Field Notes

Professional development for public school teachers, in-flight MOOCs, and LinkedIn's newly acquired online learning platform.

This spring, Babson College of Babson Park, Massachusetts, hosted free workshops for Boston Public School teachers, each worth 2.5 professional development points in their continuing education system. The workshops help teachers learn how to introduce entrepreneurship, basic business skills, and financial literacy to their students through discussions, projects, and field trips. Babson plans to continue to offer the workshops to public school teachers on request. The workshops were delivered as part of Lemonade Day, an annual effort in cities across the U.S. to create programs that empower youth through entrepreneurial and life skills training. To learn more, visit


On specially equipped airplanes flown by JetBlue Airways and Virgin America, passengers now have access to a selection of MOOCs. As part of JetBlue’s new Fly-Fi platform, passengers flying on its Airbus fleet can access ten MOOCs from Coursera, including “Introduction to Marketing” from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Virgin America has partnered with the online learning platform Great Courses to offer passengers access to 13 audio and video lectures. These include “Thinking Like an Economist: A Guide to Rational Decision-Making” taught by Randall Bartlett, a professor of economics at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.


LinkedIn has announced its acquisition of, a subscription-based online learning platform based in Carpinteria, California. offers professional development courses in business, technology, and creative fields in English, German, French, Spanish, and Japanese.