Online Learning Update

July 26, 2019

Employers as Educators

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:06 am

Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed

Amazon moves deeper into offering postsecondary credentials, following Google and other big employers, but largely bypasses traditional colleges with the expanded training options.  Resistance by many colleges to adapt to the economy and evolving education and training needs may be a reason why Amazon is building its own credential infrastructure, said Jim Fong, chief research officer for the University Professional and Continuing Education Association.  “The message is really more about core competencies and who can do it better, cheaper and faster and whether colleges and universities can do that anymore,” he said via email. But Fong added that the Amazon news “might be the shot in the arm that higher education may need to accelerate what may be a slow and bureaucratic process regarding content and credentials needed in the marketplace.”

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