Free certificate MOOC online courses on communication skills

Hello Friends,

Imagine a situation, you are among the best performer in your department and your organisation is aware about it, however, since you do not have enough confidence while communicating, your boss or the organisation cannot recommend you for a promotion.
Take another example, you want to apply for a job change, however due to lack of communication skills, you cannot do it.

Communication skills are integral part of our life. Whether in a personal life scenario or a business, it in inevitable.

In this blogpost, I am presenting few handpicked free MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) courses from world's leading universities including University of Virginia and University of Washington.

Choose the course of your need and enjoy.

1.  Introduction to Public Speaking (Coursera)
Introduction:
Unlike many oral communication courses and textbooks, this class spends a fair bit of time working through the unique traits of oral versus written communication in order to help students prepare speeches that are easier to deliver orally and understand aurally. The class’s focus on understanding the key parts of an argument and drafting clear and concise arguments translates directly to other academic assignments. In service of this goal, we will study the principles of argumentation and arrangement; critically examine our own speeches and the speeches of others. By becoming a student of public speaking, you join a long history of rhetorical study dating back to ancient Greece

Suitable for:
All entry level and mid level job seeker, everyone who wants to improve their public communication

Course from:
University of Washington

Start date:
March 31st 2014

Recommended Background: 

If you wish to complete the three speech assignments, you must have access to video recording equipment (e.g., digital camera, cell phone, flip camera, web cam, or video camera) and ability to share this digital content via the site YouTube.

Duration:
10 weeks

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2.  The Future Of Storytelling (iversity)

Introduction:
Together with a whole network of media researchers, creators and students we will:
- learn storytelling basics such as antagonist/protagonist relationships, narrative/narrated time, ...
- have a look at exciting current media projects
- analyze how they are designed and executed based on aforementioned basics
- and discuss how (and if) new online tools and formats change the way stories are told and perceived.
The course will offer weekly video material, lessons, interviews and tasks on the following topics (not necessarily in this order):
- storytelling basics
- serial formats (on the TV, web and beyond)
- storytelling in role-playing games
- interactive storytelling in video games
- transmedia storytelling
- alternate-reality gaming
- augmented reality and location-based storytelling
- the role of tools, interfaces and information architectures in current storytelling.
Our first Storytelling-MOOC will focus on fictional formats.
Inspire and Help Understand:
Our goal is to inspire and help understand. To broaden our horizon of what is and might be possible and what has already been attempted, and what has succeeded or even failed - and why.
In several little tasks you'll analyse and practise storytelling on your own and in teams.

Suitable for:
Interest in creative processes and new technologies is welcome and encouraged. For those who want to enhance communication, involved in delivering speeches and communication, want to be a writer etc.

Course from:

Fachhochschule Potsdam



Start date:
25.10.2013

Duration:
8 weeks

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3.  Intercultural Communication (saylor.org)


Introduction:
This course builds on other communication courses.  You will learn to apply various skills that you have developed in other courses, including the ability to analyze an audience and the context of the communication in an intercultural encounter.  Likewise, skill and insights into message development and the ways in which different groups receive and interpret messages will take on new meaning when applied in an intercultural context.  Much of the information in this course will refer back to the pioneering work of Hofstede and his cultural classifications.  Geert Hofstede is one of the foremost influential scholars in the discipline of cultural studies, particularly organizational culture.  His pioneering work, such as the cultural dimensions theory, has been the basis for subsequent research and the growth of the field and understanding of how members of differing cultures interact.
Suitable for:
Anybody wish to enhance communication skills

Course from:
Saylor.org

Start date:
25.10.2013

Duration:
8 weeks



4.    Professional Writing


Introduction:
Professional Writing is designed to provide adult learners with the basic skills they need to write effective documents in the workplace.  In this course, you will learn how to analyze your audience so that you can write prose that is both clear and persuasive.  You will practice writing common business documents, such as emails, memos, proposals, and presentations.  You will also learn how to effectively edit these documents for maximum impact.
This course is part of the Professional Development Program (PRDV), which is designed especially for adult learners who are ready to gain and apply skills demanded by today’s employers


Suitable for:
Anybody wish to enhance communication skills
pon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
·         Define professional writing, and identify the major genres of professional writing.
·         Conduct basic audience research to determine for whom he or she is writing and why.
·         Determine the main point of your document, and summarize your main point in one sentence.
·         Use concrete characters rather than abstract nouns.
·         Identify and explain how to avoid the most common ethical problems in professional writing.
·         Reinforce the main point in the most strategic locations throughout the document.
·         Adapt and revise messaging for different contexts and audiences.
·         Identify common problems that prevent writing from being easily understood by a variety of audiences.
·         Use multiple editorial strategies for revising and improving documents.


Course from:
Saylor.org

Start date:
25.10.2013

Duration:
8 weeks

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5.  Communication Major (saylor.org)

The Communication courses are designed to help you develop many of the competencies you need for a career in mass communication and/or organizational communication. Our communications curriculum is organized into two tracks, or concentrations, within the communications field — Communication Studies and Mass Communication. The Communication Studies track combines approaches from the social sciences and humanities to focus on communication at intrapersonal, interpersonal, group, team, and organizational levels. This track will introduce you to the theories, rhetoric, symbolism, media, and effects of human communication. The Mass Communication track emphasizes the technology and techniques through which significant numbers of people are exposed to messages created by professional and quasi-professional communicators.

Start Date: 

Self Paced Course - Start anytime

Suitable for:
Anybody wish to enhance communication skills

Course from:
Saylor.org

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Communication and Speech (WEU)

This course teaches the basics of communication principles and concepts. Topics in this course include: foundations of communication, interpersonal communications and problem solving, communicating in groups and in public, developing and delivering persuasive and informative speeches.

 

Start Date: 

Self Paced Course - Start anytime



6.  Corporate Communication (saylor.org)

The introduction of Business Communication for Success, the textbook used throughout this course, notes that “[E]ffective communication takes preparation, practice, and persistence. There are many ways to learn communication skills; the school of experience, or ‘hard knocks,’ is one of them. But in the business environment, a ‘knock’ (or lesson learned) may come at the expense of your credibility through a blown presentation to a client.” Effective communication skills are a prerequisite for succeeding in business. Communication tools and activities connect people within and beyond the organization in order to establish the business’s place in the corporate community and the social community, and as a result, that communication needs to be consistent, effective, and customized for the business to prosper. Business Communication for Success provides theories and practical information that represent the heart of this course, while additional resources are included to expand or pose alternatives to the approaches chosen in the textbook. You will receive maximum benefits from this course if you complete the readings first and then use the additional resources to fill in the blanks and/or reconsider the topics in the textbook.

Start Date: 

Self Paced Course - Start anytime


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Introduction to Strategic Thinking (Canvas.net)

This is a short interdisciplinary course on strategic thinking and some of its most powerful tools. Strategic thinking is not exclusive to business applications or the military. The skills taught in this course can be useful to anyone. Young professionals can use the knowledge to effectively plan their careers, stay-at-home mothers can use it to improve how they communicate with their children, and entrepreneurs can use it to better position their business in the marketplace. Anyone who wants to learn how to think about and solve social, business, personal, environmental, or other problems in smarter and more creative ways will benefit from this course.


Start Date: 

Oct 21st 2013


Duration:
3 weeks

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7.  Design Thinking for Business Innovation

University of Virginia


Design thinking is a popular new idea in the business world - organizations as diverse as entrepreneurial start-ups, big established corporations, and government and social service organizations are experimenting with design thinking as an alternative approach to traditional problem-solving. Accelerated by the spectacular rise of Apple and IDEO, design thinking is seen as offering a new approach better suited for dealing with the accelerating pressures for growth and innovation faced by so many organizations today. But design thinking can remain mysterious for people interested in introducing this approach into their decision-making processes. Demystifying it is the focus of this course.

Course not open yet

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