Why LinkedIn Matters

Michael Feldstein, Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, Apr 12, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

"Imagine," says Michael Feldstein, "that you wanted to do a longitudinal study of how students from a particular college do in their careers. In other words, you want to study long-term outcomes." Where would you go? LinkedIn, he argues, is the best (and only) source for this information. This makes it one of the most important services in education today. That's why, he says, "The primary value of the acquisition (of Lynda.com) wasn’t content. It was data. It was providing additional, fine-grained nodes on the career graphs of their users."

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