Boston's EdX partnership with MIT should spur CIOs to consider creating their own massive open online courses to fill skills gaps.
BostonX is a collaboration between the City of Boston and EdX, the Harvard/MIT MOOC platform. It aims to bring EdX courses to classrooms in Boston high schools, libraries and community centers.
Which raises the question: If EdX can come to the city, why not the company? Especially with McKinsey predicting that by 2020, a mere seven years off, the global economy will face a skills gap between available jobs and workers that will mean 85 million medium- and high-skill jobs going unfilled.