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    Diversity and Inclusion resources on Lynda.com

    By Caroline Norris, on 4 June 2018

    All new UCL staff are required to do an online Diversity course and there are also a variety of other courses provided via the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion site including an online course for students.  This topic has also recently been brought to the forefront by a project looking at attainment of BME students and there is a new  checklist to enable staff to assess the inclusivity of their programmes.  If you are interested in exploring further there are a number of tutorials available on Lynda.com that might be of interest.  One of the courses looks at diversity in teams while another introduces the concept of ‘belonging’ alongside diversity and inclusion.  There is a course looking specifically at unconscious bias and some courses which look at working across different cultures.  We’ve put these together into a Diversity and Inclusion playlist for you to browse.  This content is made in the USA so any statements about legislation will not necessarily be true for the UK but there is nonetheless some interesting food for thought here to deepen your understanding in this area.

     

     

    Well-being resources on Lynda.com

    By Caroline Norris, on 9 May 2018

    Did you know that this week is Mental Health Awareness week?  This year the focus is on stress, something we are all too familiar with, especially at exam time.

    Personal development and well-being is not an area that most people immediately associate with Lynda.com but there are actually a number of courses that directly focus on topics like well-being, happiness, resilience, work-life balance and positivity.

    Arianna Huffington has created a range of courses for Lynda.com which look at all aspects of well-being including meditation, sleep, unplugging from tech, letting go and gratitude.   If you are interested in meditation, there is also one specifically on mindfulness. There are also two courses on building resilience, one general one and one looking at more specifically at resilience in the face of setbacks.  There is also a stress management course and one on balancing work and life.

    We’ve put together all these courses and more into a playlist to make it easier for you to access them.  Don’t feel you have to watch them all, dip in and out and see what resonates with you.  Don’t forget that you can use the Lynda.com app on your phone or tablet to download videos to watch (or just listen to) offline as well.

    Lynda.com Tips and Tricks webinar

    By Caroline Norris, on 1 August 2017

    UPDATE: these sessions have now run but the recordings are available from the links below.

    Scappucinoara Ramodoro from LinkedIn Learning will be hosting two webinars for UCL over the summer.  These sessions are aimed at UCL staff who are involved in promoting Lynda.com to others and who want to gain a better understanding of the key features.  Sara will also be sharing some tips on how to engage learners and maintain their interest.

    The content is the same for both sessions:

    15th August 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

    13th September 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Slide deck (PDF format)

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    New Digital Skills Development dates for summer 2017

    By Caroline Norris, on 5 April 2017

    PhotoFunia-1486390268ISD Digital Skills Development has released new dates for the summer term.  As usual, we are offering a wide range of courses covering Excel, Matlab, LaTeX, Photoshop and more.

    As well as the popular Introduction to R we also have courses in data visualisation and manipulation in R.  Our new Reproducible Research series consists of three lunchtime sessions and will demonstrate how to use R, Git, Markdown and make.  You will need to bring your own laptop for all of our R and Reproducible Research sessions.

    For a full list of courses and a link to the booking system visit the student course catalogue or the staff course catalogue (you will need to follow a further link to get to the actual booking pages).

    If you can’t attend any of the dates we are currently offering or there is no date available for the course you want, enrol on our Moodle course to be the first to be notified about any new sessions.

    Don’t forget….

    IT for IOE offer training in a wide range of digital tools including screencasting, blogging and Twitter, mind mapping and presentation tools, with some sessions specifically aimed at Mac users. You can also learn about text-to-speech software, how to make audio files from text and much more.  The summer schedule is already published and sessions will be available to book from 24 April.  Visit IT for IOE IT Course Booking for details.

    We have a vast range of high-quality video-based courses available at Lynda.com. These cover technical skills but also business, personal and creative skills as well.  Visit the UCL Lynda.com page to find out more.  We also have a range of technology-focused online courses available from Microsoft Imagine Academy

    Not sure what you need or have a more specific issue you would like help with?  Come along to one of the Digital Skills Development drop ins if you want more individual support.

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    New Digital Skills Development dates now available

    By Caroline Norris, on 7 November 2016

    PhotoFunia-1478191983Dates are now available for courses in the second half of term.  For a full list and a link to the booking system visit the student course catalogue or the staff course catalogue (you will need to follow a further link to get to the actual booking pages).

    As usual we also offer a wide range of courses covering Excel, Photoshop, RStudio, Matlab, LaTeX and more.  We also have a new SharePoint course for staff.

    If you can’t find what you are looking for, we have a vast range of high-quality video-based courses available at Lynda.com.  Visit the UCL Lynda.com page to find out more.  You can also come along to one of Digital Skills Development drop ins if you want more individual support.

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    New features on Lynda.com

    By Caroline Norris, on 15 September 2016

    Those who use Lynda.com may have noticed already that there have been some changes to the user interface and some exciting new features have been added.  The next time you log on you will be asked ‘What do you want to accomplish on Lynda.com?’ and guided through a range of options.

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    Once you have chosen some goals, these will be included in the Recommended section of your personalised profile.  You can go back to My Goals (on the drop-down menu under your name) to change your choices at any time.

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    Your Lynda.com home page has now been re-organised to make it more streamlined with courses you are currently watching (Continue Watching) and Your Playlist on the left and Popular Learning Paths and other highlighted courses on the right.  The courses section is now tabbed with New, Popular and Recommended sections.

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    If you aren’t familiar yet with Learning Paths, these are sets of courses written by industry experts designed to teach you the knowledge and skills to pursue a particular career or work towards a particular certification.

    Finally, something to look forward to: there will soon be a ‘Popular at UCL‘ tab added so you will be able to see what other users here are enjoying!

    Check out the new features in Lynda.com…

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