Friday, July 26, 2013

Free online management courses from world's leading universities

Good morning Friends,

Today, on Friday I thought to bring something interesting for all of you. Last time, I wrote about thoughts, about books on self help. While doing research on Indian distance education and the way they are fooling people in the name of diploma mills who are not worth, I thought why not to make available the free online courses to follower and reader of my blog.

There are many high quality online courses are available on the web. These courses are not academic in nature but it is much better than the useless paper degree/ diploma run globally. After completing these courses, you might see many improvement in your work, enhancement to your skills. I have self tried few of them and I am much happy.

These courses are absolutely free. If you do not want to just add diplomas in your resume (I reject such additional qualification to grant any additional weightage to such job applicant and I am sure most learned Human Resources Professional and interviewer do the same thing). Here is the list of such online courses which will definitely help you to enhance your skills, may add value to your knowledge, they also provide online certificate (for print, you may need to pay them). These courses are from private individuals as well as well reputed global universities like Duke University, Pennsylvania State University, Stanford University and more. 

Finally, before writing about the course, I have visited the respective site, have gone through the course content to ensure safety of the content and authenticity. It is not the copy paste work from anywhere.

I hope to get same love and response from all of you. Please read it, like it and share it to maximum people. Rigvenda says:

sā vidyā yā vimuktaye / सा विद्या या विमुक्तये / sA vidyA yA vimuktaye (That is knowledge which liberates)

jñānaṃ paramaṃ balam / ज्ञानं परमं बलम् / GYaanaM paramaM balam (Knowledge is the supreme power)

tejasvi nāvadhītamastu / तेजस्वि नावधीतमस्तु / tejasvi naavadhiitamastu (May our knowledge become brilliant)

Unfortunately, I feel very sad when our top institutes like IIM, TISS, XLRI, JBIMS, FMS, IITs do not take such initiatives. They offer even a prospectus by charging money. And the private, deemed and few state universities are running distance learning degree scam with degree on sale. I have shortlisted total 13 courses and I hope you will love it.

To remind you again, I have put efforts of several hours to go, search and shortlist this information. Please do not keep this information only with you, please share this blogpost as much as you can. 

Have a learningful weekend and life ahead.


1.       Think Again: How to Reason and Argue
Reasoning is important.  This course will teach you how to do it well.  You will learn how to understand and assess arguments by other people and how to construct good arguments of your own about whatever matters to you.
Workload: 5-6 hours/week 

Course duration: 12 weeks

Course starts from: August 26, 2013

Course from: Duke University



2. Creativity, Innovation, and Change

Dr. Jack V. Matson, Dr. Darrell Velegol and Dr. Kathryn W. Jablokow

Explore your unique brand of creativity to gain deeper personal insight. Learn and apply new techniques to make innovative contributions in your own world. Solve complex problems and drive change creatively.
Workload: 6-8 hours/week 

Course Duration: 8 weeks

Course Starts from: September 01, 2013

Institute: Pennsylvania State University, USA


3. Organizational Analysis

Daniel A. McFarland

In this introductory course, you will learn multiple theories of organizational behavior and apply them to actual cases of organizational change.
Course starts from: Sep 17th 2013 (10 weeks long)
Course from: Stanford University


4. Social Psychology

Scott Plous

Ever wonder why people do what they do? This course offers some answers based on the latest research from social psychology.
Workload: 4-8 hours/week 

Course starts from: Aug 12th 2013 (6 weeks long)

Institute:  Wesleyan University


5. Disaster Preparedness

Michael Beach

During this course, students will gain an understanding of the Disaster Cycle, concentrating on the Mitigation Phase. They will examine disaster planning on a personal level developing a disaster plan and examine Awareness and Attitude during disasters and daily life.
Workload: 2-4 hours/week 

Aug 26th 2013 (6 weeks long)

Institute: University of Pittsburgh


6. Foundations of Business Strategy

Michael J. Lenox

Learn how to analyze an organization's strategy and make recommendations to improve its value creation by building your strategist's toolkit.
Workload: 5-6 hours/week 

Sessions: Sep 2nd 2013 (6 weeks long)

Institute: University of Virginia


7. Model Thinking

Scott E. Page

In this class, you will learn how to think with models and use them to make sense of the complex world around us.
Workload: 4-8 hours/week 

Oct 7th 2013 (10 weeks long)

Institute: University of Michigan


8. International Organizations Management

Gilbert Probst

This course provides an overview of the management challenges international organizations & NGOs are faced with. You will learn key theoretical frameworks and practical tools to excel in this environment.
Workload: 3-4 hours/week 

Sep 30th 2013 (6 weeks long)

Institute: University of Geneva


9. Introduction to Mathematical Thinking

Dr. Keith Devlin

Learn how to think the way mathematicians do - a powerful cognitive process developed over thousands of years.
Workload: 8-10 hours/week 

Sep 2nd 2013 (10 weeks long)

Institute: Stanford University


10. Design Thinking for Business Innovation

Dr. Jeanne M. Liedtka

This course provides an overview of the process and tools used for design thinking, and examines their application in business situations.
Sessions: Nov 4th 2013 (5 weeks long

Institute: University of Virginia


11. Critical Perspectives on Management

Rolf Strom-Olsen

Innovative management and inspired leadership need more than rules and knowledge: imagination, creativity and lateral thinking are also integral. This class offers students the opportunity to consider different ways to ask questions, ponder problems, discover opportunities and explore key concepts that inform the contemporary practice of management.
Workload: 2-3.5 hours/week 

Sessions: November 2013 (6 weeks long)

Institute: IE Business School


12. Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies: The 1st Step in Entrepreneurship

Dr. James V. Green

Explore how to identify and develop great ideas into great companies. Learn how to identify opportunities based on real customer needs. Develop solid business models. Create successful companies.
Workload: 5-7 hours/week 

Sessions: Sep 30th 2013 (6 weeks long)

Institute: University of Maryland


13. Introduction to Public Speaking

Dr. Matt McGarrity

A report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers shows that employers want job candidates with strong communication skills. Similarly, educational success also requires the ability to articulate your thoughts clearly. In this class, we will study the principles of public speaking; critically examine our own and others’ speeches through interactive practice.
Workload: 3-5 hours/week 

Jun 24th 2013 (10 weeks long)- already started

Institute: University of Washington

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