Lynda.com Review, 2019
Lynda is an online learning platform that primarily uses videos as its form of instruction. Like a lot of the platforms and courses in these reviews, the site is for those who are looking for either personal or professional development. You can clearly see this reflected in the diverse range of courses that are on offer.
The platform was acquired by LinkedIn in 2015. If you’re looking to develop your professional skills or branch out into a new industry, then it is certainly a good place to start looking.
Is Lynda.com free?
First-timers and newcomers to Lynda.com get a free trial. At the moment, this learning platform gives you an entire month free of charge. That’s ample enough time to explore the site, take a look at videos and then make your verdict. During the free trial, you’ll get…
- Access to over 13,000 courses.
- A few personalized recommendations for courses.
- Plenty of quizzes and practice exercises (particularly useful for courses like programming etc.)
- Access to LinkedIn’s Premium Careers features.
Note: If you sign up for the free month, your ‘subscription’ will automatically renew at the end. If you don’t cancel manually then you’ll end up paying for all of the subsequent months until you do cancel.
What courses are offered?
There’s a decent range of courses available to learners on Lynda.com. At the time of this review, there were over 7,000 available with over 200,000 video tutorials. When you first scroll through the options, you’ll see the option to choose your Skill Level. These are:
- Appropriate for All
Subjects fall under several categories – far too many to list here. Some of the most common ones include Business, Developer, IT, Web, Design, Software (Microsoft Office, Excel, WordPress, etc.).
After finishing a course, you’ll also be provided with a certificate of completion. For the most part, this is for a sense of accomplishment. The actual skills you learn may be useful, but it doesn’t hold up to much recognition (that being said, not all employers are that fussed).
Digital nomads and generally busy people will be happy to know that there’s a dedicated app for Lynda.com. If you’re on a long journey, it’s a good way to simply kill time and update your skills. Of course, any practical skills that involve a lot of typing should be learned while at a computer.