Cory Olcott’s career in education includes multiple English teaching positions, as well as various positions coaching women’s water polo teams. Cory Olcott also has a professional interest in online education.
While online education is typically the domain of schools and educational institutions, the professional social network LinkedIn is entering the fray with LinkedIn Learning.
LinkedIn Learning provides subscribers with access to over 9,000 digital courses. Most of the content comes from the learning website Lynda, which LinkedIn acquired in 2015. The service costs a monthly subscription fee of $25, but offers a one-month free trial to new users.
LinkedIn Learning uses the LinkedIn user data on a user’s profile to provide a personally tailored set of recommended courses to that user. The program considers your previous work experience, listed skills, and current job to suggest courses the company thinks might help you stay on top of current skills required in your field.
Individuals can join the program, but LinkedIn Learning is primarily aimed at businesses, enabling them to recommend courses to their employees. The program’s beta phase tested the platform with large, big-name companies like Ellie Mae, Viacom, and NBCUniversal.
LinkedIn’s CEO, Jeff Weiner, feels that it is much harder today than in the past to learn a skill and be set for life, career-wise. He feels LinkedIn Learning provides the solution by offering continued professional education in an age where technology is rapidly displacing workers.