LinkedIn has announced its biggest acquisition yet, spending $1.5 billion for online education startup lynda.com.
This is a big deal, not only because of the finances needed to buy it, but because of the impact it will have in e-learning and m-learning. This match-up actually makes sense. Lynda.com provides training on many software packages from several of the big software companies, like Adobe and Microsoft, and as well as professional soft skills. Connecting with LinkedIn makes sense since LinkedIn is a website geared towards professional and career connections. Aligning training with career achievements and connections seems fairly logical. If you see a LinkedIn job listing for a skill, and you don’t have it, you can go to Lynda.com directly to learn how to do it. It’s actually a brilliant move on the part of LinkedIn, in my opinion.
What do you think?