Lynda.com, a service UWE subscribes to, has a library of 5,200 courses to choose from and the list is growing all the time. There are dozens of courses covering the subjects taught in FET, so the chances are you will find material to supplement the modules you teach. You can add entire Lynda courses to your module site in Blackboard or you might just choose a few key videos.
Each course consists of a series of short videos (max. 10 mins each) with transcripts, and many include short quizzes to help focus students’ minds on key skills and concepts. Courses are simple to navigate via the contents pane making it easy see what’s in each video, how long the videos are, which ones you’ve already watched, and to resume where you left off.
Suggested ways to use Lynda.com materials
Adding Lynda materials to a module in Blackboard
Adding a whole Lynda course
In any content area go to Build Content > lynda.com Course
A page opens with suggested courses based on the title of your module. Hover over a course image to see options to add the course to your module or to preview it. You can also use the search function here to find other courses, or browse through the categories.
Adding selected videos
You can choose to include just single videos from a Lynda course in your Blackboard site. To do so, find the video you want to add in Lynda then click ‘Share’ in the top right. Copy the URL shown for the video and use this to make a Web Link in Blackboard (you can also share an entire course in the same way). Alternatively, copy the embed code and paste it into the HTML view of an Item you’ve created in Blackboard.
Include Lynda courses/videos in Reading Lists
The new Talis reading list software being introduced by UWE Library allows links to courses and videos to be included. This is another good way to ensure your students find the Lynda materials.