Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Must to be attended MOOC courses in management, teaching, training, ICT and behavioural science

Competitive Strategy
1.      Take Care of Your Competitors
2.      2. Why Firms Work Together
3.      3. Complementary Products and Strategic Partnerships
4.      4. Entering a New Market
5.      5. Why Worry About Research and Development
6.      6. Designing Products Wisely
Whether you are an HR, an entrepreneur, a sales manager, a marketing manager, a strategy manager or a business development manager, it is essential for you to know how to compete. The same applies to an individual too.  This course is beneficial for all.
Session starts in: This is an open session and you may join round the year.
Course fee: Free of cost

Learning to Teach Online

Whether you are an academician or a trainer who is planning to start teaching online, this course is useful for you. You may be wondering how to be a trainer, how to teach online, how to use ICT in teaching, whether you are a open university teacher/ professor or online instruction designer how to earn money online by teaching and so on, this course will be useful for you.  
Course content:
Week 1: What is online teaching and why is it important? Overview of online ethnographies and technologies and their place in contemporary education.
Week 2: Open and Closed technologies: An examination of the pros and cons of the use of social media vs contained systems in educational contexts, and an examination of relevant activities.
Week 3: Planning online learning: Understand how to define your learning outcomes, develop appropriate online activities and assessment strategies, and to choose the right technology to use. These themes are continually revisited throughout the remainder of the course.
Week 4: Online learning activities: Types of online activities and teaching scenarios. Overview and exemplification of a range of fully online, blended and mobile learning scenarios, interaction and applications, and online resources and activities. Issues concerning accessibility and inclusivity also explored.
Week 5: Online assessment strategies. Aligning assessment with learning outcomes and designing assessments for learning. Considerations of using technology to enhance assessments – benefits to the instructor and the students. Design and purpose of standards-based assessment and rubrics. Issues concerning assessment feedback and practical affordances provided by technologies are explored.
Week 6: Online Resources. What role can online resources play in effectively supporting student learning? Understand how to find and use a range of Open Educational Resources (OER) in your class, and explore options for creating and your own online resources. Issues of Creative Commons and Copyright in online education are also discussed.
Week 7: Engaging and motivating students: Managing your time online as an instructor. Best practices discussed and identified for building an online community of learners. 
Week 8: Evaluating Strategies. What are some evaluation methods for determining whether your course design change has been effective? Suggestions for ways of gaining feedback from students to inform your continued teaching practice and pedagogical decisions. How can learning analytics from the use of online technologies help you identify that your course design is helping meet your intended aims and outcomes?

Course duration: June 22 to September 28, 2014 (already running)

Course awarded by:UNSW Australia (The University of New South Wales)

UNSW Australia, based in Sydney, was established in 1949 and is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching universities with more than 50,000 students from over 120 countries

Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects

May be it looks like the course for students only, however I disagree. Learning is a never ending process and it is related to function of our brain. Learning is a mental tool. We acquire a degree, a qualification but our learning continues for the whole life. I believe, this course will be helpful for a general students including students learning physics, mathematics or students preparing for CAT/ GMAT or competitive exams and how to crack such courses. It is also useful for managers and executives handling new responsibilities and they need to learn it in order to get success.

Course starts from : August 1, 2014

Course content:
Week 1 – Introduction: Focused versus Diffuse Thinking (begins Aug 1)
Week 2 – Chunking (begins Aug 8)
Week 3 – Procrastination and Memory (begins Aug 15) 
Week 4 – Renaissance Learning and Unlocking Your Potential (begins Aug 22) 

Course awarding institute: University of California, San Diego

Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Digital Storytelling

So, this is again a course beneficial for trainers, human resources professionals, ICT professionals and those who want to enter into online teaching and online training. It is also a good tool for enhancing communication skill. Even if you are not interested in those career but need to often do a skype meeting or video conferencing meeting and directing people remotely, this course is a handy tool.

Course starts from: September 08, 2014

Course content:
Week 1: Choosing a topic and purpose
Week 2: Writing an effective script and creating a storyboard 
Week 3: Recording audio narration
Week 4: Using technology to build a digital story 
Week 5: Revising, publishing and sharing the final digital story for use in the classroom
Course from: University of Houston System

Course from: September 08, 2014

Applying Principles of Behavior in the K-12 Classroom
So if you are a teacher, even a B.Ed degree holder still looking for an international training in teaching, this course is useful for you. It is also useful for the people interested in understanding psychology and behavioural science, understanding behaviours of the teens and teaching methodology. In this class you will learn how to conduct a functional behavior assessment (FBA) and apply principles of behavior in the public school classroom in order to promote positive classroom behavior and intervene effectively when faced with challenging behavior

Course content
Week One: Introduction to Principles of Reinforcement and Punishment including an overview of concepts surrounding positive and negative reinforcement to increase or maintain behavior and punishment to decrease behavior.

Week Two: Foundations of Functional Behavior Assessment includes a discussion on what constitutes functions of behavior and an introduction to the direct method of functional behavior assessment.

Week Three:  Conducting and Analyzing the Functional Behavior Assessment where you will learn how to conduct your own functional behavior assessment and analyze the results.

Week Four:  Developing Function Based Intervention Methods includes a discussion of how changes to antecedents and consequences of challenging behavior can be made and how to reinforce replacement behaviors.

Course from: University of Houston System

Course starts from: Date not announced yet. You may enroll now and they will notify it later.

That’s all for this week.
A guideline to get success in MOOC
The success rate and engagement rates in MOOC courses are very low. There are certain reason. To get success in enrolling and completing the course you should follow:
1.      Do not opt for many courses. Opt maximum 1 or 2 courses at a time.
2.      Decide your need and priority and accordingly choose the course.
3.      Visit the course everyday and carefully complete the course.
4.      Participate in discussion with other students too. It will help you to enhance your knowledge as well as engagement.
5.      Even if you have completed the course, re-read it, re-complete it, re-study it.

All the best
August 5, 2014

Credit: Credit for the courses, material for the articles go to coursera.com


  1. Dear Mr. Govind,

    The institute name Indian academby in Saudi arabia & in beharain is offering courses for Alagappa University and exams are also conducted on saudi arabia. so my question is that giving exam in saudi arabia or in bahrain is valid ?



    1. Hi,
      MGU shillong is under lot of controversy and being a private university, it cannot offer any course outside campus. Alagappa is a state government university but before offering courses outside state, it has to take approval from the UGC. Both universities therefore do not have authority to offer courses at KSA and Bahrain.
      Technically, their degrees are invalid in India and abroad.
      You need to check KSA and Bahrain's policy on such degree whether they goes by the law of India or they have their own specific law (for instances, Indian government do not allow any foreign university to offer courses in distance, part time and online in India and such degrees are invalid in India and for full time course, such foreign universities have to collaborate with Indian Institute and need to take approval from UGC too.
      Take decision considering all these factors and do not take admission in Mahatma Gandhi University at all.

    2. Dear Mr. Govind,

      I have checked alagappa univeristy website and they have officially mentioned in their website that they have learning center in saudi arabia and contact no. is also given. ( Institute name swana investment,http://alagappauniversity.ac.in/dde/learning_centres.php). and they are conducting exams at Indian embassy school here in saudi. can you please advise .Thanks and best regards, Aziz.

    3. no state universities are allow to offer courses outside their state
      Please refer

    4. Thank you so much for Crystal clearity. What about ignoue ? can I join ignou in saudi and study and give exam in saudi through ignou study center ? I want to pursue Bcom.

      Thanks and best regards,

    5. yes, you can. It still holds value. However, doing an IGNOU course from Saudi will be a costly. You can enroll at university in India, at centre at hometown of yours and appear for exam once in a year

  2. Hello Mr. Govind, Thanks for all your help to us. I am a Bcom with 47.7%,
    done GNIIT and possess 1.8 years of exp in Service and IT sector. I am
    switching to a career in HR. My queries are: 1 Which management and hr
    courses will boost my career and help me in gaining top notch position, the
    best i can, in a company. 2. Does wellingkar 1 year residential mba for
    executives has value and recognition attracts placement and whether
    wellingkar provided placement support. 3. Does HR certification holds Value
    and importance and adds weightage to CV, and if yes, which HR certification I should opt for (CHRMP/PHR/SPHR) 4. Which degree has more advantage between Executive Mba from NMIMS and MHRM from JBIMS/Wellingkar 5. Does Wellingkar DMS program and its advantage of getting a direct entry into MHRM program carry recognition and adds value to CV. Whether company will accept DMS and MHRM program from Wellingkar done via direct admission. I am 28 now, pls help me, I am in much stress.

    1. Hi Sandeep,
      Good to know you want to make career in HR
      As an HR, I always believe that every line manager is a human resources manager.
      to answer your query:
      1. To gain top notch position, it is not only qualification, your passion, experience and practice of human resources matter a lot. If you are looking for a good career, you should complete PG course in HR, full time from following institutes:
      FMS Delhi

      You may refer my following blog post too

      2. For your second query, please refer above blog post. Welingkar may help but it does not have 100% placement for executive MBA

      3. Certification helps only if you are already working. They are SPHR, PHR. You may also read following article on HR certification

      4. PRefer NMIMS, SP Jain, XLRI (most recommended), TISS and Symbiosis but full timeonly.

      5. No, Welingkar Diploma (distance has no value- neither academic nor professional)

      Do not need to take stress. If you do not get admission to any of the above institute, check with your organisation if they can transfer you to HR department. and then after gaining experience, try to get entry into above institute's full time programme. Even if it does not work you may pursue a part time MHRM from JBIMS, KJ Somaiya etc

      A final note: You cannot do MBA/ PGPM if you have less than 50% marks in your graduation (if you are from open category) and 45% if you are OBC SC and ST category. Also to get into above institute then you need to perform exceptionally in your CAT/XAT CET score (98+ percentile) and also in interview

    2. I am very grateful to your detailed, clear and genuine resolution. I have queries regarding Executive Programs. 1. Which executive program between Executive HRM and Executive Mba is best for a career in HR. 2. Does FMS Mba-Executives holds equal value as Full time residential program for executives. 3. I couldn't locate HR as a specialization in FMS Mba-Executives, can you please clear this dilemna. 4. May I go for Mba-Hr from Pondicherry Univ and MA in HR from Periyar University or either one of the 2 degrees is sufficient with a view to boost my HR career till the time I get select for MHRM in JBIMS, Wellingkar etc and completes the course. Thank You again.

    3. If you want to make career in HR, opt Executive MBA with HRM as a specialisation
      2. No, full time and executive MBAs are not comparable. Executive MBAs are useful only when you are employed/ Full time MBA from institutes like FMS open door.
      Please check carefully thy have elective strategy and leadership where you will find subject as industrial relationship, leadership, performance management

      4. Go only either FMS or Pondicherry or MHRM at JBIMS. no need to keep multiple options open that does not help
      Doing MBA in distance mode helps only if you are already employed.
      However, please note that if you are lagging in career for a very long time and if you think that a distance MBA may help you, then such MBA programme may not come to your rescue.
      Yes, despite of you are a good performer, excellent in your work with track records but due to organisation's policy organisation cannot promote, you in such case it is helpful.
      Second, whenever you plan to change your company and in that case, such MBA programme comes to your rescue and will be helpful.
      But please note that
      1. This should be MBA not Pg Diplomas from institutes like SCDL, welingkar etc
      2. The institute must be well reputed, recognized and good. Few examples are University of Madras, Pondicherry University, Kurukshetra University, Anna University, Bharati Vidyapeeth etc.
      3. For safer side, if you want to move to teaching in future or for research and higher studies, please check there should be a separate approval from DEB as well as AICTE
      FMS, JBIMS and Pondicherry all have necessary approval

  3. Hi Mr. Govind, want to know Online International Mba from Ural University Federal Russia through Jaro Education holds value and recognition in India and abroad. I have researched that Ural University Federal Russia is ranked among top Qs world top 500 university rankings. For 2013-2014, it is ranked 501 and stands at Rank 80 in BRICS ranking. Pls help i want to make a career in HR.

    1. no
      AIU does not recognize any full time, part time, online, distance degree of a foreign university offered in India. Only full time degree obtained ny attending all the years of study at campus of respective universities at respective country is valid. Jaro is a big degree scam.
      Please refer

    2. Thank You very much for your help, I was looking for the said course and Jaro's counsellor is in touch with me. Thank You.


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