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Using lynda.com at Indiana University

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The lynda.com agreement


Lynda.com provides online video-based training on a wide range of IT topics. The service offers video-based eLearning courses on more than 1700 topics, with a primary focus on Adobe, Office, and open source applications and technologies, as well as multimedia and web development, and programming.

Although lynda.com is ordinarily offered to anyone for a fee, through an agreement between Indiana University and lynda.com, lynda's rich course content is available free of charge to IU students, faculty, and staff through June 30, 2016. The features described below give you a personalized learning experience.

See lynda.com Online Training.

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Personalized learning experience

The lyndaCampus service gives IU students, faculty, and staff a more personalized learning experience when using lynda.com. Its features include:

  • Playlists: Playlists allow you to build collections of courses you want to watch. You can build playlists of courses around any topic that interests you, and share your collections with other users; for instance, faculty and instructors can share playlists with students in their classes. To learn to use these features, watch Creating and managing your playlists and Sharing your playlists from lynda.com.

  • Bookmarks: You can use bookmarks to mark courses, chapters, videos, and even specific sections of videos for later viewing or reviewing. For more, watch Bookmarking videos, chapters, or courses that interest you from lynda.com.

  • Course history: Through the course history feature, you can view a list of every course you have taken since IU implemented the lyndaCampus service (April 17, 2013). Your most recent courses will appear at the top of the list, enabling you to easily pick up where you left off. For more, watch Starting where you left off with Training History from lynda.com.

  • Certificates of completion: When you have viewed all the movies in a lynda.com course, you can earn a certificate of completion demonstrating your completion of that course. You can then share these certificates with professors, supervisors, or prospective employers. For more, watch Printing and sharing Certificates of Completion from lynda.com.

  • Choose your player: Lynda.com movies are compatible with Flash, QuickTime, or Windows Media Player, allowing you to choose the movie player that best suits your needs. For more, watch Choosing the right video player for your needs from lynda.com.

  • Communications preferences: All IU students, faculty, and staff can sign up for lynda.com's monthly newsletter, new release notifications, and special announcements and offers. For more, watch Setting your news and email preferences from lynda.com.

Note: If you regularly access lynda.com from the same device and browser, you may not have to log in repeatedly.

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System requirements

To find the most current system requirements for using lynda.com, see System Requirements.

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Accessing lynda.com with an iOS device

To access lynda.com with an iOS device (e.g., iPhone, iPad):

  1. Download and install the lynda.com app.

  2. On your iOS device, tap lynda.com.

  3. In the lynda.com app, scroll down if necessary; then, tap web portal access.

  4. In the box labeled "type the URL here", enter  iu.edu , and then tap Go.

  5. On the next page, enter your IU Network ID.

Note: While you can access your playlist and course history through the app, it does not currently support the following personalized learning features: bookmarks, closed captioning, transcripts, playback speed (2x), free content, or admin functions. The lynda.com product team is looking into these limitations.

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Technical support

For troubleshooting, see lynda.com's Frequently asked questions.

If you can't resolve your issue at the link above, contact your campus Support Center; you can also reach lynda.com technical support by phone toll-free at 1-888-33-LYNDA (1-888-335-9632), or by email at  ts@lynda.com .

You can also use the contact form 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for technical support. Include the following:

  • Your computer type
  • Your system profile (i.e., your operating system)
  • A list of the applications that run automatically at login
  • Your connection speed
  • Exact details of the problem

Lynda.com will look into the problem and contact you via email or phone.

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Session timeouts

A lynda.com session times out after 30 minutes of inactivity. If this does not appear to be the reason you are timing out, see the Technical support section above.

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Closed captioning

Closed captioning is available on newer lynda.com courses.

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Instructor use of lynda.com in classes

Instructors at IU can either assign lynda.com tutorials to students, or point them to the lynda.com Online Training Library. Using the playlist feature described above, instructors can compile playlists of lynda.com courses that they want their students to take, and then share those playlists with their students.

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Searching for content

Use the search box on the lynda.com home page to search for specific courses. Click the link to the course you want to explore, and then read the titles of the chapters in the course to find the specific topic you are looking for. You can launch the desired video training module by clicking the chapter title.

In addition, newer courses have closed captioning enabled; you can search the closed captioning text to find training modules that mention a specific topic.

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