Want to learn some of the most exciting and powerful applications but don't have the money to drop on a private instructor or the patience to read through a community college Online course? lynda.com hosts an Online Training Library and offers CD-ROM courses that include such subjects as Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Office, digital photography, Web design, digital video, and many others. lynda.com's all-star team of trainers and teachers provides comprehensive movie-based training to an international membership of tens of thousands of subscribers.
Who is it for?
People with even the slightest interest in computers would be wise to invest in themselves and master key software titles. Whether you're a budding tech-head or an advanced geek, lynda.com's breadth of training videos can move you closer to your goals. Considering the speed at which technology evolves, the Online Training Library is also a great solution for keeping your skills current. lynda.com's library subscriptions begin as low as $25 a month, with no long-term commitment required.
I recently looked into taking a Dreamweaver course through my local community college Online. I liked the price $99 (which is a steal compared to the $1,200 price-tag for a three-day small group course I've seen advertised around L.A. and Orange County); but when I looked over the syllabus, I discovered that I'd have to read every lesson and have no audio or visual interaction with the instructor at all. I have nothing against reading, but multi-media instruction should be visual. For the same price, I could have four months of access to thousands of hours of video tutorials!
You've gotta try it!
The first couple "chapters" of any topic are free with a 24-hour trial account. So, sign up. Then, pick a topic you're interested in and begin your lesson. You will hear a knowledgeable instructor's voice and his or her computer screen will appear before your eyes. It's like you're being guided by the hand!
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