Interesting article, but the author may have missed the boat entirely. It is nice to be benevolent, but there is a commercial opportunity to drive online learning that dwarfs other purposes of learning. Employment will be the driver of learning, and eLearning will play a greater and greater role in recruiting, career development, retention, and every other aspect of employment.
Lately, I've noticed that much of the discussion around massive open online courses (MOOCs) has focused almost exclusively on one point: Completion rates, or those students who achieve a certificate in a particular course. While this data point, borr...
Paying for the completion certificate increases completion rates from 50% to 60%. That is a 20% increase, Is there something fundamentally different about the learners? Do those that pay have an intent to use the certificate in a different way? Or. are they just more affluent?
Online learning is becoming more like offline learning, with the well-funded education startup Coursera announcing today a program that will award certificates from leading universities to students who complete a selection of courses on a certain topic and a culminating project.
This is a bit more lightweight than a full college major, as Coursera’s initial “specializations” will require as few as three courses. However, some are more involved, like a nine-course Johns Hopkins certificate in analyzing data sets or an eight-course Commonwealth Education Trust certificate on effective teaching.
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