5 – LinkedIn

Same position as in 2018

LinkedIn is a networking service, for connecting with others professionally as well as for finding jobs. Its range of groups is also considered valuable.

Website: linkedin.com
Cost: Free and premium versions
Availability: Online

Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2019: 4
Top 100 Tools for Workplace Learning 2019: 15
Top 100 Tools for Higher Education 2019: 

Past Overall Rankings
2018: 4.     2017: 7      2016: 8       2015: 14     2014: 10    2013: 12
2012: 23    2011: 21    2010: 30     2009: 38     2008: 30    2007: 31


Comments from those who selected LinkedIn as one of their Top 10 Tools in 2019

  • “Over the years, LinkedIn has become a preferred place for professionals to publish articles and converse. The feed is as good as your connections. I dip in here to learn and engage.” Connie Malamed, learning experience design consultant, USA http://theelearningcoach.com/reviews/top-ten-tools-in-my-ple/ 
  • “a place where I hang with my colleagues, ask questions, and see what dialogs are going on.” Clark Quinn, USA https://blog.learnlets.com/2019/08/top-10-learning-tools-for-2019/ 
  • “I have enjoyed cross posting my blog posts to LinkedIn and found a different type of audience. I have also noticed that people find it easier to comment on Linkedin posts rather than on blog posts and that creates an opportunity for conversations that are more meaningful.” Taruna Goel, Canada https://tarunagoel.blogspot.com/2019/09/my-top-10-learning-tools-2019.html 
  • “for updating myself on the latest trends ” Wilma Hartenfels, Digital Learning Expert, Germany, https://www.linkedin.com/posts/wilmahartenfels-inspiredlearninginadigitalworld_janes-top-10-tools-for-learning-2019-activity-6570580971278610433-IU3p
  • “Still my go-to for industry-relevant news, ideas, and connection” Manager of Product Development, USA
  • “This is my number #1 route for keeping up to date with what is going on in industry and sharing knowledge with students.” Lecturer, UK
  • “Linkedin is good because I can learn a lot with my connections and also learn by contributing and participating in discussions about some topics. Besides that, it enables serendipity since what I receive on my feed isn`t under my control.” Knowledge Management Specialist, Brazil
  • “LinkedIn allows me to curate learning by following thought leaders and businesses I am interested in learning more about. I can also participate in discussions with professionals all around the world.” Senior Organisational Development Consultant, New Zealand
  • “Quick feed of relevant industry news and also helps me to keep track of what some of my influencers are reading and thinking.” head of Learning, Australia
  • “Connecting to my professional learning network. Accessing articles and learning. Following companies and individuals of interest.” CEO, Australia
  • “Building contacts to connect with for different purposes.” Workforce Development Lead, UK
  • “You can nearly find anyone in the world with this tool. Amazing reach.” Account Manager, Netherlands
  • “I get more value via LinkedIn nowadays as compared to other social networks when it comes to content sharing and open discussion” CLO, USA
  • “Its current, updating constantly and a variety of professionals are contribution so I get a global feel to what’s happening in the industry, access from any device when ever I need” Senior HR Advisor, Australia
  • “Connecting with interesting people all over the world to meet in person or via digital. Learning from and with each other. Sharing out loud what I / we learn and work.” Facilitator of Peer Learning Programs, France
  • “Increasingly better for general work-related interaction and PD. Much less focus on job hunting makes this a better learning platform. Group options now better and hashtags help filter more relevant content.” Learning Content Developer, Spain
  • “A huge connectivity with large number of professionals around the globe. Have groups on many interesting topics.” Lecturer, Malaysia
  • “great to be able to access the LinkedIn website on my mobile so I can read articles on the go” Digital Trainer, UK
  • “My go to professional network which I encourage my students to also use. Plus we have an alumni network.” Principal Lecturer, UK
  • “Great resource for finding experts and professional learning network” Group Head of Learning, UK
  • “everything i want to know or tell others is in there. My network provides all knowledge needed” Faculty, Israel
  • “LinkedIn itself has become a wealth of helpful content to develop professionally.” Principal Consultant, USA
  • “For latest opinions of thought leaders” Trainer, India
  • “I do maintain a profile on LinkedIn to stay connected to professionals I am or have worked with. I’m conflicted about using this tool to connect with people I don’t know personally though. I like that I can keep up with people moves and I do occasionally scroll through the news feed. I would check in once a week, on average.” Head of Risk Skills, Australia
  • “LinkedIn Groups: Useful for special interest subjects” Knowledge Management Specialist, Brazil
  • “For finding great quotes and useful material shared by the people I follow.” L&D Manager, UK


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