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

Designing for Conscious Decisions – Tin Can API

After looking at the reality of a Tin Can API world, Megan Bowe urges L&D to challenge the status quo by giving learners ownership and control of their personal data.

The premise of the article is that in a world where data is being collected in droves, we need to design better ways for people to understand what they’re giving up and ways for them to take ownership. It’s a challenge to the status quo. It’s a new world that learning and development needs to consider carefully. There’s no easy answer for exactly how to do this, but it’s conversation that we need to have, read more…

Post by Megan Bowe

LMS Ecosystems

When you think of a learning management system you immediately focus on the features, ease of use (ideally) and more importantly how it ties directly to what you want to do in the short and long term as related to learning or learning/performance management.

Link to article: http://elearninfo247.com/2013/04/11/lms-ecosystems-the-next-big-thing/