PULSe – the Princeton University Learning Series is a new IT learning opportunity that supports many of the technologies OIT makes available. Faculty, staff, and students – anyone with a Princeton netID – can participate in the live Friday afternoon webinars or access recorded tutorials on available services such as SharePoint, Roxen, and WebSpace. PULSe maintains a presence on Twitter and Facebook where additional resources are shared. In this Productive Scholar session, you will be introduced to the site, its features, and the iLinc web conferencing system that is used to present the weekly webinars.
Lynda.com is a California-based company that offers online training materials on popular software platforms, web applications, and consumer technology. Some are short introductions to a new technology or software package. Others are in-depth instructions on software applications or suites.
Lorene Lavora said that PULSe, an on-demand training program and series, is made possible because of an amazing team of people with a deep knowledge of applications, and that her main goal in the series is to “push the envelope” of how technology training is done at Princeton. The series of technology webinars, which focus on Microsoft Office products, Sharepoint. and other Princeton University-supported products. are short, to the point, and easy to digest, according to Lavora.
The seminars are available to Princeton University community members, meaning that anyone with a NetID can watch prerecorded seminars. You can get to the PULSe site by visiting http://www.princeton.edu/pulse and logging in. Live PULSe seminars take place on Fridays at 2 pm. You do need to have an iLinc account in order to see live seminars. You can get access to iLinc by visiting http://ilinc.princeton.edu and following the instructions to gain access to the system. All conversation between instructors and participants is currently done by chat in iLinc. Instructors also share video and other materials related to the featured software in each session via iLinc.
According to Lavora, PULSe’s Facebook and Twitter accounts are a great way to start a conversation about training. She says that you can find out what PULSe seminars are coming up, ask a question about the software that the seminars support, and get answers from the people who teach them.
Janet Temos explained that Lynda.com, a premium technology training site with videos and other resources, currently has over 1000 courses and offers new courses every week. On Lynda.com, there are courses covering a wide variety of software including design applications from Adobe, productivity software from Microsoft, cloud applications from Google, social sites such as Flickr & Facebook, and 3D applications such as Blender and 3DS Max.
You can see an extensive list of all supported software at: http://www.lynda.com/software/all
Princeton recently purchased a site license, and anyone with a valid Princeton Net ID can take part in the on-demand training. Users are authenticated via CAS, the same system that allows access to Princeton services like Blackboard. If you have a valid netid, simply log in to Lynda at http://lynda.princeton.edu
Some things to note about Lynda:
In order to use the site, cookies are required. The cookies track your activity and progress so that you can go into the site, do some training, leave the site, and get right back to where you left off. If you add your customized user information (name, etc.) you can get your own name on certificates of completion, but your personal information is not required to use the service or to track your individual progress.
If you are not a Princeton NetID holder, it costs $25 per month to sign up as an individual user. This monthly fee will allow individual users to have unlimited access to training materials and videos.
Internet Explorer 8 users sometimes have an issue with the browser correctly rendering menu drop-downs. If this happens to you, look for the compatibility-mode icon in the address bar, and click it. (Additional information about this issue can be found in the forthcoming Knowledge Base article on lynda.com)
Also note that if you log out from Lynda, you cannot log back in at lynda.com — you must use http://lynda.princeton.edu in order to take advantage of Princeton’s site license.
You can also set site preferences, such as whether you want to use Flash, Quicktime, or Windows Media, etc. to view movies.
With Quicktime, for instance, you can increase the speed of the playback in order to learn more quickly, as long as you don’t mind listening to the voice at a higher speed.
Other features of Lynda videos include closed captioning, exercise files, and recommended prerequisites. Lynda.com has a very active social media presence on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. You can also use your iPhone or iPad in order to access Lynda content with the lynda.com App, available in Apple’s App Store. Lynda also offers the Lynda Office ribbon, which adds a Lynda tab to Microsoft Office applications. By installing this ribbon, you get a new sidebar that offers application-contextual training from Lynda.com.
If you would like more information about Lynda at Princeton, or if you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the link to the presentation for Lynda at Princeton.