Updated on July 29th, 2019. Check out:
- Latest additions to Microsoft’s LinkedIn Learning catalog
- Backlash against LinkedIn Learning from librarians. Under the new terms, enforceable next September, libraries providing the service will require any visitor to sign up for LinkedIn. Corporate reply.
- LinkedIn is estimated to bring $10 billion USD by 2022, with the learning content product deemed (but unproven) as one of its positive factors. In 2016, the Goliath bought the social network for $26.2 billion.
- The latest self-reported statistics claim the network has 630+ million registered users (177+ million in North America) 20 million job openings and “35 thousand skills listed.
LinkedIn continues to raise the interest of players and enthusiasts in the EdTech space. After the acquisition of content company Lynda, now LinkedIn Learning, a privileged position in the lifelong learning and professional development serves as the starting point of ambitious, if also cautious, moves.
The latest LinkedIn Learning announcement mirrors that of similar content companies, including Open Educational Resources (OER) providers. Beginning with up-and-coming LMS like Degreed, Digital Chalk, Cornerstone OnDemand, and Docebo, LinkedIn Learning will now let users access their vast repository, made mostly of video lessons.
This will allow instructors to use the tracking and reporting tools of the LMS, if they are available, to measure engagement of Learning materials. The announcement also outlays plans for modular tracks and “bespoke learning pathways” by mid-2018. To date, it is unclear if Learning will create the pathways or if organizations will have the tools to build them for themselves.
The relatively small scale of the announcement gives it the look of pilot program. Learning’s Enterprise Development VP is quoted by HR Technologist saying:
“We look forward to the streamlined experience this new partner program will enable, and, in turn, the more powerful learning programs it will help organizations to facilitate for their employees.”
LinkedIn Learning integrations are scheduled to become available throughout 2018. Information on pricing, and whether ordinary licenses will include the integration service, is unavailable at this time.
Throughout this year’s conferences, Moodle has set forth plans for what could be called Moodle.net 2.0. A series of envisioning sessions are gathering feedback for the project, which would double as a social network for teachers and a content exchange and collaboration platform.
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