Access to the Lynda.com online learning platform has been enabled in the Find Databases service of Library OneSearch. Access to the streaming video content and other materials on the site is by university username and password. An additional one-time registration process (comprising a staff member’s or student’s name and their university email address) is required. The resource is described as follows:
Lynda.com is an online learning platform offering almost six thousand video-based courses covering subjects including: leadership and management, professional development, marketing, finance and accounting, project management, business software, digital literacy, educational and instructional design, writing, IT infrastructure, information management, data science, web development, software development, user experience (UX), web design, game design and development, CAD, graphic design, photography, 3D and animation, art and illustration, audio and music, motion graphic and VFX, and video. Courses are organised into a series of video segments, and come with full transcripts, supporting documentation and downloadable files. Once registered you can follow courses, create playlists, complete assignments, earn certificates and track your personal progress. Content can be accessed on desktop, tablet and mobile devices, and apps are available for Android, IoS and Windows.
In addition, records describing the individual courses on Lynda.com have also been made available in Library OneSearch. Examples include:
- Introduction to Photography
- Having Difficult Conversations
- Excel 2016: Tips and Tricks
- Project Management Foundations
- Advanced SQL for Data Scientists
Note: A number of the Lynda.com records in Library OneSearch currently show an ‘Image’ rather than an ‘Audio-Visual’ icon, and are incorrectly indexed with this item type. This is due to an inconsistency in the source record set, and will be corrected in LOS shortly.
Signing in to Lynda.com
The Find Databases entry and course records for Lynda.com in Library OneSearch all provide customised deep-links that will automatically route the request through the university’s Single Sign-on service. However, staff members and students accessing Lynda.com outside of Library OneSearch will need to follow one of two different routes to the Single Sign-on page, detailed below:
If you visit the Lynda.com platform directly, after you select the Sign In link (see illustration below), the site will attempt to identify your home institution.
If Lynda.com is able to discern that your home institution is Nottingham Trent University, the prompt screen shown below will display. Select Continue to be forwarded to the university’s Single Sign-on page.
If Lynda.com is not able to identify your home institution, it will offer a range of sign in options (see the illustration below). If this screen displays, choose the Sign in with your organization portal option.
The next screen will ask you to Enter your organization’s URL to log in through their portal (see illustration below). On this screen enter ntu.ac.uk and select Continue to be forwarded to the university’s Single Sign-on page.