Online Learning Update

February 12, 2018

Amazon is quietly becoming its own university

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

by Amy X. Wang, Quartz

A spokesperson told Inside Higher Ed that Candace Thille will work “with our Global Learning Development Team to scale and innovate workplace learning at Amazon”; Thille herself said she is “not really at liberty to discuss” her new project. What could Amazon want with a higher education expert? The company already has footholds in the learning market, running several educational resource platforms. But Thille is famous specifically for her data-driven work, conducted at Stanford and Carnegie Mellon University, on nontraditional ways of learning, teaching, and training—all of which are perfect, perhaps even necessary, for the education of employees. Corporate learning is a freshly lucrative market, estimated to be over $130 billion in size, and still booming.

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