Wondering what’s up with cloud computing? Trying to learn the latest version of Photoshop? If you’re a Chapman university student, staff or faculty member, you can learn all that and more for free — yes, free — on Lynda.com, an online software training program.
Lynda.com is an online learning company, free for all Chapman University faculty, students and staff, that currently offers more than 1,600 courses on topics ranging from web design and video editing, to Office 2013 and ancestry.com. It’s a wonderful way to help all members of the campus community advance their technical skills in the areas they most need, says Shari Waters, Chapman’s chief information officer.
“Lynda.com offers unlimited, 24/7 access to thousands of high quality instructional videos that can be used by students to improve the quality of their projects, for faculty to use to supplement a course and for staff to learn new job skills. And with the wide range of topics, Lynda.com can even provide instruction on personal hobbies such as photography. We liked the idea that everything was contained under one login and that users could keep track of the courses they have completed. And Lynda.com makes it easy to go back and search for just the pieces of information that you might need. You may not want to learn everything there is a about Excel, but if you can’t remember how to format a cell, Lynda.com makes it easy to find that information,” Waters said.
To access the program, go to MyWindow and click on the Lynda.com link under Applications. Follow the log in instructions using your regular university username and password.