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MOOCs Research Whitepaper

Expanding the Scope of Organizational Learning

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 travel-intensive 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 to explore some of the most compelling questions about MOOCs and the promise (and challenges) they hold for organizational learning functions.

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