Saturday, June 25, 2016

LinkedIn, Microsoft, and Higher Ed - Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

What might Microsoft’s $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn mean for higher ed? It is clear that LinkedIn views higher education as a key vertical. This strategy became apparent with the $1.5 purchase of in 2015. So what might the Microsoft acquisition change about LinkedIn through a higher ed lens? Being owned by Microsoft should allow LinkedIn to focus on its core strengths - and to leave the technology back-end to Microsoft. There have been signs that LinkedIn wants to have bigger mindshare in the discussion about the future of higher education, but these signals have been weak and fleeting. LinkedIn is still viewed more as a utility - a digital rolodex - than a key building block of what comes next in higher education. One could imagine a much bigger role for LinkedIn as a competency based education (CBE) goes mainstream.

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