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Wk 4 Blog Post #2 – a lower cost alternative to Lynda.com?

27 Mar

As it turns out, my Action Research has evolved into an overhaul of our technology training and support program. I have used and loved Lynda.com training videos for a long time prior to becoming a Fullsail University student. In fact, we’ve paid for a small number of concurrent Lynda licenses for our students and staff to use.  I’ve always been at odds with marketing the licenses too much, though, for fear of not being able to meet demand.  Unfortunately for us, a Lynda site license is just too expensive.

A few weeks ago, conversation on one of my list-servs turned to this very topic: “What do you think about a Lynda.com site license?” In the course of the online conversation, a few colleagues mentioned Atomic Learning, describing that it was well-accepted on campus and affordable. I did a little Internet research and discovered that they are indeed affordable. Affordable as in I can license my entire campus for about the same cost as what we were paying for those few Lynda.com concurrent licenses. Now that’s affordable!

We are demoing the service now with expectations of rolling it out in the Fall. On first pass, Atomic’s interface and overall professional polish are not up to par with Lynda, but I find that a minor sticking point if I can spend the same money next year and reach 1950 more learners.  Atomic’s library isn’t as extensive as Lynda’s either, but they have tutorials for all the major programs we use. One way Atomic excels over Lynda is in its collections of training materials. I am especially interested in its digital storytelling resources. That’s a project that’s been near and dear to my heart, but I just haven’t had the time to do anything with it.  Stay tuned for more details.

 

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  1. Carl Combs

    June 8, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Thank you for your post and we are in the ‘exact’ same position deciding whether or not to renew Lynda.com site licensing. We’ve had very good success with the site license… easy to access, no-hassle process to use the entire online library, great variety of training options, etc. But the re-branding to LyndaCampus has increased renewal price significantly, as in 2.5 times the cost of the previous two year’s pricing! yikes! I don’t want to go back to LyndaPro (multi-user) licensing because, well, ppl just didn’t make the effort to request licenses :( Adoption rate was very low with the extra hassle-factor. If you are willing, please keep me updated on your findings. We also have a limited license for Atomic Learning for targeting Accessibility training which Lynda.com does not have. I really like Lynda.com’s number and variety of training but Atomic Learning may be where we are headed if Lynda prices us out of preferred site license. Or we may choose to go with LyndaPro instead. TIA! :)

     
  2. Melinda Kraft

    June 8, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Thanks for comment. I love Lynda’s products. They are always top notch, but they are just too pricey for us site-wide. We’ve gone with a full site license with Atomic for this fall at Albion College. It costs just a tiny bit more than what we were paying for 10 Lynda network licenses. I really like Atomic’s academic focus. They also offer some great resources for promoting their service on campus.