5 (free!) Short & Helpful Online Courses

By Andrea Mack, First Time Technology Office Manager

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 1.00.04 PMI love the DC Public Library (DCPL). I would love to be the official DCPL brand ambassador, but I don’t think that job exists. One of the reasons I love DCPL is that as a card holder I have access to Lynda.com for free. Lynda.com has over a thousand instructional video courses covering topics such as Photoshop, Excel, music production, and more.

You can access Lynda.com through the DClibrary.org website or by clicking here (we found it for you!). Enter your library card number and PIN, and you’re ready to watch.

I’ve personally tested and chosen five very helpful (and free!) courses to get you started:


How to use lynda

1. How to use Lynda.com with Garrick Chow

Best For: Everyone new to Lynda.com

If you’re like me and don’t like reading instructions, start here. This series of videos will show you all the features Lynda.com has to offer. In this course, you’ll learn how to create playlist and take synchronized notes in Lynda.

Gmail Essentials2. Gmail Essential Training with Jess Stratton

Best for: PC for Beginners students or graduates

This course was originally posted in 2013. Since then, there have been minor changes to Gmail, but this is still a great resource. This course builds upon what is taught about Gmail in Byte Back’s PC for Beginners course.

Communication Tips3. Communication Tips with Tatiana Kolovou and Brenda Bailey-Hughes

Best for: Everyone – we could all communicate better!

Want to be a better communicator? If so, watch these short videos covering topic such as how to redirect gossip at work, saying no to requests, and asking and giving specific feedback verse general feedback.

Personal Finance4. Personal Finance Fundamentals  with Jane Barratt

Best for: Anyone who needs to think about your spending

This course is one of my favorites. It has helped me rethink my relationship with money. One of the most powerful tips I’ve taken from this course is that every dollar you spend is a vote for the companies that you’re buying from. Are they companies that you trust and believe in? Or are you just buying out of habit?

Everyday Math5. Everyday Math Fundamentals with Vince Kotchian

Best for: Everyone, especially people who use phones as tip calculators

Do you remember when you were younger and teachers would tell you that math was important? Well I do and I never believed them. This course makes me a believer and has taught me how to use the type of math that is needed for everyday life.

If you have a hard time accessing Lynda.com, please contact your local DC Public Library for assistance.

Share your favorite Lynda.com course with a comment below!

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