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10,925% growth: This has become LinkedIn's most popular course

Jessica Yun
·2-min read
(Source: Getty, Yahoo Finance screenshot/LinkedIn)
(Source: Getty, Yahoo Finance screenshot/LinkedIn)

The coronavirus pandemic has forced millions of people to do their job from home – and it looks like thousands of Australians have turned to online resources to cope with the change.

According to fresh data from LinkedIn, courses on working remotely saw an eye-watering spike of 10,925 per cent rise in popularity between February and March this year.

LinkedIn’s remote work learning ‘path’ consists of 14 hours and 14 minutes of content, during which students make their way through 17 different courses that can vary from 18 minutes to an hour and 25 minutes in length.

The path covers an array of topics, including tips for working remotely, time management and productivity tips, developing resourcefulness and distance, and how to exude ‘executive presence’ during video conferencing calls.

Speaking to Yahoo Finance, LinkedIn Learning Asia Pacific senior director Jason Laufer said the working remotely course had shot to popularity thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“For many people remote work and online communication can be an adjustment,” he said.

“There is also a lot of new technology to learn, so we’re seeing these kinds of courses spike in viewership over this period.”

The course is not free, although LinkedIn Learning offers users free access for one month.

Courses relating to using technology to work remotely saw a mammoth uptick in popularity, including learning to use Zoom (10,046 per cent), Microsoft Teams tips and tricks (1,154 per cent), and Excel.

Aussies were also interested in learning about time management when working from home as well as leadership during remote work.

Mindfulness and project management principles also saw increased interest.

Online learning platforms, including LinkedIn, have been discounting or making some resources free during the coronavirus pandemic to help workers and learners to use the time indoors to skill up.

Udacity has offered discounts to new students, while Coursera has released free content.

Udemy has launched a free resource centre, while TAFE NSW has released 21 courses for free.

Tech learning platform Pluralsight has made all 7,000 courses free for the month of April.

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