Improve your technical skills with Lynda.com by Jeff Thomason, CE
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Improve your technical skills with Lynda.com
by Jeff Thomason

Originally published June 18, 2013 on Examiner.com

Have you ever wished you could improve your computer skills or wanted to learn more about graphic design software, programming for the web, or business software but didn’t have the time or money to take college courses? Lynda.com is an online learning company that helps anyone learn software, design, and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals, and residents of Southeast Idaho who love to learn can take advantage of what they offer.

How it works

Lynda.com offers nearly 2,000 courses on subjects from using Adobe products (Photoshop, InDesign, AfterEffects and more), writing code for the web (HTML 5, CSS 3, JavaScript, jQuery, and more), video, photography, 3D, animation, and business products (such as Microsoft Office). Each course consists of a series of video tutorials that can be watched at the individual’s convenience, and rewatched to catch points one missed the first time. A user can create his or her own curriculum by adding courses to his queue. Courses are arranged by skill and skill level. There are also several interviews with professionals in various fields offering their insights and advice, akin to an Art Seminar class one would find in Art School.

What you won’t learn?

While Lynda.com does an excellent job teaching you the technical aspects of design, programming, and how to use software, it can’t teach you good taste or to have a good eye or ear. The experts who provide the videos do an excellent job giving tips, guidelines, and suggestions to help you avoid common mistakes.

What does it cost, and can you try it for free?

Lynda.com offers many subscription options for individuals, schools, and businesses. Visit their website for more information. And fans on Facebook can take advantage of free courses and other promotions from time to time.