Biz/TechFree LinkedIn resource is proving its worth outside classrooms

ETC StaffOctober 29, 20194 min

Nicholas Rahmon, Biz/Tech Reporter

LinkedIn Learning, an online resource for students, has been helpful for those at Humber since its integration in July.

“I’ve heard professors mentioning LinkedIn Learning and how it
will help students learn more beyond the classroom… it’s a decision which I’ll never regret,” said Luca Lombardo, a Humber photography student.

Once known as Lynda.com, the website teaches topics related to
business, visual arts, and computer skills through the use of online instructors, meant for students and workplaces.

Deepak Mamtani, a LinkedIn Student Learning Ambassador, said he hasn’t received direct feedback, but he’s noticed an effect online.

“If you see the profile of students on LinkedIn, you will see that lots
of students have been mentioning lots of LinkedIn Learning certificates on their profile,” he said.

To incorporate learning online, LinkedIn purchased Lynda.com in 2015 and renamed it to LinkedIn Learning in 2017. The change wasn’t made to LinkedIn’s partnership with Humber’s until last July.

Humber partnered with the service in October 2016. Students and faculty are granted access towards thousands of courses at no cost.

Humber students and faculty can create video playlists to stay organized, insert videos directly to Blackboard for a more advanced experience, and add credentials of completed courses to their LinkedIn profile for employers to see.

“One thing I like about LinkedIn Learning is that it gives you helpful tips to improve on your skills like time management, public speaking, and advice from industry experts in your field,” said Christopher Frazer, a LinkedIn Learning Ambassador who believes the implementation of case studies graded and reviewed during courses can be an improvement.

Although the site allows users to learn from their device in minutes, Mamtani said there are many topics that are missing.

He said there are also a lot of adjustments needed for the current topics.