Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Can 'MicroMasters' credentials help fill the tech skills gap? - Alison DeNisco, TechRepublic

Nonprofit education platform edX recently announced a credential program to teach employees skills in AI, user interface design, and project management. Here's what your company needs to know. As 40% of employers globally report experiencing difficulty filling jobs, more than half of businesses say they now train existing employees on skills needed to fill open positions, especially in tech, according to a recent ManPowerGroup survey. EdX, a nonprofit online learning platform founded by Harvard and MIT, is looking to bridge the skills gap with MicroMasters, a new category of master's-level online education meant to teach employees in-demand skills while still working full-time. A MicroMasters credential involves taking a series of courses from an accredited university that make up of 30% of a master's degree. It's aimed at full-time workers who can take the classes online. Each program takes about six to eight months to complete, and costs around $1,000.

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