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MOOCs to Bridge the Workplace Skills Gap

Your Training Edge

In business a huge skills gap is hindering the ability of many organizations to achieve their goals because students are not graduating from school with the knowledge, skills, and abilities they need for critical jobs. However, out of disruption comes innovation, and if we can set these two trends on a collision course, we might find a perfect solution for the skills gap problem, which is predicted to take a heavy toll on U.S. Copyright 2013 Bryant Nielson.

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MOOCs: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, and Where We’re Headed

Your Training Edge

The huge response to these courses ignited a fire under the entire education community – many people praised MOOCs for their ability to offer unprecedented access to education at a low cost, while many others criticized them for unsound pedagogy and lack of student accountability.

MOOCs: Personal Initiative and Professional Development

Your Training Edge

And of those people, a good portion of them are probably doing it to enhance their skill set and improve their career. According to Inside Higher Ed , reports from early MOOCs offered by Coursera and Udacity suggest that between one-half and three-quarters of the students took the courses to enhance their skills either so they would perform better in their current job or so that they could find a better job. Do the students have the opportunity to practice their skills?

Building Informal Learning Habits

CLO Magazine

Short but disciplined upfront planning can help employees identify opportunities for informal skill development throughout their normal work day. High-potential employees are especially effective at generating these takeaways. It could be a technical, management or leadership skill.

HP Is Playing Learning Games

CLO Magazine

The HP learning and development team is challenged to create educational opportunities that are easy to access, highly interactive and aligned to customer needs to share these changes in an efficient and cost-conscious manner. The team had been experimenting with game-based training, but having each department independently create games from scratch every time there was something new to communicate was costly and time intensive.

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Why MOOCs? Why Now?

Your Training Edge

Institutions and organizations are spending a lot of money on education, but in terms of job skills, they are seeing very little ROI. MOOCs offer a way to decrease costs and (when done well) also improve learning. On the other side of the coin, many workers see MOOCs as a free and flexible way to stay up-to-date in their fields and enhance their skills. The biggest skills gap is yet to come. “MOOCs will destroy education!”.

MOOCify Your eLearning Content

OpenSesame

In 2013, more than two hundred universities created 1,200 courses for ten million students across the globe. Just like institutions of higher education, efficient and effective learning systems should be of paramount importance to corporations. Cost-effective.

The Ultimate Glossary of eLearning Terms

LearnUpon

It’s a five-phase framework that instructional designers use; a guideline for building effective training and learning support tools. One benefit of a cloud LMS is that it’s quicker and more cost-effective to install than self-hosted learning solutions. Skill Gap Analysis.

Ultimate eLearning terms you should know: Part 2 (M-Z)

LearnUpon

Companies should be wary of the value a “free” learning platform can deliver and alert to the costs quickly accrued in maintaining, updating and supporting an LMS without a vendor. Defining clear objectives also helps to assess the effectiveness of a course after its completion.