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The Red Hat Learning Community (RHLC) celebrates a monumental milestone this week as it exceeds 50,000 members! At its launch in September of 2018, the main goal was simple: provide a collaborative space for open source learners to connect as they optimize their skills in working with Red Hat products. As the core of that mission has remained true since launch, Red Hat has strived to provide our users what they need in order to collaborate, learn, build skills, and meet their individual learning and career goals. 

What is the Red Hat Learning Community?

RHLC is a collaborative platform that enables social learning among open source technologists who have the goal of building proficiency as they learn how to work with Red Hat products and technology. When visiting RHLC at learn.redhat.com, visitors can find meaningful discussions, Q&A, tutorials, best practices, tips and tricks, resources, learning videos and robust content that make up the fabric of the community. 

This platform also serves as a space to nurture Red Hat Training & Certification students before, during, and after completion of Red Hat courses and certifications exams, by offering social learning and collaboration tools among students in addition to instructors and experienced subject matter experts. RHLC continues to focus on enhancements to foster connectivity and collaboration among folks passionate about sharing, teaching and  learning open source technology.

As RHLC hits the 50,000 member milestone, the platform is also home to more than 12,000 overall posts, 1.5 million page views and thousands of visitors every day. It is important to note that visitors are not required to register to consume content, and becoming a member is completely voluntary and only required to engage within the platform. 

As a testament to the community’s success, our 2020 Red Hat Certified Professional (RHCP) of the Year Fabrice Harbulot even found a solution to a challenge he was facing. Since 2006, Red Hat has recognized an RHCP of the Year who demonstrates ingenuity, hard work, and expertise through their work with our companies products and technologies. Here’s what he had to say about his experience with RHLC: 

"I have been an active member of the RHLC for about six months, as @littlebigfab. I have posted 91 posts and received 62 kudos so far. I have also been promoted to Community Advocate and featured on the community's main page among three other featured members, all Red Hat employees.

"I love the way the Red Hat Learning Community enables people to help each other! Not only can I give back what I have learned to the community and help new Linux users take their first steps into the open source world, but I can also benefit myself from the great pieces of advice of even more senior users, including Red Hat employees themselves.

"It's actually funny how every time I first want to help someone, I actually end up learning something new for myself too! The epic answer from @oldbenko is just an example of the high level of expertise I've been able to find on the Red Hat Learning Community."

Since its launch two years ago, RHLC has continually evolved to provide resources and capabilities that enable our members to connect. Our top features and benefits include: 

  • Red Hat product specific discussion rooms, where learners can connect with subject matter experts and fellow learners as they use Red Hat products.

  • Ability to author new posts, which may include questions, solutions, experiences, accomplishments, resources and other content that may benefit the open source learners. 

  • Ability to join or reply to discussions, offer or revoke post based kudos, and mark content as a solution or view solutions.

  • Red Hat learning video previews.

  • More than 50 badges that recognize participation in the platform.

  • Mobile-friendly features for learners or instructors on-the-go, such as our mobile platform design and "reply by email" feature.

  • Platform searchability, content tags, and content labels that allow for members to easily curate content.

  • Customized feed called "My Feed" based on member preferences, learning interests and subscriptions.

  • Customized feed called "Followed Members" allows for learners to follow value-add members such as instructors, fellow students, subject matter experts and regular content contributors.

  • Certificate of Attendance and "My completed courses" section allows for members to easily access, download, and share a PDF version of their course completion certificate.

To celebrate the 50,000 member milestone, RHLC is launching a 50K member contest. Three randomly selected winners will receive Red Hat Cool Stuff Store gift cards, with the grand prize winner also earning an exclusive "ask the expert" session with Red Hat Training and Certification leaders . Contest participants can enter by sharing how community has positively impacted their open source adoption journey, by answering one (or more) of the following questions within the RHLC contest post:

  • Why is community valuable throughout the learning experience?

  • How has the community helped you in your learning journey?

  • How has RHLC specifically helped you achieve your learning goals?

The contest runs from Monday, November 16 - Friday, December 11, 2020. 

The heart of our community is powered by curiosity, collaboration, and connectivity. We hope you will join us in celebrating the growth of RHLC, and join a platform dedicated to learning open source


About the author

Deanna Levine is a Senior Program Manager on the global core services team at Red Hat. She joined Red Hat in 2018 as an agile product owner and program manager for key platforms across the Red Hat Training and Certification organization. Levine works cross-functionally to contribute to product innovation and customer-facing programs that drive open source skill adoption and Red Hat product affinity.

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