Forbes Enters the Online Learning Business (With Bridgepoint)

June 13, 2018
 

Forbes Media announced last week that it would begin offering dozens of self-paced online courses for aspiring professionals, through the platform created by Bridgepoint Education's decision last spring to spin off its two universities into nonprofit institutions.

Forbes, which has transformed itself from a print business magazine into a "global media, branding and technology company," is the latest entrant into the white-hot competition to provide corporate training at scale. It joins entities like LinkedIn's Lynda.com, 2U's GetSmarter and MOOC providers such as Udacity and Coursera in providing online courses for employers and their employees. The list of courses will sound familiar, from "coding and cybersecurity to data analytics and digital marketing."

The arrangement also represents a big shift for Bridgepoint, which is using the transition of its Ashford University and University of the Rockies away from for-profit colleges to turn the parent company into an online program management company providing services to colleges and companies.

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