Amazon’s prime candidate
A leading edtech pioneer has taken a leave of absence from Stanford University to join an online retail giant. Candace Thille (pictured), an assistant professor in Stanford’s Graduate School of Education, will be director of learning science and engineering at Amazon, Inside Higher Ed reported. She will work “with our global learning development team to scale and innovate workplace learning at Amazon”, a spokeswoman said. The move by Dr Thille, founding director of the Open Learning Initiative at Carnegie Mellon University, is seen by some as an indication that much digital learning activity has moved out of higher education and into the corporate sector.