Online Training for Faculty and Staff

Starting Sunday, June 30, 2019 the free online training access made available to faculty and staff through lynda.com will be going away. If you are currently using this version of lynda.com to access online training, you will need to complete any training and print all certificates before June 30, 2019.

Western Michigan University makes online computer training available free for currently employed* faculty and staff through lynda.com.  Lynda.com offers over 1,270 courses in more than 150 topics and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week so faculty and staff can learn at their own pace whenever schedules permit.  Access is limited to 100 active users during a four month period on a first-come, first-served basis until all seats are filled. At the end of June, October and February, all active accounts will be archived with registration beginning anew in July, November and March for each four month period. 

Note: Due to the limited number of licenses, only work-related training access should be requested.

* This service is not available to emeriti or retirees.

Get started

  1. Login to gowmu.wmich.edu using your Bronco NetID and password.
  2. In the My Self Service portlet, select Online Computer Training and follow the instructions to request an account. You will receive an email with your account information once the account has been created.
  3. When you have received your account information, go to lynda.com and login.
  4. When you have completed a course, you may print a certificate.

For more information, contact oit-lynda-admin@wmich.edu.

Training Resource Links

Faculty and staff resource links for free and paid training services online and some on-campus. 

Free training resources

Cool Tools for Teaching — high-tech, low-tech, and no-tech tools workshops (on-campus)
wmich.edu/facultydevelopment/programs/cooltools

Office 365 Training Center
wmich.edu/wexchange/learning-resources

Adobe Education Exchange — Adobe Creative Cloud free professional development
edex.adobe.com

Elearning Instructor Training (on-campus)
wmich.edu/elearning/instructors/instructor-training

Learn to Code (free to get started)
codecademy.com

Library training resources

Contact lib-serials@wmich.edu with questions about Skillport or O'Reilly for Education.

Skillport (formerly Books24x7) — books and videos with a wide range of topics
libproxy.library.wmich.edu/sso/skillport

O'Reilly for Education — books and videos covering topics ranging from business strategy to information technology
safaribooksonline.com/library/view/temporary-access

Paid training resources

Lynda.com from Linkedin — online courses with a wide range of topics
lynda.com

Udemy — online courses with a wide range of topics
udemy.com

Bigger Brains — online courses with business and workplace topics
getbiggerbrains.com

ITProTV — IT training focus
itpro.tv

Pluralsight — IT training focus
pluralsight.com

CBT Nuggets — IT training focus
cbtnuggets.com