Lynda provides user with a wide range of video tutorials to help them learn online. The website includes videos on audio, 3D animation, business, design, development, photography, web development and home computing. Users can search for videos by keyword or browse a collection of videos by subject, software or author. The Lynda library currently consists of more than 1,170 online courses that users can access any time, 24 hours a day. Using the videos found on Lynda, users can spend hours teaching themselves something new or a few minutes browsing for a specific answer that they need right away. Users are encouraged to learn at their own pace and invest as much or as little time as they want and need to.
Many websites offer video tutorials that can help users grow their understanding of a topic. Lynda is appealing because the site includes a vast collection of tech related videos. The service offers a higher level of quality over some of the free alternatives, including closed captions, level ratings and a wider selection of videos in many popular areas. Users can visit Lynda and learn about anything from animation to AJAX.
The Lynda website has a subtly trendy style to it thanks to the black header and bright yellow bar that runs across the top of the page. Most of the site includes links to videos and lists that are well organized so the user can find them quickly. Navigation is quick and the user is presented with three ways to find video tutorials: by subject, software or author. Users can appreciate the high video quality and extensive library offered by Lynda.
A new user can join Lynda by clicking either the “Subscribe” link in the upper, right hand corner of the teal button along the left hand side of the homepage. The user is asked to select their subscription at the top of the page. Below the subscription options, a form asks the user to supply a full name, email address, username and password. Three check boxes at the bottom of the form sign the user up for monthly newsletters, new release notifications and special announcements and offers. The user must manually uncheck all or some to opt out of emails. The next portion of the form asks the user for their billing information. Subscription fees are charged as soon as the user submits the form.
Lynda offers users two different membership options available as either monthly or annual subscriptions. The basic plan costs $25 per month or $250 per year and includes access to more than 1,170 video courses, closed captioned tutorials, access to Creative Inspirations documentaries, searchable transcripts and the ability to earn certificates of completion. The Premium plan costs $37.50 per month or $375 per year and includes access to instructor’s exercise files.
Lynda is a helpful tool for anyone who wants to learn something new. The application provides video tutorials on development, design and other tech related topics so the user can access a variety of options. The fee may be a little steep for a student with little extra cash or someone looking for a casual learning opportunity. The videos are overall high quality and can provide the user with a lot of information to help them improve their offerings as an employee or freelancer.