Been wanting to get another certificate on your profile?
Or craving to learn something new?
Get your thinking caps on as you can quench your thirst for knowledge within LinkedIn’s system itself.
It is called LinkedIn Learning.
Its doors opened when the professional networking site acquired Lynda, an online education platform, back in 2015.
From then on, the business-focused networking giant owns all the courses Lynda.com has.
Founded in 1995 by Lynda Weinman and is now a subsidiary of LinkedIn, it has a massive open online course website that offers video courses taught by industry experts.
With over 13,000 available courses that you can attend on-demand, you may think that it’s similar to Udemy and other online course sites,
But it offers more, and we will talk about it later on.
Let us be honest here, massive online open courses like this had an exponential growth during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.
With almost all the people in the world staying at home with extra time not dealing with traffic and commute,
The online course industry skyrocketed to 640% during the virus’s peak mid-March to mid-April, and it is still projecting growth.
One of the biggest selling points of these online courses is they are on-demand.
You can watch it anytime, anywhere, and continue where you left off, without leaving the comforts of your home.
The best part?
You earn a certificate and put it on display on your LinkedIn profile.
A certificate that you can earn at a fraction of a cost versus traditional schools.
Comparing LinkedIn Learning to Other Online Course Websites
Here’s a question: Why would you choose LinkedIn Learning versus other popular online course websites?
The answer is value for money.
LinkedIn is as credible as other popular learning sites available; it offers a better deal too.
Here are the comparisons:
Coursera is a popular online learning platform founded in 2012.
The company partnered with more than 200 leading universities such as Yale, John Hopkins, and Duke.
They also have top dog companies such as IBM and Google, to offer a wide range of learning opportunities.
Coursera versus LinkedIn Learning
*USD $399 – $499
$39 – $79 / month
Number of Courses:
* Depending on the location
Top dog universities and companies.
Up to date topics
You can get a Master’s Degree
Lenient moderation of forums resulting in cyberbullying
Some courses are only available on specific dates
Another popular online learning platform is Udemy, founded in 2010.
The company also has front-runner companies backing them, such as Lyft, Booking.com, Pinterest, and Adidas.
Udemy versus LinkedIn Learning
$11.99 – $199.99 / month
Number of Courses:
*For students who are interested in IT certifications
Cheaper than other platforms
You will have lifetime access to your course even after completing it
More specific courses
Lectures are great but hard to stay engaged
The credibility of their certificates as they don’t have the support of a university.
More about LinkedIn Learning
Since you already know the difference between the top 2 competitors of LinkedIn, here are the benefits of using it.
You may notice that if you’re planning to do continuous learning and make a collection of certificates, it is best to choose LinkedIn Learning for 1 year.
You will get a wide variety of online courses available for you, and do you know your only limit?
Browse and learn using LinkedIn Learning the whole day or whenever you like it.
Aside from that, if you prefer to purchase monthly or annually, your LinkedIn profile’s automatically premium.
This includes the use of InMail messages (direct messages for people outside your connections), the privilege to see whoever viewed your profile while staying hidden, and the advantage of seeing those who applied for the same job you applied to.
You do know that the best thing in life is free, right?
On top of everything you’ll get from LinkedIn Learning, you will also have a 1-month free trial.
With its yearly price of $299.88 and a free 1-month subscription, it will feel like you have free two months subscription versus paying it monthly.
And of course, getting a new certificate after completing the courses and tests is always priceless.
How to Access LinkedIn Learning
Ready to jump in?
You can easily access LinkedIn Learning by going to https://www.linkedin.com/learning/ or by logging in to your account.
From there, tap on “Work” on the upper right side of your screen.
It’s there in the group of 9 squares making a square.
After clicking, it will open up to a menu that says “Visit More LinkedIn Products.”
From here, choose Learning.
It will open to another window, and usually, if you’re logged in, it will recommend your top picks according to your skills, job title, view history, what’s trending and popular.
You can choose from there directly, click on it, and it will give you a detailed description of the course.
Descriptions will give you a summary of what’s included, such as project files, chapter quizzes, accessibility on tablet or phone, a certificate, etc.
The class’s duration is also included, and on the right side, a timestamp of every lesson.
Your instructor’s profile is also included for you to check on LinkedIn.
If you’re looking for a specific course, you can use the search bar located at the top of the browser or click on Browse.
Upon clicking, you will see various courses available, the date it was released or updated, the video’s duration, and your instructor.
But what if you want to use LinkedIn Learning on the LinkedIn app?
You can, but LinkedIn Learning is not available on the LinkedIn app itself because it has its own app.
The LinkedIn Learning app will let you download the course of your choice so you can watch and learn from it conveniently, even when offline.
Get to know Learning Path
Learning Paths are a group of courses combined to get holistic learning.
Think about it as a playlist that contains all the needed courses for you to master a topic.
You can access this by searching Learning Paths on the search bar.
The number of courses per Learning Path differs on each “topic.”
And of course, after completion of the path, you will earn a certificate that you can brandish on your profile.
LinkedIn Learning is a great way to expand your knowledge and earn a certificate to brandish on your profile.
There are also other online learning platforms available such as Coursera and Udemy, but it won’t give you an additional Premium on your LinkedIn profile.
You can use LinkedIn Learning on desktop, laptop, or mac, and your mobile phone (provided that you installed the app).
You can use the Learning Path to have everything covered about your desired topic.
By using the phone app, you can download your courses and have it handy anytime, anywhere, even offline.
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