Tufts Community Members Can Access 1600 Courses on Lynda.com through TTS Funded Licenses

Tina Riedel
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 12:15pm

Lynda.com logoTufts Technology Services (TTS) offers temporary licenses to faculty, staff, and students for Lynda.com, an online training resource with a member base of 2,500,000 individuals.  The website offers over 90,000 video modules for hundreds of software titles.  Dawn Irish, Director of Communications and Organizational Effectiveness for TTS notes that, “Lynda.com allows us to offer well-designed online training for just about any software title our clients can imagine at a time and in a location that’s convenient for them.”

Lynda sets the bar for quality in online training and offers a wide variety of classes at all levels, from beginner to expert.  A license allows Tufts community members to get unlimited access to training, with new courses posted every week from 250 instructors with expertise in the areas in which they teach.  The site’s searchable transcripts also make finding the information you need both easy and quick.

Cristy Maldonado, Manager of TTS’ IT Training and Documentation department says that, “Lynda classes allow us to offer more to our customers.  “Everyone has different learning styles and for some, self-paced online training is the best.” Lynda offers mobile and desktop versions of their site so the training can be accessed from anywhere. Users can also save courses and pick up exactly where they left off. Short video segments allow users to tailor the training to their needs, watching only what is applicable to them.   Cristy goes on to note that, “There are a diverse group using this service- staff, faculty members, students- because it allows them to train on their own time and the service is always accessible.”

Ben Walther, Information Security Application Risk Consultant for TTS, has used Lynda.com training both for professional and personal edification. According to Ben, “It’s a great tool and I really like that I can watch as much or as little as I need to understand the software I’m working with.”

Student Rebecca Dewey has also used Lynda.com and says, “I used the service to learn Drupal, a web development tool, while working on a project for a department at Tufts.  It really helped me to better understand what I was doing. By taking the training first and then asking for help, I was able to bring more complex, high-level questions to the team I was working with.”

Tufts Technology Services hopes that many members of the university will take advantage of this excellent online training resource as well as the classroom and webinar training produced and presented at Tufts.

Tufts community members can obtain a one-month license for Lynda.com by sending a request to tts-training@tufts.edu.  If the need exceeds one month in duration, the license can extended or requested again in the future.