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ERIC Number: ED571496
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
The Acceptability of MOOC Certificates in the Workplace
Banks, Christina; Meinert, Edward
International Association for Development of the Information Society, Paper presented at the International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS) International Conference on e-Learning (Madeira, Portugal, Jul 1-4, 2016)
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are being undertaken by hundreds of thousands of participants globally. Reasons for taking these courses vary, such as improving employment prospects, especially in the technology sector, though the impact of these certificates has not been established. Factors identified as barriers to the acceptance of these certifications include user verification issues and a lack of familiarity of MOOC content. There are positive signs in employers recommending MOOCs for training purposes and a major MOOC platform collaborating with companies to provide a work placement scheme. The discussion regarding the value of traditional and online education also applies, as employers are seeking candidates who are technically skilled and ready for work, which is not guaranteed by a traditional degree certificate. This review provides a baseline collation of current opinion and research. Independent qualitative research and further literature review should be conducted to build an evidence base regarding the use of MOOCs and their certificates. [For full proceedings, see ED571430.]
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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