LinkedIn to a New Degree

Nina Fink, Morgane Taquet,, Sept 25, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

People here at the MOOC conference are saying traditional institutions are in no danger of disruption. How wrong they are. They assume disruption would come from withing, for example, from MOOCs created by Stanford or Harvard. Not a chance. Disruption will come from outside. From, say, LinkedIn (or Pearson, or as Brian Lamb notes, Monsanto). "By shifting the focus from degrees to skills and certifications, LinkedIn has the power to upset the economic model of education", maintains Sylvain Léauthier. Henri Isaac, Dauphine University professor, agrees. "LinkedIn has high profits, few competitors and lots of agility. It's only getting started!"

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