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The 20 most popular LinkedIn Learning courses this year

As we reach the midpoint of 2022, professionals in every field are getting serious about skill building. The pandemic accelerated change across industries and, as a result, skills to do a job today have changed even compared to a few years ago. People are responding by learning new skills to future-proof their careers and meet the moment.

Some 7.3 million learners watched the most popular LinkedIn Learning courses of the year — nearly double the audience from last year. This list shows professional dedication to personal growth, connection with colleagues and honing our crafts. By developing durable skills in tandem with the hard skills you need to do your job well now, you can set yourself up for success tomorrow and beyond.

Check out one of these courses today! (Learn how to create and access your UCOP LinkedIn Learning membership.)

1. Goal Setting: Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) with Jessie Withers
The popular Objective and Key Results (OKRs) methodology of goal-setting enables you and your team to work together to set clear, reachable goals. Instructor Jessie Withers will guide you through understanding the power of strategic goals through how to set, manage and measure OKRs.

2. Excel Essential Training (Office 365/Microsoft 365) with Dennis Taylor
Being spreadsheet-savvy can save you time and breathe new life into your data. Excel expert Dennis Taylor leads you through learning basic Excel skills such as organizing data and performing calculations with simple functions, then introduces intermediate skills like building charts, PivotTables and more.

3. Interpersonal Communication with Dorie Clark
Many of us are seeing new faces around the in-person or virtual workplace. Dorie Clark’s course will help you navigate the communication side of these new interpersonal relationships. She offers advice and techniques for dealing with complex and nuanced situations like interruptions, receiving critical feedback and communicating across cultures.

4. Cultivating a Growth Mindset with Gemma Leigh Roberts
You’ve already taken the first step toward a growth mindset by exploring these courses. Gemma Leigh Roberts’ course will guide you through the next steps as she shares true examples of growth-mindset success, backed by research in the fields of performance and psychology. She ties it all together with real-world advice that you can put to use as you adopt a growth mindset.

5. Project Management Foundations with Bonnie Biafore
We all have projects to manage – from our personal to-do lists to large-scale corporate projects. Regardless of the scope of work, Bonnie Biafore will teach you the fundamentals of project management such as establishing clear project goals and objectives, meeting deadlines and closing out projects. Sprinkled throughout the course are tips on how to communicate effectively with your project team.

6. Using Questions to Foster Critical Thinking and Curiosity with Joshua Miller
In this course, Joshua Miller explains the value of curiosity and the role critical thinking plays in asking the right questions that open doors and opportunities. He also takes a look at social media’s role in asking questions and explores how to effectively answer thought-provoking questions.

7. Essentials of Team Collaboration with Dana Brownlee
Clear expectations and unified goals help teams collaborate more effectively. Join corporate trainer and author Dana Brownlee as she shares ways to keep teams in sync by exploring team members’ communication modes, clarifying team and individual purposes and creating opportunities for collaborative work.

8. Unconscious Bias with Stacey Gordon
The way we communicate and the choices we make in the workplace are guided by an unconscious bias that, when left unchecked, can contribute to negative workplace culture. Diversity expert Stacey Gordon will help you identify some of the most common forms of unconscious bias and offer strategies for effectively addressing these biases within yourself and your organization.

9. Learning Python with Joe Marini
If you want to pick up one programming language, Python is it! This versatile, easy-to-learn, object-oriented language is used across many industries and in applications such as software engineering, AI, machine learning and mobile app development. Developer Joe Marini unpacks basic Python syntax and shares an example of how to construct and run a simple Python program. You will also learn to work with dates and times, read and write files and retrieve and parse HTML, JSON and XML data from the web.

10. Communicating with Confidence with Jeff Ansell
Even the most gifted communicators can struggle with confidence, and confident individuals can find clear communication difficult. In this course, Jeff Ansell guides you through developing and honing this vital business skill. Topics covered include: how to organize your thoughts, use body language to express ideas and overcome anxiety.

11. Speaking Confidently and Effectively with Pete Mockaitis
Adapted from the podcast “How to Be Awesome at Your Job,” Pete Mockaitis is joined by professional speaker Diane DiResta to discuss tips and tricks for crafting impactful and informative presentations around what’s important to the audience. Learn strategies like shifting focus away from yourself to gain confidence, using body language and tone to deliver consistent messaging and crafting a plan to recover from a worst-case scenario incident.

12. Learning the OWASP Top 10 with Caroline Wong
The more data we handle, the greater our risk of security breaches. In this course, application security expert Caroline Wong provides an overview of the 2021 Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) top 10 security threats, offering insights and information about the prevalence and impact of each threat. This course is informative not only for data-security experts, but for any decision-makers whose choices impact the resources of an organization’s data security department.

13. Power BI Essential Training with Gini von Courter
Put your data to work with this course on how to use Power BI, the business analytics tools that allow you to create and share impactful visualizations with others in your organization. In this course, Gini von Courter explains how to import data, create visualizations and arrange those visualizations into reports. You will also learn how to use Power BI Mobile and the data-modeling capabilities in Power BI Desktop.

14. Strategic Thinking with Dorie Clark
Having the ability to think strategically puts you at an advantage to advance your career. In this course, Dorie Clark will teach you how to embrace a strategic mindset, how learning from the past can shape your vision of the future, how to be detailed in strategic thinking and how to share this skill with your team.

15. SQL Essential Training with Bill Weinman
Database wrangling is a valuable skill for anyone working in tech, and for that you need to know the most common database language: SQL. Tech advocate and programming expert Bill Weinman teaches the major features of SQL using SQLiteStudio, an intuitive and accessible database management software. You’ll learn fundamentals like creating tables, defining relationships and manipulating strings, numbers and dates, plus a real-world example of building a simple application using SQL.

16. Developing Your Emotional Intelligence with Gemma Leigh Roberts
Executive coach and organizational psychologist Gemma Leigh Roberts will teach you what emotional intelligence is, why it’s important in the workplace and how to work on honing yours. Topics include becoming aware of personal triggers and aligning your intentions and impact to build strong collaborative relationships.

17. Communication Foundations with Brenda Bailey-Hughes and Tatiana Kolovou
Brenda Bailey-Hughes and Tatiana Kolovou will guide you through communicating more effectively in meetings, email messages, pitches and presentations. Learn the four building blocks of communication — people, message, context and listening — and how to apply them in professional circumstances.

18. Agile Foundations with Doug Rose
An agile mindset prepares your team to adapt to whatever comes their way. Doug Rose leads you through the fundamentals of building an agile team. Learn about the values and principles covered in the agile manifesto, as well as how to enhance communication with user stories and cross-functional teams. Discover exercises to boost your team’s agility and productivity.

19. Digital Marketing Foundations with Brad Batesole
Digital marketing is constantly changing. Instructor Brad Batesole gives an overview of the building blocks of online marketing, then guides you through how to define your value proposition, identify your target market and establish your goals and key performance indicators.

20. Critical Thinking with Mike Figliuolo
Developing the ability to think reflectively and address root-cause issues will make you a better decision-maker and a reliable resource within your organization. Leadership trainer and expert Mike Figliuolo outlines a series of techniques to develop your critical thinking skills by defining problems and applying critical thinking methodologies to work through them. You’ll also receive guidance on how to develop this skill across your team.


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