Who Else Wants LinkedIn Learning and other Online Courses For Free While on Lockdown?
You can take LinkedIn Learning courses for free if you have a library card. I have done it for a couple of years now.
With your library card, you can access Lynda and its catalog of educational videos and resources — no subscription required. Using LyndaLibrary, patrons of participating public libraries are eligible for access to Lynda.com, the learning resource purchased by LinkedIn in 2015.
Just Google your city + Lynda free library (ie. Cincinnati Lynda free library) to see if your local library is participating. Most are.
For many people, this is an unbelievable time to learn some new skills, consider a career change, and freshen up that resume. For Pete’s sake, please don’t just spend your quarantine time binging Netflix. (Though I must sadly admit I watched the entire Season 6 of Bosch on Sunday. Yes, in one day).
Let me guess? You don’t have a library card and the library is closed too. Well, here are some other options to tie you over till this passes.
Udemy has a ton of courses on just about every topic you can imagine. They also have a ton of free options.
For example, in the picture I’ve included below, I searched for Microsoft Excel in the search bar on Udemy.com. I then went to “Pricing” in the filter bar on the left-hand side of the page and checked the box for “Free”. Over 5,000 results came back. Now just enroll.
Why would this be there? It’s the age-old proven marketing of your local drug dealer. “The first one is free!” The hope is after I take a basic excel course from one of these instructors, and really find it helpful, that I will then buy their advanced course for $10 or so.
Couple hints about Udemy. Read the most recent reviews before investing your time in a course. Some are free because the information is terrible or outdated. You’d be better off on that Netflix binge I belittled earlier.
Second, if you find a paid course you like, don’t ever pay the full price. Almost every single week they discount the majority of their courses to around $10. They are like that local furniture store who has been running a going out of business sale since 2007.
Sidebar: I currently have a free course up on Udemy right now. It’s a short 30-minute course on The Perfect Customer Service Template. I just broke 700 students and have almost a 4 Star rating. Super Excited. Free free to check it out too.
Coding is probably one of the biggest opportunities in the world right now going forward and for remote work. So here are five resources that are free to learn code, not counting those in LinkedIn Learning and Udemy.
Do you know of any other course options for free? I’m a course junkie and would love to know about it. Leave it in the comments below to help everyone. I hope it blesses! Enjoy!