LinkedIn Learning to Replace Lynda.com as Online Learning Platform

Jul 09, 2019

At the end of July, Iowa State University will migrate its existing online learning resources from Lynda.com to LinkedIn Learning, as part of a necessary transition due to the discontinuation of the former tool.   

LinkedIn acquired Lynda.com, an open online course website, in 2015, and will shut it down at the end of 2019. In preparation for the shutdown, LinkedIn is requiring all Lynda.com subscribers, including Iowa State, to move to the website’s replacement and LinkedIn subsidiary, LinkedIn Learning, this summer. 

Lynda.com has been in use on campus for more than six years, and its services will officially migrate to LinkedIn Learning on July 29.

“The biggest change users will see as part of this transition is the appearance of the website itself,” said Information Technology Services (ITS) Director of Enterprise Services and Customer Success Mike Lohrbach. “Although it will look different, the available content will be the same, and LinkedIn Learning will function essentially the same as Lynda.com, but with additional features.”

LinkedIn Learning will offer more than 9,000 digital courses focusing on skills, subjects, and software, taught by industry experts and available in English, Spanish, German, and French. Iowa State students and employees will be able to use the service on both desktop and mobile devices, earn certificates of completion, and receive course suggestions based on learning history.

After July 29, university account holders that had added the Lynda.com tile to their Okta dashboard will see it replaced with a tile for LinkedIn Learning. Following the change, Iowa State users with an existing LinkedIn profile will be asked if they would like to connect their university LinkedIn Learning profile to it, allowing individuals to build skills based on courses taken through LinkedIn Learning.

"One of the best parts of this change is that LinkedIn Learning has a wide array of content available for us to learn at our own pace," said Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) Program Coordinator Laura Bestler. “We can curate customized LinkedIn Learning content to easily share with students and colleagues."

After the transition, existing links to Lynda.com in training, classroom, or other materials may need to be checked and manually changed to their new LinkedIn Learning URL. In preparation for the transition, faculty using Lynda.com in coursework are encouraged to contact the IT Solution Center at 515-294-4000 or solution@iastate.edu. 

An online guide is also available to help users get acquainted with the basics of LinkedIn Learning.