Microsoft’s partnership with edX is working very well: over one million enrollments in one year in Microsoft courses.
This seems to be the most successful corporate example on edX.org, with the largest lead-generation deal in the MOOC universe.
“We were their first corporate member to offer MOOCs on their open, global platform and today, in a little more than one year, I am thrilled to announce that Microsoft just passed the threshold of 1 million enrollments in Microsoft courses on edX,” explained a Microsoft manager. “Reaching this milestone signals both significant interest from students and demonstrates the viability of using online channels to broaden the reach of quality education.”
So far Microsoft has created 75 courses on edX.org and they plan to produce more courses in the areas of cloud services, mobile development and data science. The goal is “to meet the demands of the device-centric, data-driven world we live in, where technology skills are becoming increasingly imperative across all careers and vocations,” explains Alison Cunard, from Microsoft Learning.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by 2020 there will be 1.4 million new computer science jobs, with only 400,000 computer science students to fill them.