Lynda.com (free video tutorials)

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lynda_logoI’ve been a huge fan of Lynda.com for a long time. I’ve found that their video tutorials are excellent, and for the cost of $35 a month, I could take courses, which were equivalent, if not BETTER, than what you could learn from a $400 to $600 college or university course.

Well… I am pleased to tell you, that for anyone with a Toronto Public Library card, or who knows someone with a Toronto Public Library card, these course are now totally FREE!!! If you live outside of Toronto, I would still highly recommend these courses, but for someone living in Toronto this is an unbelievable deal!

Lynda.com Instructors

Learn from industry experts who are passionate about teaching. I’ve found that the Lynda.com instructors are experts in their own field and can teach you what they have learned from their own experience.

With most courses you can download exercise files, which allows you to perform the same actions as the instructors as they step you through each lessons. Each course is usually comprised of 9 or 10 topics with 8 to 10 videos to cover each topic. The videos themselves range from 5 to 10 minutes in length. Learn at your own pace, bookmark important videos for later references, and stop at any time and then start again from where you left off the next time you log on.

Business Courses

The Business Courses category includes courses such as:

  • Small Business Secrets
  • Up and Running with Linked In
  • Email Marketing Basics
  • Online Marketing Fundamentals
  • Become a Project Co-ordinator

Creative Courses

The Creative Courses category includes courses such as:

  • Shooting awesome sports portraits
  • Learn Photography: Autofocus
  • Music Production Secrets
  • Capturing Audio for Video
  • Photoshop: Turn Yourself into a Zombie

Technology Courses

The Technology Courses category includes courses such as:

  • Dreamweaver and WordPress Concepts
  • The .NET framework and ASP.NET
  • Java Essential Training
  • SQL Server Backup and Recovery
  • PHP Email with Swift Mailer

Getting Started

Check out Lynda.com and see what you think.  For those of you lucky enough to live in the Toronto area and have a Toronto Public Library card, here is the link to sign in.  All it takes is your library card number and the last four digits of your home phone number.  Happy tutorials! :)

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