MIT Faculty Newsletter  
Vol. XXIV No. 4
March / April 2012
The Next President of MIT
The Search for MIT's Seventeenth President
MIT 2030: A Capital Planning Framework for the Future
MIT's Ongoing Commitment to OpenCourseWare
New Open Access Working Group Formed:
Formulating Response to Elsevier's Policy Change
MIT: Rebuilding Community
Over-Schooled and Under-Skilled
Faculty Committee Activity: Spring 2012 Update
Travis Merritt and the Founding of Charm School Training Scores Big at MIT:
Gets Personal with lyndaCampus
MAP Program: Calling All Faculty
Workshop: Leadership Skills for Engineering and Science Faculty
On the Creation of MITx
Past Presidents of MIT
Printable Version Training Scores Big at MIT:
Gets Personal with lyndaCampus

Robyn Fizz


A little over a year ago, Information Services and Technology (IS&T) launched an initiative to make’s popular catalog of online training courses freely available to MIT faculty, staff, and students. This initiative met with stunning success – in the first six months, members of the MIT community went to the site more than 24,000 times to view courses. By year end that figure topped 52,000.

What accounts for’s popularity? Its training library of over 1,300 courses focuses on up-to-date computing skills, with new courses added each week. Topics include, but aren’t limited to: 

  • Windows and Macintosh operating systems
  • Microsoft Office suites
  • Design software, including Adobe Creative Suite
  • Web + Interactive applications
  • Social Media
  • iPhone and iPad 

While many of the courses are useful for the everyday user, also has advanced offerings for designers, photographers, programmers, and Web developers.

The format of the training videos also appeals to viewers. Courses are taught by industry experts who convey concepts clearly, and each course consists of multiple short videos that can be watched and replayed at any time.

To access at no charge, connect through the MIT-specific URL: As an MIT community member, you will be authenticated automatically through Touchstone and can then take courses whether you are on campus or off. 

New Year, More Features: Welcome lyndaCampus

On January 5, IS&T introduced lyndaCampus to MIT, an enhancement that provides each student, faculty, and staff member with his or her own profile on
Now when you log on at, you are greeted by name. From the new my training menu, you can:

  • View your history (for courses taken on or after January 5, 2012)
  • Create bookmarks for courses and modules of interest
  • Receive a printable, mailable Certificate of Completion for any course you've viewed in its entirety

More Information is about keeping things simple, so feel free to dive right in. You can also learn about and lyndaCampus by visiting IS&T's eLearning for MIT page or watching the IS&T video about lyndaCampus.

If you have questions or comments about your experience with, send e-mail to IS&T's Training Manager, Mark Wiklund, or call him directly at 617.253.0686.

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