Tuesday, February 24, 2015

How Google and Coursera micro degrees may upend the traditional college degree - Stuart M. Butler, Brookings Institution

Recently, the online education firm Coursera announced a new arrangement with Google, Instagram and other tech firms to launch what some are calling “microdegrees” – a set of online courses plus a hands-on capstone project designed in conjunction with top universities and leading high-tech firms. Coursera is one of America’s leading MOOC developers (Massive Open Online Courses). Together with other developments, such as rival MOOC developer Udacity’s “nanodegree” program, the Coursera announcement could be an important step in a radical shakeup of higher education. That shakeup holds the prospect of far less expensive and more customized degrees that are more in tune with the recruiting needs of major employers. http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/techtank/posts/2015/02/23-mooc-google-coursera-butler

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