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Lynda.com’s free offerings
I’ll admit it wasn’t on my K12 radar, but at the university one of the most popular resources for teaching and learning and catching up is Lynda.com. Designed to address the training needs of industry, government and education, the service offers professionally produced video with curricula and assessment.
While the full curricular/training content for K12 and the other arenas requires a subscription, a significant portion of the films are available free.
Lynda.com Youtube channel features 10 percent of the online learning company’s course content–heavy on software and technology, design, and business skills. Often the video instructors are well-known experts who share their serious skills.
While there are many sites offering basic introductions to skills, Lynda.com is known for the depth of its instruction. The content has value for high school learners and for teacher professional development.
Librarians might curate this content for students and staff to help flip high school instruction, design sequenced playlists, and support independent learning. The service is especially useful for some of the very granular needs of your business, tech and art classes and to help those teachers keep up in a world of continual updates.
Here’s one example of a recent addition.
About Joyce Valenza
Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza
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