This is a quick update today. Many people are starting to recognize the potential of MOOCS in corporate employee development programs and for 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.
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 and one that that I have immersed myself in for the past few years. For additional posts on this subject, 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.