LinkedIn Learning at the BWG Library – BradfordToday

Have you always wanted to learn a new skill but never have the time? The BWG Library and LinkedIn Learning make it easy to learn right from home! Free with your Library card, access over 16,000 courses in multiple languages. Courses cover a variety of topics, including leadership and management, web development, graphic design and photography. Many courses featured on LinkedIn Learning can be used to pursue personal and professional goals. 

To explore LinkedIn Learning free with the BWG Library, visit here. For help, email bwgmailbox@bradford.library.on.ca and a staff member will connect with you to give you the support you need.  Not sure where to start?  Here are some of the most popular courses available today!

Introduction to Photography instructed by Ben Long

It takes more than a camera to be a good photographer. But with today’s smart technology and training from LinkedIn Learning, it’s easier than ever to learn how to take great pictures. This course, designed strictly for beginners, provides for a solid grounding in the skills and tools you’ll need to explore the world of digital photography. Ben Long starts with a look at the different types of cameras on the market and guidelines for setting your camera up for success. He also introduces the theory behind exposure: controlling the amount of light that reaches the camera’s sensor.

Excel Essential training instructed by Dennis Taylor

Get up to speed with Microsoft Excel, the world’s most popular spreadsheet program. Follow along with Excel expert Dennis Taylor as he demonstrates how to efficiently manage and analyze data with this powerful program. Learn how to enter and organize data, perform calculations with simple functions, and format the appearance of rows, columns, cells, and data. Other lessons cover how to work with multiple worksheets, build charts and PivotTables, sort and filter data, use the printing capabilities of Excel, and more.

Transitioning from Manager to Leader instructed by Sara Canaday 

Leadership is a skill that can be taught. In this course, executive coach Sara Canaday shares proven strategies to help you shift your mindset from manager to leader. To begin, you can learn how to enhance your personal growth by practicing self-awareness and emotional intelligence, developing an executive presence, and becoming a thought leader. Next learn how to expand your perspective from local to global, innovate by viewing challenges with a fresh lens, and improve your decision-making skills. Lastly, learn how to cultivate and nurture a stellar team: attract top talent, inspire your team, create rapport, and build meaningful relationships. Each chapter of this course is coupled with a coaching story that shows you how to apply these concepts to real-world situations.

Social Media Marketing Foundations instructed by Brian Honigman 

Social media dramatically altered marketing by allowing businesses to directly engage with customers and vice versa. Brands that stand the test of time will use these platforms to create fresh connections and build long-term loyalty. In this course, you can learn the basics of social media marketing. Instructor Brian Honigman—a top marketing consultant—explains why making an investment in social media can benefit your business. He shows how to define your audience and craft a social media strategy focused on your organization’s goals. He also teaches you how to communicate effectively on leading social networks such as Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat; drive results with paid ads; and measure your success.

Learning Python instructed by Bill Weinman

Due to its power and simplicity, Python has become the scripting language of choice for many large organizations, including Google, Yahoo, and IBM. A thorough understanding of Python 3, the latest version, will help you write more efficient and effective scripts. In this course, Bill Weinman demonstrates how to use Python 3 to create well-designed scripts and maintain existing projects. This course covers the basics of the language syntax and usage, as well as advanced features such as objects, generators, and exceptions. Learn how types and values are related to objects; how to use control statements, loops, and functions; and how to work with generators and decorators. Bill also introduces the Python module system and shows examples of Python scripting at work in a real-world application.