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 Lynda.com: Getting Started

 What you need to know to get started using Lynda.com

Lynda.com is a UC licensed online video-training library that has more than 1,400 software, career development, and technology training titles that you can access from anywhere using an internet browser and your UC login credentials.  

Lynda’s video courses are taught by industry experts, working professionals, and veteran teachers. The library features software from Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Blackboard, Facebook, Google, HTML, Microsoft, Open Source, SPSS, Twitter and many more that allow users to learn the latest tools and techniques in business, digital media, design and development. 

The service is FREE and is open to currently registered students, faculty, including emeriti, and staff.



  • Take Lynda.com tutorials to help with coursework.
  • Learn techniques for your own projects.
  • Build tech skills to boost your resume.


  • Assign tutorials for a project or coursework.
  • Incorporate Lynda.com into your syllabi.
  • Provide tutorials to supplement a course.


  • Take tutorials to boost your productivity.
  • Explore new technologies on your own.
  • Beef up your resume with Lynda.com.

Minimum system requirements 


Screen resolution

  • Recommended minimum screen resolution of 1024x768


  • Apple Quick Time 7.5, Microsoft Windows Media Player 10, and Adobe Flash Player 9
  • Quick Time 7.5.5 with Safari for Mac


  • Internet Explorer 7.0 (64-bit Internet Explorer 7.0 is not supported), Firefox 3.0, and Google Chrome 11.0
  • JavaScript and Cookies must be enabled

Operating System

  • Windows XP SP3
  • Mac OS X 10.4.11

You need an Internet connection with sufficient bandwidth. Most lynda.com videos work best with a downstream bandwidth of at least 1 Mbps.

Tip:  If you wait until an entire movie buffers, which is indicated when the play bar at the bottom of the movie turns dark gray, you should be able to watch the movie without interruption.




  • All iPads
  • iPhone 3GS or later
  • iPod touch 3rd generation or later

Operating system

  • iOS 4.2 or later

Logging into the site 
The Lynda.com login page will prompt you for your UC 6+2 username and password. If you have a valid UC username and password, you will be redirected to a web portal at lynda.com that will give you access to all of its resources.

 Access "my profile

You can change your personal information any time through the account settings located at the top, right-hand of the screen. Any certificates of completion you earn will automatically have your name on them.

Player settings in Lynda.com 

Selecting different movie players in Lynda can result in different functionality.

  • Flash movie playback allows you to watch videos full screen.
  • Quick Time Custom and Windows Media movie playback allow you to control the speec of playback.
  • Quick Time movie playback will allos you to go to a specific location in the movie when doing a course transcript search for a term.
  • All movie players have closed captioning as long as the course has a transcript.

To see or change these options, go to "my account" and "site preferences."


Keeping current with updated content 

New releases are noted on the Lynda.com homepage.

Other ways to follow Lynda are:

Lynda also has a series of newsletters you can subscribe to in your "account settings."


Take classes! 
Lynda.com autotmatically saves your past history and shows you where you left off in a course video the next time you log in.


How to use the iPhone / iPodTouch / iPad app 

Download the free app from iTunes.

To log in to Lynda.com using the app, use the web portal access option, and then type uc.edu as the URL. You will be directed to UC's Central Login System screen to login to lynda.com.

Additional information 

For more Lynda.com FAQs, visit http://www.lynda.com/support/faq.aspx. Please ignore any references to fees. As a registered UC student, faculty or staff member, Lynda.com is free for you to use.


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