Learning app. See LinkedIn Learning on your mobile


 Be smart, learn effectively

​L​inkedIn Learning is a fantastic resource but to save time and have the best possible experience, follow the tips for success below:

 Find resources fast

​There are over 150,000 videos on LinkedIn Learning, so you'll need to be selective. To find the most relevant and useful resources quickly:

  1. Use the Search box at the top to find what's available on a topic
  2. Then use filters on the left to narrow down the choices 
  3. Each course may contain several short videos but you don't have to watch them all. Scroll through, or search, the course Contents list (click on a search result and then click on the Contents tab on the right) to go straight to the topic you are interested in.
  4. You can even skim-read through each video transcript to preview its content (tab on the right)
Search example:
  1. Search for 'removing background with photoshop' - wow 393 results!
  2. Filter by software 'PhotoShop'  - down to 286 results
  3. Filter by skill level 'beginner' - 47 results an results and near the top of the list is a 6 minute 6 sec video from the course PhotoShop CC for Photographers: The Basics ​
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Be an expert user: Watch the Searching for content video

 Take active notes

​By taking notes you can reinforce what you are learning, as well as organise your ideas. 
The Notebook feature allows you to take a note at any point while watching a video and creates a thumbnail link to that point (timecode) in the video. 
Use the Notebook tab to record your thoughts and ideas and also to create links to the parts of the videos you find most interesting.
You can export LinkedIn Learning notebooks as a text file that can then be opened in Word and other similar applications.
Click the Notebook tab to start creating notes for a course.

 Download videos to view offline

​If you have guaranteed access to Wi-Fi at any time and wherever you are, then you can skip this bit.
If not, you can download courses you want to watch to your mobile device, so that you can access them whenever you need to - and not just when your network allows you to.
Click on the 3 dots above the video and then click View Offline.

 Adjust the video controls to suit your needs

​You can change the playback speed using the control at the bottom right of the video screen​.
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 View at 1.5x normal speed to skip through ideas quickly, or slow it  down  to .75x normal speed so you can follow more details.
Be an expert user: Watch the Using the video player controls video

 Do the exercises

Many courses include exercises files so that you can practise and reinforce new skills. This activity makes following a course more effective and more interesting. Not only are you going to learn much more, you are more likely to be motivated to complete the course. ​

If a course has exercise files, you will see an Exercise Files tab under the video. Click the link to download the files to your computer.

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 Plan and organise your personal development


​​When you start exploring LinkedIn Learning you may find videos that you would like to watch later, when you have more time. Here are two ways to make sure you find them again when you need them.linkedinbookmark.PNG

Alongside each video or course you will see a bookmark icon.  Click/tap, on this icon to add the video/course to your Saved area.

You can access any items you have saved, by clicking the Saved bookmark in the menu bar.


When you click the save icon for a video/course notice you can also add the item to a personal Collection:


Click the + key to add to an existing collection, or Create a new one.
Personal Collections allow you to organise and plan groups of courses you want to follow on a particular topic. You can't share these personal collections*.

You can find out more about using Collections in the video Creating Collections - but note that the video needs updating - the + symbol has been replaced by the bookmark icon, as decribed above.
*If you are a member of staff If you are a member of staff wanting to share Collections with students or other staff, see our Guide to LinkedIn Learning Admin

 Look out for recommendations


Although you can browse and search for videos and courses yourself, friends and tutors may also recommend resources to you by sharing a link.

If you follow a link to a LinkedIn Learning course, make sure you sign in using your university username and password. If you don't you may be restricted to seeing just the introductory videos.

Find out what other people are watching and learning - see LinkedIn Learning recommendations.


 LinkedIn Learning links


 More tips on learning with LinkedIn Learning


​​ If you'd like more tips on using LinkedIn Learning to plan your learning, you can dip into the Gaining Skills with LinkedIn Learning course.learn-with-Lynda.tif

Remember you can select specific videos from the course Contents list. You don't have to watch them all in order.

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