Online Learning Update

July 14, 2013

How free online learning courses may help close employers’ skills gaps

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

By Joe McKendrick, SmartPlanet

The convergence of mobile and cloud capabilities — that makes computing resources available to anyone who needs it, wherever they are — mean tremendous opportunities for today’s enterprises. However, a point that was of significant concern to the enterprise customers on the panel was the availability of skills to make this new world a reality. There simply aren’t enough people with the right skills. Enterprises are being digitized at an enormous rate, and it’s understood that the shift to digital and data-centric approaches means gaining competitive advantage. But many organizations are scrambling to find people with the skills that can make this happen. In addition, there are many smart professionals out there who can help fill these gaps, but have skills that are rapidly being outdated. The rise of massive, open online courses (MOOCs) may offer a means for many professionals to pursue new skill development, while providing employers a relatively inexpensive way to upgrade their workforces.

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