[hackerspaces] Group subscriptions to online training or digital libraries

Robert Davidson robert at dallasmakerspace.org
Wed May 27 16:23:26 CEST 2015

We just approved Lynda.com we have not implemented it yet but the hope is
we will use it like a library where people will check in and out access.

Ask me in 6 months and I can tell you how it's going.

Robert Davidson
Dallas Makerspace

Purchase a Lynda.com Yearly subscription (Alex Rhodes)

*Problem* We have many tools around the space and plenty of classes on how
to use them. There are fewer classes on how to design for them. We also
have software on some computers that goes barely used because not a lot of
people know how to use it.

*Solution* Purchase the LyndaPro program and start off with 5 licenses (the
minimum) for $1750.

Below is a summary of the features and benefits of the lyndaPro program:

lyndaPro offers a cost effective solution for training multiple employees.
lyndaPro allows the ability to add an unlimited number of users. As long as
specific users are entered (no generic users ie. User1, user2), the Master
Administrator can transfer around license seats. All end users will have a
unique experience and their course history will be tracked and saved
allowing for certificated of completion, movie history and bookmarking.
Administrative reports tracking all usage is also provided. Active users
will have access to the resource 24 hours a day, 7 days a week wherever
internet access is available.

On top of the discounted user licenses, we provide a complimentary
Administrator license that delivers the same unbridled access to our
library plus the ability to:

   - Create Multiple Groups (allocate licenses for different departments or
   - Activate & Deactivate Users
   - Add, Delete, Move, & Edit Users
   - Track Training Progression
   - Generate Usage Reports
   - Create Customizable Emails and Playlists: Ability to share courses
   with employees

There is no limit to the number of users assigned to each group.

We add 20-25 new training courses to our library on a weekly basis and
these courses become available with your subscription at no additional

As users train in our resource, they can begin to work within their own
learning environment. Features include:

   - Bookmarks: users can save their favorite courses, chapters, or movies
   to use for future reference.
   - Exercise files: the same files being used by the authors and it allows
   the user to gain a hands experience of using the programs.
   - Certificates of Completion: users will receive a certificate with
   their name, the name of the course, and the completion date.
   - Player Preferences: users can use Flash, Windows Media Player, &
   - Closed Captioning: for hearing impaired users.
   - Course Search: users can search for key subject material within a
   Closed Captioned title to find the information more efficiently.
   - Advanced Search: narrow down search criteria by category, software,
   vendor, & learning level.
   - Remote Accessibility: access the resource on a mobile tool such as an
   iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, & Android device.
   - Smart phone and tablet apps: free App for both IOS and Android
   - Playlists: Ability to share courses with employees.

Here are our discounted pricing tiers (to provide context, a standard
individual Premium license is $375): LyndaPro is an annually membership.

5-9 licenses: $350 each 10-19 licenses: $325 each 20-29 licenses: $300 each
30-59 licenses: $262.50 each 60-99 licenses: $225 each 100- 250 licenses:
$187.50 each


On Wed, May 27, 2015 at 8:00 AM, Shirley Hicks <shirley at velochicdesign.com>

> Good morning all,
> Have any hackerspaces purchased subscriptions to online training or access
> to digital libraries for their memberships? If so, what did you get and how
> was it used by your membership?
> My question is sparked by a) renewing my ACM membership, and b) thinking
> about things that would be useful for the membership that could be secured
> in bulk.
> Thanks in advance,
> Shirley Hicks
> Red Mountain Makers
> Birmingham, AL
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