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LinkedIn Learning

How to access and use LinkedIn Learning, formerly known as Lynda.com

As of April 18th, 2021, Lynda.com/LinkedIn Learning subscription will no longer be available through Otis College.

After careful consideration, the decision was made after comparing the impact of the increased cost for the annual renewal with usage metrics from reports we retrieved from LinkedIn. Our usage as a community has been low, less than 12%.

For those currently using LinkedIn Learning within your courses and need to keep your learning history, you can continue usage by purchasing a personal account for a short period of time or access for free. IT staff are here to assist you.

FREE ACCESS to LinkedIn Learning is made available via the Los Angeles Public Library -- instructions detailed below.

You may be eligible for a 1-month free trial if you "reactivate" your Otis LinkedIn Learning account as a paid subscription.

Setting Up a Free Account via LAPL

To access LinkedIn Learning (Lynda) via the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) website:

  1.  If you already have a LAPL library card, skip to step 3.
  2. Sign up for a free LAPL e-card here: E-Card Application
    Note: Students who don’t live in Los Angeles can enter Otis College’s address:
    • 9045 Lincoln Blvd
    • Los Angeles, CA 90045
  3. Go to Education & Research > Online Learning
  4. Select LinkedIn learning (was lynda.com) and enter your Los Angeles Public Library card and PIN number.

LAPL migrated from lynda.com to LinkedIn Learning on April 26, 2021. Your LAPL lynda.com learning history may not have been migrated.

How to Access Your Learning History / Re-Activate Your otis.edu Account

You will be able to view your progress, download certificates, etc.. under My History. This is also how you can re-activate your Otis account; you may qualify for a free 30-day trial.

  1. Go to  www.linkedin.com/learning
  2. Click the Sign In button in the top right corner
  3. Enter your Otis email address
  4. If prompted, enter your LinkedIn password
  5. Click on the Me menu in the top right navigation bar

Some LinkedIn Learning content is free. If you need to access paid content in order to complete an assignment, click on the Start Your Free Trial button on your landing page. Don’t forget to cancel the subscription before the trial ends.


Frequently Asked Questions

What happens to my LinkedIn Learning account created through Otis?

You'll retain access to your completed courses to add to your LinkedIn profile, but paid course content will no longer be available.

Some LinkedIn Learning content is available for free.

Can I transfer my Otis learning activity to my free account through LAPL?

NO. LAPL migrated from lynda.com to LinkedIn Learning in late April. They have chosen to not connect its LinkedIn Learning subscriptions with LinkedIn accounts. That will prevent you from managing history across multiple LinkedIn Learning accounts.

Can I transfer my Otis learning activity to my LinkedIn Learning account from another institution?

MAYBE. It depends on the privacy choices made by the other institution.

Can I transfer my Otis learning activity to a paid individual LinkedIn Learning account?

YES. Learn more about how to manage history across Linkedin Learning accounts.

How much does a paid LinkedIn Learning account cost?

You should be eligible for 1-month free trial. Then it costs $20-30 per month. Learn more about paid subscriptions.

Learn more about reactivating a LinkedIn Learning subscription.

Connecting LinkedIn to LinkedIn Learning

Is it required?

No.

Why should I connect my LinkedIn.com profile?

You'll be able to access LinkedIn Learning by logging into www.linkedin.com and clicking on the Learning button in the menu bar. You may be asked to enter your Otis College credentials.

Connect your LinkedIn account to see trending courses for professionals like you, get custom recommendations based on your professional experience, and access Learning directly from LinkedIn.com.

What can my organization see?

Your organization can only see your learning activity on LinkedIn Learning and your basic profile information (e.g., name, title, photo). However, your organization will not see any of your activity on LinkedIn.com.

What can my LinkedIn network see?

You’re in control. Your LinkedIn network will only see what you choose to share with your network. For example, you can add completed courses to your profile or share courses with your connections.

How can I unlink my accounts?

Yes. To disconnect them, follow these directions.

About Lynda.com

Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin started Lynda.com in 1995. LinkedIn purchased Lynda.com in 2015; Microsoft purchased LinkedIn in 2016. The content was re-branded as LinkedIn Learning.

lynda.com

For many years, the Library had a limited number of seats in circulation. Patrons could borrow a log-in from the Library for 3 weeks of access.

Beginning in August 2015, all Otis College students, faculty, and staff had access via lyndaCampus.

In August 2019, Otis College upgraded to LinkedIn Learning.

Due to low usage compared to cost, the subscription was cancelled in April 2021.

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