If an online course doesn’t get you college credit, why watch video lectures and complete Web assignments?
Perhaps showing off to potential employers could create that incentive.
A new partnership between LinkedIn and some of the most-hyped companies in education technology suggests that providers of Massive Open Online Courses, aka MOOCs, are seeking to establish online courses as valid professional credentials that people can tout on their LinkedIn profiles.
LinkedIn announced the new “Direct-to-Profile Certifications” pilot program in a blog post today. Organizations participating in the program include: MOOC startups Coursera, Udacity and Udemy; Harvard and MIT-backed nonprofit MOOC provider edX; publishing giant Pearson; e-learning companies Lynda.com and Skillsoft.
The new program will allow users to display online courses they have completed on their LinkedIn profile by clicking a link in an email from the course provider.
MOOCs have a good reason to play with LinkedIn. Their student completion rates are naggingly low among the thousands (sometimes tens or hundreds of thousands) of students that simply sign up for, and then don’t finish, a course. A recent analysis by a PhD student studying online education found that, on average, only about 7 percent of users completed 29 MOOCs that were analyzed.
[ Full article available at Silicon Valley Business Journal: http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2013/11/14/moocs-and-jobs-linkedin-coursera.html ]