Is there a compelling reason to use the Gale online courses now that Lynda.com has been added?
When I first found these resources online, Gale looked like the obvious choice, closer to traditional school but after registering and having to wait for a course start, I found Lynda and got started immediately. I was wondering if there was something I was missing.
Thanks for asking! You've actually done a pretty good job of identifying the relative strengths of Gale Courses and Lynda.com as different tools for online learning. I think that each product has a role to play for users with different educational needs.
Lynda.com has an advantage in its immediacy and self-paced learning. Its course catalog focuses heavily on technology, software, and business skills. Some of its courses are eligible for continuing education credits for certifications like Project Management Professional status. It's certainly the first resource I would steer a user toward if they were interested in technology learning or don't feel that the instructor-led element would be an asset for their learning style.
Gale Courses' strength is in the more interactive, instructor-led course format and some slightly different focus areas. Browse through Gale Courses course catalog; areas that stand out in my mind as being uniquely strong in Gale Courses are the creative writing, grantseeking, and healthcare certification courses.
Ultimately, though, it's all about how a person likes to engage with online learning. Some folks will use only Lynda.com, some folks will stick with Gale Courses, and everyone's welcome to use or try both.
Thanks for asking, and thanks for using AskOPL!