What we are watching on Lynda.com: a deeper dive
By Caroline E Norris, on 16 August 2018
Having provided a broad overview of Lynda.com usage in my last blog post, here I look in more detail at the top 100 courses and then at the highest-ranking non-technical courses.
The highest ranking course alone had nearly 500 individuals who viewed this course. If I tell you that this course was Programming Foundations: Fundamentals it will probably come as no surprise, given the popularity of Developer courses at UCL. Python and R featured most prominently amongst the wide range of programming languages and associated technology in the top 100. In fact, Learning Python was the second most popular course. Java, C, C++ and Git were also popular. Courses on data science in general featured very prominently amongst high-ranking courses with many viewers interested in data analysis and data visualisation.
Web development courses that featured in the top 100 included several on learning HTML and CSS and how to use tools such as Bootstrap as well as courses on broader web design techniques and development principles. Front-end web tools such as WordPress and Google Analytics were less popular but also featured.
On the creative side, game development technology, CAD software and film editing software (such as Premier Pro) were the most popular. One course on Photography also made it into the top 100. Other courses relating to technical areas were courses in Bitcoin, Blockchain, Artifical Intelligence and GIS to name but a few.
In terms of Microsoft tools, Excel was the most popular, closely followed by SharePoint and Office 365 training. Other notable topics were Business Intelligence reporting and Adobe products, mainly Illustrator and InDesign.
But what about the non-technical courses? These were more popular with staff, reflecting overall trends, and included topics such as Management and Marketing and also some specific methodologies such as ITIL, Prince2, Agile and SCRUM. Giving presentations and interviews were also popular topics. Several courses on project management also featured in the top 100.
Other non-technical areas covered included personal development courses (either for work or study or just general life skills). These included time management, productivity and writing and reading skills.
Finally, I’ve included a list below of all the non-technical courses in the top 500 to give you a flavour of the kind of things people are looking at. I think it reflects the wide diversity of interests at UCL and also the amazing range of non-technical courses on offer at Lynda.com. Why not dip in and try some of them out for yourself? Just visit our lynda.com page to log in using your UCL credentials and then type the course name below into the search box: