I, recently, had the experience of taking a technology related course in Lynda.com. Lynda.com is an online subscription library we offer here at the Fountaindale Public Library that teaches the latest software tools and skills through high-quality instructional videos taught by recognized industry experts.
To begin with, you have to create an account. Once you have done that, you are now ready to be exposed to a plethora of various subjects and topics to examine and purse.
The course I took was “Up and Running with Chrome OS”. “Up and Running with Chrome OS” is taught by Doug Winnie. Presented in five parts of video instruction, Winnie examines the various facets of what you need to do and what you need to know to get up and running with Chrome OS. He begins with a brief introduction of the course overview. From there, he examines Chrome OS by discussing what it is and how it’s different. He also analyzes both the advantages as well as the limitations of Chrome OS. The second part of the course focuses on getting around Chrome OS. This includes starting it up for the first time, navigating the Chrome OS user interface, working with files, and installing as well as managing apps. Next, Doug zeros in on personalizing the Chromebook with an emphasis on changing themes as well as changing system settings. The last thing topic he covers is on updates to Chrome OS with an overview of changes, updated windows controls, using “OK Google” voice search, and organizing your app drawer. With that he concludes the course, with a brief summary of all the topics that were discussed.
As you proceed through the course, it tracks your progress. Finally, once the course is completed, you are then able to print up a certificate of completion.
I found the course to be very informative, easy to follow, and well presented. You can tell Doug is well versed in all the intricacies of Chrome OS and what it entails.
I really enjoyed my experience with Lynda.com. It makes learning very easy and hands on. It allows you to learn at your own pace. If there is a certain section or any material that you aren’t too sure or familiar with, Lynda.com lets you go back to those parts and/or sections and replay them.
If you get a chance to check out Lynda.com, do so. Learning has never been easier, more user friendly, or convenient. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
– Brian S