Study Up – 10 Online Courses for Event Planners
Ever heard of MOOCs before?
No, these aren’t video games. That’s an MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role playing game), like World of Warcraft.
MOOCs are definitely not that.
MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course. These are online courses available to anyone in the world. They involve all the lectures, reading materials, and tests you would expect from a university course. The assignments are either handed out automatically, by a lecturer, or through peer review. Most of them use forums and noticeboards to post the same questions you get in a classroom setting.
Sometimes these courses cost money. Other times they are free. And sometimes providers only charge if you want a certificate at the end.
Many universities create and administer these courses themselves. Most focus on tech subjects, but you can learn just about anything – from Mandarin to photography.
Learning something new and useful is a great way to be more productive in general.
With that in mind, here are the 10 best MOOCs and suggested courses to extend your event management skills.
A learn-as-you-go course with seven modules, including a final exam and practical work. This short course focuses on the four steps of a successful negotiation: preparation, negotiation, closing, and evaluation. The course will help you brush up on your negotiation skills in just a few hours. The course is free to use, but it costs $49 to get the verified certificate.
Why not seek to understand the people around you a little more? This course will take about 40 to 50 hours in total, or about 10 weeks if you’re doing 4 to 5 hours a week. You’ll learn a bit of history, how brain structures work, how learning occurs, and how emotions form among other things. Previous students gave this course 4 out of 5 stars, and it’s free.
Want to create your own apps and websites? Don’t want to spend a fortune for someone else to do it? Look into taking this course for front-end web development. This course is on the longer side, running 6-9 months with a minimum of 10 hours weekly study time. It’s $200 per month for this one, but you get a week’s free trial and half your tuition back after graduation.
If you find yourself blowing through all your cash while your friends somehow save to buy a house, this course is for you. It teaches the basics of managing personal finances, budgeting, debt, and investments. Get your personal finances in order and you’ll be well on your way to getting your business on track too. It’s a free course that goes for 8 weeks, with 3 hours of study per week. You can get a certification at the end for $45.
Low on time? Need to learn how to manage people? Why not take this intro management course. It’s free, self-paced, and you can start at any time. It involves around 3-4 hours of study per week. The course looks at management tools, strategy, and leadership. It’s run by the International College of Management, and you receive a certificate of participation at the end.
Perfect for those who didn’t listen in math class. The course explains how to gather and understand business data, graphs, charts, and probabilities. The class strives for real-world examples, not boring theory. It was designed by a math education doctor, and you go though the lessons at your own pace.
This course helps people who struggle to visualize their projects and stay organized. It gives you an introduction to Trello’s online whiteboard system. Trello lets you manage projects, foster team collaboration, and boosts your management skills. It’s $47 with 23 lectures and 2 hours of videos.
Looking to optimize your website and increase traffic? Want to rank at the top of your field? Take a short course in search engine optimization. This guide to SEO promises to help you with traffic, conversions, and page speed. If you’re strapped for cash, why not do it yourself? For $299, you get 108 lectures and 6 hours of video with lifetime access.
Bite-sized videos showing you the latest in productivity boosting tools. Watch new tips every Monday. With each section under 10 minutes, there’s no reason you shouldn’t. This course teaches you how to record your screen using QuickTime, create mind maps, and use GoToMeeting. Lynda offers a free one-week trial for new members. For $30 per month you get access to its entire catalog.
A short how-to-guide for growing your customer base. This course explains website analytics, funnels, and testing plans. It also provides strategies for social media engagement, advertising, and case studies. You can access this course with your Lynda membership mentioned before.
There is a Lot More Out There
Even if you didn’t find a course in the list above, check out the other courses available on these pages. They have literally thousands of options. If you are really keen, try an online course from an actual university — for a much higher price, however.
Once you sign up for a course, you’ll need to keep yourself motivated. Make sure to set aside time every week to complete your tasks. Stick with it, and you will have a bundle of new skills before you know it.