MOOCs Filling Private-sector Skills Gaps – HTML5, CSS3, and responsive design

When Boston-based staffing firm Aquent recognized an HTML5 skills gap in their marketing, creative, and digital talent pool they created a MOOC. Known as the “Summer of Learning,” their course on HTML5 attracted 10,000 participants in August 2012 and was specifically designed to bridge their known skills gap and fill open jobs. Now, less than a year after that first offering, Aquent has placed more than 200 candidates in new positions and is building a course catalog of other MOOCs to offer free professional education throughout the year and better connect talent with employers.

“Aquent’s MOOC helped me develop my understanding of responsive design and HTML5. I’ve started working on responsive sites for a few of my freelance clients…”, read more…

Post by Jennifer Neibert