Tips for Using LinkedIn Learning at UMD

LinkedIn Learning is an online learning service that can help UMD faculty, staff, and students learn software, design, and business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals. For more information, visit LinkedIn Learning. To learn about LinkedIn Learning, view the LinkedIn Learning Frequently Asked Question (FAQ).

LinkedIn Learning has been designed to be customizable so that every learner can create an optimal learning experience. To learn how to optimize the LinkedIn Learning experience, use the recommendations and tips listed below:

NOTE: LinkedIn Learning is only available to current UMD students, faculty, and staff at the College Park and Shady Grove campuses.

Narrow the Search

LinkedIn Learning offers a number of ways to search for specific courses and videos on the site.

Search Bar

Using the search bar on the top of the LinkedIn Learning homepage, learners can search for videos by entering a course name, topic, or an author. After entering a term into the search bar, learners will be presented with an expansive list of search results that can be filtered according to parameters such as author, platform, or date of release to make for a narrower field of search results.

Browse the library

Learners can also search for courses by clicking the Browse the library button on the LinkedIn Learning homepage. By clicking Browse the library, learners can open a menu of subjects covered by LinkedIn Learning courses and videos. Learners can then select a subject and view a list of search results that include all courses, videos, and playlists related to a subject available on LinkedIn Learning.


For learners interested in videos from a specific author, visit the LinkedIn Learning Site Map, accessible from the Site Map link at the bottom of every LinkedIn Learning webpage. On the Site Map window, click All Authors to view a list of all LinkedIn Learning video authors. This list is arranged alphabetically. Learners may click a letter from the alphabetic list at the top of the All Authors list to jump to the list of authors corresponding with that letter. Clicking an author's name will then reveal all videos created by that author.

Search the Course

After selecting a course to view, learners can search the course and the videos in the course by using the Search this course field located above the Table of Contents for a course. This is a quick and easy way to skip to segments of a video that address the search term.

Read the Transcripts

Every LinkedIn Learning video contains a transcript that documents every word spoken in a video. Transcripts are displayed in the Transcripts tab, which is typically placed to the right of the Table of Contents for a course. Transcripts can be searched using the Course Search field, or they may be used as tool for reading along as a video plays. LinkedIn Learning makes reading along with transcripts easy by highlighting each sentence as it is spoken by the video author.

Download and Use the Exercise Files

A number of LinkedIn Learning videos contain Exercise files. These files can complement the viewing experience by providing learners with documents that allow them to follow along with the video instruction. If available, exercise files will be located above the video player in the center of the LinkedIn Learning window. Click Exercise files to download the files in a Zip file format and then extract the files to the desktop using an operating system–specific extraction tool.

Take Notes

LinkedIn Learning enables learners to take notes during video playback using the My Notes feature. Learners can click the My notes tab below the video player and begin entering notes in the Start typing your notes... field. Notes are marked with the time code of the segment that was playing at the time the note was entered. All notes created during video playback are collected in the My notes tab of that video. The My notes feature provides a quick and simple way for learners to take notes while watching LinkedIn Learning videos without needing to reach for pen and paper.

Create and Share a Playlist

LinkedIn Learning allows learners to create playlists composed of multiple videos. Playlists can be created by using the Playlist creation tool in the My courses section. Videos may be added to playlists through the Playlist tab of the My courses section by clicking Create new playlist. Playlists can be shared with other LinkedIn Learning users or individuals without a LinkedIn Learning account via email, playlist URL, Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.
My Playlist

View a Curated Playlist

Each course topic contains a selection of curated playlists. Curated playlists have been developed by subject matter experts and contain some of the most popular, engaging, and useful videos on a given topic. Curated playlists may be viewed by visiting the Playlist Center. The curated playlists found in the Playlist Center are designed to move learners toward specific learning goals in ways that extend beyond the narrower focus of many LinkedIn Learning courses.

Try the HTML5 Video Player

LinkedIn Learning boasts a number of customizable settings that allow learners to optimize their experience to meet their learning and technology needs. The LinkedIn Learning video player is one such customizable setting. Learners may select from six video players to use when viewing videos on the site, including the original Flash, the most current version of Flash, QuickTime Standard, QuickTime Custom, Windows Media, and HTML5. LinkedIn Learning recommends using the HTML5 video player, if available, as it offers the most robust set of playback controls options, including such notable options as 10-second rewind and speed control.

Time your rewind 

LinkedIn Learning provides learners with two options for controlling the progress of a video tutorial. Learners can click and drag the progress bar cursor forward or backward to scrub to a specific timecode in a video. Additionally, they can click the ten-second rewind button to rewind a video by ten seconds. The ten-second rewind button is located next to the play button below the progress bar in the video player. While scrubbing gives learners the most control over their progress, the ten-second rewind is a great way to quickly skip back through a video in short intervals.
Ten second rewind

Bookmark a Chapter, Course, Video, or Video Segment

An easy way to save a video or a segment of a video on LinkedIn Learning for a later viewing is to bookmark the video or bookmark a timecode in a video. LinkedIn Learning learners can click the Bookmark icon next to the title of a video to bookmark a video, or they can click the Bookmark icon in a video player while a video is playing.
Bookmark Video
Bookmarks can also be applied to full courses or chapters within a course by clicking the Bookmark icon next to the course or chapter title in the Table of Contents.
Bookmark in Table of Contents
Additionally, learners can click the Bookmark timecode icon while a video is playing to bookmark a specific section of a video.
Timecode Bookmark
All bookmarks are collected in the Bookmarks tab of the My courses section, where the title and description of bookmarks can be edited. Bookmarks can also be deleted in this section.

Save, Share, or Print the Certificate of Completion

As learners complete courses in LinkedIn Learning, certificates of completion will be added to the learner's account. These certificates can be used as verification that a learner has viewed all videos in a course and may be saved as PDFs, printed, or shared via email, URL, Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. To learn how to view or share a certificate of completion, check out our knowledge article on viewing or sharing a UMD LinkedIn Learning Certificate of Completion.

Identify your Interests

LinkedIn Learning encourages learners to tailor their LinkedIn Learning experience to their interests by identifying their subject matter interests with the My interests list. With this list, learners can select which subjects and software covered by LinkedIn Learning courses and videos are of most interest to them. Identifying subjects or software that are of interest in the My interests list will enable LinkedIn Learning to recommend courses and videos on the LinkedIn Learning homepage that are designed to appeal to the individual learner.