The Most Popular (and Free) LinkedIn Learning Courses for IT Professionals

Make good use of downtime. These LinkedIn education courses for IT professionals are free until September 30.


LinkedIn has announced its third annual list of Most Popular Courses. This year, more than 3 million professionals around the world watched these courses to help them through economic changes – or just to make the best use of their time during shutdowns. LinkedIn reports that time spent on their courses tripled over the past year.

The following courses from the Most Popular Courses List are free until September 30.

Instructor: Dave Crenshaw

Course description:

Learn how to set up a dedicated workspace for maximum productivity, collaborate with remote coworkers, craft your daily schedule, and how to use virtual meetings productively. It also offers advice for working parents and other caregivers who have to balance professional and personal responsibilities in the home. 

Instructor: Joe Marini

Course description:

Whether you’re new to programming or an experienced developer, this course can help you get started with Python. Senior Development Advocate at Google, Joe Marini, provides an overview of the installation process, basic Python syntax, and an example of how to construct and run a simple Python program. Learn to work with dates and times, read and write files, and retrieve and parse HTML, JSON, and XML data from the web.

Instructor: Dorie Clark

Course description: Strategic thinking is the ability to think on a big and small scale, long and short term, into the past and the present. This course teaches managers and leaders how to use strategic thinking to guide the direction of your teams and come up with solutions to key business problems.

Instructor: Mike Gutman

Course description: This course shows you how to use today’s cloud-based communication and collaboration tools to get work done from anywhere, while remaining connected to your organization. Gutman reveals how you can create a productive work environment, avoid distractions, and build rapport with remote colleagues so you feel like you’re part of the team and succeed in your remote career.

Instructor: Bill Weinman

Course description: Knowing how to code and manage relational databases and database-driven applications is a valuable skill for any career in tech. This course will help you understand the most common language for database wrangling: SQL. Bill Weinman teaches all the major features of SQL—creating tables; defining relationships; manipulating strings, numbers, and dates; using triggers to automate actions; and using subselects and views—and shares a real-world example of using SQL to build a simple application.

Instructor: Sandra M Mitchell

Course description: In today’s competitive workplace, effective project managers are critical to the bottom line. The PMP demonstrates your mastery, your experience, and your education. Discover what it takes to pass the PMP exam by following along with project manager and exam prep trainer Sandy Mitchell.

Instructor: Timothy Pintello

Course description: Understanding the foundations of networking is paramount for any IT professional. In this course, Tim Pintello covers the basics: core networking topologies and implementation examples. He also compares the OSI and TCP/IP models, and introduces viewers to commonly used network devices (e.g. NICs, hubs, switches, routers.)

Instructor: Nick Brazzi

Course description: Discover the core features of Microsoft Teams and see how you can bring together colleagues, create conversations and content, and collaborate more effectively. Instructor Nick Brazzi walks you through the essentials of using Teams, including basic setup, how to create scheduled meetings, and more.

Instructor: Gini von Courter

Course description: Learn how to glean insights from your data using Power BI—which includes the Power BI service, Power BI Desktop, and Power BI Mobile. Gini von Courter covers topics including how to import data, ask questions about your data, create and share impactful visualizations, and arrange those visualizations into reports.


LinkedIn has a full listing of its most popular courses specifically for IT professionals, and learn more about all LinkedIn courses here.