The Potential of MOOCS in Corporate Employee Development Programs

Here is a quick update for those who recognize the potential of MOOCS in corporate employee development programs and/or their own professional development.

The video below features a fantastic interview with Coursera's Daphne Koller by Don Huesman, the Managing Director of the Innovation Group at the Wharton School.

 You can read the transcription here.

Something worth noting is that Coursera has been in contact with a large number of companies and is working to build upon the current platform to allow for more on-demand learning. Here are a few points that I captured from the video and transcription that you might be interested in:


"...the new platform would be useful for potential corporate partners because they need their employees to have access to the content whenever they need it, as opposed to a particular start date that is arbitrarily determined by a faculty member. This platform is going to be critical for corporate training programs.

...we’re also incorporating a capability in the system to create pre-constructed cohorts. For example, a group of employees at a company could come in and say, “We’re going to take the course together as a group, with all of us on the same schedule.” 
...Roughly 70% of people who earn Verified Certificates from either a course or a specialization are posting their credentials on LinkedIn. Coursera is currently the second biggest credential supplier on LinkedIn, right after Microsoft, which is incredible since we’ve only been operating for about 2.5 years. This suggests that prospective employees are seeing value in the credentials."

I encourage you to watch this video in its entirety. 

This is a topic very close to my heart that I have immersed myself in for the past few years and one that I have woven through many of my posts. If you are interested in reading some of those experiences, please see Do Businesses Need a 21st Century Learning Model?The Deeper Side of Big Data (see last section of article), and Getting Schooled on Gamification

Reframing Innovation and Rethinking Scalable Efficiency

This is a quick post today.

Anyone who knows me knows how much I respect John Hagel’s work. I recently came across this video, which is a great summary of a post, the Dark side of Technology, which he published a little over a year ago.

Video Summary:

In this talk given at Singularity University recently, John Hagel speaks to the dark side of technology. He describes the three forms of  “mounting performance pressure" that are impacting all of us as individuals, as well as all of our institutions. They are:

  1. Intensifying Competition 
  2. Acceleration of Change
  3. Uncertainty Driven by Extreme Events

He discusses the collapse of our return on assets and makes a case for us to reframe the whole discussion of innovation to “Institutional Innovation.” Institutional Innovation means expanding our business partnerships and coordinating a vast number of participants in a truly global network with a flexible ecosystem that meets the needs of companies. He goes on to explain that this is quite different from scalable efficiency, which is how most of us are accustomed to working, which we need to rethink.

As John Hagel states in his post published on December 4, 2013,

"I don’t mean to deny the incredible benefits that all these technologies are bringing us.  There’s a delicious paradox here: the very same technologies that bring us awesome opportunity and new possibilities are at the very same time bringing us mounting performance pressure, accelerating change and growing uncertainty. To truly harness these opportunities, we first need to acknowledge and deal with the dark side."

I encourage you to watch this video in its entirety or read his original post here.

FirstBuild: Community Building, Microfactories and the Next Generation of Co-Creation

I recently discovered FirstBuild, an online and physical community dedicated to hacking, designing, engineering, building, producing and selling the next generation of home appliances. Here, I share my interview with Taylor Dawson, a Founding Member of FirstBuild, via partner company GE. 

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