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Friday, December 6 • 1:50pm - 2:20pm
Finding and Developing Talent: The Role of Employers in the Future of MOOCs (30m)

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The role of employers in research on massive open online courses or MOOCs is a significantly under-investigated topic with great potential to shape MOOCs’ development and outcomes. Determining the extent to which taking and completing MOOCs can help individuals (particularly those who are less advantaged) advance in their careers is critical to understanding and capitalizing on the MOOC phenomenon. To explore the role of employers in the context of MOOCs, Duke University in partnership with RTI International, is conducting a quantitative and qualitative study. Major research questions include: To what extent do large employers know about MOOCs? To what extent are large employers using MOOCs as hiring and professional development tools? And how can MOOCs be more useful to employees and employers in hiring and professional development? Duke and RTI will collect and analyze two types of original data for this mixed-methods study: an online survey of about 300 of North Carolina’s largest employers and follow-up interviews with a subset of 30 employers that have been stratified based on their level of interest in using and interactions with MOOCs.


Friday December 6, 2013 1:50pm - 2:20pm
Meeting Room 12

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