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The mass creation of skills

osimod's picture
Submitted by osimod on Tue, 2012-05-29 08:17

The lack of skills has been previously mentioned as one key barriers to jobs creation and growth (
However, we are seeing today interesting initiatives that are educating thousands of people with state of the art skills at marginal costs.
For instance, Stanford University's course on artificial intelligence saw 25,000 users complete all required assignments and receive a formal certificate.
And there are some private ventures doing it as well, for profit. I myself have subscribed to , which is helping people to learn to code. More than 400K people are participating to the Code Year initiative.
Needless to say, these are US initiatives.

What is happening in Europe on mass education?

I know some peer2peer initiatives like and which are great but can't have the impact of the two projects above . Are there large-scale inspiring projects?

Should the EC promote such initiatives?

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Submitted by nabeth.thierry on Tue, 2012-05-29 11:08

OER (Open educational content).

On top of that, I would like to mention what is being done related to the availability to OER (Open educational content).

The availability of OER can help educators and educational institution to increase their effectiveness to design and deliver better course (via higher quality content, more up to date content, etc.), and in increase their productivity (via the re-usability of content).

For your information the European Commission is "sponsoring" some projects such as:

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Submitted by osimod on Tue, 2012-05-29 12:23

Very interesting thanks - link to OER?
But I was referring to examples of large-scale deployment, uptake and impact. Any such example?

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nabeth.thierry's picture
Submitted by nabeth.thierry on Wed, 2012-05-30 00:17

A vary famous example is the MIT Open Courseware Initiative
Other examples include Stanford, which make it available via Apple ITunesU.
The impact is not negligeable.
read for instance:
Stanford, Open University surpass 50M downloads on iTunes U

You can find many information about OER:
* Wikipedia page
* a Facebook page
* OpenScout FB page:

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Submitted by stylianosm on Fri, 2012-06-01 22:20

Openness leads to Mass Skills Adoption

Now this is an inspiring question, David. Indeed there are plenty of initiatives, sectors and practices that facilitate learning in scale.

My quick answer is that most of them are related to
- open education,
- e-learning,
- OER and Opencoursware, as Thierry mentioned,
- massive online open courses (MOOCs) and
- 3d virtual immersive environments.

I will provide more information, links and points of view in a separate post.

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Submitted by gomez000123 on Wed, 2013-01-23 08:09

We will seek collaboration with the largest enterprises in Europe to support especially the awareness campaign. Large forms like the telcos, computer manufacturer, insurance forms and others are on their way to invest in entering the mid market. Our initiative is a perfect door opener for them as well. And we look for financial aid from the EU Commission to help mid market companies with their initial investments to turn into digitally savvy businesses able to play in a globally interconnected world<a href="">big and tall dress for men and women</a>
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