Are you one of many San Jose residents whose place of employment is currently closed? Why not use the opportunity to learn new skills either for your own enrichment or something that can help you with your future career goals?
Access to Online Learning
Fortunately, your San Jose Public Library card gives you access to Lynda.com which is "a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals" according to the company website. These courses are up to date and are taught by experts in their fields. After finishing a course, the instructors offer ways to contact them with questions or concerns. Best of all, users receive a certificate of completion free of charge that they can print or post to their LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter accounts.
For post-college and career-minded adults, online learning provides access to new skills without having to sacrifice time to commute to a school according to CareerStep. Recent evidence suggests some adults are turning to massive open online courses (MOOCs) and other online learning formats to fulfill their learning needs, especially during this shelter-in-place time per ABC (channel 5) in Cleveland.
Many students will need to finish their classes online during while their campus is on hiatus. "One positive outcome of the current crisis would be for academic elites to forgo their presumption that online learning is a second- or third-rate substitute for in-person delivery... Online delivery should be valued in its own right - a worthy learning format with its own distinctive assets - and given the investment it deserves" quoted from the New York Times.
High school and college students can also benefit from Lynda.com. Courses like speed reading, Microsoft Office Word, learning algebra, writing, also test prep that includes PSAT, SAT, ACT, can help with high school. College students can take advantage of test prep for GRE, GMAT, time management, improving memory, and computer programming. Needless to say, Lynda.com provides a cornucopia of learning possibilities.
In this post, I will provide pictures to help library cardholders locate Lynda.com on the SJPL.org website and what users can expect once logged into Lynda.com.
Users can find courses two ways: by clicking on the Library button next to the Lynda.com logo which allows users to browse through the options or by typing in a keyword into the search bar at the top of the page. This site teaches career-building skills so options typically include business applications, learning software, and programming languages. However, Lynda.com also offers photography, multimedia, and writing courses.
Lynda.com's opening page shows a list of popular courses. At the bottom of the page, users can click on a "Show More" tab to see more choices further down the list. This allows the user to browse the course selections and may be helpful for someone exploring the site for the first time. When the user moves the mouse pointer into the field with the course description, the thumbnail photo will show two options: "Preview" or "Watch Now". Users can choose "Preview" to see a short video clip describing the course content without committing to finishing it. On the right side of the course entry, the user can click on the plus sign which will save the course for later viewing. This feature is very handy because Lynda.com has a multitude of courses and the keywords to find a particular course may not be intuitive.
Obtain a Certificate
Once a user has reached the end of the the course sections, a certificate will appear as shown to the left. Go back to the screenshot of the Lynda.com Library - the black bar across the top of the screen will have the user's name and a drop down arrow. By clicking on the drop down arrow, an option menu will appear with one of the options being "Certificates". Users can view the earned certificates by clicking on this option. After each certificate, users have the option to print or share to a site of choice.
The image to the left shows a few extra features that users will find helpful with their course. One tab, "Transcript", shows the written version of the lecture helpful to English learners or if the user would like to read-along with the instructor's lecture. The second tab, "Exercise Files", will provide users with any materials that the instructor has included - these could be exercises, vocabulary, or program coding used in the course that can assist with following the lectures.
Lynda.com is a reputable resource for acquiring new knowledge and building on skills as mentioned in the beginning of this blog. The certificates earned from this site are recognized at many organizations and in many industries. San Jose Public Library cardholders can access all of these courses without any additional fees. Why not take advantage of your membership privileges and learn something new?
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