Lynda.comThe University of Colorado expanded access to the video tutorial website Lynda.com to faculty and staff at UCCS, CU Denver, CU Anschutz and CU System, as part of a pilot program running through November 2017.  CU Boulder began offering Lynda.com access to faculty, staff and students in December 2014.

The move gives all employees unlimited access to nearly 7,000 training videos on the latest technology, creative and business skills and software. Students on the UCCS, CU Denver, and CU Anschutz campuses will not have access.

“CU’s Faculty Council and Staff Council both advocated for expanded access to Lynda.com beyond the CU Boulder campus,” said Kathy Nesbitt, Vice President of Employee and Information Services. “We were happy to work with them to bring new professional development opportunities to CU faculty and staff.”

The website’s online video courses and materials include Excel, the Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress, eLearning tools and a multitude of other software programs. The site also provides classes on helpful tools to use in business, leadership, marketing, education, graphic design, IT and other specializations.

Beyond individual classes, Lynda.com also delivers learning paths aimed toward career goals, such as becoming a manager, a graphic designer, a project coordinator or a programmer.

Deanna Schroder, a human resources manager in the School of Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine, has directed department members to Lynda.com to learn new skills and to take refresher courses.  “You don’t need to send people to daylong classes to learn a small thing or get a basic refresher. You can get what you need, on demand, and you don’t have to spend all day sitting in a class,” she said.

Courses are segmented so users can watch as little or as much as necessary, and bookmarks and playlists help users keep track of courses they’d like to watch. A full course library is available on the site.

“SkillSoft will remain the system of record for required compliance training, as it reports into HCM,” said Janet Lowe, Director of Employee Learning and Development. However, Lynda.com provides certificates of completion for faculty and staff who want to document their work. When courses or learning paths are completed, course certifications can be displayed on a user’s LinkedIn profile as a badge.

“Employee Services will add ongoing Lynda.com resources and tips to its website,” Lowe said.

Both SkillSoft and Lynda.com can be accessed from your campus portal. Click on the CU Resources tab, and select Training to find the Lynda.com link. Single sign-on allows for immediate access to both learning tools.

Guest Contributor: RyAnne Scott, Manager of Communications and Outreach, Employee Services, University of Colorado

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