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LinkedIn Learning tools tutorial

Overview

The LinkedIn Learning tools were developed by the Office of Information Technology. It is a simple collection of shortcut utilities for retrieving useful information from LinkedIn Learning that allows content creators to provide valid URLs and other information to end users.

The main focus of the tool is to be able to provide SSO URLs so that users can be properly authenticated through Rutgers Central Authentication for content at Rutgers.

Accessing the Tools

The tools are available at the University Software Portal.

Using the Tools

The tool is essentially a single form input that accepts either Lynda.com URLs, LinkedIn Learning URLs or LinkedIn Learning URNs.

LinkedIn Learning Tools results photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although the form morphs depending on which tab is selected at the top, you can enter any type of valid input into the text area.  You can even mix and match.  The form only morphs to guide the user.  Just make sure to separate each input by a carriage return (enter).

Sample inputs are provided within each tab.  Clicking the ‘Try It’ button will fill the text area with the sample value.

Photo of LinkedIn Learning Course URL results page

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When submitting a LinkedIn URL that points to a course, all of the Chapters and Videos are retrieved for that course as well as URL and URN information for the course itself.  Each Chapter can be expanded to see the individual Videos that make up the Chapter.

Chapter accordion on LinkedIn Learning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Videos are displayed with their title, their URN and some controls to copy the URN to the clipboard or to show the web and SSO URLs for that video.  These URLs need to be retrieved as a separate request and will be displayed below the video as well as the ‘Get-URN Results’ section.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When submitting an URN, the web and SSO URLs for that URN are displayed under its object title in the accordion view.  Since an URN may point to any object in LinkedIn Learning (Course, Chapter, Video, Author, etc), it doesn’t always make sense to display URLs.  So, here we provide the option to download the entire object as JSON data, which is just a simple way to represent data that can be easily manipulated in an external application.

 

 

 

 

 

When converting Lynda.com URLs to LinkedIn Learning URLs, the tool accepts two different forms.  In some Lynda.com URLs, the URN values are in the URL and thus the information can be retrieved with certainty.  In other forms of the URL, we must do a keyword search based on the course stub in the URL itself.  As such, we cannot guarantee that every URL that is stub-based will provide 100% accurate results.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the conversion results section, you can either use these URLs directly in content or copy and paste them into the form to retrieve more detailed information about the course itself.

For any questions or comments about the tool including any recommendations for improvement, please contact software@rutgers.edu.