Today I wanted to mention two things and announce a third one.
One: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)
The first is the phenomenon that took worldwide higher education by storm last year: the MOOC, or Massive Online Open Course. Prestigious universities like Harvard, MIT and Stanford offer these courses for free and attract thousands of students worldwide. A MOOC typically lasts 5-10 weeks, and every week has a dedicated topic that is explored through video nuggets, readings, assignments, project work, forum questions, etc.
Some of the reasons MOOCs work so well is that they are in reach for everyone (they are free and open to everyone worldwide) and that they enable networked learning with hundreds or thousands of people with the same challenges and interests. The New York Times declared 2012 the Year of The MOOC. MOOCs are an innovative format for blended learning.
Two: Our mission at the Center for Creative Leadership
Ever since the creation of the Center over 40 years ago, this is the mission that has driven all of our work. We now see a world facing massive challenges, a world that cannot have enough effective leaders at all levels of society to face those challenges. We do not only develop formal leaders in Fortune 500 companies. Our mission also drives us to set up leadership development initiatives for communities, youth and women in Africa, Latin America and other regions in need.
One + Two = LeaderMOOC
So what do you get when you put one and two together? You get a LeaderMOOC. We are proud to have received a Marrow grant to pilot a MOOC for leadership development this year. We are so very excited about this. We see it as an opportunity to reach emerging leaders we would otherwise not be able to reach, and as an unprecedented way to scale up leadership development for the benefit of society worldwide.
So join us this fall for LeaderMOOC! Its tagline and promise is “Leadership for real.” It will start mid-September and last for seven fun and thought provoking weeks. We’ll keep you posted.
More reading on MOOCs: Hacked Education’s “Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012: MOOCs”