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    What we are watching on Lynda.com: a deeper dive

    By Caroline Norris, on 16 August 2018

    Having provided a broad overview of Lynda.com usage in my last blog post, I’ll now 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:

    Non-technical courses in the top 500

    Business and the workplace
    Entrepreneurship Foundations
    Leading Productive Meetings
    Creating a Business Plan
    Business Foundations
    Business Analysis Foundations
    Small Business Secrets
    Interviewing Techniques
    Hire, Retain, and Grow Top Millennial Talent
    Management
    Management Tips Weekly
    New Manager Foundations
    Managing Teams
    Career and job searching
    Writing a Resume
    Mastering Common Interview Questions
    Acing Your Interview
    Writing and communication
    Writing in Plain English
    Communication Tips Weekly
    Communication
    Communication Foundations
    GDPR Compliance: Essential Training
    Design
    Universal Principles of Design
    Learning Design Research
    Drawing Foundations: Fundamentals
    Introduction to Graphic Design
    Designing a Book Cover
    Designing a Poster
    Designing a Book
    Logo Design: Techniques
    Finance and Accounting
    Finance Foundations
    Accounting Foundations
    Grant Writing for Education
    Managing Your Personal Investments
    Making Investment Decisions
    Personal Finance Tips Weekly
    Accounting Foundations: Managerial Accounting
    Finance and Accounting Tips Weekly
    Interpersonal skills
    Customer Service Foundations
    Effective Listening
    Having Difficult Conversations
    Influencing Others
    Marketing and Social Media
    Marketing Foundations
    Facebook Marketing: Advertising
    Marketing Tips Weekly
    Learning Content Marketing
    Facebook for Business
    Music
    Music Theory for Songwriters: The Fundamentals
    Singing Lessons: 1 Fundamentals
    Photography
    Introduction to Photography
    Photography: First Steps
    The Practicing Photographer
    Photography 101
    Photography Foundations: Composition
    Presentation and speaking skills
    Creating and Giving Business Presentations
    Designing a Presentation
    Public Speaking Foundations
    Productivity and organisation
    Overcoming Procrastination
    Time Management Fundamentals
    Getting Things Done
    Time Management Tips Weekly
    Monday Productivity Pointers
    Managing Your Time
    Efficient Time Management
    Project Management Foundations
    Project Management Simplified
    Learning PRINCE2
    Self-development
    Improving Your Memory
    Learning to Be Assertive
    Critical Thinking
    Personal Effectiveness Tips
    Building Self-Confidence
    The Neuroscience of Learning
    Improving Your Focus
    Developing Your Emotional Intelligence
    Happiness Tips Weekly
    Research and study skills
    Learning Speed Reading
    Learning Study Skills
    College Prep: Writing a Strong Essay
    Writing a Research Paper
    Information Literacy
    Writing
    Learning to Write for the Web
    Grammar Foundations
    Learning Typing
    Note-Taking for Business Professionals
    Advanced Grammar
    Technical Writing: Reports

    What we are watching on Lynda.com – an overview

    By Caroline Norris, on 1 August 2018

    Lynda.com has nearly 7,000 courses, but what are UCL staff and students actually watching?  I took a look at the usage figures over the last 12 months to try and answer this question.

    First of all, a quick overview.  Lynda.com at UCL has nearly 12, 000 current users.  In the past year there have been:
    • over 4, 000 course completions*
    • over 25, 000 hours viewed
    • over 5, 000 distinct courses accessed

    *This is where a user has watched every single video in a course.  A certificate can be generated which can be attached to your profile in LinkedIn.

    Course popularity by category

    Lynda.com courses are in three broad areas – Business, Technical and Creative – but these break down further into about twelve different categories.  Looking at all users, the most popular category by total hours viewed was Developer with nearly 30% of courses in this area.  The Developer category includes courses on programming or coding, app and game development and other similar courses.  The next biggest category was Business which includes courses for personal development but also courses in desktop applications used predominantly in an office environment, such as Microsoft Office.  Business courses accounted for about 20% of viewing.  The next two most substantial categories were IT and Web with 12% and 10% respectively.

    If you look at staff and students separately the picture is a little different, with courses in the Business category featuring higher in the staff results at 30%, whereas for students the Business area only accounted for 15%.  UCL students are clearly more interested in technical courses than staff with Developer courses making up 33% of hours viewed by students, compared to just 21% of staff viewing.  Looking at Developer, IT and Web together, these accounted for well over half of all courses viewed by students.

    Looking at the more ‘creative’ side, CAD (Computer Aided Design) featured much more strongly in the student results – 9% of viewing amongst students was in this area compared to only around 1% of staff figures.  3D and Animation showed a similar trend.  This reflects a strong interest in this area in some key departments, notably Computer Science, Bartlett, CASA, CEGE and the Slade although there was also some usage outside of these areas.

    The remaining categories were generally less popular with both staff and students and these were Design, Photography, Video, Education and Elearning, Marketing, and Audio and Music which in total accounted for only about 17% of viewing.  Design courses were mostly popular with the the Department of Information Studies.  Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Education and Elearning courses were most popular in IOE.  The Bartlett and the Anthropology department were most interested in Photography and Video.

    In my next blog post I’ll look in more detail at which specific courses are most popular with UCL people.  Some of the results might surprise you….

    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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