The discussion – The Mechanics of MOOCs for Employee Learning

The online discussion on the Mechanics of MOOCs for Employee Learning was attended by over 50 Learning professionals.


One of the interesting components of the webinar was discussion this scenario:

Lauren, the head of a business unit, is a recent enthusiast for MOOCs having completed one on construction engineering. She recently sent an email out to all of the members of her business unit encouraging them to use MOOCs as an alternative to in-house training programs currently offered by the organisation.

What do you think of this situation as a Learning Professional?

Advantages of making this change?

  • Reduced development team.
  • Onboard more employee champions who can evangelise the MOOC integration process.
  • Expand curriculum.
  • Encourage a crowd-sourced/ curated model of recommendations.

Disadvantages of making this change?

  • May not be aligned with the organisation’s competency charter
  • IT infrastructure may not be able to support a lot of MOOC participation

What will achieve this change to the learning offerings in your organisation LOSE YOU?

  • L&D team sizes may shrink. You may need to onboard professionals with new skills
  •  Increased workload to monitor and less design and delivery work for L&D

What will achieving this change to the learning offerings in your organisation GAIN YOU?

  • More demanding learners as they become used to community-based & conversational style of learning by virtue of the MOOC exposure
  • Deliver more value to business at little extra costs
  • Access to external perspectives and thinking
  • Will encourage peer to peer learning & foster collaboration
  • Drive self-learning
Other session presentations
  • Sunder talked about use of a Presentation Skills MOOCs at JLT Group
  • Geoff shared some data about the engagement score for a learning program which had a MOOC like flavour.
  • Michelle led the panel discussion which included Preetha Ram
  • Sian ran an exercise where the participants were asked to respond to the following scenario