Lynda.com Becomes LinkedIn Learning

Thu August 1, 2019

Online learning provider Lynda.com is getting a makeover. Starting on August 14, 2019, the training platform used by UW-Madison students, faculty and staff will be upgraded to LinkedIn Learning with a new interface, new features and the web address linkedin.com/learning. All current Lynda.com training materials will still be available including exercise files and full video transcripts, and the new interface will allow users to create custom collections of training videos that can be saved for later or shared with others. 

In addition to the new look and feel, a major difference after the upgrade is that logging into the service now requires a LinkedIn Learning account in addition to a UW-Madison NetID. 

If users have an existing personal profile on LinkedIn, they can choose to connect it to the LinkedIn Learning subscription provided by the university. This allows their LinkedIn profile to automatically be updated with the LinkedIn Learning courses they watch. This learning transcript will persist even if users graduate or leave the university. 

Users 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 that is attached to their NetID@wisc.edu address.

The existing Lynda.com service will be temporarily unavailable from August 13 to August 14 as the system transitions to the LinkedIn Learning platform. Existing links to Lynda.com videos and courses will continue to work through December 31, 2019. 

All users who have logged into Lynda.com within the past two years will be migrated automatically, with all existing transcript data intact. If you’re concerned your data may not migrate or if you haven’t logged in recently, simply log into Lynda.com with your NetID at go.wisc.edu/lynda before August 10, 2019.

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions, please contact the DoIT Help Desk by phone at 608.264.4357, email at help@doit.wisc.edu and chat at helpdesk.wisc.edu.

FAQ

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 NetID@wisc.edu. 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 Lynda.com were attached to the login information for each individual organization. If you had an account with Lynda.com at a previous employer, none of that training would carry over to your Lynda.com 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?