Tuition & Learning outside of the classroom – update

logo_ce_onwhite.jpg

An update to my post last October about learning resources as there’s a new website on the block offering a range of books and videos to view online. creativeedge.com looks like a great resource for studying creative computer applications online and has the advantage over the likes of lynda.com of including books as well as videos.

Publishers include Apple Training, Adobe Press, Peachpit Press, Visual Quickstart and Talented Pixie. I recommended Talented Pixie in the October post and having them included on Creative Edge makes for better value for your subscription.

At the moment they’re running a 20% introductory discount on subscriptions: $20 per month or $220 per year (£12.50 or £137 in UK money at current rates).

Helpfully, they allow you to view samples of both videos & books. Here’s a sample for a page from Real World Adobe InDesign CS4 and here’s Talented Pixie’s InDesign CS4 – Level 1 where you can play the whole of the first tutorial – The Interface – and then the first 30 seconds of the rest.

The book preview section is handy if you want to look at books that you might want to get from the library without having to leave the computer.

Tuition & Learning outside of the classroom

Your first stop is LCF Open Access / Learning Technology Support. Remember, your tuition fees pay for this so make sure you use it! They hold regular workshops for all of the major applications. They are currently planning for the new academic year & are taking requests – details are here. Importantly for Flexible Learning students, you can request that they run courses on evenings & weekends.

Lynda.com Online Training Library offer all of their video courses online for fixed monthly fees. The basic package is $25 per month (approx. £16) and a more complete package that includes access to the exercise files that are used in the videos for $37.50 per month (approx. £24). Having access to the extra files is very useful but if you wanted to save money, not totally essential.

You can tryout parts of the courses without having to subscribe. Usually most of the initial videos of courses are available for free, e.g. the Adobe Illustrator CS4 One-on-One Fundamentals offers the first two chapters for free. Click on the underlined titles to view the videos.

Lynda.com also have an iPhone app that can access the free videos and, if you are a subscriber, all of their library.

UK training company Talented Pixie are a good and slightly cheaper alternative.

They offer an online subscription service from £15 per month and you can buy the courses on DVD for a reasonable price – £35. Subscription details are here.

Their range of Photoshop & Illustrator DVDs is here.

Subscription services offer an excellent way of learning and, importantly, keeping up with different applications. You can save money by only subscribing for a short period and do some intensive study, or go for an annual subscription and have the resources on hand whenever you’ve got an internet connection.

Work In Progress

I’m currently working on updating & transferring all of my online resources to this blog. Yay me. Dig around in the Resources & Tutorials pages to see what’s going down…