Learn a new skill over Spring Break with LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn LearningWith Spring Break less than a week away, we would like to remind you that it is a great time to learn a new skill. Many of you will be traveling or taking a break, and you can use the time getting there along with the LinkedIn Learning app to make your time away from campus more productive to be more fruitful when you return. By using the LinkedIn Learning Mobile app, you can download courses to view on your mobile device for offline viewing in areas you don’t have a network or wifi connection, such as in a plane, in a car, or on the beach. We have compiled a few courses – from fun new skills to productivity tips – that might be worth your time while on Spring Break.

You have seen it in the movies. A group of college kids is sitting around the fire on the beach. All of a sudden, someone pulls out a guitar and impresses everyone with their skills with the acoustic guitar. You can be the one with the guitar with Beginning Acoustic Guitar Music Lessons by Greg Horne and Jared Meeker. These easy-to-follow videos will show you how to hold the instrument, play with a pick, count time, read music, and play simple chords.

Welcome from Beginning Acoustic Guitar Music Lessons by Greg Horne and Jared Meeker

Have you struggled this semester to keep up with everything? We know that time management is an indispensable skill, but who has the time to learn it? Best-selling author and business coach Dave Crenshaw will show you how to get more done in the shortest time possible and avoid the obstacles and distractions that can get in the way in his Time Management Fundamentals Course. Find out how you can avoid the pitfalls of multitasking and effectively schedule your time in less time then it would take you to fly from Dallas to Cabo.

Welcome from Time Management Fundamentals by Dave Crenshaw

Next, you might want to get a leg up on acing that next exam. We all know that good study skills are the foundation for good grades. In Learning Study Skills by Paul Nowak, get the tips you need for improving your reading speed and comprehension, creating detailed notes, committing the learning to memory, and even taking tests.

Welcome from Learning Study Skills by Paul Nowak

You might not have heard of mindfulness, but companies like Google and Deutsche Bank have implemented mindfulness programs for their teams. Mindfulness can lead to improved performance, health, and well-being. Professor and executive coach John Ullmen, Ph.D., will show you step-by-step methods that anyone can use for dealing with stress, anxiety, fear, worry, and self-doubt in his Mindfulness course.

Welcome from Mindfulness by John Ullmen

Learning Paths

You don’t need to watch a whole course to grow. LinkedIn Learning also has Learning Paths. These compiled playlists have related videos, possibly from many different courses, on a specific topic or career track. Here are a few examples.

Improve Your Mobile Photography Skills

This learning path can help iOS users understand how to get the most out of your photo-related tools. Go beyond the Camera app and learn how Lightroom for mobile can improve your photos and workflow.

Become a Small Business Owner

Start your own business and get it right the first time. Learn everything you need to become a small business owner, from understanding the responsibilities of entrepreneurship to figuring out the legal, financial, and operational aspects of your future business.

Stay Ahead in Manufacturing with 3D Printing

3D printing is a cutting-edge technology that’s changing the manufacturing landscape. It’s well suited for rapid prototyping, quick turnaround end-use parts, or even tooling for traditional manufacturing techniques. Begin with the basics, and learn how to design objects and prepare them for 3D printing.

Quick Tips

If you don’t want to spend time on a whole course or learning path, there are more bit sized tips available.

We hope you have a wonderful Spring Break and wish you happy learning!

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Ian Aberle

Ian Aberle is the IT Communications Specialist and Trainer for the Office of Information Technology (OIT) at Southern Methodist University (SMU). He started at SMU in 1996 and, for much of his career at the University, had managed the SMU STAR Program before joining the Training & Communications Team in 2015. In his free time, Ian enjoys photography and road trips with his family. You can see examples of when the two collide at ianaberle.com.