Using Lynda.com in your module

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.

Handy features for learners
  • click a phrase in the transcript and the video jumps to the corresponding place.
  • search for keywords and phrases – then click the search results to jump to that place in the video/transcript.
  • make notes in the online notebook provided while watching, then click onto your notes to jump to that place in the video – great for revision.
  • learners’ own notes can be exported to Word, PDF, plain text, Google doc or Evernote.

Suggested ways to use Lynda.com materials

Peer assessment
This activity can be used for courses that students have not already been exposed to, or perhaps ones the lecturer has just dipped into during the course of a module. Ask students working in pairs/groups to look through a Lynda course and make ten questions for their peers to answer. Get them to rate their own questions for difficulty and significance (e.g. from 1 to 5) and to note where the answers (what point in which video) can be found. Then ask them to swap their questions, along with the difficulty/significance ratings, with another group for them to answer.

Including the difficulty and significance ratings when creating questions helps ensure they are relevant and suitable questions. Answering the questions requires learners to scour the Lynda course for answers they don’t already know, exposing them further to the learning materials therein. And working in groups encourages collaboration, discussion and knowledge sharing. You could even make this activity competitive by awarding points for correct answers (e.g. difficulty rating + significance rating = points awarded) and setting a time limit for groups to finish.

At the end of the activity lecturers could look through all the questions created and pick out the most pertinent ones to examine as a class. 

Flipped classroom
Ask students to engage with Lynda materials at home to learn new skills and concepts, then in class put that new knowledge into practice by solving problems, creating artefacts, applying techniques and working collaboratively with peers. Face to face sessions are also the opportunity for students to ask for expert advice from the lecturer and to clear up any misunderstandings or omissions from the Lynda materials.
Comparing notes
Ask students to use the Lynda materials individually and make notes as they do so. Then ask students to work in groups to compare their notes. This is a good way to get learners talking about the subject matter, using the appropriate terms and ideas. It also helps them to focus on what they found most important, relevant and challenging (hopefully they took notes on these) and to see gaps in their understanding. Lecturers can share their notes too from using the Lynda materials.
Reflective learning
After students have used the Lynda materials have them reflect on what they’ve learnt. Ask learners to write down what they found most challenging, what they found most useful and what they will now do differently. You could create a simple online survey (in Blackboard or Google Forms) with these questions and then compare the results as a class. Alternatively, ask students to use PebblePad to do a SWOT analysis or write a short blog post reflecting on their learning.

Adding Lynda materials  to a module in Blackboard

Adding a whole Lynda course

In any content area go to Build Content > lynda.com Course

Build Content menu in Blackboartd with lynda.com item highlightedexample lynda.com search pageA 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

share button on lynda.comYou 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.

 

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One thought on “Using Lynda.com in your module

  1. Some great ideas there, Oli.
    You can also make your own playlists, selecting specific videos to create your own version of a course. Make it public, and choose to share the link for other users at UWE Bristol, and share that on your reading list too!
    e.g. https://www.lynda.com/SharedPlaylist/2c051965029b46ddaab0fc9e4d168b7f?org=uwe.ac.uk

    There is further help on the library’s Training Videos web page: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/library/usingthelibrary/searchforthingsa-z/trainingvideos.aspx

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