Your Online Degree is LinkedIn

LinkedIn to Auto-Update Profile with Online Education Achievements

LinkedIn recently announced a pilot project to automatically update the profiles of users that take massive open online courses (MOOC) through partnering schools. Some of the schools taking part in this program include Coursera, EdX,, Pearson, Skillsoft, Udacity and Udemy.

At the completion of a course, the participant will receive an email link with a certification field. The participant fills in the details and it will be updated to their LinkedIn profile. Personally, I somehow imagined a more “automatic” approach to this program; however, it did get me thinking about the future of online engineering master’s programs.

It would be useful to show potential employers up-to-date information on any online MEM courses you are completing. It can be such a tedious venture manually updating your profile, especially when the majority of people have professional profiles on various sites. If it is ever generally accepted then, this “direct-to-profile certification” process would certainly be a useful tool.

Eric Robison, CEO of, states that “in a competitive employment market where job requirements change quickly, it’s important for professionals to showcase new skills to help advance their current careers or attract prospective employers.”

This competitive market applies to the engineering world now more than ever. Any advantage should be taken, and an updated LinkedIn profile would certainly help.

Written by

Shawn Wasserman

For over 10 years, Shawn Wasserman has informed, inspired and engaged the engineering community through online content. As a senior writer at WTWH media, he produces branded content to help engineers streamline their operations via new tools, technologies and software. While a senior editor at, Shawn wrote stories about CAE, simulation, PLM, CAD, IoT, AI and more. During his time as the blog manager at Ansys, Shawn produced content featuring stories, tips, tricks and interesting use cases for CAE technologies. Shawn holds a master’s degree in Bioengineering from the University of Guelph and an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.