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Is The Degree Going Obsolete?

by Marguerite McNeal


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What Microsoft’s LinkedIn Acquisition Means for Higher Ed

“As employers move from degree-based hiring to competency-based hiring, many will determine that degrees are not a priority or even required for certain jobs. Over the next few years, degrees are likely to become MIA in many job descriptions,” Craig says.

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Following LinkedIn Learning Paths

When LinkedIn and Microsoft leaders addressed investors recently, following Microsoft’s acquisition of the B2B-focused social media network, they shared some potentially far-reaching implications of the alignment. One, the potential to fuel an educational future that’s lighter on degrees and heavier on bite-sized bits of video-driven online educational options. What does this all mean for educators?

LinkedIn purchased, a learning website, in 2015; shortly thereafter it introduced “Learning Paths,” pre-packaged courses to help users brush up on existing, or learn new, skills. LinkedIn’s own experience as a site where recruiters and job candidates come together has provided insights on the skills that employers are increasingly looking for—skills that may be more badge- than degree-oriented. It’s a partnership that bears watching, particularly by those in higher ed. ISTE 2016 offers an opportunity to catch up on this, and other emerging ed tech developments.