BLOG: Can MOOCs Deliver on Workforce Development?

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Do MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) have the potential to expand access to quality education and workforce development training for millions worldwide?

Thomas Friedman has written that, "Nothing has more potential to lift more people out of poverty...Nothing has more potential to unlock a billion more brains to solve the world's biggest problems...than massive open online courses." But, recent studies (University of Pennsylvania) show that MOOC users are already well educated, wealthy, mostly young, employed or retired, more male than female, and residing in developed and emerging countries.

Can MOOCs really deliver on workforce development for vulnerable target groups in developing countries? What are some promising innovative approaches or models that leverage MOOCs? What data do we have to support the potential for MOOCs as a game-changing youth development tool? Look forward to a lively discussion and view-points from across the MOOC ecosystem: an interested funder, a leading platform/provider, a student and potential user, an instructor with 20,000 registered students, and  a MOOC aggregator who attempts to make the 18,000 courses from more than 40 different platforms more searchable and usable so to improve access, completion, and utility.

Join USAID, CourseTalk, Udemy and Case Western University at the 2014 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit (October 6-8) for a frank discussion. Learn more here, and in the meantime, check out the few articles below on MOOCs.