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Last modified: Thursday, August 20, 2009

IU launches pilot project of online video-based IT training

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Information technology is an essential tool to help people be more efficient and effective by enhancing teaching, learning, and research. IU is launching a four-month pilot to gauge interest in a wider range of elearning options that will help the IU community broaden its software skills.

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IU is partnering with Lynda.com, a leading provider of video-based elearning primarily focused on Adobe applications, multimedia, and web development. Lynda's training content complements other online training already offered at IU.

"IU is developing innovative programs that consider user preferences and learning styles to advance the IT skills of faculty, staff, and students," said Stacy Morrone, Associate Dean for Learning Technologies. "The Lynda.com video-based elearning options are wide-ranging and especially well suited to varying skill levels, self-directed explorations, and delivery on demand," continued Morrone.

Lynda.com has an Online Training Library® of over 650 courses and related exercise files created by subject matter experts. The Lynda library provides in-depth Adobe instruction, as well as comprehensive training on Microsoft Office, open source software, Macintosh applications, multimedia, web design, programming, and more.

IU students, faculty, and staff can use the specific training they need, learning by subject, software, or vendor. If a particular trainer is especially helpful, they can even choose to learn by author. Lynda.com offers robust search mechanisms, unbiased coverage, and timely new releases, opening up infinite training possibilities, from quick looks at particular modules to ongoing topical sessions.

Students, in particular, will enjoy the ability log in at any time of day and work their way through Adobe CS4 courses and exercise files. Faculty will be able to incorporate fee-free video training into their curriculum or assign outside training, eliminating the need to spend limited class time on a given tool. And for staff, it's a no-cost opportunity to brush up on the latest software features, keeping their skills current and relevant.

"This has the potential to be part of a multi-faceted approach to IT support, training, and personal assistance that can be tailored to individual levels of expertise, and delivered in modes that suit individual preferences," concludes Morrone.

To learn more about the Lynda.com pilot, visit http://ittraining.iu.edu/lynda.

If you have questions, contact UITS IT Training. IU Bloomington: 812-855-7383, ittraining@indiana.edu; IUPUI: 317-274-7383, ittraining@iupui.edu.