We had another great turn out at this month’s Blended Learning Coffee Club to hear Sarah Dargie, EBE share her experiences and research around using Lynda.com resources within her digital design modules.
Over the summer, GCU got an institutional licence for Lynda.com allowing all students and staff to use the vast array of training resources it offers. Before the institutional purchase, SEBE had a school licence for Lynda.com and it was being used by a number of staff (and students) within their learning and teaching.
As part of a project for her PgC LTHE qualification Sarah has recently undertaken some action research on the impact of taking a flipped approach to integrating Lynda.com resources with students to: use face to face teaching time more effectively, breakdown tutorials into bite size lessons, promote discussion and development of ideas and improve student motivation.
Sarah’s research findings have shown some significant changes in student attitudes, but this was only through the contextualising resources and activities and improved consistency of use of Lynda.com tutorials by everyone on the module teaching team. A PDF copy of Sarah’s presentation and research findings is available at the end of this post.
The discussion after Sarah’s presentation very much focused on issues of time and contextualisation. Lynda.com is a fantastic resource but it is huge. Knowing where to start can be daunting. Of course, it isn’t just limited to being used in formal learning and teaching situations. For many of our programmes it doesn’t have an appropriate level of academic material. This is not surprising given that it has developed from corporate IT training. That said it does have potential to be a really useful additional support resource for both staff and student IT development. For example it has “loads of stuff” on creating presentations, using SPSS and much more.
If you are using Lynda.com in anyway, then we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments. As practice develops across the university we’ll also try to capture and share that, so please do get in touch if you would like to share your experiences.