Faculty (current and emeriti), staff and student employees can now access more than 1,500 online courses to learn software and improve their creative and business skills using Lynda.com without charge, thanks to a contract between SF State and Lynda.com, which provides unlimited access to their courses for one year effective September 2013. Although full student access was considered, the cost proved to be too high, so access is limited to SF State employees, who are encouraged to make full use of these courses. Toward the end of the one-year trial, the program may be renewed depending on the amount of use.
For free access to Lynda.com courses, log in to SF State Gateway and choose "IT Services" in the left-hand navigation column, then follow the "Online Training (Lynda)" link under the "Additional Services" section of the right-side navigation column. All Lynda.com courses may then be perused by categories, skill level, software, etc.