LinkedIn Learning Review: How Popular Is This Elearning Platform?

Catherine Cooke

14 October, 2020

LinkedIn Learning

Did you know LinkedIn Learning is one of the leading online learning platforms out there?

I am sure you have heard of Lynda.com as it’s one of the oldest elearning platforms, founded 20 years ago. Lynda.com merged with LinkedIn and in 2017 migrated into LinkedIn Learning. It offers 16,000+ courses in Business, Creative and Technology subjects. It has a growing community of 700+ million users in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Sounds pretty impressive right?

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But, that doesn’t mean that you will find what you are looking for with LinkedIn Learning. So let’s find out more in this in-depth LinkedIn Learning review.

Free Trial

A 1-month free trial giving you access to the 16,000 courses and other resources available.

Certificate Completion

Earn a certificate when you complete a course and share via your LinkedIn profile.

Offline Viewing

Able to download courses to the mobile app for offline viewing making it super convenient when you are on the go.

Learn At Your Own Pace

All courses are self paced so you are able to learn when it suits you with the option to go back and relearn something if you need a refresher.

Multiple Languages

Courses are offered in multiple languages including the language selector for the entire website.

No Accredited Certificates

You will receive a completion certificate, but keep in mind this isn’t an accredited certificate from a University or a Partner. If that is what you are looking for it may be worth checking out Coursera or edX.

Limited Course Topics

LinkedIn Learning focuses on Business, Creative and Technology topics which may mean you can’t find the subject you are looking for. If that is the case, then it is worth checking out platforms like Udemy for a wider selection of courses.

LinkedIn Learning Review Verdict

LinkedIn Learning offers online courses in Business, Creative and Technology subjects. All its courses are self paced which gives you the flexibility to learn anytime, anywhere. LinkedIn Learning allows you to purchase an individual course or you can sign up for the monthly or annual subscription model that includes a 1-month free trial. Its instructors are subject matter experts who collaborate with LinkedIn Learning to create high quality content.

Who Is LinkedIn Learning For?

If you are looking to develop your skills in Business, Creative or Technology related topics then you are considering the right elearning platform. Its 16,000+ courses are presented through expert-led videos along with practice exercise files and quizzes which you can download anytime on your computer or smartphone.

LinkedIn Learning offers personalized course recommendations based on your skills and interests giving you a filtered selection of courses to suit your needs. Once you complete a course you will receive a certificate of completion which you can share via your LinkedIn Profile. If recognition of completing a course is what you are looking for, then you are considering the right platform.

Note: that LinkedIn Learning certificates aren’t accredited; they are just a recognition of course completion. If an accredited certificate is what you are looking for, then check out either Coursera or edX.

It’s video course content is offered in multiple languages including; English, Simplified Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish. It’s content appeals to international learners studying in another language. In my experience of reviewing elearning platforms (let me tell you there have been a few) not many offer other languages outside of English.

Note: Some of the courses and features are not available in all the languages offered.

LinkedIn Learning for your team

LinkedIn Learning doesn’t only offer courses for individual learners they have personalized elearning for your team or company.

 

Linkedin Learning for your team

 LinkedIn Learning for your team

LinkedIn Learning for your team focuses on how learning online can benefit your organization by maximizing team training and promoting personalized development. If you want to find out more you can check it out here.

How Much Are LinkedIn Learning Courses Really?

LinkedIn Learning courses have a couple of payment options. You can either pay for an individual course or sign up for either a Monthly or Annual subscription. Both of these subscriptions give you access to 16,000+ expert-led courses, personalized course recommendations, practice exercise files and quizzes, download to mobile app for offline viewing and earn a certificate on course completion.

  • Monthly: You will pay a monthly subscription of $29.99/month*
  • Annually: You will pay an annual fee that works out at $19.99/month*

LinkedIn Learning Subscriptions

LinkedIn Learning Subscriptions

LinkedIn Learning offers monthly or annual billing. If you do decide to pay for your subscription annually you will save 33% compared to opting for monthly subscription.

linkedin learning 1-month free trial

LinkedIn Learning 1-month free trial

When your 1-month free trial comes to an end it will automatically renew into a paid subscription. If you do decide to cancel prior to the end of trial you can do it.

Note: If you want to try out the LinkedIn Learning free 1-month trial you can check it out here.

Buy an individual course

If signing up for a monthly or annual subscription isn’t for you then you do have the option to purchase an individual course by selecting Buy this course (see image below). The cost of individual courses range from $20 to $40 including tax. You will find the individual course when you browse and select either the Subjects or Software.

linkedin learning buy this course

LinkedIn Learning buy this course

Once you have purchased an individual course you will be able to rewatch and retake the course as many times as you like, as long as you keep your LinkedIn account. There is no time limit set for the amount of time you can access the course.

linkedin learning secure checkout

LinkedIn Learning secure checkout

For any courses you have purchased and completed you will receive certificates of completion which you can then share on your LinkedIn profile.

Note: LinkedIn Learning has a 30-day refund guarantee on the purchase of individual courses.

If you want to read in more detail about LinkedIn Learning costs and pricing plans, you can find out more here.

How To Open A LinkedIn Learning Account?

The registration process for LinkedIn Learning is really straightforward. I thought it would still be helpful to explain a little more of what the registration process looks like.

linkedin learning sign up

LinkedIn Learning sign up

  1. Open a browser and visit www.linkedin.com/learning/
  2. If you already have a LinkedIn.com account you can sign in with your email/phone and password.
  3. If you don’t have a LinkedIn.com account you can be redirected to Join now
  4. Then you can sign in to your LinkedIn Learning account

linkedin learning browse categories

LinkedIn Learning browse categories

Once you are signed up you can then begin to Browse the categories Business, Creative and Technology. Once you select one of the categories they are broken into sub categories Subjects, Software and Learning Paths.

Examples Of The Most Popular LinkedIn Learning Courses

On the LinkedIn Learning landing page you can find its most highlighted courses with subheadings like Trending now, Learn within 30 minutes, New Releases and more (see image below). If you aren’t sure what you are looking for this can be a great place to start browsing.

linkedin learning most liked

I thought it would be helpful to highlight the most popular courses that LinkedIn Learners are most enjoying.

  1. Finance and Accounting Tips – A course for beginners to help you understand balance sheets, debit and credits, company operating cycles and more. It has had close to 120,000 viewers and 30,000+ who have liked this course. The course instructors are Jim and Kay Stice who have been exploring financial information for a combined 60 years.
  2. Effective Listening – A course to assess your current listening skills, understand the challenges to effective listening and develop behaviours to become a better listener. It has had over 200,000 viewers and 14,000+ who have liked this course. The course instructors are Tatiana Kolovou and Branda Bailey-Hughes who are communications experts.
  3. Introduction to Graphic Design – A course that covers the concepts and software that every designer needs to know and explain how they fit into a typical graphic design workflow. It has had over 115,000 viewers and close to 5,000 who have liked this course. The course instructor Tony Harmer has worked in the creative industry for over 30 years on a range of design, illustration, and web/screen projects.
  4. Python Essential Training – A course that helps you on how to use Python 3 to create well-designed scripts and maintain existing projects. It has had close to 300,000 viewers and 13,000+ who have liked this course. The course instructor Bill Weinman is a tech advocate, entrepreneur, and expert in programming languages such as Python.
  5. Time Management Fundamentals – A course to help effectively manage time with indispensable skills by learning how to get more done in the shortest time possible and avoid obstacles and distractions. It has close to 300,000 viewers and over 13,000 who have liked this course. The course instructor Dave Crenshaw, a best-selling author and business coach lays out theoretical and practical foundations for managing your time becoming more productive.

7 tips To Find The Perfect LinkedIn Learning Course

Trying to decide on the right course or path for you isn’t always easy, especially when you have a library of 16,000+ courses to choose from. I have put together 7 helpful tips to help you pick the perfect LinkedIn Learning course.

Preview course

Previewing the course is one of the best ways to get a taste for the course and the instructors teaching it. Most courses offer a couple of sample videos to watch including the introduction and some from the first chapter.

linkedin learning preview course

LinkedIn Learning Preview Course

I would highly recommend watching the preview videos before purchasing the individual courses or paying for the subscription. This way you will be confident that the course is for you and will meet your expectations.

Course recommendations Feature

The recommendations of LinkedIn Learning courses are based on your existing skills and other profile details, like the skills you’re interested in.

linkedin learning recommendations

LinkedIn Learning recommendations

On your LinkedIn Learning homepage you can find a list of categories for the course recommendations like Top picks, Learn within 30 minutes, Most liked on LinkedIn Learning, New Releases and more.

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LinkedIn Learning Skills

If you want your course recommendations to be more personalised you can add your interests to the skills you’re interested in. By clicking on your profile picture and selecting Skills (see image above).

linkedin learning my learning

You are then taken to My Learning and can select suggested skills or Find skills you are looking for (see image above). This way you will be shown courses you’re Interested in on your LinkedIn Learning homepage.

Course description

The course description gives you a succinct description of the course, outlining what you will be learning and reference to the course instructor. Along with the description the skills covered are highlighted.

linkedin learning course description

LinkedIn Learning course description

In the course description, you will find the What you’ll learn (see image below). This helps you to identify the specific knowledge of your chosen course and can be a really quick way for you to know if the course is for you or not.

linkedin learning what you’ll learn

LinkedIn Learning What you’ll learn

Learning Paths

LinkedIn Learning Paths connect the gap between career and the skills you need to get there. It is currently offering 70+ learning paths in Creative, Business and Technology subjects.

linkedin learning path

LinkedIn Learning Path

The Learning Path will provide you with several courses focused around a larger topic e.g. Become a web developer, Master Microsoft Excel and much more. So if learning the right skill set for a career is what you are looking for then considering the Learning Path is a great option for you.

Question & Answer

Majority of courses at LinkedIn Learning offer a Q&A for learners where you are able to ask questions on any doubts that you have about the course.

linkedin learning QA

LinkedIn Learning Q&A

Other learners or instructors are able to answer the questions. It may also be worth just reading through the Q&A as it can answer any questions you have.

Check out the Instructor

Finding out more about the instructor of the course you are considering can be one of the best indications of whether the course is for you. You can read a small bio about the Instructor on the Course description page. It also includes links to their LinkedIn profile and other courses they teach.

linkedin learning instructor bio

LinkedIn Learning Instructor Bio

Try For Free

When you first sign up you will have the option to get a 1-month free trial which gives you access to the following:

  • Unlimited library access (16,000+ courses)
  • Self paced learning (bite-sized videos & offline viewing)
  • Personalized for you (course recommendations)
  • Certificate of completion (added to LinkedIn profile)
  • Interactive learning (practice with exercise files & quizzes)
  • Full access to LinkedIn Premium (salary & job insights, unlimited profile viewing)

linkedin learning 1 month free trial

LinkedIn Learning free trial

You will be required to input your credit/debit card number to get the free trial which when that month ends it will convert to a paid subscription. If at any moment during your free trial you decide LinkedIn Learning isn’t for you, you can cancel before your trial expires and won’t be charged a penny.

So why not give it ago to get a real taste for this platform and the courses it has to offer.

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Ease of use

Opening an account is really simple. If you do already have a LinkedIn account, you are able to sign in with that. If you don’t have a LinkedIn.com account you will need to create one so you can join LinkedIn Learning.

To navigate around LInkedIn Learning feels really intuitive with a clean design. My favourite part is the fact you have course recommendations on your homepage.

Convenience

All of LinkedIn Learning courses are self paced, allowing you to learn anytime and anywhere.

The 1-month free trial gives you access to the full library of courses, personalized course recommendations, certificates of completion and much more.

Courses are available to watch offline on its app which can come in useful for when you are on the go.

Available platforms

LinkedIn Learning courses are 100% online which you can access from a desktop, laptop or via the LinkedIn Learning app with a smartphone (for Android and iOS).

The LinkedIn Learning app has a 4.8 rating with Apple and a 4.5 rating with Android.

Official certifications:

LinkedIn Learning does provide certificates on course completion which you can then share via your LinkedIn profile.

Its certificates are not accredited by a partner or University and cannot be used for a formal accreditation.

Categories

LinkedIn Learning offers 16,000+ courses on topics in Business, Creative or Technology. It’s courses are to help you achieve the skills for your personal and professional growth.

It also offers courses for teams, if you are interested in this option

Free courses

Technically LinkedIn Learning doesn’t offer any free courses, but with its 1-month free trial you are able to access its 16,000+ courses for free and learn at your own pace.

Content quality

LinkedIn Learning content is produced by industry’s top producers, directors and editors so that the content is of the highest quality.

Instructors are vetted to ensure that they are a good fit for teaching and collaborating with LinkedIn Learning.

Languages

LinkedIn Learning offers its courses in multiple languages including: English, Simplified Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish

You will be able to change the content language from your account page. This will also be available for the iOS and Android smartphone on the app.

Instructors

Every LinkedIn Learning instructor is a subject matter expert. The instructor will collaborate with LinkedIn Learning (top producers) on the production, directing and editing of the content to produce high quality material.

To become a LinkedIn Learning instructor you will need to apply with a sample video which is evaluated for your teaching and delivery style.

Course requirements

All LinkedIn Learning courses are self paced and flexible, so you are free to go back review course content as many times as you please.

Subjects are Individual Courses consist of video content, project files, quizzes and certificate on completion.

Software is where you learn a specific software skill consisting of video content, quizzes and certificate of completion.

Learning Paths are a series of courses put together that encapsulates a career skill e.g Become an SEO expert. Similar to individual courses it consists of video content, exercise files, exams and certificates.

Course structure

Every LinkedIn Learning course is a collaboration with the instructors and top producers to present the content in the best possible light.

Its courses are self paced based around video lessons, exercise files, quizzes, downloadable material and certificate on completion of the course.

Quizzes & tests

LinkedIn Learning offers interactive learning in its courses where you can practice exercise files and quizzes.

Payments & refunds

You can make payments with all major credit and debit cards.

LinkedIn Learning doesn’t offer refunds for subscriptions. You will be able to cancel and will have access to the end of your billing cycle.

A 30-day refund guarantee is available for any purchases of individual courses.

Support

LinkedIn Learning offers a Help Center for support which has recommended topics and suggested articles. It also offers a chat which you can ask any question or doubts you may have.

Overall rating

LinkedIn Learning offers self paced courses which you can purchase as an individual course or on a subscription model. Its courses focus on Business, Technology and Creative topics and you will earn a certificate on course completion. The self-paced learning is ideal for someone with a busy schedule so they can learn at a time that works for them. Its courses and subscriptions are inexpensive and the 1-month free trial is pretty appealing.

Will LinkedIn Learning Help Me With My Career?

LinkedIn Learning courses are ideal for someone wanting to develop their skills in either Business, Technology or Creative related topics. The learning paths option is focused towards gaining the tools and skills to become equipped for a particular career track.

linkedin learning browse learning paths

LinkedIn Learning browse Learning Paths

Successful completion of a Learning Path will mean you will receive a certificate of completion. The certificate can then be shared on your LinkedIn profile and will document to clients, employers, colleagues, friends and potential future employers of your skill set. The Certificate of Completion will be automatically generated when LinkedIn Learning detects that all videos have been completed of the course.

LinkedIn Learning certificate

LinkedIn Learning Certificate of Completion example

If you already have a full or part job, then studying with LinkedIn Learning could be an ideal option for you as all its courses are self-paced and flexible.

Is LinkedIn Learning Legit?

Something which many of us ask ourselves: Is this course legit?

You are not alone in having these doubts, especially if you are considering the annual subscription or considering a plan for your team.

In 2015, LinkedIn bought Lynda.com and then in 2017, Lynda.com was merged and renamed LinkedIn Learning. In 2019 it was announced the users would need a LinkedIn profile to access LinkedIn Learning.

It’s headquarters are located in California and its community of 700+ million users is ever growing.

Anyways, to clarify LinkedIn Learning is legit and won’t be scammed

Last Thoughts: Is LinkedIn Learning Worth It?

Ok, so let’s conclude this review on why LinkedIn Learning is worth it.

If you want to learn a new skill or focus on a career track in either Business, Technology or Creative related topic, then LinkedIn Learning is definitely the right elearning platform for you. It has a wide range of courses that focus by subject, software or learning path. Once you successfully complete the course you will earn a completion certificate which you can share on your LinkedIn profile.

On the other hand, if you are wanting to gain a validated certificate from a University or Partner then it is worth you check out platforms like Coursera and edX as they would meet those requirements.

You will love LinkedIn Learning for its:

  • Self-paced learning
  • 1-month free trial
  • Subject matter expert instructors
  • Learning for your team
  • Offline viewing

Catherine Cooke

Hey. I am Catherine and have been working as a freelancer for many years now and I believe that you are in charge of your own destiny. If learning a new skill or having a career change is something you want to do, then there is no better time than the present. If you have a question please feel free to ask me anything or leave me a comment.

Alternatives

edX: offers over 2,650 online elearning courses that are partnered with established universities and companies. It offers both self-paced or instructor-paced learning programs. Unlike LinkedIn Learning you will receive accredited certificates

Udacity: comes with a smaller number of courses around 200. Its courses are focused on gaining skills for careers in the tech and business industry. Although its courses aren’t accredited it is still highly recognized by Industry experts.

Coursera: has close to 4,000 courses accredited with top Universities and Partners. It offers courses, specializations and degrees on a wide range on topics from Business to Art and Humanities.

Please, leave a comment below if you have any questions and I’ll do my best to help you out.

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