Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Employers to take MOOCs seriously

Taking a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is not like going to the Learning Annex. Many employers are not aware of these, but when they learn about them, researchers at Duke say they tend to give them credence.

The study was done by Duke and RTI International and funded by the Gates Foundation.

When they queried 400 NC employers betweeen Nov 2013 and Jan 2014, 103 responded.

Only 31% had heard of MOOCs. But when they read a description, they were receptive to using MOOCs to recruit and hire. They also saw MOOCs as a path to professional development.

Only one had used MOOCs to recruit--but 57% said they might  in the future. Communications, tech and manufacturing were the fields most likely to credit this training.

They also said applicants who took MOOCs would be viewed favorably.

So, you may want to look into a MOOC. The field is changing rapidly. Check out udacity.com or coursera.com.

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