Learning at Home

Recommended Professional Development Activities while Working from Home

On this page, you will find a list of recommended options to engage in distance-based professional development. We would love to hear your recommendations, too! Please contact us at learning@du.edu if you have suggestions to add to this list.

LinkedIn Learning

Use LinkedIn Learning to learn something new or develop an existing skill. Online courses range from five minutes to several hours and cover a variety of topics focused on technical and workplace skills. Visit LinkedIn Learning (or download the app) and log in using your DU email address to access thousands of online courses.

For a tutorial on how to use LinkedIn Learning, log in using your DU email address, and then check out How to Use LinkedIn Learning.

Find the topics you want using search tools, explore learning paths, play and pause training videos, use transcripts and exercise files, and customize your online learning experience.

  • Mobile Device Login Instructions

    First, download the LinkedIn Learning app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. When you open the app:

    1. Choose "Sign In with Your Organization Portal"
    2. Enter "du.edu" as your organization's domain
    3. Choose "Sign In with Your Organization Portal"
    4. Use your DU email address and PioneerWeb password to log in

Can Students Access LinkedIn Learning?

The University's license to LinkedIn Learning does not include students. Check with the local public library to see if a subscription is included with your library card.

LinkedIn Learning Playlists

The People Development Team has curated playlists of recommended courses by topic and role for employees, supervisors, and leaders to further develop their individual competencies. We also recommend searching for course titles to follow courses by topic area.

Playlists by Role

Playlists by Topic


Expand the categories below for a curated list of books selected to help advance your professional development at DU.

TED Talks and YouTube

Expand the categories below for a list of professional and personal development videos from YouTube, selected to enhance your growth at DU.


  • Future of Work – A weekly show where Jacob has in-depth discussions with senior executives and business leaders around the world on the future of work.
  • Higher ed (NPR) – In their lively and entertaining weekly discussion of issues related to higher education, KUT's Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger explore the topics of higher education, lifelong learning, and exercising the brain.
  • Interruptions – Welcome to a new take on workplace learning and professional development. In this opinion-based podcast, we routinely grapple with the big questions that we all think about but too often hesitate to ask.
  • Lead to Win – Weekly leadership lessons for lasting success.
  • Re:Learning – The Chronicle of Higher Education's Re:Learning podcast, you'll meet the renegade teachers, ed-tech entrepreneurs, longtime educators, and others shaping the future of college.
  • Safe for Work (Wondery) – Life at work can be funny, challenging, ridiculous, and — yes, even satisfying. Here at Safe For Work, we're all about helping you find balance and happiness in your career.
  • School of Greatness – School of Greatness podcast has grown rapidly to be one of the top-ranked Business and Self-Development podcasts in iTunes.
  • Student Affairs Spectacular – The weekly podcast giving you a front row seat to the greatest student affairs show on earth! On the show, hosts Tom Krieglstein & Dustin Ramsdell interview noteworthy individuals to talk about top issues in student affairs and higher education. So sit back, relax, & enjoy the fun!
  • Women at Work (Harvard Business Review) – Conversations about the workplace, and women's place in it.
  • Code Switch (NPR) – What's Code Switch? It's the fearless conversations about race that you've been waiting for!

Distance-Based Team Learning with Zoom

Host distance-based meetings with your team to focus on learning and professional development. Discuss online courses, books, articles, documentaries, TED Talks, podcasts, or topics that your team can learn about together. Taking time to learn together builds trust, creativity, cohesion, and can be done from anywhere. Consider choosing or assigning one of these resources and writing a summary or discussing the book via Zoom.

For more information about Zoom, please visit DU IT's Zoom Information page.

Independent Learning Projects

Learn on your own with a variety of independent learning projects.

Gain Technical Skills

Create a Self-Directed Learning Plan

Develop a project, plan, or learning objective that would be valuable to your work. Use these steps as a guide to take action and start learning!


LinkedIn Learning Certification Playlists

LinkedIn Learning offers online courses that can help you prepare for various professional certifications. Check out some of these playlists to learn about, prepare for, or earn continuing education credits for these popular certifications.

Additional Certification Resources