14 – LinkedIn


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

Cost: Free and premium plans
Available: Hosted
Website: https://www.linkedin.com/
Categories:  socialnetworks

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 14  2014: 10  2013: 23  2012: 12  2011: 21  2010: 30  2009: 38=  2008: 30=  2007: 31=

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

“Gone are the days of trying to keep track of people in Microsoft Outlook or some other contacts list. LinkedIn does that job well. But LinkedIn is much more than just an online contacts list. It provides a stream of updates from people I know and groups I’ve joined. LinkedIn allows for deep discussions with other professionals – always a great learning opportunity. I’m a member of far too many LinkedIn groups. The Harvard Business Review group discussions alone could probably occupy all of my time.” Charles Jennings, 2015

“I’m connected to some very smart people who are very active on LinkedIn and post some very timely articles which help me stay current on trends and debates within the L&D community.” Brian Washburn, 2015

“I share thoughts there and track a few of the groups (not as thoroughly as I wish, of course).” Clark Quinn, 2015