Founded in 1995, Lynda.com is a US-based online education company that offers educational video courses taught in English, German, Spanish and French.by experts from related industries. It’s headquartered in Carpinteria, California, and it boasts more than 500 employees around the globe. In 2015, Lynda.com was purchased by LinkedIn for US$1.5 billion.
LyndaEnterprise gives users 24/7 access to thousands of business, technology and creative training videos that are playable on both mobile and desktops. It can be integrated into a company’s learning management system (LMS), and can support individualised learning with custom-made learning paths. The whole system can be made private via email verification and IP authentication and additional courses are available in Spanish, French, English and German. System administrators can view usage reports by classroom or by department.
LyndaCampus helps teaching professionals by using learning management systems (LMS) featuring technologies including Adobe Captivate and Moodle. Courses are available in four languages and administrators can get detailed usage reports filtered by classroom or by department.
LyndaPro is designed for government organisations.It can show visualizations of reports by individual or by group and each user seat can be reassigned twice as new users move in. LyndaPro offers a complimentary master administrator spot with this package.
LyndaLibrary is designed for libraries wishing to augment the resources they offer to their own staff, students and other patrons while they seek to enhance their own skills as part of career or job initiatives.
Lynda plans and pricing
Lynda.com is not very forthcoming with its price structure. If you are attempting to buy training for a team of more than four people, you are taken to a contact page and asked to fill out an information request form after which Lynda promises someone will contact you.
For teams of 1-4 people, Lynda.com is currently promoting a free 30-day trial of its basic premium package. Here’s a comparison of what those packages would cost after the free trial period is over:
|Basic Plan||Premium Plan|
|Average monthly cost||$19.99 (annual subscription)|
|$34.99 (annual subscription)|
$39.99 (month-to month)
|Access to all videos||Yes||Yes|
|Watch on any device||Yes||Yes|
|Assess progress with quizzes||Yes||Yes|
Prices last checked August 2017
Pros and cons of Lynda.com
- Access to all videos available regardless of plan type.
- Ability to watch videos on any platform.
- Pricing information is difficult to get a hold of without filling out a contact form and waiting for a reply from the lynda.com sales team.