Teaching Essentials

Using LinkedIn Learning Materials in Your Course

Using LinkedIn Learning in the classroom is so much more than adding a link into LEARN or playing a video (though that’s a good start)!

The most effective way to use this online learning resource is to apply it in a blended learning approach that fosters active learning. The results speak for themselves – more fully engaged students, and more applied learning!

Are you new to this approach? Have you heard about “the flipped classroom?” Where do you start? Here’s some great information to help you move a little bit away from “sage on the stage” to “expert guide”.

How do I choose and use LinkedIn Learning videos in my course?

Now that we have access to the video resources of LinkedIn Learning are you asking yourself how I can use the material in my class.

LinkedIn Learning videos are a tool that you can use to enhance your courses. The videos should be part of well-planned integrated delivery of any course. The videos may be used for instruction or as added resources for your course.

Whether you use the LinkedIn Learning material for instruction or as a resource, you will have to determine which of the videos is appropriate for your course. You will have to look at the learning outcomes for your course and determine which videos will fit in the course. LinkedIn Learning has a video about mapping your course curriculum to the core and peripheral outcomes of your course.

Instructional approach when using LinkedIn Learning

Integrating LinkedIn Learning videos into your class instruction may be done in several ways. The incorporation of material such as LinkedIn Learning is most commonly done by using one of the blended learning models.

The successful incorporation of materials such as LinkedIn Learning require instructors to:

  • Start small – pick one or two topics to start with. You will have to prepare yourself and your students for this type of learning model.
  • Determine which videos to use
  • Plan the integration of the material in an active and meaningful way into the class instruction. One example is illustrated in the image below.
  • Communicate in advance to the students the context for the use of the material and their responsibility for viewing the videos.
  • Determine the supports you will need and those that will be required by your students
  • Have support information available for students

One of the blended learning models that is most often used is the flipped classroom (illustrated above). In this instructional approach, you have students work on material that they need to prepare prior to coming to class. You will need to explain to your students what your plan is, what they are expected to do and why. Once the students arrive in class you will need to have planned an activity where the previously prepared course material will be actively incorporated in the class.

Further information on the flipped classroom is available here.