How are MOOCs viewed by employers? How do they fit into career advancement? You still need a degree, but just how great of an opportunity can MOOCs be?
MOOC or Massive Open Online Course, is a usually free online course open to anyone and potentially having a huge number of enrolled participants.
Over 200 universities
Offering 1200+ courses
By 1300+ instructors
to 10 MILLION students
France Universite Numerique: 2.2%
Miriada X: 6.8%
Canvas Networks: 8.5%
Computer Science/Programming: 16%
Business and Management: 15%
Social Sciences: 5.7%
Math and Statistics: 6.6%
Education and Teaching: 8.6%
Health and Medicine: 11%
3/4 in English
Other providers in: Spanish, French, Mandarin, German, and Arabic
Getting the Job
Only 3/10 employers know about MOOCs
But with an explanation, 3/4 employers believe applicants taking job-related MOOCs are perceived positively or very positively(according to one large study)
With nearly endless course options…
Why not advance your career with MOOCS?
–> These industries are particularly likely to view job-related MOOCs positively.
Employer still not impressed?
The number of certificate and for-credit MOOCs are increasing.
With facial recognition and analysis of student typing patterns to verify identity.
How Employers Can Use MOOCs
70% of the largest corporations in America believe they can integrate MOOCs into their own company’s learning programs.
“Flipping the classroom”= Swapping classrooms for homework. This allows students to work at their own pace and not be slowed down.
Semi-synchronicity = new recruits have a steady group of cohorts with which to learn and get acquainted with the company
Credentials = A set of standards those who pass the course must meet.
Mcafee sales associates attribute an average of $500,000 per year in sales to skills they learned in their MOOC-inspired training program. 
57% of some of the nations largest corporations believe they could use MOOC’s for recruitment in the future.
— Tip:Have a “MOOC of the month” that gets sent to employees in group emails. Build at-work events around the course.
MOOCs can give you monetizable skills.
A community of learners
The Most Popular MOOCs
- Introduction to Databases, Coursera
- University Spanish Level 1, Instreamia
- Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence
- English Composition 1, Canvas Network
- Introduction to Finance, Coursera
- Introduction to Computational Finance and Financial Econometrics, Coursera
- Algorithms, Part 1, Coursera
- 6.00x:Introduction to Computer Science and Programming, edX
- An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python, Coursera
- Art Appreciation, Canvas Network
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