Information Services

About LinkedIn Learning

Information on the LinkedIn Learning service including user entitlement, details of the service and potential uses within the University.

What is LinkedIn Learning?

LinkedIn Learning is an online skills development service offering an extensive library of high-quality video courses in business, creative and technical skills. The University of Edinburgh has a campus-wide licence, offering staff and students unlimited access to the service via the web and mobile apps.

This resource supports the strategic plans of the University and Information Services Group by transforming the way we offer digital skills training and increasing our capacity for digital skills development. LinkedIn Learning will make a key contribution to digital transformation, helping to develop a digital culture within the University and support staff and students to improve their skills for work, study, and life.

Users have access to over 13,000 courses taught by industry experts, with many new courses added weekly. Courses provide in-depth subject detail and are made up of short videos, so you can learn an entire topic or program from start to finish, or just a specific task. They cater for all levels from beginner to expert. 

Some example courses are:

Business Creative Technology

Excel 2016 Essential Training

HMTL Essential Training

Learning Python

Time Management Foundations Photoshop CC 2019 Essential Training: The Basics SQL Essential Training
Customer Service Foundations Introduction to Photography Programming Foundations: Secure Coding
Building Resilience User Experience for Web Design IT Service Desk Careers and Certifications: First Steps
Communication Foundations Maya 2019 Essential Training Word 2019 Essential Training  


Video: I Love LinkedIn Learning Because
A video explaining what our staff and student users love about LinkedIn Learning.


LinkedIn Learning is available to all University students and staff. Students who have yet to matriculate and alumni will not be able to access the service.  

Using LinkedIn Learning to help develop your skills

You can use LinkedIn Learning to:

  • Develop your business, creative and technology skills
  • Plan your development, and track your course history and recent activity
  • Bookmark your favourite videos and courses to return to at a convenient time 
  • Earn certificates of course completion which can be downloaded, shared or published to your LinkedIn profile
  • Download content to watch offline on the LinkedIn Learning Android and IOS apps
  • Connect to your LinkedIn profile for a more personalised recommendations-based learning experience 

Ideas for using LinkedIn Learning within the University

LinkedIn Learning provides many possibilities for users within our University, including:

Developing staff skills

  • Developing the digital skills and capabilities of our workforce, enabling staff to play an active role in digital transformation and keep up to date with new technology
  • Enhancing curricular teaching by supporting digital classroom technologies
  • Helping managers to support staff development and reviews by signposting a broad range of development opportunities for their staff
  • Encouraging career development by mapping online courses to professional development frameworks
  • Assisting in software and systems rollouts
  • Enabling learning and development professionals to provide resources across a wider subject range, offer an alternative to classroom-based delivery and provide immediate help to those on waiting lists
  • Reducing spend on external training courses by offering a just-in-time online alternative

Developing student skills

  • Enabling students to take ownership of their development
  • Developing digital skills and capabilities and keeping up to date with new technology
  • Developing professional and employability skills
  • Increasing the visibility of achievements by encouraging students to download course completion certificates or post them to their LinkedIn profile
  • Offering a wider range of learning opportunities to enhance the student experience

Supplementing curricular teaching

  • Teaching both campus-based and distance students
  • Encouraging focussed learning by creating and assigning playlists to students that are relevant to your teaching and course programme
  • Teaching technical and presentation skills outside of the classroom
  • Flipping the classroom
  • As pre-work or an add-on to course reading lists
  • Linking from Learn to relevant courses in LinkedIn Learning (integration coming soon)