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Technical tips

As a University student or staff member, time is a valuable resource. We have compiled a list of tips and tricks we have picked up along the way to help you save time and use Lynda.com in the most efficient and effective way possible.

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Logging in

To access the tutorials, use the login button on our homepage rather than going straight to Lynda.com. You'll find the login process easier from here than on their site.

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Finding the right thing

Lynda.com is a big website, with a lot of content which may be overwhelming at first. But don't be daunted, use the techniques below to get around:

- Use the search box at the top of the page to narrow down your search results.

- Use the filters on the left of the search results to refine further.

- Once you've found a course or video you like, if needed, you can refine even further by searching through the course's full transcript. 

There really are a lot of courses on Lynda.com so it's worth persevering with the steps above to try to narrow down to the topic you're looking for.

Bite-sized chunks

This is one of the defining features of Lynda.com which differentiates it from most online learning platforms. Its courses are divided into bite sized chunks usually no longer than 6 minutes each. This means that you can jump straight to the feature you want to learn without going through the whole course to find what you are after.

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Playback speed

We recommend you try gradually increasing the playback speed. For many courses you’ll find that you can watch at up to 1.5x speed. This should allow you to take in the content whilst saving time. This works well if you’ve also turned on closed capitioning.

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Playlists

You can easily keep track of the ones that interest you by adding them to playlists, which let you save and organize the courses you want to watch in the categories and lists that make sense to you. You can also share your playlists with others by mail, direct link, Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

 

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Closed captioning

Lynda.com offers closed captioning, which is similar to subtitles, for most of their courses. Not only does it help those with impaired hearing follow along but it also provides you with the ability to search the text of closed captioned movies in the Lynda library. This is done via the Transcript feature.

To enable closed captioning within a movie, select the small CC button near the bottom of the window when you launch a movie. If you do not see this button, closed captioning is not available for that course.

 

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Bookmarking

Lynda allows you to bookmark  videos from the course table of contents page. They are conveniently located in your profile.

You'll see each bookmark has the video title, the chapter title, the course name, and the author name. We also suggest that you add tags to your bookmarks, which will help you categorize and locate your bookmarked videos later. You can create your own tags with each tag separated by a space. Clicking on any tag will display all the bookmarks that share that tag.

 

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My Notes

With Lynda.com's integrated note-taking tool, you can pinpoint specific parts of a video that you find particularly useful or interesting. It is like an online, advanced version of the humble notebook. The Notebooks tool will automatically save all of your notes and associate them with specific time codes so you can easily jump back when you want to reference what you've written or revisit specific parts of a video.

You also have the option to download your notes by exporting them as Microsoft Word, a PDF, a text file, or even to Google Docs or EverNote.

 

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