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Online Learning

24/7 access - Turn Any Desk into a Classroom

With online learning at Columbia University, there's no need to register, just:

Log in



Enjoy a Class

These courses are offered through SkillSoft, our external vendor partner, and are available to you anytime, anywhere. 

  • We have 2000+ online courses covering business, Desktop, and IT skills available at your fingertips.
  • Videos from world thought leaders (Lynda.com)
  • 20,000+ E-books on demand 24x7 (Books 24x7)
  • Printable Job Aids and Skill Briefs
  • Preparation for business certification tests (6 Sigma, Professional in HR)

Launch Skills @ Columbia now. All you need is your UNI and password to propel you into a gateway of online learning, at no charge to you, anytime, anywhere.

Online Learning through Skills @ Columbia - Course Highlights

Business Skills Collection
IT Skills Collection
 Desktop Skills Collection

600+ Business Skills courses

  • Administrative Support
  • Communication
  • Human Resources
  • Personal Development
  • Sales

1,200+ Professional IT courses

  • Microsoft SharePoint 
  • Microsoft Windows7
  • Java 2 Programming
  • Software Development Fundamentals
  • Web Development Technologies

160+ Desktop Skills courses

  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Microsoft Office 2013 (Word, Excel, Access, etc.)
  • Microsoft Project 2002
  • Apple Max OS X
  • Social Networking for Users

Books 24x7 through Skills @ Columbia 


Books 24/7

We invite you to explore the resources available to you on Books 24x7. There are a variety of topics and titles that map to and supplement our classroom training curriculum. To access Books 24x7, please log in to Skills @ Columbia and click on the Books 24x7 link at the upper right of the Skills @ Columbia home screen page.

For more information on how to access Books 24x7, please click on the following link for our detailed job aid, Getting Started with Books24x7.  

Books 24x7 through Skills @ Columbia - Highlights
Managing Your Self Managing Your Work Managing Your Team
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business and How to Change it
  • Pick Yourself: Success, Impact and Relevance in the Creative Economy
  • Do-It-Yourself Leadership Development
  • 175 Ways to Get More Done in Less Time!
  • A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)
  • 151 Quick Ideas to Manage your Time
  • 100 Ways to Motivate Others
  • QuickTalks: Curt Coffman: Manage People for Who They Are
  • QuickTalks: Jay Conger: Listening: You Need to Hear the Unspoken


Along with our in-person and free Skills @ Columbia courses, online training through lynda.com is available to all Columbia faculty, staff and students wishing learn more software, technology, creative, and business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals.

Our subscription for the Columbia community gives us unlimited access to a vast library of high-quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by recognized industry experts.

To get started, go to lynda.com for Columbia and log in with your UNI and password.

You can also download the Lynda.com iOS app from iTunes! Here's how:

  • Download the lynda.com app from the iTunes Store
  • Start the lynda.com app on your iOS device
  • Select the Web Portal Access button from the login options
  • On the "Web Portal Access" field, enter: columbia.edu
  • Enter your UNI and password on the Columbia authentication page
  • Select a course and start learning
Lynda.com - Highlights
Variety of Topics Online Video Tutorials Software Training
  • Technical skills
  • Creative techniques
  • Business strategies
  • Photography
  • Video
  • Website design
  • "InDesign Secrets"
  • "The Practicing Photographer"
  • "Productivity Pointers"
  • "Creative Quick Tips"
  • "Leading with Emotional Intelligence"
  • "Design the Web: Animated Graphics" 
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Basecamp
  • Dreamweaver
  • Drupal
  • Flash
  • HTML

... and hundreds more! 


Where can I find these online classes?

Do I need to contact Learning & Development to sign up, register to take a class?

Do I need manager approval to take a class online?