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Lynda.com will become LinkedIn Learning

Same courses, same great learning, more great features!

All Northwestern faculty, staff, and students have access to Lynda.com, an online library of thousands of courses and videos covering creative and business skills for learners at all levels.

Recently, Lynda.com was acquired by LinkedIn Learning. That acquisition means that you have access to additional titles and features from LinkedIn, including the ability to connect your personal LinkedIn profile to your Northwestern LinkedIn Learning account.

To facilitate this upgrade, Northwestern has planned the following transition.

Through September 17, 2019

Access to Lynda.com continues as normal through September 17, 2019. Authentication with your NetID and password is required.

Sign in to Lynda.com

Starting September 18, 2019 

On or near September 18, access to Lynda.com will be suspended while LinkedIn completes the migration. 

On September 24, you will receive email with instructions and a link to LinkedIn Learning.

The first time you sign in to LinkedIn Learning, there will be an optional second step.

  1. Just as with Lynda, you will sign in with your NetID and password.
  2. You will be presented with an option:
    • Connect your personal LinkedIn profile to your learning account OR
    • Continue without connecting. (You can always connect at another time in the future.)

 

Get a sneak preview of LinkedIn Learning features!

A brief introduction to LinkedIn Learning for Lynda.com users highlighting the benefits and functionality of LinkedIn Learning.

When will I get access to LinkedIn Learning?

  • On September 24, look for a Northwestern email with a link and instructions, or follow the link and instructions above. After September 24, access is 24/7 from any connected device.
  • Delete your old bookmarks, and be sure to access LinkedIn Learning from this page, from myHR Learn, or your Canvas course page to ensure uninterrupted access.

Will my Lynda.com learning history follow me to LinkedIn Learning?

  • Yes, if you sign in to LinkedIn Learning before September 24, 2021, one year from the date of Northwestern’s transition to LIL, your history will follow you to LinkedIn Learning.
  • If you do not sign in by September 24, 2021, your history is lost, but you still have access.

What if I don't have a personal LinkedIn profile?

  • You do not need a personal LinkedIn profile to use LinkedIn Learning with your Northwestern NetID and password.
  • Want a personal LinkedIn profile? Sign up to join LinkedIn.

Do I have to pay for certain courses within LinkedIn Learning?

  • Northwestern faculty, staff, and students have unlimited access to LinkedIn Learning through their university affiliation. When you leave the university, you will lose access.

Can I connect my LinkedIn personal profile to my Northwestern LinkedIn Learning account?

Yes, this is an option.

Why might you do this?

  • Get a more personalized learning experience. Get recommendations from LinkedIn Learning based on your job title, skills, interests, and industry.
  • Socialize your learning. Post questions to your professional network or join discussions hosted by others on LinkedIn Learning topics.
  • Display your accomplishments. Every time you complete a learning path and course, you will receive a digital badge of completion that can be added to your profile.

Why might you decide not to do this?

  • You may prefer to separate your professional profile from your learning account. 
  • You may not have a LinkedIn profile, or want the time to create one.  
  • You may need time to retrieve a lost username or password. 
  • If you decide to create a new profile, for the very best user experience, log out of your LinkedIn profile prior to activating your LinkedIn Learning account.

I lost my email. How can I access LinkedIn Learning?

  • No problem! Follow the link and instructions on this page (after September 24).
For Learning Administrators

If you link to Lynda.com courses from your web page or syllabi, stay tuned for details on September 9. Northwestern will have a new Single Sign-On URL, to be used going forward. To ease the transition, LinkedIn Learning will redirect legacy links to Lynda.com for many months after the migration.