Effective January 2014 lyndaCampus will replace the existing Skillport online training system.
lyndaCampus is a product that will give all SUNY Oswego faculty, staff and students unlimited access to the lynda.com on-demand audio and video tutorials and exercise material for learning subjects including communication skills, multimedia production, business content, software essential training, programming, data analysis, marketing and additional topics. New courses are also added weekly. It will be of value to all of our employees looking to further their professional development, to our faculty looking to provide supplemental or pre-requisite training material for their classes and to our students who might use it in class, their research or their own academic growth.
lyndaCampus has already been piloted on campus with some faculty and staff, who prefer lynda’s content and video formats over that of Skillport’s. Kelly Roe, Professor in the Art Department and Mark Springston, Associate Professor in the Department of Technology were leaders of the pilot project using it to help their students learn prerequisite information for their courses as well as using it to “flip the classroom” where students listen to content prior to class.
Roe remarked about the availability of learning “anywhere, anytime — 24/7, on a computer or mobile device/tablet.” She is also impressed with the quantity and quality of the videos saying, ‘lynda’s vast online library has thousands of video-based courses taught by industry professionals ranging from business skills and Adobe products to developer languages and tools, 3D animation, office productivity software and more.”
Springston remarked on lynda’s impact on flipping the classroom: “In the last decade, there has been a movement towards greater access to online, self-paced learning systems, as well as requiring students to receive their first exposure to a topic prior to classroom introduction, which allows educators to utilize instructional time for concept formation, misconception identification, collaborative work, and skill development in the target discipline.”
On Tuesday, January 21, from 3-3:50pm, Springston and a panel of additional faculty, staff and students will be discussing how they have been using lynda for their professional development, flipping the classroom and support of student projects. For more information and registration, please see the CELT Winter BreakOut schedule. In the meantime, you can hear local reactions on the use of lynda so far from some student feedback videos and faculty feedback videos.
CTS is working with lynda.com to provision our site. When we have information on its availability to the campus, we will post an announcement here as well as through OswegoDaily.
The Skillport contract will end on January 21st. If you have any questions about finding Skillport-related courses in lyndaCampus, please contact the Help Desk.
For reference, here are some links to lyndaCampus and our existing Skillport site: