The University of Cape Town has signed a three-year contract with lynda.com, a leading provider of online learning, teaching people business, technology and creative skills. lynda.com will provide access to its video training library for the university’s entire body of 21,000 students and 4,000 staff.
lynda.com will be used primarily to improve the ICT skills and digital literacy of current UCT staff and students, through the site’s bank of over 130 IT courses and over 5,000 video tutorials covering a wide range of software packages.
lynda.com was chosen following a positive consultation with administration staff, lecturers and students and a trial of three services by a focus group representing all users. Staff and students were impressed with the breadth of topics covered, the quality of the content and the ability to track their own learning.
Steffne Hughes, Team leader: Training & Communications, Information & Communication Technology Services (ICTS) said: “We needed to replace a system we were using for ICT-related training which only provided Office and GroupWise training. lynda.com covers the latest versions of all of the software packages we need and much more. We are now able to offer students a huge range of personal and professional development courses too, which not only improves their digital literacy, but helps to improve their employability.“
“Staff and students like the privacy of using lynda.com. If they have a training need or they are unsure about a certain program (perhaps that they feel they should already know), they can simply log in and train themselves. No one is monitoring their learning and they don’t have to ask for help, which is sometimes a barrier.“
“We expect lynda.com to reduce calls to our university IT Helpesk. These are frequently ‘how to’ calls, and we are hoping that users will turn to lynda.com to find the answer themselves and will then not need to call the IT Helpdesk.“
lynda.com is being used across the university in a number of ways: video tutorials are integrated into the University‘s formal ICT training courses, lecturers are including links to lynda.com videos in their lecture content or as required reading, and students are encouraged to take the personal development courses through the University’s Facebook pages and groups.
Popular software courses include Excel, Word, Python, Java and Drupal (on which, the University’s new campus web CMS system is based). Alex Zivoder, Vice President and Managing Director – lynda.com EMEA, said: “Through a lyndaCampus subscription, universities can support and inspire students, faculty and staff at any skill level with cost-effective video instruction. We make all of our courses available to everyone, so users can combine their required training with creative courses, to support their hobbies, and personal development courses, to prepare for the world of work.“
lynda.com offers specific subscriptions and special pricing for campuses or school districts.
With lynda.com, anyone can watch full courses or bite-size portions at their own pace. Searchable, time-coded course transcripts make it easy for anyone to quickly find what they need to learn. Teachers and administrators can create and share course playlists, which can be mapped to classroom curricula or employee learning paths.
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