University of Brighton Lynda

By | 28th April 2017

University of Brighton Lynda

Learning with Lynda

Find out how to access Lynda resources and
read our tips for success with Lynda.com

How to access Lynda

Using a desktop, or laptop computer:

  1. Go to www.brighton.ac.uk/lynda
  2. Enter your university username and password  ​
  3. You may be asked whether you have had a Lynda account before. If you say Yes, you will ge​t the opportunity to transfer your history to the new university account.

Tip:

Using the address www.brighton.ac.uk/lynda will save you time. Avoid going directly to the Lynda.com website as you will have to follow several steps to find the University of Brighton sign-in page.

Using a mobile, you can use your web browser as above, but for a better experience you can download the Lynda.com app. See Lynda on your mobile

Be smart, learn effectively

​L​ynda.com is a fantastic resource but to save time and have the best possible experience, follow the Lynda tips for success below:

Find resources fast

​There are over 150,000 videos on Lynda, so you’ll need to be selective. To find the most relevant and useful resources quickly:

  1. ​Use the Search box to find what’s available on a topic
  2. Then use filters on the left to narrow down the choices
  3. Each course may contain several short videos but you don’t have to watch them all. Scroll through, or search, the course Contents list to go straight to the topic you are interested in.
  4. You can even skim-read through each video transcript to preview its content
Search example:
  1. Search for ‘removing background with photoshop’ – wow 3440 results!
  2. Filter by software ‘PhotoShop’  – down to 2007 results
  3. Filter by skill level ‘beginner’ – 566 results and near the top of the list is a 44 sec video from the course PhotoShop CC for Photographers ​
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Be an expert user: Watch the Finding content with the search feature video

Take active notes

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By taking notes you can reinforce what you are learning, as well as organise your ideas.

The Lynda Notebook feature allows you to take a note at any point while watching a video and creates a thumbnail link to that point (timecode) in the video.

Use the Notebook tab to record your thoughts and ideas and also to create links to the parts of the videos you find most interesting.
You can export Lynda notebooks to Word and other types of documents.
Click the Notebook tab to start creating notes for a course.
Be an expert user: Watch the Using My notes video

Download videos to view offline

​If you have guaranteed access to wifi at any time and wherever you are, then you can skip this bit.

If not, you can download courses you want to watch so that you can access them whenever you need to – and not just when your network allows you to.
Look for the View Offline tab underneath the video window.
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Adjust the video controls to suit your needs

​You can change the playback speed using the settings cog at the bottom right of the video screen​.

View at 1.5x normal speed to skip through ideas quickly, or slow it  down  to .75x normal speed so you can follow more details.

Be an expert user: Watch the Using basic video controls video

Do the exercises

Many courses include exercises files so that you can practise and reinforce new skills. This activity makes following a course more effective and more interesting. Not only are you going to learn much more, you are more likely to be motivated to complete the course. ​
If a course has exercise files, you will see an Exercise Files tab under the video. Click the link to download the files to your computer.

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Be an expert user: Watch the Downloading and using the exercise files video​

Learn to write code in a safe place

​​Some courses include practice environments so that you can follow examples and try out coding techniques safely with all the features you need.

The practice environment is labelled ‘Code Practice’. It is best to use the link within each video as this will simultaneously open the practice environment and all the files you need to work on for that part of the course.
Be an expert user: Watch the Using practice environments video​

Plan and organise your personal development

​​When you start exploring Lynda you may find videos that you would like to watch later, when you have more time. Here are two ways to make sure you find them again when you need them:

Use Playlists to organise and plan groups of courses you want to follow. You can build your own playlists or use playlists created by others.
You can also use bookmarks to create quick links to individual videos.
Be an expert user: Watch the Creating and managing your playlists video​ and Bookmarking chapters that interest you video​

Look out for recommendations

Although you can browse and search for videos and courses yourself, friends and tutors may also recommend resources to you by sharing a link.

If you follow a link to a Lynda course, make sure you sign in using your university username and password. If you don’t you may be restricted to seeing just the introductory videos.

Find out what other people are watching and learning – see Lynda recommendations for you.