MOOC, or massive open online courses, went mainstream in 2012 and were heralded as the next big thing in education. The idea behind it is to put lecture videos and interactive course work on the internet therefore making it possible for top-notch university education to reach more students and cater for different styles of learning.
Big-name schools like Harvard University, UCLA, Yale and Stanford have already signed on and joined with MOOC providers to put courses online, free to anyone who wants to access them. One of the largest MOOC providers, Coursera, already has over 400 courses in over 20 categories created by 85 Universities from 16 countries around the world.
One of our favorite courses, ‘Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies: The First Step in Entrepreneurship’ from the University of Maryland is aimed at assisting aspiring entrepreneurs in developing great ideas into great companies – perfect for the new age business woman. The course runs for 6 weeks and requires 5 – 7 hours a week worth of work but you can do it all in the comfort of your own home.
Or for the aspiring fashionista in the UAE, why not take the ‘Managing Fashion and Luxury Companies’ course from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy? Through the course you will learn how fashion and luxury companies work, and understand their branding, retail and communication strategies.