MOOCs, or massive open online courses, have become extremely popular as an alternative to traditional college education. In 2017 alone, 23 million people enrolled in their first MOOC, bringing the total number of learners using these courses to 81 million. One of the biggest questions this trend has raised is whether hiring managers and HR professionals should take certifications from MOOCs into consideration when evaluating candidates’ educational background. Here’s what HR professionals need to know about MOOCs and the certificates that can be received upon completing them.
Why Are MOOCs Becoming More Popular?
Among the reasons that the popularity of MOOCs has increased so much is the fact that they are extremely inexpensive. Learners can consume course content free of charge, and certificates typically cost less than $100. With many colleges charging tuition rates of $50,000 or more, it’s hardly surprising that courses taught in MOOC form are as popular as they are.
What Value Do MOOCs Offer From an HR Perspective?
MOOC certificates offer more value in some fields than in others. In areas such as finance and IT that can largely be learned remotely, these courses alone can equip learners with a rudimentary set of career skills suitable for entry level jobs. In more specialized areas, such as healthcare, MOOC certificates should be viewed as expanding upon and complementing a candidate’s existing education.