A year and a half ago, LinkedIn plunked down $1.5 billion for Lynda.com, the huge online learning site. Today, at an event in its San Francisco office, the company introduced LinkedIn Learning, a set of new features that incorporate Lynda.com courses into LinkedIn itself, so that members can find and take courses, see which ones their connections are taking, and otherwise learn skills that are useful to their careers, all within the context of LinkedIn. They’re available starting today.
“We believe this is a new day,” said Tanya Staples, senior director of content and production. “It is a revolution in learning.” It’s also a way for LinkedIn to tempt more users and companies into paying for its premium membership tiers, which is how you’ll get access to courses.