Yesterday “Learning” showed up in the toolbar line of LinkedIn, the professional profile site with 450 million users.
Remember when LinkedIn bought Lynda.com 18 months ago for $1.5 billion and you thought, “That’s interesting.” With this new learning portal LinkedIn (which is in the process of being acquired by Microsoft for $26.2 billion) has fully integrated the learning videos site.
The ambitious site with more than 9,000 videos aims to meet the professional learning needs of individuals, businesses and even HigherEd institutions.
Featured prominently on the site are video courses by influencers and thought leaders. An example is a 33 minute video by Sallie Krawcheck On Risk-Taking (featured image).
Courses start with a three minute preview. Full transcripts are included with auto scrolling and highlighting. Videos are well outlined and the production value is high.
Topics include business, creative, and technology courses:
Interested in one of those topics? You’ll see another drill down menu. If you pick data science, you’ll find a dozen courses that range from one to three hours.
Videos are also searchable by level–beginner, intermediate or advanced. You can also filter content on the site by individual videos, courses (several videos), or Learning Paths, a playlist of videos (10-25 hours) mapped to a set of job requirements. Here are four featured Learning Paths:
Learner Profiles includes courses in progress, saved courses, learning history and skills. Expressed interest in a topic like project management queued frequently watched videos:
LinkedIn Learning figured out that I’d be interested in The Neuroscience Of Learning by Britt Andreatta, which has more than 23,000 views.
Courses or Learning Paths can be selected by employees or recommended by a supervisor or HR department. LinkedIn plans to release an enterprise version so companies can monitor use and progress and gain access to new content.
LinkedIn is available to young people starting at age 13–a great opportunity to build a professional profile and portfolio while in high school.
Yesterday, LinkedIn’s CEO Jeff Weiner described how education has become “one of our most important priorities.” He noted that the World Economic Forum expects 5 million jobs to be displaced by the introduction of new technologies and that 78% of CFOs surveyed believe that up to 25% of their workforces could be displaced by 2020.
Learning has never been more important for individuals and organizations. With this new e-learning portal, the world’s leading professional profile site takes a big step forward toward becoming the leading talent development site.
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