I am no whiz when it comes to designing and software and programs and, well, you get the idea. I tend to learn things by trial and error, which isn’t always the greatest path to efficiency and productivity.
But, how do you learn these things? I’ve bought books and, trust me, reading, say, a manual for Macs might not be the easiest way to learn. It isn’t for me, anyway. I need something a little more…visual, I suppose.
Haven’t heard of Lynda.com online learning? Allow me to introduce you.
Lynda.com provides tutorials on everything. With well over 1,000 courses on everything from photography to design to video to home computing to 3D+ animation and everything in between, lynda.com has what you need (or want) when it comes to online learning.
It’s easy to find the training you need. Lynda.com is super user-friendly, for starters…so, right off the bat, I felt comfortable and at ease navigating my way around the site. Excellent.
I can check find tutorials based on subject, software, or author, which would be helpful when you find a specific author who you warm up to or whose teaching style works for you.
For instance, suppose you need to learn how to use Dreamweaver. OK, bring up Dreamweaver under the “Software” drop-down menu. There are 59 Dreamweaver courses. They are then broken down by software version, subject author, and release date.
So, I chose Version CS6, which has five associated courses: Up and Running with Adobe Creative Cloud (which is appropriate for all user levels); CSS: Transitions and Transforms, Dreamweaver with PHP and MySQL, and Dreamweaver CS6 New Features (all targeted for “Intermediate” users); and then Dreamweaver CS6 Essential Training, for Beginners. Like…me.
There are also online learning tutorials for Facebook and Google software (such as Adwords, Analytics, Calendar, Docs, Forms, Google+, and others). I chose to poke around in the Google Forms training and see what I could learn (hey, there’s always something we can learn, am I right?)…and the chapters included “Getting Acquainted with Online Surveys” and “Popular Free Online Survey Tools,” which allowed you to explore Survey Monkey, QuestionPro, SurveyGizmo, Zoomerang, and Google Docs.
Chapter 3 provides a full tutorial on “Building an Online Survey with SurveyMonkey,” from preparing the survey to analyzing the responses. The entire tutorial takes up just under 56 minutes. Boom! That will be one of the best hours I ever spent online…one of the most beneficial and productive, anyway.
This is going to be the best online learning experience ever. If you don’t see me around much, that’s probably because I’ll be in class. With Lynda.
With a membership to lynda.com, you can take any class you want — or as many classes as you need to. You can choose from four options: a monthly membership, a monthly premium membership, an annual membership, and an annual premium membership.
See you in class!
I was not compensated for writing this post. Lynda.com provided a complimentary online learning membership to facilitate my review. My opinions are 100% honest and 100% mine.