MOOCs: Expanding the Scope of Organizational Learning Infographic
During the past half-decade, massive, open, online courses (MOOCs) have brought significant upheaval to the world of academia, while extending educational opportunities to students who might never gain access to university classes by traditional means. The affordability (often free), flexibility, and collaborative aspects of these electronically delivered learning options have driven the popularity and expansive growth of MOOCs as an alternative in higher education. Now the disruptive approach is knocking on the doors of corporate learning functions.
On a most basic level, MOOCs provide an inexpensive means of expanding learning opportunities. For organizations challenged to deliver consistent learning to workforces increasingly spread over vast geographies, MOOCs offer a welcome departure from travelintensive and costly instructor-led training. Enhancing access to e-learning, and adding to leadership and high-potential employee development are a few of the additional anticipated benefits associated with MOOC use by organizational learning functions.
The Association for Talent Development (ATD, formerly ASTD) and the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) collaborated on MOOCs: Expanding the Scope of Organizational Learning research report designed to explore the current—and anticipated—use of MOOCs in the business world. This Study explores some of the most compelling questions about MOOCs and the promise (and challenges) they hold for organizational learning function, which include:
- Are companies leveraging MOOCs for employee learning? Are they doing so effectively?
- How are learning professionals becoming informed about this new approach?
- Do organizations actively encourage their employees to participate in MOOCs?
- Are MOOCs a passing fad in organizational learning, or are they on the brink of significant growth?
- Will the poor completion rates plaguing MOOCs in higher education hobble corporate learning?
ATD and i4cp found professionals worldwide voicing similar enthusiasm—a clear signal that the learning function is eager to explore the contributions MOOCs can make in the corporate environment.