Online Learning Update

May 25, 2017

New MOOC-Based Online Programs Take Aim at Career Prep

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:08 am

By Jordan Friedman, US News

“You can start just by sticking your toe in the water and try a completely free MOOC, auditing that, all the way up to a full degree, and everything in between,” says Adam D. Fein, assistant provost for educational innovation at the University of Illinois. Many MOOC-based credentials explore fields where employers are hiring, experts say. Data science and analytics, computer science and business are among the most common offered by Coursera, according to a written statement from the company. Coursera and edX consider employer demand when building programs. Another company that also does so through online learning is Udacity, which offers several nanodegree programs for about $200 a month. These credentials – for those planning on entering the tech industry – have students complete projects that showcase their skills in particular areas, such as web development.

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