Looking to Learn Something? Check out Lynda.com

Online training service provides thousands of tutorials to UC Riverside staff and faculty

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Seana Nunez-Grider, senior employment and development analyst in Human Resources, is not only promoting the use of the lynda.com site for staff and faculty, but is also using it herself. Photo by Ross French

The Lynda.com website offers hundreds of tutorials, such as these for the subject "web graphics."

The Lynda.com website offers hundreds of tutorials, such as these for the subject “web graphics.”

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Need to make a pivot table in Excel, but don’t know how? Looking to learn everything about Adobe Creative Suite or Microsoft Office? Thanks to a partnership between lynda.com, UCR Computing and Communications and the Office of Human Resources, tutorials on those subjects and many more are as close as your computer and the campus’ R’Space portal.

Lynda.com is an online learning company with a vast library of instructional videos covering the latest software, along with creative and business skills. Taught by accomplished teachers and recognized industry experts, lynda.com tutorials are a high-quality resource for faculty and staff looking to develop skills in Microsoft Office, the Adobe Creative Suite, project management, time management, and a wide range of other topics. UC Riverside purchased a subscription to lynda.com in 2011 for all staff and faculty members. The service is free to staff and faculty.

The UCR HR office is promoting the use of the lynda.com training following a 2012 staff-wide survey that showed that one of the staff’s top requests was for computer training, said Seana Nunez-Grider, senior employment and development analyst in Human Resources.

“The results of the needs survey told us that our staff members want training on things like Excel, Word, Access, and other computer programs.  That’s when we realized that so many of our staff didn’t realize that lynda.com was available to them,” she said. “We have a need to offer more than training in soft skills, and this service can help fulfill that need.”

“I found lynda.com to be extremely helpful. Learning new software can be extremely intimidating, but lynda.com allows even beginner users to learn at their own pace,” said Neal G. Malik, occupational wellness specialist in Human Resources.

Nunez-Grider agreed, saying that she has used the service herself.

“I’ve taken some of their courses, and they’ve been great,” she said.  “Lynda.com offers just-in-time training on so many different subjects.  You can watch a three-hour session on using charts in Excel, or you can watch a four-minute video on selecting the data to display as a chart, if you need a quick reminder on that one piece.”

The training isn’t limited to computer programs. The site also offers practical courses on subjects including project management, leadership, or even conflict management.

To access the lynda.com portal, log into your R’Space account and find the lynda.com link under Authorized Applications.  To get started, view the “How to use lynda.com” course, and learn how to find, access, and view lynda.com tutorials.

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Seana Nunez-Grider, senior employment and development analyst in Human Resources.
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