If the term MOOC is new to you, let me save you a search in Google 🙂 MOOC is short for Massive Open Online Course. MOOCs are online courses that are open to an unlimited number of participants. Some MOOCs are non-profit while others are commercial offerings, commercial MOOCs have the same concept but may charge for the course or some aspects of the course.
I participated in my first MOOC at Coursera about two years ago and have registered for several courses since. MOOCs generally have the same rigour as any university level course, so prepare to do some work!
Now, about those upcoming MOOCs… Coursera will be hosting three courses shortly that I thought may be of interest to you.
Firstly, Women in Leadership: Inspiring Positive Change – this will be presented by Professor Diana Bilimoria, expert in diversity and leadership development and author of Gender Equity in Science and Engineering: Advancing Change in Higher Education. The course starts on May 15, 2015 and is intended to inspire and empower men and women to take up leadership for important causes and improve workplaces and communities. For further information on this course visit this link: https://www.coursera.org/course/womeninleadership
Next, we have Conversations that Inspire: Coaching Learning, Leadership and Change – this will be presented by Professors Ellen Van Oosten, Melvin Smith and Richard E. Boyatzis. The course will examine concepts such as coaching for sustained learning and change; the impact of coaching to positive and negative emotional attractors; the neurological and physiological impact of coaching and the role of executive coaching in leader development and effectiveness. Coursera is expected to launch this course by September 8, 2015.
Finally, we have Leadership Through Appreciative Inquiry – this will be presented by Professor Ron Fry and presents a proven approach to accelerating organisational change by redirecting focus to core strengths. This will be launched in fall 2015 by Coursera.
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