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Lynda logoUsing LinkedIn Learning in teaching 

 

LinkedIn Learning, previously Lynda.com, is a fantastic learning and teaching resource and helps students to develop the independent learning skills they will need to succeed after university, but they may need a helping hand to get going. 

The most successful and satisfied LinkedIn Learning users are already independent learners before they start. Some students will need more guidance.  

This page offers suggestions for helping students get more from LinkedInLearning:

 

 1. Introduce new students to LinkedIn Learning

 

​LinkedIn Learning can help students prepare for their studies at Brighton before they even start their course. Under our licence, students can start using LinkedIn Learning as soon as they have completed their online enrolment.

We've put together an area on studentcentral with Tips for Success for new students, pointing to key LinkedIn Learning courses for students including videos on effective reading and note taking, time management, internet safety and using MS Office. Contact your Learning Technology Adviser to include pull this into your own course areas.

Also think  think about the things your students need to know that may not be taught as part of the course. Do they need to know programming languages such as Java or C++? Do they need to use software like Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator? LinkedIn Learning has excellent courses to help your students with such topics - consider including them in your reading lists.

 

 2. Show students how to use LinkedIn Learning effectively

 

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A 15 minute demonstration of LinkedIn Learning can make a big difference to engagement and encourage active and formative learning. Students should know:

  • Many videos come with files to download. e.g. personal records to update, or computer files to practise techniques on.
  • Every video has a transcript which you can skim read to check the relevance of content, or read after watching to reinforce what you learned.
  • Cloase captions (CC) are available for all videos.
  • There is a Notebook facility to add ‘active’ notes for each video.  Notebooks link to the point in the video you made them.  Notebooks are stored with your training history so you can access them from anywhere. Notebooks can be exported as text files. Writing notes reinforces your learning.
  •  It’s not usually enough to just sit and watch a video. Remember to pause to try out techniques or to add notes. Download and use the exercise files.
  • You can increase the playback speed to skip through information you already know or don’t need. You can also slow videos down to receive information at your own pace.
  • You can search for videos on topics and filter results by subject, software,  level, keyword.
  • You can create your own Collections  and plan and track your own learning
  • There are free mobile apps for LinkedIn Learning and you can download videos to view them offline on the train, in a tent, anytime any place.

Make sure students know how to use LinkedIn Learning independently.

If a demonstration of LinkedIn Learning isn't possible, you can direct students to our help pages. See How to access and use LinkedIn Learning 

Video: Getting Started with LinkedIn Learning

 

 3. Signpost LinkedIn Learning materials

 

LinkedIn Learning is great for just-in-time learning but students can be overwhelmend by the amount of resources available to them. Start by directing students to the resources most relevant and useful to them. With a positive first experience they should soon gain the confidence to find their own resources.

The best way to share and recommend resources with students (and other staff), is as an administrator. As an administrator you can build Collections and Learning Paths and share them with others.

Share recommendations with colleagues 
Use the LinkedIn Learning Board to see what other colleagues recommend and share your suggestions.
 

 LinkedIn Learning at Brighton

 
 
See also the LinkedIn Learning  Board to discover and share recommendations with other staff.
 

 4. Create and customise Learning Paths and Collections

 

​A Learning Path is a collection of videos focussed onacademic-1297512_1280.png a specific topic, skill or goal.

They are designed to be viewed in a particular order and can be broken down into sections. You can add notes to Learning Paths and include your own content, such as videos and text files stored on other systems outside LinkedIn Learning.

Collections are like Learning Paths, but they aren't designed to be viewed in any particular order. Use them to guide and direct students to the most relevant and useful material.

You must be a LinkedIn Learning  administrator to create Learning Paths and Collections* and share them with others.

*Although you can build personal Collections in the learning portal, these personal collections can't be shared with others. Only Collections created in the Admin portal can be shared.

See also these videos:

 

 

 5. Provide incentives

 

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You can use LinkedIn Learning in many ways:

  • as pre-course or pre-seminar material. ‘Watch this before our next session’
  • to provide a visual illustration of a concept, or topic, during a lecture/seminar
  • to provide follow-up material and further learning  after a session or course

This means LinkedIn Learning can take care of the repetitive, practical or technical instructions and allow you to concentrate on higher level and analytical learning, but if it is important that your students watch particular videos outside your taught sessions you will need to motivate them.

Consider:

  •  setting a learning objective – let students know why they should watch the video and what they should learn from it. We all need a reason to do something.
  • setting a deadline for viewing, otherwise it may just go in the list of ‘things I can easily do later’ that never get done
  • asking for feedback or some form of critical analysis of what they have learned
  • developing learning plans where students have to apply what they have learned soon after they have watched the videos - they need to know that watching the videos makes a difference!

    If the video is never referred to again, they may question the point of watching it.
 

 Further information

 

Information about how to use resources effectively in your teaching is available from the CLT

https://staff.brighton.ac.uk/clt/BL/Pages/Blended-Learning.aspx

Page owner: Jill Shacklock