LinkedIn Learning quietly came into my world in the form of a subtle notification this week yet it has already left a massive impression on me. Committing to subscribe to the service was a no-brainer, well, for the 30 day trial period at least.

Naturally, my first instinct was to search through the user experience and design courses. I was surprised by the number and high quality of the courses, especially those by respectable designers I’ve followed for a while like Chris Nodder. I spent a few hours the morning I signed up going through some of the UX research videos.

 

Choosing an online course is like russian roulette

I’m pretty cynical about online courses as I’ve been burnt before. A few years ago, I signed up for learning marketplace Udemy to learn the basics of JS frameworks like Angular and Backbone, only to find the super short courses by alleged trained ‘professionals’ were useless. They were difficult to follow as the instructors assumed you already knew the framework or they made odd mistakes in the presentation. In one case the microphone was so low I could barely make out the mumblings. I found there is little to zero quality control on Udemy next to the rating system. Choosing a course is like russian roulette and all I was getting were empty chambers.

 

Final thoughts

In hindsight, it makes perfect sense for LinkedIn to become more active in online education after purchasing Lynda last year. What surprises me most is they didn’t launch a similar product way back around the time of their initial public offering. Nonetheless, it’s exciting to see the choices students have with professional online courses.

Now excuse me, I’m going to bite the bullet and finish some of these LinkedIn courses. At least for the next 29 days.