MOOCs Allow People to Learn From MBA Faculty for Free

By Chris Hassan
Posted March 06, 2013 12:00 PM

Business school MOOCs feature instruction from MBA faculty.
Business school MOOCs feature instruction from MBA faculty.

In a recent post on its blog, Coursera, a provider of online courses, announced that 29 universities have joined its network of schools. With this latest development, massive open online courses, or MOOCs, continue to prove they are no fad. This is only more apparent based on the number of business schools that have launched free MOOCs.

Completing MOOCs may not provide students with credit toward their Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, but that is not stopping institutions such as the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business from offering these courses.

The types of MOOCs available to people are not identical to what they would encounter as MBA degree students, but they are close, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. Although the courses tend to be condensed, many of them are still taught by business school faculty, giving students the chance to pick up some valuable skills for free. For example, those who sign up for Coursera and the Darden School's "Foundations of Business Strategy" course will receive lessons from professor Michael Lenox, who teaches in the school's MBA program.

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