Google Hops on MOOC Bandwagon
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  • mswart99

    My guess is that Google sees MOOCs as a recruiting tool — a way to scour the entire world for talent. After all, the students who seem to thrive in the present MOOC environment are technically savvy, highly motivated and capable of learning independently. Sounds like exactly the kinds of people I’d want to work for me…

    Seems to me that Google gets first crack at identifying top talent, training them through the coursework, and then recruiting them. Pretty savvy.

    I bet we’re no more than 2 years away from Google declaring that students that score well in a prescribed set of MOOC courses will be eligible for hire as if they had graduated from a 4-year university with a BS in Computer Science.

  • ljgude

    I like this post because our universities have become more and more like for profit corporations. They used to be keepers of the intellectual ‘commons’. At the same time the intellectual commons has broken out spontaneously in many ways on the Web. A Finnish graduate student and his mates can do for free what Microsoft charges billions for – and in some cases do it even better. But so is Via Meadia and other blogs. Why would a traditional academic give away his best thoughts to the widest possible audience instead of selling those same thoughts to rich folks so their loutish offspring (interns excepted, of course) might become employable? Because he apparently realizes that our universities have become ugly Blue dinosaurs and will have to reinvent themselves in any case.

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