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LinkedIn Learning is live

LinkedIn Learning is the new and improved online training resource from Microsoft. It's an upgrade from the well-known lynda.com online training resource and is available to all UCT staff and students.

If you previously used lynda.com, then LinkedIn Learning should be a breeze to navigate. If you’re new to this form of training, don’t worry, this video will help you get started. You’ll quickly discover the benefits of using LinkedIn Learning. 

There are thousands of high-quality instructional videos to choose from – covering topics such as software, design, and business skills. Courses – which range from beginner to advanced – are taught by industry experts and are available 24/7 on PCs, laptops, tablets, and smart phones. These courses are regularly updated and are presented in a concise, yet easy-to-understand way. You can select which training method you prefer: either a short video to help you with “just in time” learning; or one of the certified, extensive training courses complete with exercises.

LinkedIn Learning gives you the freedom to customise training to suit your needs.

Let LinkedIn Learning work for you

By connecting your personal LinkedIn profile to LinkedIn Learning, you can get a much richer learning experience. LinkedIn Learning will recommend courses relevant to your job or interests and recommend learning paths to take your skills to the next level. Note that if you connect your LinkedIn profile, UCT won’t have access to all your profile information. Only your learning-related data will be visible to the university.

If you don’t have a LinkedIn Learning profile, don’t worry. You can create one when you navigate to LinkedIn Learning.

Alternatively, use LinkedIn Learning as is – without a LinkedIn profile – and use the intelligent search functionality to navigate this extensive online resource.

Using the service

Access LinkedIn Learning for the first time

If you intend to use the mobile app, please complete the initial setup using a laptop or desktop computer. Once that’s done, you can access the service via the mobile app.

  1. Go to http://lil.uct.ac.za
  2. On the UCT single sign-on screen, log in using your UCT credentials. (Note: If you're already logged on to another of UCT's Single Sign-On services - such as Vula - you won't need to log in again.)
  3. Choose whether to link your LinkedIn profile to LinkedIn Learning.

To learn more about the platform, watch the How to use LinkedIn Learning video.

After setting up your profile, you can access LinkedIn Learning from any internet-connected location – even if you're off campus.

Access LinkedIn Learning from your computer (after initial setup)

Navigate to http://lil.uct.ac.za and log on using your UCT username and password.

  • If you did not link your personal LinkedIn profile to LinkedIn Learning, you will be taken to your LinkedIn Learning home page.
  • If you did link your personal LinkedIn profile to LinkedIn Learning, you will be asked to log in to LinkedIn using that profile’s sign-in details. Sign in, and you will be taken to your LinkedIn Learning home page.
Access LinkedIn Learning from your mobile device

First, install the LinkedIn Learning mobile app for your mobile device (iOS | Android).

After opening the app, the way you sign in will depend on whether you linked your personal LinkedIn profile to LinkedIn Learning:

  • If you did not link your professional LinkedIn profile to LinkedIn Learning, tap Sign in with your organization portal.
    1. Enter uct.ac.za and tap Sign in with your organization portal.
    2. If you're prompted to open a web browser, do so.
    3. On the UCT Single Sign-On page, sign in using your UCT username and password.
    4. You will be taken to your LinkedIn Learning home page within the app. 
       
  • If you did link your LinkedIn profile to LinkedIn Learning, tap Sign in with LinkedIn.
    1. You will be asked to log in to LinkedIn using your professional LinkedIn profile’s sign-in details. Sign in using these details.
    2. On the Continue with your organization page, tap Continue.
    3. If you're prompted to open a web browser, do so.
    4. On the UCT Single Sign-On page, sign in using your UCT username and password.
    5. You will be taken to your LinkedIn Learning home page within the app.
Download courses or videos

You can save LinkedIn Learning videos onto your mobile device for offline viewing later. This is especially handy when you don't have an internet connection, or you don't have enough mobile data to download entire videos or courses. Your only limit is the amount of free space on your mobile device.

  1. While connected to eduroam (or another internet connection), use the app to find a course you're interested in.
  2. To download the entire course, under the course title, tap Download button Download.
  3. To download individual videos, navigate to the course CONTENTS then tap Download button Download next to each video you'd like to save.

Note that for now, you can only download videos to mobile devices. In due course, this functionality will be available for laptops and desktop computers.