eCampus News recently published an article titled Employers like MOOCs - if they know what one is, in which the author pointed to the results of a study performed by researchers at Duke University and RTI International. The purpose of the study was to learn whether or not employers look to massive open online courses (MOOCs) to help with making hiring decisions or recruiting talent.
The study was funded by the Gates Foundation and revealed that 70% of respondents (who were HR professionals from North Carolina employers) had never heard of MOOCs.
But once the concept was explained, the HR pros liked the idea of using MOOCs for making hiring decisions and professional development for existing employees.
We here at Acclaim are big fans of innovation in the area of developing/testing knowledge - especially when there’s a clear link between those activities and getting individuals better jobs.
Although Acclaim’s focus is on more traditional credentials and learning outcomes currently valued by employers, we believe overall there’s a lot of potential for Open Badges to increase the value of learning outcomes developed through MOOCs.
As employers become more aware of MOOCs and Open Badges, the potential for career advancement will become more readily available to individuals. And that’s something we can definitely get behind.
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