Thursday, September 17, 2015

Will future global development education be short and online? - Kelli Rogers, Devex

Short-term courses and certificates are gaining ground, especially for mid-career professionals who might not have the wish, time or money to devote to a full-time master’s degree. Diving into details of 3-D printing for social good, earning a certificate in refugees, displacement and forced migration studies or tackling the essentials of nonprofit strategy is only getting easier when it comes to education access — especially when it can all be accomplished online. Startups like TechChange, along with established institutions like Massachusetts’ Clark University or the U.K.’s distance learning focused Open University are beefing up both their short-term and online learning options. Last week’s newly launched Philanthropy University, meanwhile, is offering its online classroom for free to students around the world who wish to do social good.

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