Who is this Lynda? She lurks, in profile, at least, on Lynda.com, a software training site available to AU faculty, staff, and students. Perhaps a faculty member wants to offer students the option of creating videos in addition to writing a more traditional term paper. Perhaps a staff member wants to advance software skills to a new level. December and January before spring classes begin are good months in which faculty planning courses and staff planning to brush up their software skills might want to explore what’s available on Lynda.com.
The extensive collection of software training includes tutorials that range from the very basic to the very advanced.
All levels of skill training are available for both digital video and Web design categories for software such as Final Cut Pro, Dreamweaver, and Flash. Lynda.com also offers training for fundamental software including Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Tutorials are organized alphabetically in categories by type of application, presentations, or brand (Apple, Microsoft) or even Web services (Google, Twitter, Yahoo). The list includes the release date and duration of each tutorial. Many tutorials display instructions screen by screen while a narrator also explains how to proceed.
Site access is cosponsored by the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research (CTLR), the Office of Information Technology, and the University Library. More information about Lynda.com will be available at the Jan. 8 Ann Ferren Teaching Conference and is also available on the site itself.
For on-campus users, Lynda.com is linked here.
Off-campus users can access the site through the same link, but will then have to sign in, or they can enter the my.american.edu portal, click first on the technology link, and then click on “Web-Based Software Training Library.”
For additional information about using Lynda.com, contact CTLR, OIT, or the University Library.