A higher profile for LinkedIn

LinkedIn has become a company to watch in higher education. Earlier this month the job networking site announced it would spend US$1.5 billion to buy, an online course portal, writes Paul Fain for Inside Higher Ed.

The deal is the biggest so far for LinkedIn, which has roughly 300 million users. Last year the publicly traded company unveiled a college ranking system based on its members' career success, expanding with graduate school rankings last month. It also released a search tool that links college majors with jobs – allowing users to peruse real profiles of people who work in specific fields and geographic locations.

California-based offers relatively low-cost subscription access to 6,300 online courses, most of which industry experts teach. Its content focuses on practical skills in technology, business and design. The site also includes 267,000 video tutorials. LinkedIn officials said that they plan to connect users with courses that might help them in their careers.
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