LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) - Frequently Asked Questions
LinkedIn Learning is an online software training service that is currently made available to current UW-Madison students, faculty and staff. This document outlines some of the more frequently asked questions.
What happened to Lynda.com?
In 2015, LinkedIn acquired Lynda.com and began the process of incorporating Lynda.com's videos and other learning objects into their own training platform called LinkedIn Learning.
In August 2019, UW-Madison's instance of Lynda.com migrated to the new LinkedIn Learning name and interface. All Lynda.com training materials are still available, but have been rebranded with the LinkedIn Learning name and logo.
Do I need a LinkedIn account to use LinkedIn Learning?
You will need a LinkedIn account, but you will not need a LinkedIn profile. The LinkedIn account is a technical requirement for logging into LinkedIn Learning, but having an account does not mean you will need to create or maintain a profile on LinkedIn, the social media platform for networking.
If you'd rather not attach your UW-provided LinkedIn Learning subscription to your personal LinkedIn account or if you do not currently have one, a new LinkedIn account will be automatically generated for you the first time you log into the service using your NetID. If at a later date you would like to connect your LinkedIn profile to your LinkedIn Learning account, you can do so through the LinkedIn Learning interface.
Do I need to make a new LinkedIn account if I already have one?
No - you can connect your existing LinkedIn account to your UW-provided LinkedIn Learning subscription the first time you log in, and all of your training transcript data will be carried over to the existing LinkedIn profile.
Is there any benefit to connecting my personal LinkedIn account to LinkedIn Learning?
Connecting your existing LinkedIn account to LinkedIn Learning lets you get personalized course recommendations based on your job title, skills, and the industry you're a part of. It will also suggest training recommendations based on items posted to your LinkedIn profile's news feed.
What happens if I leave the university?
If you choose to connect your personal LinkedIn profile with your UW-provided LinkedIn Learning subscription, your training history is stored with you LinkedIn account, so you will still get credit for all online training attended through LinkedIn Learning, even if you change jobs or leave the university.
If you do not connect your personal LinkedIn profile to your LinkedIn Learning subscription from UW, your training history will stay with your UW account and will not persist on your LinkedIn profile if you leave the UW.
What information will be shared with the university if I connect my personal LinkedIn profile to my UW-provided LinkedIn Learning account?
LinkedIn Learning will have access to learning activity such as courses viewed, profile information like your name, work title, and profile photo and any courses from your personal account that you've transferred to your university account. Neither LinkedIn Learning nor UW-Madison will have access to your connections, private messages, any job search activity such as job posts you've viewed and any learning courses you've viewed in your personal account.
Can I connect my personal LinkedIn account with my UW-Madison LinkedIn account at a later date?
Yes. If you later decide you'd like to connect your LinkedIn profile, you will be able to do so through the LinkedIn Learning interface.
Who has access to LinkedIn Learning at UW-Madison?
Can I access LinkedIn Learning on my smartphone or tablet?
The LinkedIn Learning web interface can be loaded by most modern devices capable of browsing the web, and native apps are available for iOS and Android.Apps for iPhone and iPad are available through the App Store via the following link: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/linkedin-learning/id1084807225.
I'm having trouble after logging into LinkedIn Learning. What should I do?
Why don’t I see the LinkedIn Learning module when I log into MyUW?