What does this mean for higher education?

Emsi's Open Skills project exists to remove these barriers by providing a common skills language that is specific, flexible, and current enough to connect educators (and their students) to the labor market like never before. Specifically, we are focused on helping colleges and universities leverage skill-level insights in two key areas.

  1. Translating your curriculum into the language of the labor market. Identifying skills and competencies you already teach provides new insight and transparency into your curriculum and lays the groundwork for comparing the skills taught in your programs with the skill sought in employer job postings.

    Emsi has made this breakthrough attainable for any institution. You can get a sneak-peek at some of the technology we use to do so by trying out our free Skills Extractor. Just paste in some curricular content (a syllabus, course description, etc.) and watch the parser identify skills (and suggest related skills), in real time.

  2. Engaging students with personalized learning pathways. By helping students identify personal skill gaps and connecting those gaps to related courses, you can help them discover relevant learning opportunities at your institution based on their past experience and future goals. 

    Emsi makes this possible with SkillsMatch: a student-facing tool, customized with your branding, that uses data about a learner’s current and desired skills to match them with relevant courses at your institution. See what the learner experience is like by exploring a public version of SkillsMatch that is mapped to open online courses.

To see an example of how this new approach is being applied in higher education, check out our case study with Western Governors University.