TGIF – MOOCers

January 18, 2013 by Bill Bradley

As the week winds down, we wind down with some tidbits for your information, education, health, and enjoyment.

Quote of the Week: “The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.”  Albert Einstein

Humor Break:

Bev:  Al, did you know that Bill Gates once said “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”?

Al: Well if he did, then he must think I am a friggin’ genius.

Stat of the Week: Wednesday I wrote about MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).  These mostly free (so far) university level courses are attracting millions of participants. Here are some samples of who is taking what.  At Coursera popular courses include Think Again: How to Reason and Argue 150,158 (Duke University and University of North Carolina); Introduction to Finance 126,523 (University of Michigan); Model Thinking 100,824 (University of Michigan).  Udacity’s most popular course: Introduction to Computer Science 230,000 (University of Virginia).  Udemy’s most popular courses (for a fee): Excel Training for Beginners 19,800 (InfiniteSkills.com)

Action Tip: Come on now, do yourself a developmental and career favor.  Check out some these sites to see what they might offer you.  And do it now while most of them are still free.

Self-Development Corner: Join with me in taking The Modern World: Global History since 1760.  It began January 14 with Philip Zelikow – former Harvard and current University of Viginia professor and best known as the director of the 9/11 Commission and a deputy to Secretary Rice at the Department of State.  It is sooooo not too late, let’s do it together!  At least invest 3:20 minutes to watch the introductory video (same link).  Rah, Rah!

“This is a survey course in modern world history for students, beginning or advanced, who wish to better understand how the world got to be the way it is today. In order to understand modern history, a global perspective is essential. This is true whether you are interested in economics, warfare, philosophy, politics, or even pop culture. This course can therefore be essential for students in many fields, a base equipping them with tools for lifelong learning.”

Bill Bradley (mostly) retired after 35 years in organizational consulting, training and management development. During those years he worked internally with seven organizations and trained and consulted externally with more than 90 large and small businesses, government agencies, hospitals and schools.

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