Coursera announced this week the addition of a Career Services department for students in the organization. According to the website, students who opt-in for the program will submit a resume and other information to the site, which will be viewable by selected partner companies. From Andrew Ng, one of the founders of Coursera:
This is a relatively uncontroversial business model that most of our university partners are excited about.
Controversy is in the eye of the viewer, so Ng’s quote may or may not be accurate depending on the onlooker. That said, many in the educational field (here, here and here, to name a few) have openly wondered how MOOCs will make money (in part to provide ROI for the venture capital backing them), so movements toward a revenue stream deserve more than lip service. Continue reading