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Rise Of The Corporate MOOC

It's not your father's corporate training. EdX wants to help companies offer their own massive open online courses to keep employees' skills updated.

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Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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11/27/2013 | 9:18:58 AM
MOOC costs
This approach has to be less costly for companies vs. traditional training, right Michael?
danielcawrey
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11/27/2013 | 3:14:03 PM
Re: MOOC costs
I think that the consumer form of this, for example Coursera, is not working as well as had hoped. I don't see individuals paying for this; rather, I think this corporate education strategy makes a ton of sense. 

Have you ever been through an awful corporate training session, through the web? Yeah, I bet you have. That's why I think EdX and others have major potential in this space. 
J_Brandt
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11/27/2013 | 4:59:17 PM
Re: MOOC costs
What might be the application in nonprofit?  Could it make sense for Boys Scouts or Girl Scout programs?
Michael Fitzgerald
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11/27/2013 | 6:24:40 PM
Re: MOOC costs
I suspect the answer is maybe, Laurie. Developing high quality training content takes a lot of time and money, and what you do in a classroom may need substantial changes to work online. What it should do is make it easier for companies to target the specific skills they need, either with current employees or new contractors.  That could be invaluable. 
Michael Fitzgerald
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11/27/2013 | 6:26:53 PM
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Another good question. Boy Scouts already provide online training for a variety of things. And it works reasonably well, much like Khan Academy videos.  Do they need to upgrade their training?  not sure.  
virsingh211
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11/29/2013 | 5:58:30 AM
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The urge of create your own content and time and effort required from participants looks like hinderance here.
Susan Fourtané
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11/30/2013 | 10:12:31 AM
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Daniel, 

You don't have to pay anything to take courses at Coursera. The courses are organized by the universities. 

-Susan 
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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11/30/2013 | 10:22:18 AM
Corporate MOOC
Michael, 

I think this is great. Offering corporate training tailored to a specific company on the specific skills it needs its employees to be have it's brilliant. Everyone can complete the modules at their own pace, in their own time, and according to their workload. 

About cost, I think this is not as important as the ROI the company will get having its employees with their knowledge updated. All companies benefit from corporate training. I would never trust a company that doesn't offer training in one way, or another. 

-Susan
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