Lynda.com's Online Training Library provides access to training on over 900 software and design topics, with a library of over 55,000 video tutorials. That is literally thousands of hours of instruction for AU users – all free of charge.
You can learn anything from how to format Excel spreadsheets to doing 3D modeling with AutoCAD. Tutorials are broken down into chapters; and then, those chapters are divided into quick two to ten minute videos. Whether you are on campus or off campus, these resources are available to AU students, faculty, and staff 24-hours a day.
Lynda.com is a powerful resource. It should be the first place you turn for just-in-time software training.
Frequently Asked Questions
What URL should I use to access the Lynda.com Online Training Library?
Please Note: The first time you log into Lynda.com you must use the links above. After you have created a personal profile, you can log into www.lynda.com directly with your AU username and password.
Who can access the Lynda.com training materials?
Lynda.com is free to all current AU students, faculty, and staff. It is available on campus or off, 24 hours a day.
How do I access Lynda.com from off-campus?
Simply going to www.lynda.com will not work since it will take you to Lynda's limited, public content. To be recognized as an AU member you must go through one of these AU paths.
Click on the Learn More link at the top of this page.
Access the Lynda Web-Based Training link under the Technology personalized links on the myau.american.edu Portal.
You will be prompted to log in with your AU username and password.
The first time you access Lynda.com you will be prompted to create a personal profile. The login screen will say "Welcome, American University Member".
How do I get back to this webpage?
The page you are on now can be found three different ways.
1. Go to www.american.edu/lynda
2. On the Library's list of electronic databases, click on Lynda.com - Software Training Library.
3. In ALADIN, do a title search=lynda.com. Click on Linked Resources: Click here to access Lynda.com online.
What materials are available to me as an AU member?
All of Lynda.com's 55,000 training videos are accessible, as well as all supplemental data files and practice materials.
How do I keep track of the materials I have viewed?
The first time you access Lynda.com you will be prompted to create a personal profile. The login screen will say "Welcome, American University Member". From then on, you will be able to see your viewing history and earned certificates of completion.
Can I use Lynda.com on my iPhone?
Lynda.com has an iOS native app for the iPhone and iPad, but unfortunately it does not currently work with AU authentication.
The Lynda.com mobile site (m.lynda.com) does work with all iOS (Apple) and Android devices. You must first create an account by going through the AU portals as described above.
What are the minimum system requirements for using Lynda.com?
Lynda.com mainatins the following page with its current system requirements.
Where can I get technical support?
Provide feedback about Lynda.com.
More training resources
More resources from Lynda.com