If you are working in the social sector aiming for a leadership role or you’re thinking of starting a social initiative, I suggest you visit the Philanthropy University site.
This e-learning site is designed to help workers in the non-profit sector prepare for a leadership position and help them become effective change agents in their respective communities. Started by Amr Al-Dabbagh, a Saudi businessman and philanthropist, Philanthropy University have partnered with Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley to develop several MOOC ( Massive Open Online Course ) on social sector leadership.
The MOOC have seven (7) tuition-free foundational courses that you need to complete to earn a social sector leadership certificate from Berkeley-Haas. By enrolling in these courses, you will get first-hand information from the world’s most renowned instructors and practitioners.
For the last quarter of 2016, they are offering all the courses beginning October 11 and spread over the period of 3 months. To enroll, please go to http://philanthropyu.org/
If you are really serious in advancing your career in the non-profit sector, I believe this MOOC is for you. Just be sure that you are committed to complete it. Although you don’t have to pay for a single centavo, to finish all the courses is very challenging. In fact, most MOOCS offered by reputable universities have very high drop out rates.
If you are new to MOOCS here are a few tips to maximize its benefit:
1. Keep up with the schedule. MOOCs are designed to be completed in a month. Every week they have required videos for you to watch and perhaps additional readings. They might also have a weekly quiz. As much as possible, try to stick to the schedule otherwise if you lag behind, you will be demotivated.
2. Actively participate in the forum. MOOCs provide opportunities for learners from all over the world to exchange ideas as well as network with fellow learners. Inputs from other learners reinforces the learning you got from the lectures and you also get a more international perspective on the concepts discussed.
3. Study in advance the Peer Review Requirements. Most MOOCs require you to submit a paper as a final requirement. Make sure that at the beginning of the course, you already know the problem in the peer review assignment. This way, you have a month to prepare.