IMF joins online learning venture edX as its first non-university partner

“The International Monetary Fund will offer finance courses to government officials – and eventually, the general public – through the Harvard – and- MIT – backed online learning site edX.”

I don’t usually think of MOOCs as more than a living textbook, but this is a really good alternative to Articulate or Captivate – style e-learning for organizations.  Rather than removing learners from their environments and “training” them, a customized MOOC might offer potential for a meaningful and somewhat contextual experience with peers.  I will be interested to hear about the results, retention, participation, and overall success (however it is assessed.)  Article at GigaOm.