L&D most resistant to trying out MOOCs


Research from Future Workplace shows that despite the fact nearly half of organisations are interested in curating or creating Massive Open Online Courses (), L&D teams are the ones most resistant to using them.

Screenshot 2015-01-14 12.38.41The study of 222 HR and learning directors asked ‘Who would be the most resistant to the idea of curating MOOCs?’ The answers showed those most resistant were:

  • Training staff (44%)
  • IT department (32%)
  • Line of business executives (31%)
  • Employees (25%)
  • HR (18%)

Jeanne Meister, a partner at Future Workplace and co-author of the book The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop, and Keep Tomorrow’s Employees Today, said: “While Corporate Learning staff are not the only resistors their reluctance to experiment with a new model for designing and delivering online learning may be a function of several factors ranging from lack of knowledge of the MOOC model, inability to identify a pilot a new offering or lack of executive support to create a prototype.

The research showed that other barriers to organisations experimenting with MOOCs included lack of budget, technical and security issues as well a lack of MOOC design skills amongst L&D teams.

More on the research here.


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