Harvard didn't switch our online learning service. Lynda.com was acquired by LinkedIn in 2015. Over the last few years, LinkedIn has been working on re-branding the Lynda service as "LinkedIn Learning" and Harvard's account has been converted to their new website. For more details about the transition from Lynda.com to LinkedIn Learning, click here.
As with attending an in-person class, staff members should always arrange with their supervisors ahead of time if they want to take classes during regular work hours. If you are overtime eligible and want to take LinkedIn Learning classes during work hours, you are required to request your manager’s approval in advance, just as you would if you were taking time to attend any classroom training, meeting, or program that takes place during work hours. Since LinkedIn Learning is accessible from any computer, some staff may choose to participate in training on their own... Read more about Do I need permission to take LinkedIn Learning classes? How does this count towards my hours?
Other Harvard-affiliated individuals can sometimes be granted access to LinkedIn Learning if they have a Harvard ID, HarvardKey, and they are set up as a with PoI access to Harvard systems by their manager. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Students who are currently enrolled at the Extension School can access LinkedIn Learning through Harvard while their enrollment is active. Students on a recognized leave of absence should generally be able to access LinkedIn Learning as long as they've filed the appropriate intent to return forms with their Registrar's office.
Harvard's license agreement with LinkedIn Learning allows us to provide access to their site to current Harvard students, staff, and faculty members only. Alumni and retirees are not covered under this license agreement and are therefore not eligible.
Only active Harvard students and staff are allowed to access LinkedIn Learning through Harvard. If you had previously connected your LinkedIn Learning account to your LinkedIn profile, then your account history and certificates of completion will be available. If you did not connect your account to a profile then they won't. For help connecting your account to a LinkedIn profile, refer to these instructions.
If you previously connected your LinkedIn Learning account to your regular LinkedIn account, then LinkedIn Learning will occasionally ask to re-confirm your LinkedIn password to ensure that it's still being used by the authorized individual.
When setting up a LinkedIn Learning account, some users get bounced due to the wide variety of ways that Harvard email address can be formatted. If you're attempting to login for the first time and this happens to you, follow the instructions on the Login Problems page.
When you log into LinkedIn Learning for the first time, the system creates a LinkedIn Learning account for you and gives you the option to connect that account to a traditional LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn Learning accounts are not the same as LinkedIn profiles and you are not required to have a LinkedIn profile in order to access LinkedIn Learning content through Harvard. If you do choose to connect your LinkedIn Learning account to a LinkedIn profile, the system will be able to provide you with a more personalized learning experience and you'll be able to access your LinkedIn Learning... Read more about Do I need to have a LinkedIn account to use LinkedIn Learning / Why is LinkedIn Learning asking me to connect my LinkedIn account?