lynda-logo is an impressive online learning tool that we’ve been using at Anglia Ruskin since 2014. It has free, professional, certificated online courses available to all staff and students. You don’t have to complete courses you can simply dip in to for reference (a bit like a professional, no-nonsense YouTube search). Or you can use it to build your CV by completing courses (you can also easily add the certificates to your LinkedIn account if you have one), get new staff up to speed with software, teach students skills needed for the task in hand, etc.

There’s over 4,000 courses in personal and professional development, software tools and methodology, higher education study skills and many more subject areas. is heavily used by both students and staff and we currently have 4,250 active users.


  • 4,250 active users, 450 of which are new since 1 September 2016!
  • We’ve completed watching over 170,000 videos as an institution, in over 11,000 hours and has issued 1,930 certificates of completion
  • The top 5 courses of all time are: Excel 2013, Word 2013, PowerPoint 2013, Outlook 2013 and the Foundations of Object Oriented Programming.


Find something in that would be useful to you or your students/staff/colleagues, either personally or in your work, and post a link here in this blog post.

  1. Log in directly to by going to and use your University username and password. Your username should look like this: – your password is your usual staff password.
  2. Enter a search term in the big white search box at the top of the page in I want you to find something that you’re interested.
  3. Go into one of the courses and look for the Share button.
  4. Copy and paste the link into the comments section of this blog.

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Going Further:

I believe you’d benefit greatly from watching this introductory video about Lynda, that was presented at the last Anglia Learning & Teaching DigiFest event, as a ‘lightning’ presentation.

There’s more information here.

IT Services can put on  demo sessions for your team or Faculty; just ask at If you would like a quiet space to study content, or any online training materials, check out our IT Training Clinic sessions. These are staff PC lab sessions facilitated by our IT Trainer.

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