NIU moves from to LinkedIn Learning

By Ahyen Labanan

NIU moved platforms from to LinkedIn Learning on Sept. 16. The move was completed at no cost and all content from was migrated to LinkedIn Learning, NIU IT said.

“So far, the migration seems to have gone smoothly,” Leslie Scarpace, an IT technical associate at NIU, said.

Students can still access their learning activity and history from through the new LinkedIn Learning for free.

3075 students logged into and used content from between Jan. 1 and Aug. 31, according to university data sent by Scarpace in an email.

One reason for the upgrade is that Microsoft acquired LinkedIn in 2016, according to LinkedIn’s website. LinkedIn previously purchased in 2015 for $1.5 billion

Scarpace said that another reason for the transition is that Lynda outgrew its platform and needed a new one to handle capacity.

LinkedIn Learning is a website that provides access to educational videos teaching a variety of skills. These skills can be transferred to students personal LinkedIn profiles.

According to the LinkedIn website, these educational videos are separated into business, technology and creative content libraries. The business library includes videos regarding time management, business software and leadership skills. The technology library offers courses teaching programming languages, web development, data science and more. Moreover, the creative library has videos focusing on graphic design, engineering and more.

To report any issues related to technology at NIU, including LinkedIn Learning, students can visit