Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

This is a great article that really gets into the weeds of some recent developments, but in an accessible way. Here's the set-up: on the one hand, we have the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) listing course curricula that describe what subjects are covered and what resources are used by universities around the world. On the other hand, we have Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system in the U.S., and similar codes elsewhere, that describe what people do and what skills they need. They are of course very different and this "discontinuity between how schools organize instructional content and how employers categorize required skills and knowledge has created a cottage industry of CIP-SOC crosswalks." Now I don't think reorganizing all of higher education programming into the SOC is a good idea. Life is about more than just work. Still, it would be helpful if there were a way to coordinate them.

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