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Open Doors Group and PM World Announce Successful Completion of two MOOCs

Open Doors Group (ODG) and PM World are proud to announce the successful completion of the first offering of two Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs): Rapid Book Publishing and Project Management Skills for all Careers.

PRLog - Feb. 22, 2014 - Open Doors Group (ODG) and PM World are proud to announce the successful completion of the first offering of two Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs): Rapid Book Publishing and Project Management Skills for all Careers. MOOCs, an innovative new approach to providing affordable instruction anywhere, anytime, are an important component of ODG’s mission to lower barriers to affordable education for all learners. Both courses began in Fall 2013. Rapid Book Publishing ran for 6 weeks and PM Skills for 8 weeks; both were hosted on the http://www.canvas.net (http://www.canvas.net).

The aim of Rapid Book Publishing was to teach participants how to write a book in less than 10 days. The course included interviews with two experts in the field of book publishing and review, as well as topics on how to get a book published faster and more cheaply than conventional authoring and publishing methods. The highlight of this MOOC was the opportunity for students to create a book as an iPhone app collaboratively, on the fly, and publish it. The book, Educators on Creative Online Activities that Enhance Learning, is available from the Thinkaha app store (http://www.thinkaha.com/thinkaha-app-books/). Rapid Book Publishing attracted 844 students, mostly mid-career native English speakers, and most with Master’s degrees.

Steve Woodis, Project Manager for Rapid Book Publishing emphasized the importance of the benefits achieved by innovative thinking. He said, “I had the opportunity to work closely with the instructors and course developers, and all of us found it to be a highly rewarding experience to show that we could accommodate students from all over the world, offer the course at an affordable rate, have all students collaborate with each other and actually create and publish the book during the course. It’s incredible that while a typical book can take 9 months to complete, this MOOC proved that it could be done in less than 10 days and we were successful because we started out thinking outside of the box.”

The focus of the Project Management Skills MOOC, managed by John Donelan, was to help participants learn the basic concepts of project management as it applies to any career.  The skills have universal applications and are fundamental to getting any project, regardless of the field, done right. The instructors and course developers who put in enormous effort to make sure the basic concepts of project management were nailed down commented that it was well worth the effort. They heard from participants about breakthroughs in their own projects followed by a flow of accomplishments. Others began to manage projects right after taking the course.

Project Management Skills sold out at 2000 students, mostly in their 20s and 30s from 6 continents, and most with Master’s degrees. For this course, students were predominately non-native English speaking. Comments from students included, ”This MOOC was a wonderful experience that met all the standards to be a successful course,” and “The developers put in lots of effort which is evidenced by the outstanding organization and structure.”

ODG is enthusiastic about the success achieved in the debut of these two MOOCs. Stay tuned for ODG’s “MOOCs Best Practices” video that will be released during Open Education Week (http://www.openeducationweek.org/), March 10-15, 2014.

About Open Doors Group

Open Doors Group (ODG) is a collaborative of individuals and educational, non-profit, for-profit and government institutions.  Its purpose is to prepare students for the future by promoting, producing and distributing Open Educational Resources (OER); supporting students and educators in adopting and using OER; expanding access to education for all learners; and researching and evaluating the impact of OER. ODG sponsors a number of projects aimed at achieving these goals. ODG can be found at www.opendoorsgroup.org.

About PM World

PM World is a world-wide network for project and program managers, project coordinators, and those aspiring to these professions.

For more information, contact:

Rekha Raman

ODG-COT Sr. Manager of Marketing


Rekha Raman

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