Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Introducing Nanodegrees

Of all the e-newsletters I get, I always rip through Stephen Downes' OLDaily first and most thoroughly. Once again, he puts his finger on what promises to be the newest innovation in higher education since the MOOC: the nanodegree.

In a New York Times editorial, Eduardo Porter poses the question, "Could an online degree earned in six to 12 months bring a revolution to higher education?"

And the answer is a resounding YES! Yes, it could. And I'm betting it will! These highly personalized, focused mini-degrees are tempting not only learners, but employers too. And what's not to love?

This movement will give those of us in traditional higher education a chance to think about our academic and continuing education programs—and their relationship to each other—in a new light.

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