By Shelley Neville
Manager of Library Collections
LinkedIn Learning is an online tool that offers relevant, up-to-date content taught by industry experts and top instructors via video. You can access over 16,000 courses in seven languages, and 50+ new courses are released every week. It includes business, creative and technology courses and covers a wide range of technical skills, soft skills, digital tools and software titles. Courses cover various topics, including business analysis and strategy, business software and tools, graphic design, animation and illustration, photography, cloud computing, cloud computing, software development and many more.
You may have seen LinkedIn Learning videos in Canvas as part of course curriculum. But did you know it is an excellent tool for professional development? There are videos to help in both hard and soft skills. Do you struggle to remember how to create a pivot table in Excel, or have yet to figure out all the features of Microsoft 360? Do you have a crushing fear of public speaking or need help in knowing how to de-escalate an intense situation successfully? There are videos to help.
LinkedIn Learning also offers a wide selection of certification courses in technology, network and system administration, security, cloud computing, business software and tools, and human resources. Do a quick search for certification courses. You will see a long list of different areas you can either take a certification course for or prepare for other certifications.
LinkedIn Learning has an easy-to-use interface and all videos include closed captions and transcripts. It also allows you to increase the playback speed if you want to zip through the videos faster. When you log in, there is a personalized dashboard that lets you know what courses are in progress, recommended courses and the option to set a weekly goal to track your progress.
LinkedIn Learning is available to all Ensign College students, faculty and staff free of charge. You can access LinkedIn Learning here: https://www.linkedin.com/learning . The first time you connect, it will activate your account and give you the option to link it to your personal LinkedIn account. The advantage of linking your accounts is once you have finished a course, you can easily add the certificates of completion to your LinkedIn account. This improves your profile and personal brand by showing that you are continuing to learn and improve. It will also recommend content and courses so you can stay up to date with what other members (with similar job titles and positions) are also learning. Another advantage is courses will be added to your dashboard videos based on your LinkedIn profile skills.
Take a few minutes to poke around LinkedIn Learning. It is one of the unknown jewels of the College. Many people pay for a subscription to LinkedIn Learning, but it is freely available to all enrolled students, faculty and staff.