What do engineering employers think of online learning?

Shannon  Ciston Posted on October 27, 2014 by Shannon Ciston

Any consensus on how this type of training is perceived by employers? Is it a benefit in the way of accessible learning for their employees? Is it positively or negatively impacting student skills or work styles? Is it too early to say?

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  • Kurt  Thoroughman
    Kurt Thoroughman said:
    3 years and 1 month ago
    online learning value in industry just as quizzical as the value of all our training
    I would certainly vote on "too early to say."
    - As Brock mentioned, very fuzzy notion just within the academy of the relative value of our teaching on the lifelong skills / mindset / opportunities of our students.
    - Below is URL for the TUEE report that Xavier cited.

    Bottom line seems to be higher-ed relevance & connection to industry still very much a work in progress.

    A model that I am very impressed with is Southern New Hampshire U & their laser-like focus on competencies rather than "courses" (link below). This movement (microcredentials et al) greatly heartens me but I have deep uncertainty how to switch academe toward student-ability centrism.

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  • Edward  Berger
    Edward Berger said:
    3 years and 1 month ago
    Excellent question...
    And I wonder if it depends on the student population we're talking about? Perhaps the view is different depending upon whether the students is traditional or non-traditional in some way?
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