OK, so I got a head start by beginning a few months ago, but what can I say? I'm aggressive that way ;-)
So, I signed up for a course via Coursera (for free) taught by 2 University of Michigan, Ross School of Business professors called "Leading Teams."
The course itself is very interesting and informative. The lectures are delivered in bite-size chunks and they creatively integrate the coach of the Men's basketball team. There are quizzes, video, external articles, and the discussion forum.
Much like a traditional classroom setting, the discussions are what you make of them. Participate and you get something out of it.
I'm about 50% of the way through the class, but the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) experience so far has been very valuable for me, with a ton of useful information.
But what it really has done for me is further convince me of the possibilities of how education will be reinvented (here's my most recent rant).
- I have access to some of the best business minds in the world...from my basement.
- I'm connected with a self-selecting group of learners who enrich it...from my phone.
- I'm learning.
Yes, you still need the face to face and opportunity to get exposed to other/new ideas...but I just have to believe there are going to be more cost-effective ways to do that than the traditional model.