Online Learning Update

November 25, 2017

How the corporate world’s ‘microlearning’ approach can shake up the industry

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:04 am

By Pat Donachie, Education Dive

Corporate learning is increasingly moving towards an educational experience marked by competency or skills development, and higher ed institutions must be cognizant of the changes, or they risk falling behind market and technological trends and pressure, according to Sean Gallagher, the founder and executive director of Northeastern University’s Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy. Gallagher writes in EdSurge that employers have gradually spent less on employee training and development in recent years, despite industries bemoaning the lack of experienced job applicants. Gallagher suggests this is due to more options in terms of MOOCs and online resources like Coursera, which have specialized in targeting corporate skills development in many of its offerings. Corporate experts see this move towards “microlearning” leading to increased use of “learning experience platforms,” which would allow its users to select educational content pertaining to their education or job, with Gallagher likening it to the way someone can select a movie to TV show on Netflix or Amazon.

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