Learning Alert!

The economy is not doing great (that is maybe a crazy understatement) and a lot of people have lost their jobs but let’s not lose hope because LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) has made some of its very helpful courses free right now! So, if you need to keep busy, learn something new, need a refresher on a topic you swear you knew, or maybe your resume could use some TLC then look no further.

Let’s take look at some of the free courses that are being offered right now on LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com).


First up is a collection of classes on finding a new job while there is ongoing hardship (like now): Finding a Job during Challenging Economic Times.


These classes focus on several different areas of finding a new job – the job search itself, resume work, and when you need to nail your job interview just to name a few. If you need your own personal job coach right now these classes are for you!

Maybe the above classes do not apply to you right now, but you are working from home for the first time. Worry not there are classes to help you as well under the umbrella of classes called: Remote Working: Setting Yourself and Your Teams Up for Success.


This set of classes will work on your time management skills, productivity tips, and how to work with a good number of the leading virtual meeting tools (Skype, Zoom, and BlueJeans to name a few). So if you are new to the home office situation then these classes might right up your alley.


Maybe you just need something to help you combat stress and build endurance for these trying times than these 8 free classes on mindfulness, stress management, and resilience are for you:

Mindfulness Practices

The Mindful Workday

Mindful Meditations for Work and Life

Managing Stress for Positive Change

How to Manage Feeling Overwhelmed

Balancing Work and Life

Building Resilience

Grit: How Teams Persevere to Accomplish Great Goals


Are you a teacher who has suddenly been given the tall task of teaching online with no frame of reference for what that should look like? These free classes are for you!

Learning to Teach Online

Teaching with Technology

Teaching Technical Skills Through Video

Teaching Online: Synchronous Classes

Teaching Techniques: Creating Multimedia Learning

Teaching Techniques: Classroom Cloud Strategy


Maybe you are an educator who needs a rundown on different collaboration tools for both you and your coworkers? Here are the best classes for you.

Office 365 for Educators

Microsoft Teams for Education

Google Hangouts Essential Training

WordPress Essential Training

WordPress for Education

And this is just a sample of the classes that LinkedIn Learning is offering for free during this time of crisis so go ahead and browse their site to see what else is being offered free to the public – no library card required! A friendly reminder that just because the site asks you to start a free trial does not mean you should feel obligated to sign up for a trial.

We here in the libraries of Allegheny County continue to wish everyone well and encourage you to keep learning and keep growing!


Northland Public Library