Pluralsight vs Lynda (LinkedIn Learning) – Which One Suits You Best?

Whether or not you already spent some time doing courses online, you will have to find a learning platform that really suits you.

But which is the best choice, Pluralsight or Lynda (now LinkedIn Learning)?

The main difference between them is the scope of courses at your disposal. While Lynda is a platform for almost everything, Pluralsight is limited to technical topics.

Apart from that, however, there are some differences that we should definitely shine a light on.

Pluralsight vs Lynda – High Level Overview

Price $29/month $29.99/month
AppAndroid & iOS Android & iOS
Trial1 month1 month
CertificatePartialLinkedIn Integration

Both platforms are competitively priced. As mentioned before, the only big difference is the reduced scope of classes at Pluralsight.

It has to be said though, that this is not necessarily a disadvantage. On the contrary, because of the focus on technical subjects, Pluralsight has a higher quality of teaching in software development, data science and such.

Lynda has the edge when it comes to certificates, as these are automatically integrated with LinkedIn. As soon as you manage to successfully conclude a course, it will be shown on your LinkedIn profile.

Let’s Have A Closer Look At Pluralsight

Pluralsight is probably the most modern online learning platform in the world right now. You not only have a good looking and easy to navigate website, but also an app for all common mobile devices.

But Pluralsight does not only have good looks, but you can also count on a broad range of courses with high-quality content. A stand out feature is certainly the intelligent skillIQ assessment before the beginning of a new path (a path consists of a number of courses starting with the fundamentals and ending with the advanced concepts of the chosen topic).

With this skillIQ assessment, Pluralsight is able to determine your current level of proficiency in a given topic. For example: If you have worked with AngularJS before, you might not need the beginner’s lessons but you can right away start with unit testing or best practices.

We found the presentation of the courses to be on an industry-leading level. Pluralsight reviews each author’s application. Like that, you will rarely find a course not delivering on it’s promises.

Find out more about courses, contents, instructors and many other topics in our Pluralsight review.

Currently, you can use the one month trial to gain first-hand experiences with Pluralsight.

Let’s Have A Closer Look At Lynda

LinkedIn Learning is one of the most popular learning platforms online. Since LinkedIn took over Lynda, the platform has been modernized and features have been added.

One of the best features is surely the integration with LinkedIn. By displaying your accomplishments directly in your LinkedIn profile, your employer or potential future employer will quickly see which skills you have learned or mastered.

Much like Pluralsight, LinkedIn Learning provides you with the opportunity to prepare for specific certificates from Salesforce, Oracle, Linux Foundation and many more.

This is kind of like a driving school. You do the classes to prepare for the exam, but you cannot get your license directly from your instructor.

Lynda is a lot more complete when it comes to the topics they offer. Classes are divided into three sectors, business, technology and creative and each sector contains about 10 or more topics to choose from.

Which one is for you – Pluralsight or Lynda?

The decision is actually pretty easy to make.

If you want to be a programmer, data scientist, or even an AWS machine learning professional, Pluralsight is for you. While you can sign up for some more creative courses like Unity game development, they will always be based in and around the technology industry.

On the other hand, if you do not have a specific career goal or want to have the maximum level of choices, you should give LinkedIn Learning a try.

As there is no difference in price, you should really base your decision on your personal goals and needs.

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Post Author: Keith

Keith is a senior software engineer who loves distributed systems and event-driven microservices.

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