Monitoring and Evaluation courses span across many disciplines, and deal with the design, coordination, and implementation of processes that help see a project through. It also covers the process of data collection and interpretation to assess the project carried out.
Planning for Climate Change in African Cities is a Physical Science and Engineering course offered by United Cities and Local Governments of Africa, African Local Government Academy, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Institute for Housing and Urban Development. The intermediate-level course would require about 20 hours to complete, and is taught in English. This course weighs the impacts and drivers of climate change on the continent of Africa, focusing on cities at a time. Armed with this information, participants will learn how to adapt to climate change, highlighting approaches and typologies; analyze steps and tools used in planning for climate change; and finally, create a climate change plan based on the city contexts drawn up.
Keeping up with Change: Issues for the Finance Professional is a Business course offered by the University of London. Taught in English, this course would require about 53 hours in total to complete. This 3-module course focuses on challenges to the finance professional, as a result of the constantly changing world of finance. First module dwells on strategies that can be used in planning, monitoring and controlling projects and activities; second module dwells on changes generally, and their drivers; and the third module dwells on core issues which have, and continue to cause reassessment of nature, purpose and scope of corporate governance. Gain skills in international financial reporting standards (IFRS); Strategic Management; Finance; and Corporate Governance.
IT Project Management is course 4 of 6 in the Business Technology Management Specialization program offered by the Indian School of Business. This course is taught in English for about 20 hours. Using context of IT projects and software projects, participants will gain skills in project management, risk management, agile management, and program evaluation and review technique. The topic of project management will be covered highlighting project initiation, planning and scheduling, monitoring and control, and termination. Risk assessment will look into approaches used in reducing risk, as well as simulation using the software @risk for project completion times.
Strategic Self-Marketing and Personal Branding is course 3 of 4 in the Career brand management specialization program offered by The State University of New York. The course will require about 11 hours to complete, and is taught in English. The focus is on you as an image. Therefore, participants will learn ways to design, enhance, and promote their professional image using strategies and techniques highlighted; and how to showcase skills to interested audience using impression management, as well as relationship and network marketing. Gain skills in Self-Assessment, Skills Management, Strategy, Personal Branding, and Competitiveness.
Career Brand Development and Self-Coaching is course 2 of 4 in the Career Brand Management Specialization program offered by The State University of New York. It is taught in English for about 15 hours, with subtitles available in English and Vietnamese. The focus here is on your career brand. Participants will learn to build and enhance their skills portfolio using strategic models and techniques; use of high demand marketable skills to increase human capital; participate in self-coaching for their personal development; create a tool for monitoring skill-building; develop a tool for gathering standards, and assessing techniques, among other things. Gain skills in Self-Assessment, Skills Management, Self-Coaching, Competence (Human Resources), and Competitiveness.
The Outcomes and Interventions of Health Informatics is course 3 of 5 in the Health Informatics Specialization program offered by the Johns Hopkins University. This beginner level course taught in English for approximately 8 hours has no prerequisites, however previous experience or knowledge of healthcare, technology, and statistics will come in handy. Participants will learn to identify opportunities where healthcare informatics are needed, apply a structured framework, design a way to gather knowledge to provide support, as well as a monitoring plan. Skills will be gained in Knowledge Acquisition, Decision Tree, Decision-Making, Decision Support System, and Health Informatics.
Infection Prevention in Nursing Homes is a Health course offered by The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Instructions are given in English for about 7 hours, spread over 6 weeks. Spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria is a very common feature in hospitals, and this course is set to teach the role played by environment in the transmission, as well as outline precautions that prevent this spread. Using videos, readings and quizzes, participants will learn all about the antibiotic resistant bacteria, isolation precautions, safe injection practices, environmental disinfection, UTI and C. difficile prevention in nursing homes.
Evaluating Designs with Users is course 3 of 6 in the User Experience Research and Design Specialization program offered by the University of Michigan. Instructions are given in English for about 10 hours. This UX course is set such that you are able to evaluate the effectiveness of your system by designing and conducting tests with the users. Learn how to identify approaches to user testing and their specific uses; understand design and efficient use of a user test; and how to analyze and report on this. Gain skills in User Research, Human Computer Interaction, User Experience (UX), and User Experience Design
Introduction to Blockchain: Benefits, Values and Opportunities is course 3 of 3 in the Introduction to Blockchain Specialization program offered by the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, AICPA. Taught in English, this course only requires 4 hours to complete. Participants will join the blockchain evolution, gaining knowledge on the history, characteristics, fundamentals of currency, and its role in global business. The accounting and finance professions have roles to play in the adoption of blockchain technology, so the professionals need to gain knowledge on the components, custody, responsibility, and other core concepts which will impact their jobs.
Fundamentals of Management is course 7 of 10 in the Career Success Specialization program offered by the University of California, Irvine. Taught for 6 hours using videos, readings and quizzes in English, there are subtitles available in Arabic, Vietnamese, Afrikaans, English, and Spanish. This course is ideal for newbies in their profession, or roles. An understanding of roles, responsibilities, principles, and general concepts and theories of management is essential regardless of position. Participants will learn to differentiate managers from leaders, describe functions of management, utilize the SMART technique, and explore the importance of building a network. Gain skills in Management Theory, Management Styles, Leadership, and Management.
Assessment for Learning is a Social Sciences course offered by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Taught in English for approximately 20 hours, this course is specially designed for people interested in the future of education or even in the Education profession. The beginner-level course is focused on testing, and debates surrounding it. Participants will learn the strengths and weaknesses of approaches used in assessment, as well as the technologies. They’ll explore recent advances in testing, considering assessments in digital curriculum; other topics are: use of data mining and learning analytics system, issues related to data access and privacy, as well as challenges raised by Big Data.
Introduction to Social Media Analytics is course 5 of 6 in the Foundations of Marketing Analytics Specialization program offered by Emory University. The course is taught in English via online videos, readings and quizzes for about 8 hours. Participants will explore the analytic methods used in gaining marketing insights from social media data; benefits and limitations of using social media data; foundational skills of social media listening; as well as use of social media data in assessing consumer’s perceptions of your brand. There will also be activities to complete, discussion forums, and peer assessments in this course.
Software Development Processes and Methodologies is course 1 of 4 in the Software Development Lifecycle Specialization program offered by University of Minnesota. This beginner course is taught in English, and requires about 15 hours to complete. With more automotations, and technological advancements, we see the software industry rising steadily to become a key part of our lives. Participants will learn how software teams work; processes used; standard methodologies used including traditional, lean and agile; pros and cons of these methods, to enable you choose for a given challenge; and how to apply software engineering practices for a given situation.
Researcher Management and Leadership Training is a Health course offered by the University of Colorado. This course will require about 20 hours to complete, and is taught in English. Early career researchers and mentors who want to be research leaders by building management skills, will most benefit from this course. Often times, we see scientific careers fail for non-science reasons, so participants will learn leadership and management skills and approaches, core financial and administrative roles for researchers, effective management of a research group, and use of coaching and sponsorship to build and enhance mentorship. Gain skills in Mentorship, Resource Management, Clinical Research, Team Management, and Leadership.
Setting Expectations & Assessing Performance Issues is a Business course offered by the University of California, Davis. Using online videos, readings and quizzes, this course is taught in English for about 18 hours spread over 4 weeks. The focus is on coaching techniques to ensure employees know the goal of the organization and how to get there. Participants will learn to use “Coaching Algebra” in managing their employees, so as to determine issues affecting performance and deal with them; how to design performance expectations; how to spot key performance indicators and accountability; and design their coaching philosophy.
Results-Based Project Management: Monitoring and Evaluation is a Business & Management course offered by the Witts University. Taught in English, this course will last for 8 weeks, with 4-8 hours weekly. The only prerequisite is basic project management. Participants will learn to use a results-based approach in design, implementation and management of public sector programs. To ensure optimum use of resources, attention must be paid to monitoring and evaluation. Learn how to measure progress using performance indicators, theory of “Results Chain”, as well as appraisal of a program.
Drones for Agriculture: Prepare and Design Your Drone (UAV) Mission is a Data Analysis & Statistics course offered by the Wageningen University. Instructions are given in English for 3 weeks, with about 2-5 hours weekly effort. Although there’s no prerequisite for this course, being a computer software enthusiast will be helpful. Anyone with an interest in preparing and executing a flight mission using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, UAV, is welcome to join the course. Learn to process and understand data collected from the drones; the UAV international regulations and legislations; aerial imaging product delivery, among others. You do not need to have a drone to take this course
Evaluating Social Programs is a Social Sciences course offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Taught in English, this course requires 3-5 hours weekly for 6 weeks. There’s no prerequisite, however familiarity with basic statistical concepts is a great plus. Using lectures and case studies, participants will learn about randomized evaluations and their use in evaluation of social and development programs; benefits and methods of randomization; choosing the right sample size; common threats that render an experiment invalid; importance of needs assessment; effective measurement of outcomes; quality control; and monitoring methods for impact evaluations.
Market Segmentation Analysis is a Business & Management course offered by the University of Queensland. The course will be taught in English for 5 weeks, with 6-8 hours weekly effort. A degree in business or statistics is recommended. Participants will learn the fundamentals of market segmentation; the ten-step process of a data-driven market segmentation analysis; pitfalls to be avoided; commissioning your analysis, as well as questions that ensure the validity of your experiment. This process is very complex and challenging, but is a need-to-know for gaining competitive advantage, both in profit, and non-profit settings.
Monitoring Volcanoes and Magma Movements is an Energy & Earth Sciences course offered by the University of Iceland. There are no prerequisites for this course taught in English for 8 weeks, with about 3-5 hours required weekly. Case studies are well utilized in exploring magma movements in volcanoes, as well as their inference from ground-based and satellite monitoring methods. Learn why volcanoes are dangerous, and how hazardous they are; possibilities and limitations of current volcano-monitoring for detecting magma movements; how to predict volcano activity and eruptions; interpret and use data; and basic models used in these processes.
Clinical Pharmacokinetics: Dosing and Monitoring is a Healthcare & Medicine course offered by the Taipei Medical University. Taught in English for 6 weeks with 2 hours weekly study, this course focuses on understanding pharmacokinetics, and so is designed for students or professionals in the Pharmacy line. Starting with the basic principles, up to the clinical applications, participants will learn using critical thinking and problem-solving exercises. Learn factors affecting absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion and binding of drugs; how to interpret lab results and assess clinical findings; and determination of an individualized dosage regiment using concepts taught in pharmokinetics.
Digital Media Analytics: Earned Media is a Business & Management course offered by the Purdue University. It forms part of the Digital Media Analytics program and will be taught in English for 2 weeks, with 6 hours weekly effort. This course has been designed for professionals interested in career advancement via social media and digital media analytics. Participants will learn about earned media and how they impact your online presence; strategies used in setting up social media listening and monitoring programs; and collection of Twitter data using Google spreadsheeta. A little knowledge of technology will come in handy.
Strategic Planning for Professional Service Firms in the Time of COVID-19 is a Business & Management course offered by The College of Law. It’ll be taught in English for 2 hours weekly, over 4 weeks. This course is designed for business owners, and those in leadership roles. Due to the pandemic, a “new normal” now exists, and participants will learn to navigate and strategize in line with this. Participants will learn what strategy is; pre-covid and current trends; how to explain strategic business models, and concepts; develop basic elements of a strategic mindset and plan; and apply common strategic tools in analysis.
Unleash Your Potential: Innovation and Enterprise is a Business & Management course offered by the University of Bristol. The course will be taught in English for 4 weeks, with 3-hours weekly effort. This course is for anybody interested in innovation and enterprise, but specially designed for students interested in developing their transferable skills. Participants will learn how to develop ideas, gain creative confidence and channel them; improve your ability to solve problems, and learn tools useful in solving complex issues. Learn how to test your ideas using the Lean Startup method, develop networks, transfer ideas and pitch effectively.
Sustainability and Green Logistics: An Introduction is a Science, Engineering & Maths course offered by the Coventry University. Instructions are passed in English for 2 weeks, with about 3-hours weekly effort in this course which forms part of the Sustainability and Green Logistics program. This course is designed for logistics professionals and anyone interested in business supply chain and logistics activities. Participants will explore principles of sustainability, creation of logistics and procurement practices; examine environmental effects of logistics and how to ease them; explore the policies regulating supply chain functions; and methods used in assessment of environmental performance of supply chains.
All the courses described above are free to audit, however a small fee is required to purchase a certificate of completion. Financial aid is also available to those who qualify.