Absorb Integration with LinkedIn Learning

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 Please note this feature is only available for clients on the New Learner Experience

What’s New

As of the Absorb 5.56 release, organizations that have the New Learner Experience can access LinkedIn Learning content via an integration built into the LMS. This new feature allows clients to import LinkedIn course content to the LMS and track users progress and completion.

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Getting Started

To get started with LinkedIn Learning content in Absorb you will first need two key things: a Single Sign On (SSO) connection, and a subscription to LinkedIn Learning. You will need to reach out to LinkedIn Learning directly to get a subscription to their service as Absorb does not sell LinkedIn Learning plans. Once you are all set up with LinkedIn Learning, they will provide you with the necessary information required to set up the integration with Absorb. To get this feature toggled on and the information added to your Portal, you will need to submit a Support ticket and our Client Advocates will get this set up for you.

Please Note: Your support request should only include Library Languages that are included in your LinkedIn subscription as these are the only ones that you and your learners will have access to.

For the SSO settings, you will require a LinkedIn SAML set up with full SSO configurations. For more information on how to set up a SAML SSO check out our Outgoing SAML 2.0 Single Sign-On article. LinkedIn Learning will come with a free single sign-on (SSO) connection specifically for LinkedIn Learning Connection. However, if you would also like to connect to other systems that we do not offer an app or out-of-the-box integration for, you will need to pay the one-time fee to add SSO to your portal.

Syncing LinkedIn Learning Content

Once you have an SSO connection established and our Support team has enabled LinkedIn Learning with the necessary fields filled out, the system will automatically start syncing your LinkedIn Learning courses with Absorb. Please Note: The initial sync of your courses can take a while depending on the number of courses. However this will run in the background so you can leave the page once you click Save to begin the import process.

The library in your portal is updated nightly to ensure that you always have access to the newest content available. On a weekly basis, LinkedIn Learning completes an update to their Learning Library that occasionally retires a small amount of content from their site. If you are using a course that is removed from the library, Absorb will mark the course as inactive. If it is a multi-content course (ie: many different lesson types with one LinkedIn lesson) then the course will be marked as Retired by Absorb. Regardless of which type the LinkedIn Learning content falls under, the progress data for these courses is retained and stamped to the learner’s profile.

Importing LinkedIn Learning Courses

After all your courses are synced to Absorb, you will be able to Import the ones you wish to start enrolling learners into. From the Courses menu select LinkedIn Learning Library; it will bring up the list of all your synced courses. You can select one or multiple courses from the list, and then use the Import button to bring up the Import Course window. From here you can select whether this course will allow Self Enrollment, have Automatic Enrollment enabled, what category the course should be placed in, and who the course editors are.

It is important to note that Course Editors can only be added in bulk at this stage and will need to be edited at the individual course-level after this initial selection, so you want to ensure you have selected the right Editors.

Once you have finished importing the courses you wish to use you can select the View LinkedIn Learning Courses button.

As you will notice, this page is pre-filtered to only display LinkedIn Learning Courses. From here Administrators with course editing permissions can select a course and make edits to the settings as they would with any other Online Course as well as add additional Lesson Objects (ie: assessments, tasks etc.).

Please Note: As the course content is brought over from LinkedIn, the lesson section cannot be edited (i.e., lesson description, title, etc.). You will also find that the LinkedIn course thumbnail and tags (created from LinkedIn Learning's Taxonomy) are brought over automatically.

 

Admins can also make LinkedIn Learning content in reverse by first creating an Online Course, and then adding a Lesson Object type of LinkedIn Learning. You can search for the LinkedIn Learning course that you want to add as a Lesson, clicking the eye icon to view the description as you scroll. You can also add other object types into your online course, such as SCORM, videos or assessments to make a mixed content course.

Important: LinkedIn Learning courses are not eligible to be sold via E-Commerce.

LinkedIn Learning in the Learner Interface

In the Learner User Interface (UI) side you will see the LinkedIn Learning Ribbon where up to 30 LinkedIn Learning courses appear. You will notice that these courses are branded with the LinkedIn Learning logo as only purely LinkedIn Learning content will appear here and not mixed content courses. Courses with a variety of content will instead have the logo listed by the lesson rather than indicated for the whole course, and will not appear in the ribbon.

Your Learners can then enroll into, or launch the content, and begin enjoying the benefits of your portal’s LinkedIn Learning Library.

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