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Learning with Lynda.com at The University of Edinburgh Issue two - March 2018

It's time to get creative

Last month (19th-23rd February) saw the return of the ever popular Festival of Creative Learning - a week long festival showcasing some fantastic, creative and informative events, workshops and lectures running across the University for our staff and students.

Inspired by this wonderful festival, we've decided to base this issue around the subject of creativity.

In this issue...

In our second issue of Learn and Teach with Lynda.com at The University of Edinburgh we'll be:

  • Looking at some of the latest creative-based courses Lynda.com has to offer
  • Hearing from a student who has been using Lynda.com to learn how to film, edit and produce video content
  • Helping you get creative on your commute with Lynda.com downloads
  • Updating you on how Lynda.com is being used across our University

What's new to the Lynda library?

Lynda.com regularly update their vast library with brand new courses. In fact, only recently they added a whopping 33 new courses in just one week. Let's take a look at some of the newest creative additions to their ever growing library.

Introduction to Graphic Design

Graphic design is a complex art. To become a graphic designer, you need to master many different skills and tools. This course covers the concepts and software that every designer needs to know and explains how they fit into a typical graphic design workflow. Instructor Tony Harmer introduces the creative process, including high-level concepts like layout, typography, and colour. Then it's your chance to get hands-on, using Photoshop to creatively adjust, repair, and retouch the kinds of images used in graphic design projects. Tony then shows how to use Illustrator to build a custom logo and introduces important vector-drawing techniques. Lastly, he visits InDesign for an overview of the document layout and print preparation processes. By the end of the course, you'll have a better grasp of what graphic designers do and what you'll need to learn next. It's a great jumping off point for any graphic design career.

Subjects: Design | Page Layout | Typography Skill level: Beginner Duration: 4hrs 12m Release date: 27/02/2018

Building an Online Portfolio

Successful creative professionals know that great gigs start with a great portfolio. An online portfolio site can market your services to clients around the world. It helps explain your vision and your process, and showcase examples of your best work. In this course, SCAD professor Jason Fox shows how to build an expertly curated portfolio that reveals who you are as a designer and the value you can offer clients. He explains how to set your mission, establish your narrative, and tell your story. A strong emphasis is placed on selecting a diverse range of work. Jason also shows how to demonstrate your collaborative skills. By the end of the course, you will understand how to build out a portfolio that best represents your artistic brand.

Subjects: Design Projects | Design Skill level: Beginner Duration: 52m 7s Release date: 29/01/2018

LinkedIn for Designers

Learn how to use LinkedIn to grow your design business. With over 500 million members, LinkedIn is a powerful platform for designers, allowing them to post credentials, showcase work, and make a powerful first impression. John Luu, a designer and art director, shows you how to set up a great LinkedIn profile, build a network of connections, and enhance your profile with samples of your work, links to portfolios, slides, video, and more. Plus, learn how to expand your network and promote your brand by writing articles for LinkedIn, and discover how to find leads on ProFinder, the new LinkedIn service that connects freelance professionals with clients.

Subjects: Design | Design Business Skill level: Beginner Duration: 56m 46s Release date: 22/01/2018

A student's success story: Learning to use iMovie

To date, 10,881 members of the University have taken advantage of free access to Lynda.com to improve their IT, digital, creative and business skills. One particular student who has reaped the rewards of our Lynda.com subscription is Karoline Nanfeldt, a final year Psychology student who talked to us about how she used Lynda.com to learn how to record and edit videos for a project she recently worked on.

"During my internship on the University's Lecture Recording project, I was tasked with filming, editing and producing a short interview with an academic at the University. Although I was comfortable setting up and recording the video using my phone, I wasn’t sure where to begin with taking my recorded footage and turning it into the finished article. I decided to edit the footage using Apple's iMovie and found the ‘iMovie 10.1.8 Essential Training’ course on Lynda.com to be an excellent starting point to learn how to edit my footage."

"Whilst the internet is full of resources showing how to use iMovie, I found that the natural progression of Lynda.com courses gave me an easy to follow introduction, and allowed me to learn the fundamentals of video editing as well as how to use iMovie to edit my content."

"The course I watched had a strong focus on learning how to use short-cuts, which makes editing much faster. As the course had clearly labelled titles, I could easily pick videos with content relevant to what I was trying to achieve. Within an hour of viewing the Lynda.com course I had edited my footage and produced a rough cut of my interview. The finished version can be found on Media Hopper Create."

"Having become comfortable using iMovie, I am now working my way through the 'Premier Pro CC 2017 Essential Training: The Basics' course on Lynda.com."

Karoline Nanfeldt - Final year Psychology student

If you've not yet signed up for your free Lynda.com account, what are you waiting for? Visit our Creating your account help pages to find out how to get up and running.

Learn on the go with downloads

With over 250,000 videos and 6,000 courses there's always something new to learn with Lynda.com, but finding or allocating time to sit down and learn can be challenging. With Lynda's download option you can get creative on the go. Offline viewing allows you to learn what you want, when you want, where you want.

In order to be able to download and watch Lynda.com courses or videos offline, you'll first need to download and install the Desktop or Mobile App. Once you've installed the relevant app for your device, you're ready to download and enjoy Lynda.com content on the go.

Ready to get started? The Lynda.com team have produced some handy help pages and a video to help you get up and running with downloads. Both resources can be accessed using the buttons below (video requires Lynda.com login).

Lynda.com at UoE by numbers

Lynda.com's video library isn't the only thing that's growing - so is our user base. Here's a quick overview of how the service is performing at our University.

Getting in touch with us

We'd love to hear about your experience using Lynda.com. Whether you're a student, academic or support staff member, if you've used Lynda.com and you've found it useful, please let us know. Drop Andy an email at andy.todd@ed.ac.uk or phone 0131 650 4950.

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