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LinkedIn pays $1.5B for online educator in its biggest acquisition yet

LinkedIn has announced its biggest acquisition yet, spending $1.5 billion for online education startup


This is a big deal, not only because of the finances needed to buy it, but because of the impact it will have in e-learning and m-learning. This match-up actually makes sense. provides training on many software packages from several of the big software companies, like Adobe and Microsoft, and as well as professional soft skills. Connecting with LinkedIn makes sense since LinkedIn is a website geared towards professional and career connections. Aligning training with career achievements and connections seems fairly logical. If you see a LinkedIn job listing for a skill, and you don’t have it, you can go to directly to learn how to do it. It’s actually a brilliant move on the part of LinkedIn, in my opinion. 


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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

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