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Providers of Free MOOC's Now Charge Employers for Access to Student Data

Providers of Free MOOC's Now Charge Employers for Access to Student Data | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Providers of free online courses are officially in the headhunting business, bringing in revenue by selling to employers information about high-performing students who might be a good fit for open jobs.

 

On Tuesday, Coursera, which works with high-profile colleges to provide massive open online courses, or MOOC's, announced its employee-matching service, called Coursera Career Services. Some high-profile tech companies have already signed up—including Facebook and Twitter, according to a post on Coursera's blog, though officials would not disclose how much employers pay for the service. Only students who opt into the service will be included in the system that participating employers see, a detail stressed in an e-mail message that Coursera sent to its nearly two million past or present students on Tuesday." -- from the source http://chronicle.com/

NOTE: People always ask about the "business model" of new internet services and applications. Here's a pretty innovative process. Especially in a time where there seem to be job shortages for college graduates or people separating from the US Military.

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Is Coursera the Beginning of the End for Traditional Higher Education? - Forbes

Is Coursera the Beginning of the End for Traditional Higher Education? - Forbes | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

Published Date: July 17, 2012
Source: Forbes - online
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http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2012/07/17/is-coursera-the-beginning-of-the-end-for-traditional-higher-education/

Title: Forbes - Is Coursera the Beginning of the End for Traditional Higher Education?

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"Could high-quality MOOCs eventually do to traditional colleges and universities what Craigslist has done to classified advertising in newspapers and what Wikipedia has done to encyclopedias? In other words, could Coursera and its ilk replace a $250,000 college degree and decimate the world of brick-and-mortar colleges and universities? Coursera doesn’t even have any plans to give degrees yet, or any revenue model. But along with Coursera, there are several other big, prestigious players who have launched successful, high-quality online courses, including edX, a joint venture of Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Udacity, founded by Sebastian Thrun of Stanford. What might all this mean 10 or 20 years from now?
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According to the Times, this fall the University of Washington will offer credit for its Coursera classes in exchange for a fee, and some extra assignments and work with an instructor. That can only spread." -- from the Source

NOTE: This article from Forbes explores the impact of Massive Online Open Courseware (MOOC), some basic information how they work, and some of the providers of MOOCs.

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