On Jun 6, 2016, at 10:56 AM, Tim Raymond <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
A better question -- if more faculty and staff knew about it, would they use it enough to justify the price? I think they would.
As others have said, we would need to market it to our clients better. ... Does the university need a platform to better train employees? How many external classes do faculty and staff go to? Can we cut that number down by using Lynda?
On 6/3/16 10:36 AM, Mike Austin wrote:
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Last year, ETS licensed Lynda.com training specifically to provide on-line training options for Outlook and Exchange-related services. The annual renewal is coming due in mid-July, and we are trying to determine if Lynda.com has sufficient value to the campus that we should try to find funding to renew it.
As you know, Lynda provides training for many topics, and we think it could be a valuable tool for the campus, if people used it.
But we don't have funding to cover it on an on-going basis yet, so we'd need help finding a funding source.
Before we do that, we're looking for input about the value the tool has provided for you, or your clients. Have you directed clients to go look at a Lynda.com training video to get informed? Would you for other topics like MS Office, or other tools? Have you used it to learn some more advanced topic? They have thousands of videos across hundreds of topics.
Some data. In the last three months, these are the 15 most popular Lynda.com courses for UVMers:
Excel 2013 Essential TrainingOutlook for Mac 2016 Essential TrainingOutlook 2016 Essential TrainingInDesign CC Essential Training (2015)Foundations of Programming: FundamentalsGit Essential TrainingExcel 2016: Advanced Formulas and FunctionsRuby on Rails 4 Essential TrainingFoundations of Programming: DatabasesWord 2013 Essential TrainingWindows 10 Essential TrainingSimple Android Development ToolsTime Management Fundamentals (2011)Foundations of Programming: Object-Oriented DesignExcel 2016 Essential TrainingUp and Running with Raspberry Pi
But the overall number of users is pretty small – only 127 unique users in the last 3 months.
Clearly an underutilized service. Is it valuable enough that we should promote it and find funding for it, or retire the service?
If you can email me in the next week or so, if you have information about the value of Lynda to share, I'd appreciate it.
-- Tim Raymond CEMS-CF Manager 233 Votey The University of Vermont Burlington VT 05405 (802) 656-0508