NovoED is offering some amazing courses this month! From global history, to powerful storytelling, to how to run your start-up as a CEO! Unless otherwise noted, the courses listed below are free. Keep reading to discover more!
Global History Lab, Part 1
Starts Sep 2, length: 7 weeks
This course will give you a perspective on the multiple historical pathways to our present. Part 1 begins in 1300 AD at the height of the Silk Road, the triumphs of the Mongol Empire, and the spread of one of the most devastating contagions of all time, the Black Death. It examines the emergence of an international system of competitive empires and their effects on trade and exchange. The course will conclude in the middle of the 19th century, at the end of the Age of Revolution. The course themes include economic integration, warfare and conflict, the transformation of the ecological balance, and cultural responses and innovations. To grapple with these themes, we explore first-hand perspectives of historical actors through a collection of texts and images.
Storytelling for Change
Starts: Sep 3, length: 6 weeks
Acumen and The Ariel Group have created this hands-on course to help you develop your practical skills as a storyteller. Whether you work in an office making presentations in the boardroom, as a teacher with 30 to 300 students, interacting with customers, or one-on-one with individuals, using the elements of story bring you closer to your audience. Using stories makes your messages memorable, gives your audience something to relate to, and above all captures their attention, motivating and inspiring them in new ways. A story taps into more than one element of communicating. Great storytellers are great communicators and effective leaders. Acumen believes that storytelling is an essential tool for changing the way the world tackles poverty because it starts with changing conversations around what we see, hear, feel and know to be true. Change leaders see the world’s potential, and tell powerful stories that inspire action.
Scaling Up Your Venture Without Screwing Up
Starts: Sep 15, length: 4 weeks
The success of every venture depends on scaling: on sustaining and enhancing its effectiveness as it adds more employees, customers, and locations. The problem, however, is that scaling comes with inherent risk. Even the best founders and teams face setbacks, make mistakes, and must muddle through stretches of confusion and uncertainty. In this course, you will learn the principles that will help you scale up your venture without screwing up. You’ll address questions that cut to the heart of the scaling challenge: How can you avoid the illusion, impatience, and incompetence that are hallmarks for botched scaling efforts? What should your strategy be? Should you be more “Catholic” and replicate one model as you grow? Or should you take a more “Buddhist” approach and encourage local customization as your footprint expands? How can you avoid cognitive overload on yourself and those you lead, while at the same time, add necessary complexity as your team and organizations grows?
Decision Skills: Power Tools to Build Your Life Starts: 15 Sep, Length: 7 weeks
Have you ever faced a decision you really struggled over, but just couldn’t find your way? Imagine you had been given a set of tools, so you were confident of making the best choice you could make. This course provides a path to developing those decision skills and improving your life. Good decision-making is an essential life skill most people acquire through trial and error. Few have had the benefit of formal training in decision making or are aware of decision science. This course demonstrates how a framework to help us make better decisions, decision quality, can help overcome common mistakes humans fall into, decision traps. The principles and practice of decision quality have been successfully applied in business, medicine, and engineering. Through our work with teachers, schools, and students, we have witnessed the tremendous value this material brings through helping individuals and groups resolve their toughest dilemmas.
Design Thinking for Innovative Problem Solving: A Step by Step Project Course Starts: 15 Sep, Length: 8 weeks Cost: $349.00
Design thinking is one of the hottest trends in organizations today. This customer/stakeholder-driven problem-solving method uses a structured and systematic process to identify and explore innovation opportunities. This 8-week course will teach you how to exploit design thinking’s potential to merge creative right brain capabilities with data-driven approaches to solve your most challenging problems. In this interactive course, you’ll be guided through a 15-step problem-solving process using design methodologies and innovation tools. Throughout the eight weeks, you’ll apply each of these 15 steps to solve a challenge you’ve personally selected. Engaging videos and readings are supplemented by interesting, real-life stories that provide detailed examples of design thinking in action in organizations both large and small, in both the profit and social sectors. Community forums and peer feedback at milestone points will help you to ensure that you’ve developed a range of innovative solutions to your challenge.
Starts: Sep 15, length: 8 weeks Cost: $199
Improve Your Management and Leadership Skills Quickly Instead of learning from the school of hard knocks, let experienced startup founders guide you to being a successful first-time CEO. In addition to explaining the most critical responsibilities of a startup CEO, Matt Blumberg, Founder/CEO of Return Path and author of Startup CEO and Clint Korver, successful serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist and Stanford University adjunct professor, will provide you with an operating system that will help increase the chances of your startup’s success, while saving you time and reducing stress. You’ll learn how systems thinking can help you build and scale a successful company. Many first-time CEOs focus on problem solving. However, encountering a problem, solving it and moving on to the next one is inherently limited and frustrating. Building a scalable business requires designing and implementing systems that prevent problems or at least make them easier to solve. You will have the unique opportunity to directly engage Matt Blumberg and other celebrated entrepreneurs in live chats held weekly during the seven week course, where you can ask your startup questions. You’ll also learn from fellow online students—startup CEOs from around the world— helping you to build your network and gain a broader perspective on your company’s strengths and weaknesses.
Starts: Sep 29, length: 6 weeks Cost: $199
This course demystifies venture capital deals and startup financing to give both first-time and experienced entrepreneurs a definitive guide to secure funding. Taught by renowned venture capitalists Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson, partners at the Foundry Group and authors of Venture Deals, the course reveals the secrets behind how venture financings really work. Feld, a well-known speaker and author of several books in the Startup Revolution series, began financing technology startups in the early 1990s, first as an angel and later as an institutional investor. In the class forums, you will have exclusive opportunities to ask Brad Feld detailed questions about specific investment strategies. In addition, you can engage Feld and other celebrated investors in live chats held weekly during the six week course. You will be making connections and collaborating with an international network of entrepreneurs and classmates, learning strategies that will help you take your pitch or deal to the next level. Whether you’re looking for financing for your venture, or looking to fund an entrepreneur, you’ll get smarter about the process by taking Venture Deals.
With so many great courses starting in September, however will you choose? Whichever you decide to take, remember to update your Accredible Learning Profile.