Lynda.com started in 1995 as a small online learning company for animators and multimedia production folks and has been expanded to offer hundreds of learning opportunities in software, creative and business skills.
Want to learn a new skill, move up in the agency, or just find more efficient ways to do what you already do? Lynda.com can help by guiding you through a series of classes on what they refer to as a “learning path.”
Hope Arthur formerly of Employee Services who is now a training specialist with Construction and Materials, lead the initial implementation of Lynda.com. She said, “Everyone who works at the Iowa DOT will have access to and is encouraged to take advantage of Lynda.com. There’s no formal process to request a class like there is with PDS courses, but when you want to take work time for a class, you’ll need to clear that with your supervisor. While there are no limits to how many classes you can take, it is a good idea for you and your supervisor to sit down and determine how much time you have to devote to online learning as part of your employee development plans."
More than 1,300 courses have been uploaded into Iowa DOTU. There are more than 4,000 remaining courses available by accessing Lynda.com directly, or through your O365 login. If you enroll in classes through Iowa DOTU, Lynda.com courses will be documented in your transcript (training record).
Lynda.com is offered to our employees as a supplement to the state of Iowa’s long-time training Performance and Development Solutions (PDS) courses. Watch this video for step-by-step instructions on how to enroll in Lynda.com or you can also find the video on DOTNET under “Current Specials.”
Arthur said, “We’re really excited about the opportunities this new learning environment can provide. It’s integrated right into Iowa DOTU, so individual classes and learning paths can be tracked and learners can receive credit for their work.”
Lynda.com courses can also be taken off-the-clock anywhere at any time of the day using your Office365 login. Classes are offered on your desktop or an app is available for IPhone and IPad or Android. You can also access your Lynda.com account through Apple TV.
For questions about Lynda.com, contact DOT-Learning@iowadot.us