Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You but What Coursera Can Do For Your Country, Part 1

Tressie McMillan Cottom, tressiemc, Nov 14, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Coursera has obtained the endorsement of the U.S. government, which is promoting it to some 21 million U.S. military veterans. The "partnership provides one free Coursera Verified Certificate to every US Veteran to help improve employability skills in high-demand fields such as data science and entrepreneurship." Tressie McMillan Cottom responds: "I emailed my chair and said, 'they’re turning my dissertation and manuscript into a satire.'" Coursera, she writes, probably found "employers aren’t nearly as interested in training workers as we seem to think they are." So what they need to do is convince the labour market to pay a premium for their credentials. "Endorsements are not a small matter when you’re trying to convince people that your piece of paper is valuable.

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