LinkedIn Learning Offers 14,000+ Courses on Technology, Creativity & Business

Fri September 6, 2019

In August, UW-Madison upgraded from to LinkedIn Learning, which combines the same high-quality content and learning experience from with an improved recommendation system powered by insights from the millions of professionals on LinkedIn. In addition, students and staff can connect their LinkedIn profiles to display completed courses and receive course suggestions based on their profession and interests. 

Learners will need a UW-Madison NetID and a LinkedIn Learning account to access the resource. Learners who do not have an existing LinkedIn profile or who would prefer not to link their personal account can choose to create a separate LinkedIn Learning account the first time they log in LinkedIn Learning. If a learner has an existing personal profile on LinkedIn, they can choose to connect it to the LinkedIn Learning subscription when they login. In addition to enabling more personalized recommendations, this allows their LinkedIn profile to be automatically updated with courses completed. 

When launched over 20 years ago, it was known mostly as a resource for learning specific software. Now the constantly expanding list of 14,000 courses covers a wide spectrum of topics and are categorized into the following three libraries: 

  • Creativity: This library covers a diverse range of topics, including CAD, graphic design, UX, video, photography, 3D, audio and music, architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing and more.
  • Technology: Courses cover security, cloud computing, full-stack web development, DevOps, networking, data science, AI, and more.
  • Business: Courses help learners be more productive with business software and technology, improve communication, make better decisions, manage conflict, and lead others through times of change.

In addition to receiving recommendations, learners can search for courses using filters for levels of expertise, video length and software. Log in and start searching LinkedIn Learning courses.

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about setting up and using a LinkedIn Learning account. If you have additional questions, please contact the DoIT Help Desk by phone at 608.264.4357, email at and chat at

Software Training for Students (STS) also offers in-person technology workshops and one-on-one consultations for UW-Madison students. In addition, STS works with instructors and student organizations to create custom technology workshops.


Do I need a LinkedIn account to use LinkedIn Learning?

You will need a LinkedIn account, but you will not need a LinkedIn profile. The LinkedIn account is a technical requirement for logging into LinkedIn Learning, but having an account does not mean you will need to create or maintain a profile on LinkedIn, the social media platform for networking.

If you do not currently have a LinkedIn account or do not want to attach it to your NetID, one will be automatically generated for you the first time you log into the service using your If at a later date you would like to connect your LinkedIn profile to your LinkedIn Learning account, you can do so through the LinkedIn Learning interface.

Do I need to make a new LinkedIn account if I already have one?

No - you can connect your existing LinkedIn account to your UW-provided LinkedIn Learning subscription the first time you log in, and all of your training transcript data will be carried over to the existing LinkedIn profile.

Is there any benefit to connecting my personal LinkedIn account to LinkedIn Learning?

Connecting your existing LinkedIn account to LinkedIn Learning lets you get personalized course recommendations based on your job title, skills, and the industry you’re a part of. It will also suggest training recommendations based on items posted to your LinkedIn profile’s news feed.

What happens if I leave the university?

After the upgrade, your learning transcript will be attached to your LinkedIn account, rather than to the organization you were a part of when you did the training. Previously, learning transcripts for were attached to the login information for each individual organization. If you had an account with at a previous employer, none of that training would carry over to your profile at UW-Madison. Now, your training history is stored with the LinkedIn account, so you will still get credit for all online training attended through LinkedIn Learning, even if you change jobs or leave the university.

What information will be shared with the university if I connect my personal LinkedIn profile to my UW-provided LinkedIn Learning account?

LinkedIn Learning will have access to learning activity such as courses viewed, profile information like your name, work title, and profile photo and any courses from your personal account that you’ve transferred to your university account. Neither LinkedIn Learning nor UW-Madison will have access to your connections, private messages, any job search activity such as job posts you’ve viewed and any learning courses you’ve viewed in your personal account.

Can I connect my personal LinkedIn account with my UW-Madison LinkedIn account at a later date?

Yes. If you later decide you’d like to connect your LinkedIn profile, you will be able to do so through the LinkedIn Learning interface.

Where can I get more answers about LinkedIn Learning features and functionality?