Have you ever taken an online course?
I was looking for Project Management online courses, and found Coursera, which is an online platform that provides Massive Online Open Courses (MOOC ).
Here you can find free courses provided by different Universities, for anyone to learn. Courses are for free but if you want to get a Coursera Certificate, you will need to pay for the course.
I was interested in learning more about Project Management and found, Fundamentals of Project Planning and Management course, by the University of Virginia, so I get enrolled.
If you want and can study online, and you are interested in Project Management, this course can be good for you.
It is a four-week course that will cover how to define a project, define its objectives and organize everything you need to start one. How to plan a project, how to define the tasks involved, the duration of the project and the resources needed to make it happen.
You will also learn how to identify the risks that might affect your project and how to address them. Finally, you will see how to start executing your project, monitor and control progress.
You will take a test and develop a case study each week and be in contact with other students to start discussions using the forums platform.
I found the course well prepared and organized. You have access to videos, recommended lectures and books to dig deeper into definitions and examples.
But, if you are looking for a course that follows the guidelines found in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) book, from the Project Management Insitute, then the Introduction to Project Management Principles and Practices Specialization, by the University of California, is a better option.
This specialization includes 3 courses and a Capstone project. Getting enrolled in the courses you will learn how to define a project and identify its principal elements including the project management role and responsabilities. How to identify the stakeholders involved, define the project scope and build a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).
Identify all the resources involved in the new project (people, facilities, funding, etc), how to estimate costs and time, create the schedule needed for the entire project, identify the risks involved, and control the advance of the project, everything according to the PMBOK guide.
The courses are about 4 weeks long and you can enroll in the especialization or choose to take a single course. You will get into more detail taking these courses and will need to read the PMBOK guide but also will understand better the guidelines.
There is no excuse to keep learning if you really want to.
Can you tell me what courses have you taken online lately?