Monday, October 24, 2016

Week of Learning from @Linkedin #69

Last year Linkedin acquired Lynda.com and instantly had a huge library of learning content - I genuinely hope it goes well for them as I feel it is a good match. Today Linkedin have launched a "Week of Learning" where they are providing free access to a wide range of courses in many categories. Recommended for me (I assume based on my Linkedin profile) are courses in:

...these are the only two out of the top 8 courses recommended for me which are not about Moodle. The only mention of Moodle in my profile is that 67 people have endorsed me for Moodle. I think Linkedin have still got a bit of work to do in making recommendations (if they are) based on one's profile.

Image source: Wikimedia Commons.

Of course, every week should be a "Week of Learning"! Although it is a concept from Linkedin that I like, we learn all the time and don't need them to remind us. Clearly, this is a marketing exercise to get people to sign up (and good luck to them). The last week in October seems to be an odd time to do this, but it would be interesting to see if more Linkedin members enrol on more courses. A "Week of Learning" sounds like a lot, but it is hard for folks to find extra time to learn while still having work to do. Nevertheless, Linkedin's offer of free courses for a week is too good to pass up - I recommend trying it out for at least a few minutes a day.

I've signed up for "R Statistics Essential Training" - it's a whopping six-hour long course. I would like to learn more about using R in statistics and to get some tips for my own classes. There is a lot of basic content about setting up R and using RStudio - so I can skip a lot of this and move on to the interesting stuff such as using colour and plotting charts.

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