Quick dives for new skills with LinkedIn Learning


Jennifer Simmers knows how deep you can dive into LinkedIn Learning. She used the online video training service for hour-long trainings on data management tools like Tableau and the SQL programming language.

But after hitting a few snags with Microsoft Excel, she recently turned to LinkedIn Learning for a quick dose of skill-building to make her spreadsheets easier to find and organize her toolbar for better reading. view of his work.

“I had just been doing things over and over again and thought there had to be an easier way,” said Simmers, management engineer for Duke Health Performance Services. “So I had an extra hour in my day and I was like, ‘I’m going to go get a video on this.'”

With approximately 17,000 online courses, LinkedIn Learning is an easy way to get up to speed on a wide variety of technology, business, and creative topics. With many lessons lasting around an hour or less, you don’t need to invest a huge amount of time to benefit from development opportunities using the platform.

“I try to be very conscious of timing because I know people are incredibly busy,” said Dorie Clark, author and teacher at Duke Fuqua School of Business, who has created several popular LinkedIn Learning lessons that last. less than an hour. “We all feel time-stressed, so people won’t start a course if it seems too long or too daunting, let alone finish it.”

If you’re hungry to learn but don’t have a very open schedule, check out some quick lessons on popular topics.

Canva, Excel and PowerPoint in less than an hour

Among the topics covered in LinkedIn Learning's Quick Courses are Microsoft Excel.  Image courtesy of LinkedIn Learning. LinkedIn Learning offers a range of quick courses to help users become more comfortable with software that many roles touch.

For Microsoft Excel, the Learning Excel 2019 course provides a good foundation and lasts just over an hour. Meanwhile, the 48-minute Excel Quick Tips lesson can help even experienced Excel users hone their skills.

The Canva design program is an easy way to create graphics, posters, and flyers online, easily syncing with Duke Flyer. Learn how to use the program with the 51-minute Learning Canva course.

And if you need to learn the basics of the popular Microsoft PowerPoint presentation tool, check out Learning PowerPoint 2021, which can give you solid information in just over an hour.

Create an effective day

Author and business expert Dave Crenshaw offers a quick lesson in time management for remote workers.  Image courtesy of LinkedIn Learning. Nearly two years into the pandemic, figuring out how to get the most out of a remote workday remains a challenge for some remote and hybrid workers.

Leadership Coach Dave Crenshaw offers tips on how to set up an intuitive workspace, create an effective schedule, and manage distractions with Time Management: Working From Home, a 24-hour course. minutes.

A dose of calm

While LinkedIn Learning is known for its lessons on technology and business topics, users can also find sessions on topics like mindfulness.  Image courtesy of LinkedIn Learning. LinkedIn Learning courses also offer more than professional skills.

As well as classes to develop photography and painting skills, there are also classes, like this 38-minute exploration of mindful stress management that can offer a quick dose of balance.

“Cultivate a healthier relationship to anxiety by learning to clear your mind and body of its manifestation,” note the course details for Mindful Stress Management.

Reframe your vision

Dorie Clark, author and teacher at the Fuqua School of Business, created a popular LinkedIn Learning session on strategic thinking.  Image courtesy of LinkedIn Learning. According to LinkedIn Learning’s 2021 Workplace Learning Report, the fourth most popular course among LinkedIn Learning’s Gen Z users in 2020 was Dorie Clark’s Strategic Thinking Session from the Fuqua School of Business.

The 36-minute lesson explores how to integrate your experiences and relationships into a mindset that can move you toward your goals.

“There is a paradox where you have to have experience in this area to gain access to promotion or leadership opportunities, but there is no good way to learn it organically,” said said Clark about the concept of strategic thinking. “That’s where this course comes in because it can help expose people to certain concepts and help them reframe some of their thinking to be more strategic, and give them a head start to be able to demonstrate their insight to others.”

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